The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God

By David S. Schrock, Series edited by Miles V. Van Pelt, Dane Ortlund

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A Biblical Theology of the Royal Priesthood from Genesis to Revelation

“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” —1 Peter 2:9

From Genesis to Revelation, the theme of the royal priesthood runs through the biblical story from the garden of Eden through the priesthood of Israel to Jesus Christ—the true and better high priest. It culminates with the creation of God’s new covenant people, called out of the nations to be his priests to the nations. In this concise treatment, David Schrock traces this theme of priesthood throughout the Bible and displays to readers how Jesus, the great high priest, informs the worship, discipleship, and evangelism of the church.

  • Short and Accessible: Traces the theme of priesthood from Genesis to Revelation and gives practical application for the church today
  • Written for Laypeople and Church Leaders: Excellent for students, Bible studies, small groups, and leaders of all levels
  • Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series

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David S. Schrock

David S. Schrock (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor for preaching and theology at Occoquan Bible Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. He is a founding faculty member at Indianapolis Theological Seminary, where he teaches theology. Schrock has contributed to multiple theological journals and specializes in both systematic and biblical theology.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 7.86 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6431-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6431-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433564314
Case Quantity: 64
Published: February 08, 2022

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction: Recovering the Glory of the Royal Priesthood

Chapter 1: In the Beginning: The Royal Priesthood Patterned
Chapter 2: The Law: The Levitical Priesthood Legislated
Chapter 3: The Prophets: The Priesthood Promised, Compromised, and Promised Again
Chapter 4: The Writings: The Royal Priesthood Anticipated
Chapter 5: The Gospels: The Royal Priesthood Arrives
Chapter 6: Acts through Revelation: The Royal Priesthood Multiplies

Epilogue: Royal Priesthood Yesterday, Today, and Forever
General Index
Scripture Index 


“The biblical teaching on the priesthood seems foreign and forbidding to many readers today. David Schrock helps us see how a theology of the priesthood permeates the storyline of the Bible and how the priesthood climaxes in Christ and finds its fulfillment in him.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“David Schrock helps Christ’s royal priesthood exult in Christ, the supreme royal priest.”
Andrew David Naselli, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College & Seminary

“With the recent surge in biblical-theological studies, especially thematic developments across the canon, it is a little surprising that the theme of priesthood has not received more attention. David Schrock’s work fills this gap beautifully! Specifically, this book probes the significance of the priesthood for a precise understanding of the gospel, as well as our own calling as royal priests through Jesus. Essential reading on this major biblical theme!”
Nicholas G. Piotrowski, President and Academic Dean, Indianapolis Theological Seminary

“Schrock has given us an absolutely fresh analysis and perspective on priesthood through the lens of biblical theology. While some may find his proposals provocative at times, none who read these pages—layperson or scholar—will fail to benefit from his study.”
Peter J. Gentry, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary

“Identity formation is a pressing challenge facing the church in this generation. David Schrock has provided vital aid for this task by drawing attention to the church’s true identity as a royal priesthood. I have waited for a book like this for two decades. May all who read it have their eyes opened to the transforming power of participation in Christ’s royal priesthood.”
Hank Voss, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries, Taylor University

“David Schrock has the uncommon ability to weave together biblical, systematic, and pastoral theology. This book is no exception. The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God not only unfolds the Old Testament’s theology of priesthood but also shows us how to think rightly about the work of Christ and the doctrine of the church in light of those truths. If you want to understand what it means for Christ to be our great high priest or for the church to be a royal priesthood, I can’t imagine a better book to get you started.”
Sam Emadi, Senior Pastor, Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Cohost, Bible Talk podcast

“The Bible is full of priestly images crucial to our Christology and our Christian identity. David Schrock guides us through the whole canon, from its opening chapters to its closing pages, spotlighting essential passages and many possible allusions to a pervasive theme that’s often overlooked or undervalued in today’s church.”
Andrew Malone, Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Dean, Ridley Online, Ridley College, Australia

“Capturing the theme of royal priesthood from Adam to Christ and then applying it to the church is a crucial and marvelous way of summarizing God’s glorious plan of redemption centered in our Lord Jesus Christ. Understanding how this theme is revealed through the unfolding biblical covenants allows us to grasp how all of God’s plan is fulfilled in Christ Jesus as our royal great high priest but also how, in Christ, the church is restored to her vocation of being God’s royal priesthood. I highly recommend David Schrock’s discussion of this magnificent truth.”
Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary