Who Are The Ministers Of The Church?

For many, the answer to this question seems palpably obvious. The ministers of the church are those blokes we pay and call ministers, aren’t they? They’re the guys we look up to and expect to do ‘the work of ministry’.

Interestingly, this isn’t something that scripture recognises. In the Old Testament, of course, there was the priesthood. Specifically, the priests were those in the family of Aaron and only they could enter the tabernacle to mediate between man and God. The rest of the Levites were to assist the priests in guarding the tabernacle and in all the work of moving it from one place to another.

But since Christ tore the temple curtain in two (cf. Matthew 27:51), with the advent of the Spirit taking up residence in the hearts of believers (see here), all true believers in Christ have become priests (cf. 1 Peter 2:5-9). This means two essential things.

First, all believers have direct access to God. Paul notes in Ephesians that, through Christ, we ‘have access in one Spirit to the Father’ (Ephesians 2:18). Just like the High Priest in the Old Testament, the writer to the Hebrews notes, ‘we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus’ (Hebrews 10:19).

There is more: https://stephenkneale.com/2017/10/04/who-are-the-ministers-of-the-church/

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