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CREATED TO DRAW NEAR: Our Life as God's Royal Priests
Edward T. Welch

You are a royal priest.

That Reality Will Change Your Life

Human beings are wired for connection. We long for deep relationships and real intimacy—both of which reflect our fundamental desire to be close to God. But all too often, whether because of our sin or our failures, we imagine that God prefers to keep his distance.

In this book, Edward T. Welch shows us the purpose for which we were created: to be brought near to God as a kingdom of priests. He traces the priestly identity throughout the entire Bible, showing us how holiness leads to closeness to God. Through the blood of Jesus, God extends his invitation for all to draw near with open arms. And in his presence, we discover what it means to be truly human: known, unashamed, and wise, full of meaning, purpose, and abundant 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

“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

“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


Introduction: Longing for Closeness



1. In the Garden of God

2. In God’s Image

3. Not Yet Dressed

4. Discern Right from Wrong

5. An Intruder

6. Discernment Lost

7. Life Outside the Most Holy Place


8. Sanctuaries and Ladders

9. Jacob

10. Moses

11. A Nation of Priests

12. Holy

13. A Meal with God

14. In God’s House

15. Priests Clothed

16. Job Descriptions

17. Priests at Work

18. “Be Holy as I Am Holy”

19. In God’s Courtroom

20. A Tumultuous Interlude


21. The Holy One Descends

22. Jesus our Passover Lamb

23. Interrupted by a Wedding

24. Jesus the Temple

25. Jesus the High Priest

26. Believe

27. Descending Further

28. The Lamb Slain

29. Jesus Ascends, the Spirit Descends


30. Priests in Plain Clothes

31. Priests Descend and Ascend

32. Saints

33. Shining Faces

34. Living Stones, Flowing Fountains

35. Enter In

36. Be Sent Out

37. Walking Uphill

38. The High Priest Prays for You



General Index

Scripture Index

Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has been counseling for more than 35 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include When People Are Big and God Is Small, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, and Side by Side. He blogs regularly at

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