Are you up to the assignment of being a priest of God and of Christ? The Pope, the Bishop of Rome is commonly referred to as the Pontiff. The etymology of the word Pontiff derives through Old French pontif from Latin pontifex, a word commonly held to come from the Latin root words pons (bridge) + facere (to do, to make), and so to have the literal meaning of “bridge-builder.”
Those humble enough to accept Jesus’ full payment of their sin-debt are both fully forgiven and, incredible as it is, charged with being God’s representatives on earth, His priests, bridge-builders between men and God.
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
O God, we do not feel, in our own strength, capable of serving this function. How are we to help others know You better, when we have so many faults, so many failures we ourselves have made in life. But who are we to argue with Your assignment? Do what You will with us, working within us to make us equal to this great task.
[To read more on this subject, see February 22, 2018, and next Monday.]