Pray that the saints would be enlightened by Paul’s pattern of being a priest of the gospel and would rise up to practice their gospel priesthood according to his three steps of offering (1 Tim. 1:16; Rom. 15:16; 12:1; Col. 1:28-29).
1 Tim. 1:16—But because of this I was shown mercy, that in me, the foremost, Jesus Christ might display all His long-suffering for a pattern to those who are to believe on Him unto eternal life.
Rom. 15:16—That I might be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a laboring priest of the gospel of God, in order that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, having been sanctified in the Holy Spirit.
Rom. 12:1—I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
Col. 1:28-29—Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man full-grown in Christ; for which also I labor, struggling according to His operation which operates in me in power.
For further reading please refer to CWWL, 1989, vol. 4, “The Advance of the Lord’s Recovery Today,” pp. 24, 29.
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