In the New Testament, all church members were regarded as a priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:5, 9) who offered up their bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) and offered up their sacrifice of praise to God (Hebrews 13:15). There was no special separated priesthood commanded for Christians in the New Testament. There was but one high priest for Christians, and He was Christ (Hebrews 2:17; 3:1; 4:14–15; 5:1–5, 10; 6:20; 7:26; 8:1–3; 9:11, 25). There was no physical building called the Temple in first century Christianity. Rather, the people of God themselves were the Temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21). Every Christian has access to God without the need of another human mediating for him or her. Rather, Christ was their only mediator (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15; 12:24).
 Vadney, V. (2012). The Arrogant Journey: Hermeneutics and Church History (99). Abilene, TX: Desert Willow Publishing.
Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013 @ 4:18 AM CDT