What is God’s ideal calling for humans? God calls all humans to be royal priests, representing his character and presence to the world. Learn more about priests in the Bible here.
What is a priest?
A priest cares for the sacred space of the temple, represents the people to God, and announces God’s blessing over the people. The high priest is the only one who can enter the innermost part of the tabernacle, the holy of holies. This is where God’s presence dwells and the priest mediates that presence to the people.
The biblical authors use Eden imagery to describe the temple, making it clear that God’s ideal calling for humans is to be royal priests over creation—God’s cosmic temple. Even though humans forfeited their priestly vocation through rebellion in Genesis 3, Jesus fulfills God’s plan and restores humanity to their role as royal priests. The biblical story contains a priestly drama that leads to Jesus, and that’s what this video series is all about.
Royal Priests of Eden
Did you know that Israel’s tabernacle tent was designed as a symbolic garden of Eden? And did you know that Adam and Eve were proto-priests who lived and worked in the sacred space? In this video, we explore God’s plan for humanity to serve as royal priests over all creation and how the story of Jesus brings this priestly drama to its ultimate resolution.Video Details
Did you know that Israel’s tabernacle tent was designed as a symbolic garden of Eden? And did you know that Adam and Eve were proto-priests who lived and worked in the sacred space? In this video, we explore God’s plan for humanity to serve as royal priests over all creation and how the story of Jesus brings this priestly drama to its ultimate resolution.
A gateway between Heaven and Earth
Priests embody God’s wisdom and fully experience God’s presence in the temple. They act as gateways between Heaven and Earth. And when humans live into their vocation as royal priests, all of creation becomes a sacred space where Heaven and Earth intersect.
If humans are God’s royal priests, where is our temple?
Priests care for the sacred space of the temple. And humans are the royal priests who are to care for the sacred space of God’s creation. We are called to work and worship so that our communities can flourish. We represent God’s presence so his Heaven-on-Earth blessings flow into the world.
In this series, we’ll explore God’s plan for humans to serve as royal priests over creation, and we’ll learn how Jesus fulfilled that plan after humans forfeited their vocation.
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Sacrifice & Atonement
How does sacrifice and atonement in the Bible work? Read on to see how the death of Christ was able to atone for our sins.
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The Royal Priest
10 Episodes •
In this podcast series, Tim and Jon trace the theme of royal priests through the Bible, beginning in the garden of Eden and culminating in Jesus.
The Royal Priest Episode 1
Priests of Eden
In the story of the Bible, all the main players are prophets, priests, or kings. While it might seem foreign to us today, those three roles are intimately connected to what it means to be people created in the image of God. Join Tim and Jon for the first episode of a new series on the royal priesthood!
The Royal Priest Episode 2
Who Was Melchizedek?
What do Abraham, Melchizedek, and David all have in common? They’re part of the unfolding theme of the royal priesthood in the Bible. In this week’s episode, join Tim and Jon as they explore how this theme is part of humanity’s quest to get back to the blessings of Eden.
The Royal Priest Episode 3
Doomed to Fail?
The origins of Israel’s royal priesthood are anything but glamorous. From Moses rejecting God five times to Aaron creating an idol while God is instructing Moses about priests, the Levitical priesthood seems doomed from the start. In this episode, discover just how important the failed priesthood is to the story of the Bible.