Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests

Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests

Product Code: 9781433566387

Welch, Edward T. | Crossway


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Many Christians prefer to keep God at a safe distance—a distant God makes fewer demands. They imagine God has rules just for the sake of obedience, missing the point that God delights in making them holy so they can draw near to him. God’s plan from the beginning has been for his people to draw near to him as a kingdom of priests.

In 40 short, meditative chapters, best-selling author Ed Welch traces iterations of the priestly job description from the garden of Eden to the heavenly city. Along the way, believers will discover their identity as royal priests and learn what it means that they were created to be made holy as they draw near to God and receive his lavish hospitality.

224 pages

“You have your grace books and your older holiness books. At times, they exist in two different worlds. Not for Ed Welch. In a book full of rich insights that link the Old and New Testaments, Welch paints a picture of holiness and intimacy with God that makes you want to be holy. He widens our view of holiness, working to craft it into a vision of beauty. You’ll want to obey after reading this book.”

--- Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

“‘You are a royal priest. That reality will change how you live.’ With this huge claim, Ed Welch introduces Created to Draw Near. I wanted to be persuaded, but I was doubtful. My doubts have now been blown away. How did I not see the significance and influence of this truth before? This book will indeed change the way you live by changing your view of God, yourself, and the gospel.”

--- David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“I treasure Ed Welch’s writings. I don’t know another counselor who can write a book like this—Ed has built for us a rich biblical theology of God’s presence. Created to Draw Near helped me to understand my Old Testament better, and it grew my love for Jesus as Savior and High Priest of my soul.”

--- Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy

Table of Contents:

1. Longing for Closeness

Part 1: Our Past


2. In the Garden of God

3. In God’s Image

4. Not Yet Dressed 

5. Discern Right from Wrong

6. An Intruder

7. Discernment Lost

8. Life Outside the Holy of Holies


9. Sanctuaries and Ladders

10. Jacob

11. Moses

12. A Nation of Priests

13. Holy

14. A Meal with God

15. In God’s House

16. Priests Clothed

17. Job Descriptions

18. Priests at Work

19. “Be Holy As I Am Holy”

20. In God’s Courtroom

21. A Tumultuous Interlude

Part 2: Jesus Our Tabernacle 

22. The Holy One Descends 

23. Jesus our Passover Lamb

24. Interrupted by a Wedding

25. Jesus the Temple

26. Jesus the High Priest

27. Believe

28. Descending Further

29. The Lamb Slain

30. His Ascent 

Part 3: Almost Truly Human

31. Priests in Plain Clothes

32. Priests Descend and Ascend

33. Saints

34. Shining Faces

35. Living Stones, Flowing Fountains

36. Enter In

37. Be Sent Out

38. Walking Uphill

39. The High Priest Prays for You

40. Epilogue

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