1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
In the Spirit, the pastor wears the ephod and the garments of the Levitical priest.
3. What does it really mean?
this type of teaching is a pretty big clue to the fact that we operate the Christian church thru old covenant concepts and functions. The "priestly raiment" of the Levitical priests was a literal uniform which the old covenant priests wore. It had a symbolism which was entirely a reference tot he priesthood of Jesus (which is the true and eternal priesthood)
The "pastor" of the Christian church is a type of Levitical priest. The Levitical priesthood was the "anointed--appointed--delegated authority". they had the godly right, according tot he laws of the old covenant to minister in the temple. They collected and lived off the tithe--the "1/10th" offering of specific animals and crops (the purpose of which offering was as payment for the sin of Israel).
this description "fits" our church experience. Unfortunately it doers not fit the Bible! The new covenant change the priesthood..
1Pe 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 Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the
kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from
our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (revelation 1:5-6)
The old covenant Levitical priesthood is clearly and specifically annulled in the new covenant
Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive
the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take
tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren,
though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
"Priestly raiment" is yet another buzzword which
verifies our experience, and serve to uphold the false human
authority which operates and defines Christianity. It makes ministry
into authority over others and limits the ministry which the new
covenant says is the right of every believer.