Kings and Priests unto God

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:

1.  Worship. 

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).

2.  Witness.                                                                                                                                              

-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.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Kings and Priests unto God

  1. Re: Worship is human response to divine revelation. Any one who has had the privilege to ‘see’ God will worship Him with out question.

    Rom 12:1 “So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer”(GNB).

  2. dear dad,
    I read about God’s great work in your life He is definitely a living and loving God and you stand as an example for His great love and his sure answers For all these years you loved Him with your whole heart and He loved you so, that he always walks with you, I am very lucky to find someone like you to guide my steps through Lord.You stand fervent in Him and He in you. You stand for Him so does He for you

    All the Glory to the Lord!
    kavita

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s