Concordia Theological Monthly

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universal priesthood, faith, abraham, spiritual kingdom, believers, christian, luther, covenant

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The universal priesthood of believers is the Christian Church on earth, the Communion of Saints, which Jesus Christ has redeemed, purchased, and won from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that it may be His own, live under Him, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, and which the Holy Ghost has called by the Gospel, enlightened with His gifts, sanctified and kept in the true faith. Thus Luther has taught us. Each Christian confesses that for himself. But what the Holy Ghost has done for each, He has done for all believers. Therefore we confess with Luther: "Even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith." Accordingly the universal priesthood of believers is not something new and strange, but something the children learn in school.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Genesis 21:33; Genesis 18:23; Genesis 15:6; 2 Peter 2:5; Genesis 20:7; Genesis 22:11; Galatians 4:2-5; Exodus 19:5-6; Romans 8:37-38; Matthew 16:18; Leviticus 21:6; Deuteronomy 33:10; Deuteronomy 44:23; Malachi 2:7; Numbers 6:23-27; Isaiah 53:11; Psalm 22:25;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars