1 Peter 2:5

You also, as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
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Clement Of Alexandria

AD 215
You also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house; meaning the place of the angelic abode, guarded in heaven. For you, he says, who are kept by the power of God, by faith and contemplation, to receive the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Hence it appears that the soul is not naturally immortal; but is made immortal by the grace of God, through faith and righteousness, and by knowledge. Of which salvation, he says, ...

Clement Of Rome

AD 99
Thus also the blessed Peter hesitates not to say, "Ye also, as living stones, are built up, a spiritual house, a holy temple, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
You also. A holy priesthood; and, as he saith again, (ver. 9.) a royal priesthood. 1. Because they had ministers of God, who were truly and properly priests, of whom Christ is the chief. 2. Every good Christian in a less proper sense may be called a priest, inasmuch as he offers to God what in a less proper and metaphorical sense may be called sacrifices and oblations; that is, the sacrifice of an humble and contrite heart, (Psalm l.) the sacrifice of self-denials and mortifications, of prayer, alms deeds And it is called a royal priesthood, as Christians may be called metaphorically kings, by governing their passions, or because they are invited to reign with Christ in his kingdom, to sit on his throne See Apocalypse iii. 21. (Witham) ...

Ignatius of Antioch

AD 108
Nevertheless, I have heard of some who have passed on from this to you, having false doctrine, whom ye did not suffer to sow among you, but stopped your ears, that ye might not receive those things which were sown by them, as being stones

Irenaeus of Lyons

AD 202
For David had been appointed a priest by God, although Saul persecuted him. For all the righteous possess the sacerdotal rank.

Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius

AD 320
But they are precipitated from the third step, who, though they know the Ambassador of God, who is also the Builder of the divine and immortal temple,

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
For this is the spiritual victim

The Didache

AD 100
That your sacrifice may be pure.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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