Concordia Theological Monthly

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believer, priest, christian, faith, ministry universal priesthood, redemption, grace, forgiveness

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Universal Priesthood. The centennial year of our Synod re-emphasized the doctrine of the royal priesthood. The Missouri Synod, and before it the Saxon settlement, regarded itself as a Church because of the universal priesthood. That principle was given a fresh statement in the Reformation, and is a particular heritage of the Lutheran Church. The growth of our Church and the routinizing of its ministry causes this principle to lose some of its vitality. One would expect the laity of the Church to be more energetic than the ministry in safeguarding this principle. Actually we need not expect this to be the case. It is the ministry itself which must take up the responsibility for preserving this principle, and through it for preserving the vitality of the Church as a whole.


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2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:3-4, 7-8; Ephesians 2:1-9; John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:12-22; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:21-25; 1 Corinthians 2:9-16; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:23; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:10;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars