1 Peter 2:9–10
From the Confessions: Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
IX. Jerome says, “If the question concerns authority, the world is greater than the city. Wherever there has been a bishop, whether at Rome, or Eugubium, or Constantinople, or Rhegium, or Alexandria, he is of equal dignity and priesthood.”
Pulling It Together: Kingdoms divide and fall under the squabbling of a king’s children. Their infighting and scrabbling for power ruins a nation. Let us look to our King, and be content with his primacy and power. For he cares for all his children, all those who are baptized and adopted into the royal family (Gal 3:26–29). We are a kingdom of equal priests by virtue of him who called us into his light. Nowhere does Scripture say that one priest is to be over another.
Prayer: You are my Father, Lord God, in whom I place all my hope and trust. Amen.
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