The apostle Peter, in his first letter, refers to the saints as a “royal priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:9) and as a “holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices” (1 Pet. 2:5).
The Levitical Priesthood
The book of Leviticus states that the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the peace offering, are offered by the priests. These offerings are spoken of as “a sweet aroma to the LORD”:
Lev. 1:3,9: “If his offering is a burnt sacrifice … And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.”
Lev. 2:1-2: “When anyone offers a grain offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it. … And the priest shall burn it as a memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.”
Lev. 3:1,5: “When his offering is a sacrifice of peace offering … and Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is on the wood that is on the fire, as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.”
The Saints as a Sacrifice
Paul uses a different metaphor with regard to the sweet aroma of sacrifice. He speaks of the saints as a sweet fragrance:
2 Cor 2:14-15: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance [sweet fragrance; Young] of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
What an honour it is to be called and chosen to be the vessels through whom God diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge. And this honour has been granted to the saints because Christ is our sacrifice.
Christ as Sacrifice
Eph. 5:1-2: “Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
So, Christ has given Himself for the saints, as an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling aroma.
Peter, in his first letter, speaks of the saints as both a holy priesthood and a royal priesthood. As members of a holy priesthood, they offer up spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God.
Paul, in his letters, defines spiritual sacrifice. He directs the saints to offer spiritual sacrifices which, he says, are holy, acceptable and well pleasing to God. This is the “reasonable service” of the saints to God, and an analogy of the divine service of the priests of Israel. Also, Paul says he acts as a priest, offering the Gentile saints to God, as a spiritual sacrifice.
The Levitical priesthood, and carnal sacrifices, of the Mosaic covenant are a shadow and a type of the holy and royal priesthood, and spiritual sacrifices, of the New Testament.
Paul depicts the saints as a sacrifice when he speaks of them as “the sweet fragrance of Christ”. He speaks of Christ himself as an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling aroma.
Heb. 13:15: … “let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
These are internet videos by Dr Terry Harman, The Tabernacle Man
The Table of Shewbread Exodus 25:23-30
Menorah – seven branched candlestick Exodus 25:31-40
Altar of Incense Exodus 30:1-10
Are we pleasing the Lord in our Christian life dear Faith Child?
Do we daily feed on the Word, live by the Light of His Word,
and walk in His ways
Do we praise Him and send up a sweet smelling savour from earth to heaven?
The Tabernacle Part 3 by Theocratic Research