To Him [Jesus Christ] who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood
Are you a priest?
Every Christian is a priest, because every real Christian is washed and released from sin by the blood of Jesus. A real Christian no longer needs another person to go to God for him because all the distance between him and God has been erased by Jesus' blood.
Believers are not close to God they are in God and God is in them! That is why we praise God and give Him the glory and the rule eternally. We are made priests so that we can live in the presence of God and offer spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.
For me to live is Christ.