THE CHURCH – ROYAL PRIESTHOOD OF GOD

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Through his extraordinary indoctrination Paul understood what the original twelve hadn’t – the people of God were to be reconstituted. Only after special revelation did Peter perceive Gentiles were to receive AN IDENTICAL SPIRITUAL GIFT to the Jews (Acts11:17). Such is the Church – not the fortunate escapees from Augustine’s “Massa Damnata” – “But YOU (O Church!) are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1Pet2:9NKJ; cf. Ex19:6)

Illustration: Peter’s vision painted by Domenico Fetti – courtesy Wikipedia