1 Peter 2:9 "You are a chosen race,a royal priesthood, a holy nation..."The emphasis is on the church asa corporate unity rather than anindividualistic Christian. TheApostle Peter is conscious of theNew Testament Church as a newcorporate entity set apart by Godto serve Him. Dr. Nagel wouldunderstand that we are all servantsrather than priests in the OldTestament sense of the word.
What is the good Dr. speaking 'against' in his article?Karl
Hi Karl:I thank Dr. Nagel is speaking againsta CPH book by Oscar Feucht entitled"Everyone a Minister" published inthe 1970's. Feucht was an editor atConcordia Publishing House and avery humble and scholarly man.Feucht was stressing the priesthoodof all believers and some felt hetook it too far. Martin Luther alsobelieved in the priesthood of allbelievers. Feucht believed the laity were not being used enoughin the local parish to carry outthe ministry of Christ and His Church.
The article is *Luther and the Priesthood of All Believers.* At this point in the article he is noting that other peoples outside God's priestly people Israel, are by definition not priests, not those who draw near to God to do service for all the world.
There is a typo in above post:It should read: "I THINK Dr. Nagel"
Koenig drawing on Luther stated that the vocation of Christians is to be priests to the world of unbelievers. They act as priests as they pray the Lord's Prayer, especially the second petition. Short quotations sometime need the context in order to properly understand them.
Kleinig's point is exactly where Nagel is heading with this, I believe.
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