David S. Schrock, The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2022), 199 pp.
The Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, published by Crossway Books includes a series of accessible books designed for the non-specialist. The books are basic enough for anyone to grasp but are also invaluable tools for pastors. As a veteran pastor, I have been greatly encouraged by this series.
The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God by David S. Schrock is the most recent book in the series. This book traces the history of God’s royal priesthood which begins in Eden and cultivates in new Jerusalem.
The Royal Priesthood begins in Eden as God commissions Adam to glorify him by reflecting the greatness of his worth in the Garden. Adam is charged with an important stewardship in the Garden – he must work it and keep it (Gen. 2:15) and thus serve the Lord.
The author traces the various movements of the priesthood through redemptive history, which culminates with the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ. The book concludes with these fitting words:
This way of life is the one that brings glory to God and extends Jesus’s blessing to the ends of the earth. Because of Christ’s priesthood, heaven and earth have been united in Christ. And one day soon, as Psalm 110 foretells, all Christ’s enemies will be put under his feet.
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