Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation

Gerald O'Collins and Michael Keenan Jones

in Jesus Our Priest

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576456
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723032 | DOI:
Paul, 1 Peter, and Revelation

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Even if the letters of Paul, 1 Peter, and the Book of Revelation never give Jesus the title of priest, they provide themes that contribute to a fuller picture of his priesthood. In particular, Paul writes of the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection (1 Cor. 5, 10, and 11) in sacrificial and, hence, priestly terms. With specific reference to the Day of Expiation, he understands the death of Christ to be a sacrifice (Rom. 3: 25); he also refers to the priestly intercession of the risen and exalted Christ (Rom. 8: 34). Paul goes on to apply priestly language to Christian existence (Rom. 12: 1), and to interpret his own ministry of evangelizing the Gentiles as a form of priestly, cultic worship (Rom. 15: 15–16). This chapter also recalls 1 Peter's priestly, sacrificial vision of the whole Church. Revelation applies priestly language to the faithful, who as kingly priests already share in the heavenly worship of God and the Lamb.

Keywords: church; expiation; intercession; last supper; priesthood of the faithful; sacrifice; worship

Chapter.  7336 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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