Anglicanism 101 – Six Scriptures About the Sacred office of Priest
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds, and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. . .” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
All are given gifts by God, through Jesus Christ, but some are set aside for the offices of Deacon, Priest, and Bishop—to equip the saints for ministry.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1)
All are called to proclaim the Gospel, but not all are called to be Teachers. Deacons, Priests, and Bishops must be able to teach and live by God’s Word.
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’ and ‘Let another take his office.’” (Acts 1:20)
The role of Apostle is a distinct office within the Church and all clergy within Apostolic succession are ordained within the authority
of the Apostles.
“He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:16)
Paul understood that he functioned as a priest for God by proclaiming the Gospel and presenting the people before God as an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Priests continue in this duty today.
“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)
Bishops, Priests, and Deacons receive their gift for ministry through the Holy Spirit, poured out on them through the laying on of hands and prayer.
“Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 4:15
Paul teaches that every Christian may function as a guardian of his brother or sister in Christ, but he became a Spiritual Father for the Corinthians. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons serve as Spiritual Fathers for the Church today.
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