In the New Covenant there is not a priesthood in a manner of
priesthood that exists in present Christian denominations. The Old
Testament congregation included the office of a priest. In the New
Covenant God has not designated a distinct office of a priest in
between Him and the believers. There is only one High Priest, the
man Messiah Yeshua (1 Tim 2:5) and His body, the congregation
The Hebrew word for priestly office is כמרות
(400 ת + 6 ו + 200 ר + 40 מ + 20 כ) = 666, its numerical value.
From the word כמר (KAMAR) a Christian priest,
cf. כהן (KOHEN) a priest who is a descendant of Aaron.
1 Peter 2:5: “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to
God by Yeshua the Messiah.” and
Rev. 1:6: “…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and
his Father; …”
Designating a clergy in congregations at the post apostolic time is not
a Biblical act. E.g. Eph. 4:11 in New Testament shows us that there
are certain “ministers” in the congregation: “And he gave some,
apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers;” But these ministries are entirely different
than the present office of priesthood in Christian denominations.