Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
I Pet 2:1-17
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
Dec 12, 1971 am
THE DOCTRINE, "THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER," IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE IN TODAY'S WORLD
- We are living in revolutionary times - over 1/2 of the world has had violence in my lifetime.
- The Doctrine of Priesthood brought sanity out of the chaos of Dark Ages - led in the Reformation.
- America is undergoing revolutionary changes - some good, some bad; which will win? In you?
Some of it is determined to destroy individuality and remove your personal access to God.
YE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD - I PETER 2:9a
Every pagan religion establishes a priest-dictator over the people, denying their way to God.
GOD HAS REDEEMED YOU WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, 1:18,19, FROM VAIN LIFE & TRADITION
- We are elected by God - 1:2, kept by His power - 1:5, called to be holy - 1:15
- Seeing ye have been Born Again - 1:23 - but can this be taken for granted - are you? Why not?
- Wherefore 2:1 lay aside the former life, sinful robes- and v.2 desire the milk of the Word!
DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO USURP YOUR PLACE AS A PRIEST OF GOD
- Matt 23:8,9 Jesus called us Brethren - not Rabbi, nor Father - what about Reverend? NO, NO.
- 23:13 - Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their Interdict- wrong for Pope or Preacher, too.
- I Tim 2:5 as we have one mediator - Christ, Rev 2:6 - God hates Nicolaitans - Clergy / Laity.
JESUS CAME TO BE A CORNERSTONE OF OUR FAITH, OR A ROCK OF OFFENSE OVER WHICH WE STUMBLE - 6-8
- God sent Jesus to be the cornerstone of our Faith - Temple veil rent in twain - Mark 15:38
- We have access - to come boldly to God's throne - Heb 3:16 - will we build again the veil?
- Those who reject Jesus Christ as Saviour find Him as a stone of stumbling- v.8 - "at the word"
There is only one way into this Royal Priesthood - not secret!! You can't come any other way!
YOUR DUTY AS A PRIEST - I PETER 2:5b
"To offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" - very plain - work to do.
YOUR FIRST SACRIFICE IS THAT WHICH MOST PEOPLE HOLD MOST PRECIOUS - YOURSELF!
- The world's revolutionaries demand your total commitment, then use you as cannon fodder -
- God demands no less than your all - Rom 12:1,2, so like the Philippians - II Cor 8:5 give yourself.
- Some call this a 2nd work of grace, some total surrender, some the victorious Christian life.
THERE ARE SPIRITUAL SERVICES TO BE RENDERED TO GOD, AND YOUR GREATEST JOY COMES FROM SERVICE
- Prayer is the purpose of the priesthood- We need prayer warriors - and use the altar while you can!
- The tabernacle had many duties- but ALL were performed by Levites - Priests - hired clergy!
- But WE ARE ALL PRIESTS! The Baptist Church has a man called "Pastor," but am I your priest?
AS EVERY CHRISTIAN IS CALLED OF GOD, SO GIRD UP YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION FOR GOD - 1:13
- Are you ready to serve God in this insane world, to accept His authority in today's anarchy?
- Only Baptist churches in Russia - when Pastor and Deacon gone, they continue - win souls - ordinances.
- Do you know how? Learn each job well - do your assigned task well - be ready.
We have a chain of command - but have you studied God's Word so you could move up? Be ready.
But the greatest duty as a priest is to introduce men and women to God - soulwinning!
THE GLORY OF THE PRIESTHOOD - I PETER 2:9b
The OT Priest wore great robes, walked into the Shekinah of Glory, into the Holy of Holies!
WE ARE CALLED A PECULIAR PEOPLE, AND THE PURPOSE IS TO SHOW FORTH HIS PRAISE! 2:2
- If the world does not notice your difference, then you had better check up on your relationship with God.
- The Christmas season is a good one to need you as the salt, light of the world, His priest!
- When you walk down the street, you represent God! How is your robe of righteousness? Holy?
ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN A RIGHTEOUS GOD AND SINFUL MAN IS THE PRIEST - YOU ARE THAT PRIEST
- In the OT, the priests often kept an angry God from destroying the people - Abram, Moses, Noah-
- Your prayers for an unsaved loved one may be all that can stay God's wrath - use prayer altar!
- Your witness to the lost may be their only way to be introduced to God - only hope from Hell.
SOME MAY MISUNDERSTAND - SUFFERING AND PERSECUTION WILL COME, BUT BE A FAITHFUL PRIEST! 12
- There are some who would cut you off for being a Christian - love them and witness - bear your cross.
- There are some who misunderstand your love - hardest thing about being a pastor - or priest!
- But you must so live, and witness, that their accusations will glorify God - 12a when He comes
Our High Priest, Shepherd, and Bishop of our souls is coming soon. Have you done well?
GOD HAS CALLED YOU INTO HIS ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, TO REFUSE HIM IS GREATEST INSULT TO HIM AND YOURSELF.
- Have you accepted the Call of God - received Christ as Saviour, been born again?
- Are you at your duty - serving faithfully and learning how to better serve Him as priest?
- When the Chief Shepherd appears - 5:4, will you have a crown of Glory?