You are God's Royal Priest because...








  • You're in the midst of trials and tribulation and testing.  God has chosen you in the furnace of affliction and you know our Lord Jesus is with you in the midst of this furnace and yet you feel completely at peace and your joy knows no boundary.  


  • As with your fellow Saints, you know you're being prepared through trails, tribulation and testing as you take the cross. This all started when you heard our Master command you to GO, then COME, then TAKE UP THE CROSS. (Mark 10:21)  

    Jesus said to the young rich man: "One thing you lack: "GO" your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and "COME" "TAKE UP THE CROSS" and follow me. (Mark 10:21)
    . As Oswald Chambers wrote, "Very few of us truly know what is meant by the absolute "go" of unconditional identification with, and abandonment and surrender to, Jesus. See Luke 14:26-27.  



  • You're not asking why because you know you've taken up the cross and are pressing in closer, you don't want to miss the mark,  because you know you've heard our Master's call and you yearn for Him, you can't get enough of him as the Shulamite yearned for and sought out her Shepherd in the Song of Songs. You don't want to miss out on what God has in store for you.


God wants his people to step it up and press in. I know you already know this but it was huge for me when I figured this out. And if the Saints would realize that our interaction with God is what WE make of it. He meets us where we are, and never pushes us or really demands anything of us that we are not willing to give or do. It is up to each of us to participate in this RELATIONSHIP! When many Saints get to heaven God is going to show them everything that they missed out on (their calling, blessings, healing, etc.) while they were here because they would not participate in this awesome relationship. They will also not receive many rewards for the same reason."  (Sarah Beveridge, author of beliversjourney.blogspot.com )






  • You know that the ultimate purpose of your calling is to be a joint heir with Christ and heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. You know this is all for the glory of God.

  • Knowing this you know that Christ learned obedience through his sufferings. In other words, Christ learned to submit to God's will in his suffering, which would lead to his death. Christ's learned that His suffering is what qualified him to be High Priest under the order of Melchizedek. And subsequently through our obedience to him we are saved. (Hebrews 5:8-10)

  • You know the word consecration adheres closely to the law of sowing and reaping. You understand the moment you were  called out to be separate you had to first consecrate yourself to our Lord and by faith you know God then immediately consecrated you, gave you the Holy Spirit to empower you with the authority to be His Royal Priest.


  • You know you can't fulfill this great commission  on your own strength or ability. You know there's over 4,000 years of history in the Bible where the children of God tried under the old covenant and failed, but God through His great grace and mercy gave us a new covenant through the perfect sacrifice of His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, that we are saved, justified, sanctified - including being sanctified - and will ultimately be glorified.  Amen.


  • You understand your calling under Jesus the High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek  king-priest connection; walking/functioning completely in the Spirit and not the flesh.


  • You know and understand the urgency to read, study, and  learn and then apply yourself to what are the awesome, incredible responsibilities, duties, requirements of a Royal Priest of God.  



Amen!


NOTES:


Only a person who is born again can be consecrated  by God to be His Royal Priest here on earth in the here and now and to be in the future physical Kingdom of God on earth.   Therefore, the selection process is straightforward and quite simple. People who are saved are selected to be Royal Priests.


 However, once were saved is when the battle begins, the process of sanctification of growing up to know our true role as Christians and as Royal Priests.  Unfortunately, many are called but few are chosen, they'd rather remain as babies instead of growing up, or they turn back or are distracted with the cares of this world. (although Matthew 22:14 refers to people who have a chance to come to Jesus but don't, I believe this also applies to Christians who turn away or are distracted.) The following verses apply: (Matthew 22:14Luke 9:62; Hebrews 10:38; Matthew 13:21-22 ; Romans 1:18-31.) 


Also, many fall prey to Religion as in what the false church teaches that saints are only those deemed so by the church. (false church). Whereas God tells us plainly that by faith if a common sinner repents and believes in Jesus Christ as his savior, he is born again and by virtue of God's amazing grace the sinner becomes a saint. This is not done by works, the sinner doing works to be saved, but rather this is accomplished by faith alone, i.e. the sinner believes what God says about being saved by believing in Jesus Christ  is true and is justified by this and this alone.


This is pretty amazing considering no one, not one person is justified before God, (Romans 3:20) ; but by God's great grace, as a free gift, God has made anyone who believes in Jesus Christ to be made righteous (holy before God), and justified (blameless before God) and worthy before God to be His saint.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus . (Romans 3:24)


Once we come to know we're saved, we then have to take the call to take up the cross and follow our Lord Jesus..


Many are called but few are chosen Matthew 22:14.  This scripture is talking about people who hear the call to come to Jesus but do not respond meaning they are not saved. But I also believe we can take this to also apply to those who have responded to the initial call and choose to remain as babies drinking milk and do not desire to grow up and mature as Christians hence missing out of many of God's blessings.   
Note milk - meat teaching. 
Note: 
God wants his people to step it up and press in. I know you already know this but it was huge for me when I figured this out. And if the Saints would realize that our interaction with God is what WE make of it. He meets us where we are, and never pushes us or really demands anything of us that we are not willing to give or do. It is up to each of us to participate in this RELATIONSHIP! When many Saints get to heaven God is going to show them everything that they missed out on (their calling, blessings, healing, etc.) while they were here because they would not participate in this awesome relationship. They will also not receive many rewards for the same reason."  (Sarah Beveridge, author of beliversjourney.blogspot.com )


Scriptures and notes on High Priests of God and The Kingdom of God:


1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;



1 Peter 2:5:  you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.



Hebrews 4:14-16:  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. {15} For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. {16} Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


Hebrews 5:1: For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 

Revelation 1:5-6: and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, {6} and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.


Revelation 5:9-10: And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, {10} And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."


Revelation 20:6: Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. 

1 John 5:13-17 :These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. {14} Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. {15} And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.  

Rom. 12:1: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." [Greek: latreia]
Thus, spiritual sacrifices refer to doing good, sharing, and the giving of a gift to one in need. Spiritual sacrifice is said to be holy, acceptable and well pleasing to God.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul directs the saints to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice, which, he says, is their "reasonable service" [intelligent service; Young]. This "reasonable service" is an analogy of the divine service of the priests of Israel:



The apostle Peter, in his first letter, refers to the saints as a "royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:9) and as a "holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices" (1 Pet. 2:5).

In this paper, I will explain why Peter refers to the saints as a priesthood, and just how they offer spiritual sacrifices. I will also show how the holy priesthood and spiritual sacrifices, of which Peter speaks, relate to the Levitical priesthood and carnal sacrifices of the Mosaic covenant. It is not only Peter who uses this analogy, for this idea is found elsewhere in the New Testament.

A Royal Priesthood and a Holy Priesthood

Peter speaks of the saints as a "royal priesthood" to denote their standing "in Christ" (1 Pet. 5:14). Since Christ is King, it follows that those who are in Christ would be royal:
1 Tim. 6:14-16: ... "till the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in His own times He shall shew -- the blessed and only potentate, the King of the kings and Lord of the lords, who only is having immortality "... [Young]
Since the saints have received "sanctification of the Spirit" (1 Pet. 1:2), they are "holy"; that is, set apart for a special purpose. Thus, Peter refers to the saints as members of a "holy priesthood".

Spiritual Sacrifices

1 Pet. 2:5: ..."you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Peter states that the saints, as members of a holy priesthood, offer spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God. Just what are spiritual sacrifices? Other passages of scripture shed light on this topic:
Heb. 13:16: "But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
Phil. 4:18: "Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God."
Rom. 12:1: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." [Greek: latreia]
Thus, spiritual sacrifices refer to doing good, sharing, and the giving of a gift to one in need. Spiritual sacrifice is said to be holy, acceptable and well pleasing to God.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul directs the saints to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice, which, he says, is their "reasonable service" [intelligent service; Young]. This "reasonable service" is an analogy of the divine service of the priests of Israel:
Rom. 9:4: ..."who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service [Greek: latreiaof God, and the promises"...
[Regarding priestly service (Greek: latreia), see also Heb. 9:1 and Heb. 9:6.]
Paul says he acts as a priest, offering the Gentile saints to God, as a spiritual sacrifice:
Rom. 15:15-16: ... "and the more boldly I did write to you, brethren, in part, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me by God, for my being a servant of Jesus Christ to the nations, acting as priest in the good news of God, that the offering up of the nations may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit." [Young]
R.F. Weymouth (New Testament in Modern Speech) renders the above passage as follows:
Rom. 15:15-16: "But I write to you the more boldly -- partly as reminding you of what you already know -- because of the authority graciously entrusted to me by God, that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles, doing priestly duties in connexion with God's Good News so that the sacrifice -- namely the Gentiles -- may be acceptable to Him" ...

The Levitical Priesthood

The book of Leviticus states that the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the peace offering, are offered by the priests. These offerings are spoken of as "a sweet aroma to the LORD":
Lev. 1:3,9: "If his offering is a burnt sacrifice ... And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD."
Lev. 2:1-2: "When anyone offers a grain offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it. ... And the priest shall burn it as a memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD."
Lev. 3:1,5: "When his offering is a sacrifice of peace offering ... and Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is on the wood that is on the fire, as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD."

The Saints as a Sacrifice

Paul uses a different metaphor with regard to the sweet aroma of sacrifice. He speaks of the saints as a sweet fragrance:
2 Cor 2:14-15: "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance [sweet fragrance; Young] of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."
What an honour it is to be called and chosen to be the vessels through whom God diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge. And this honour has been granted to the saints because Christ is our sacrifice.

Christ as Sacrifice

Eph. 5:1-2: "Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."
So, Christ has given Himself for the saints, as an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling aroma.

Conclusion

Peter, in his first letter, speaks of the saints as both a holy priesthood and a royal priesthood. As members of a holy priesthood, they offer up spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to God.
Paul, in his letters, defines spiritual sacrifice. He directs the saints to offer spiritual sacrifices which, he says, are holy, acceptable and well pleasing to God. This is the "reasonable service" of the saints to God, and an analogy of the divine service of the priests of Israel. Also, Paul says he acts as a priest, offering the Gentile saints to God, as a spiritual sacrifice.
The Levitical priesthood, and carnal sacrifices, of the Mosaic covenant are a shadow and a type of the holy and royal priesthood, and spiritual sacrifices, of the New Testament.
Paul depicts the saints as a sacrifice when he speaks of them as "the sweet fragrance of Christ". He speaks of Christ himself as an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling aroma.
Heb. 13:15: ... "let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."
[All scriptural quotations are taken from the NKJV unless marked otherwise.] http://www.sentex.net/~tcc/priest.html


KINGDOM OF GOD NOTES:


Matthew 13 tells us about the mystery form of the Kingdom (Mark 4:11), the Gospel Age - in which the Kingdom of God has invaded Satans Kingdom (who is the ruler on earth), rescuing them and bringing them advanced blessings attributed to the millennial reign (Righteousness, peace, forgiveness, and joy, Rom. 14:17). It is the Kingdom without observation, but is discerned spiritually (John 3:3). It is mentioned only twice in Johns gospel by Jesus to Nicodemus John 3:3, 5. In John 3:3 Jesus told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus further explains in v.6 that one birth is of the flesh (natural) the other is a new birth, (a spiritual birth), which is a necessity. This birth which brings one into the Kingdom (we are to enter the kingdom of God Luke 18:17, 24, 25). It is produced by the seed (the word of God) being scattered on different soil (hearts) and springs to life and grows on the right ground. The seeds that produced the sons of the Kingdom grow together along with the sons of the Evil One until the end of the age - the harvest time. Those of the Kingdom, who have been born into it, will enter into the Kingdom Age with Christ ruling, known as the Millennium; those who do not believe will be rejected. This age has not happened, his literal- physical kingdom has not appeared yet. When we speak of the expansion of Gods kingdom today, it means the spiritual aspect.  
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Comments

  1. Randy,

    Thanks for bringing all these scriptures forth about our priesthood.

    In Exodus, Moses told the Israelites this- (Read this from verse one to get the full context.)

    Exd 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine:
    Exd 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

    Which is also confirmed by Peter -as you noted:

    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:

    There is always a remnant only.

    Deu 7:6 For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth.
    Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye [were] the fewest of all people:
    Deu 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
    Deu 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

    Randy - a thousand generations is roughly 70,000 years!

    God bless, Sarah

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  2. And thank you Sarah for taking my work back to its root, Exodus 19:5,6. Yes wonderful, this really ties in to this separation thing the Holy Spirit has been leading me through this past month in real life, stark events and by signs. (If I may say signs and wonders of a sort for me personally). "But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt." God is really calling us apart, to separate (be in but NOT of this world). On another note, I have no idea what the 70,000 years means. Never noticed that before. I believe this is to be taken literally. Perhaps?

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  3. I believe the 70,000 years is to be taken literally. Just imagine what that implies!!

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  4. Amazing. Brings to mind the scripture, Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man's imagination what God has in store for those who love him. Amen.

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