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Set Apart

25 Feb

Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:6)

This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the Lord. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.

This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers,” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the Lord Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.

Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness and minister before the Lord all day long.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

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6 responses to “Set Apart

  1. Stephen Nielsen

    February 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Yes, I agree. We are His priests. We are of a royal priesthood (1Peter 2:9). Thus we have grate responsibilities–to pray and care for people.

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  2. Gene Shlomovich

    February 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Levi…. nice blog (and thank you for visiting mine and liking some of my posts).

    You wrote:

    “Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:6) This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers.”

    This passage in Isaiah refers specifically to the restoration of Israel in her Land. A few verses earlier, in Isaiah 61:4, the prophet speaks of rebuilt ancient ruins and that those who once hated and persecuted Israel will now serve Israel and build her up. I don’t see how it applies to the Church. In fact, one could argue that “those who hated and persecuted Israel” among the nations will include Christians. However, I believe that they will be “former Christians” by that time, since the whole world will worship G-d and Him alone and idolatry, in all its forms (including worship of man as god), will be banished from the world. The Jewish people, the nation of priests (Exodus 19:6), will serve in their role as priests before G-d and ministers to the nations. Isaiah spoke about a future time, not here and now.

    Of course, I understand that Christianity teaches that the Church has superseded Israel and that, as you said, all the literal promises which G-d made specifically to the Jewish people were spiritually transferred to “all believers” in Jesus. The problem is that the Jewish prophets do not support such an idea. One can get this picture only by reinterpreting and spiritualizing the original intent of the Hebrew Bible.

    Shalom.

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    • Levi Thetford

      February 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you. Regarding the part where you quoted what I wrote, I didn’t write that, nor do I believe that. I believe that Israel is Israel and has not been superseded by the church. You must have mixed me up with someone else. Thanks and shalom!

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      • Gene Shlomovich

        February 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        “You must have mixed me up with someone else.”

        Levi, it appears that the words came from Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook that you have quoted in your post above (being new to your blog, so I didn’t know where your words and Spurgeon’s words began or ended). However, I am glad that you don’t hold some of his views. I know that as far as Christians go, Spurgeon was quite sympathetic to Israel and much ahead of his time in that regard, but even he couldn’t escape spiritualizing and appropriating promises made to the Jewish people. I understand that this was not because of some personal malice – his views, like that of all Christians, were based on Paul’s writings (and some other letters) found in the New Testament.

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        • Levi Thetford

          February 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

          Sorry i thought you thought that I quoted that personally. My mistake. No, I don’t believe everything that he or anybody says probably exactly. Nice talking to you.

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