Kings and Priests unto God Rev.1:6, 1 Pet. 2:9; Jn.18:36.
NT clearly teaches us that all born again ones are members of the royal priesthood.1
We exercise our priesthood here on earth and kingship in the Eternal Kingdom.
As priests our duties are:
There were two major elements to the worship in the OT.
-Sacrifices and offerings performed by priests who were helped by Levites.
-Singing and praising God by choirs led by Levites. Cf. 1Chr.23:27-32.
In the NT as priests we offer spiritual sacrifices. I Pt.2:5.
- Our bodies as living sacrifice Rom.12:l
- Our monitory offerings as sacrifice Phil.4:18;
- Our good works and sharing Heb. 13:16
- Fruits of our lips-sacrifices of praise Heb. 13:15.
We also sing praises to God as individuals and as groups when ever and where ever possible (Eph. 5:18-20; I Cor.14:16).
-OT Priests were custodians and teachers and preachers of the law as the following passages illustrate. Neh. 8:9; 2 Chr.15:3; Jer. 18:18; Eze.7:26; Note the following verses. Hos.4:6 & Mal.2:7. Preaching, teaching etc. are part of witnessing.
In the NT witnessing is squarely placed on us as our responsibility.
Acts 1:8; Mk.3:14; I Pet.2:9, - Life style witnessing at home I Pet.3:1,2.
Eph. 4-6 is all about the life style of a believer.
-Warning every man Col.1:28, - Being a debtor Rom.1:14
-As far as I can Rom l:15, - Woe to me if I preach not I Cor. 9:l6
We are responsible for this generation. Their blood shall be required of us Eze.3:l8.
God means what He asys! They are strong words.
3. Warfare. We usually forget this very crucial role played by priests in the O.T.!
Num. 10:8f; 31:6; Dt.20:2.
In the NT spiritual warfare is required of all believers.
-Srtive with me… Rom.15:30-32;
-That you may able to stand against the viles of the devil Eph.6:10-18;
Js. 4:7; I Pet.5:9; ( Jude v.23. Let us pull some out of fire. If it was not possible, the Lord would not have told us!)
Struggle is involved.
Kingship we exercise there. Privileges of kingship are given to us in proportion to the faithfulness with which we exercise our priesthood while on earth. Everyone is to fight or struggle for it… Failing to achieve it while on earth, we will regret all through eternity. Crowns are conditional. I Cor.9:24f; I Thes.2:19; 2 Tim. 4:8; Js. 1:12; I Pet.5:4. So is throne. 2 Tim.2:12; Mt.19:28f; Rom.8:17; 2 Thes.1:5;
Therefore let us strive for crowns and choose to suffer that we may obtain a throne! Every thing Which God gives us is by grace. But every thing is not free. We need to pay the price for obtaining some (Rev. 3:18) Let us be willing to pay the price and enjoy eternal dividends for His glory. Amen.