You shall be to Me a kingdom of
priests and a holy nation.
You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God. § You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
You shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God. § Priests of God and of Christ.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus. § By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. § The temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Ex. 19:6; Rev. 5:9–10; 1 Peter 2:9; Isa. 61:6;
Rev. 20:6; Heb. 3:1; 13:15; Eph. 2:10; 1 Cor. 3:17
We made our prayer to our God,
and … set a watch against them.
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. § Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. § [Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.
Why do you call Me “Lord, Lord,” and not do the things which I say? § But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Neh. 4:9; Matt. 26:41; Col. 4:2; 1 Peter 5:7–9;
Luke 6:46; James 1:22; Ex. 14:15; Phil. 4:6–7