Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The Royal Priesthood

 


Scripture: 1 Peter 2 v 6 - 9: "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
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:"

If we are aware of the British Royal Family we will know of the intense interest people take in everything they do, say, wear, marry, eat, drink, their palaces or mansions, their journeys, squabbles, traditions, children etc.  They live a life of privilege but have their dramas as well.  

This Royal family are like a microcosm of the Royal Priesthood of God.  It consists of born again believers who are the Body of Jesus Christ.  He is known as the King of Kings, and every part of His Body is royal.  We are this royal priesthood and Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit take even more intense interest in us than the world takes in the Queen and her family.

As priests we need to function by bringing truth to those around us.  Royals have a great influence on society, and so must we.  The Holy Spirit is not an influence that comes upon meetings, He is God and He is in us to empower us with a supernatural influence to draw people to truth and righteousness.

Jesus said if I be lifted up I will draw all men (people) unto Me.  He was lifted up on the Cross and we hung there with Him drawn by the power of God.  He was as a magnet drawing in the dead spirits of every sinner so that all could be resurrected to life.

Now we can lift Him up by exalting Him, sharing the wonders He has done, telling of His miracles, healings, life changing love and wisdom, His forgiveness of sin and everlasting life in Heaven.  And He will draw people to Him again.  

How can they hear without a preacher? We must have our speech seasoned with salt......just enough to make them thirsty for more.  We must have an acceptable answer for those who want more.  We must be the kings and priests we have been called and ordained to be.

There are 333 prophecies in the Old Testament by different authors over a 3500 year span of time that proclaim of the birth, life, ministry, miracles, power, truth, death, resurrection, New Covenant, concerning One Person, the Messiah of the Jews, Bridegroom to Israel, Baptiser in the Holy Ghost.  His name is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Yes He is the King!

Every one of those prophecies was correctly fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ.  The King who laid aside His heavenly crown to be born as a Man so He could know what it is like to be human.  For He was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. 

His Body, us, must be outstanding in showing forth the love, peace, joy, truth that were shown to us.  We have been given life and we must pass on the life-giving message to those who are still dead in their sins.  

The Lord gave me three instructions.....Love, till it hurts; pray till it hurts; and give till it hurts.  In other words go the extra mile in care for others whether friends or strangers, lift them up into the light everlasting so they may walk in truth and safety.

We are chosen, royal, holy and peculiar (meaning different) and we need to be conscious of being given this extraordinary opportunity to serve our King and do the utmost for His Highest.  

Being different from the world means we have been changed by Him from dark to light, from sinners to saints, and we must no longer conform to peer pressure or carry on with errant behaviour as that brings shame on Jesus.  Our very difference should inspire those seeking a way out of a messed up existence, they should know that Jesus is the light shining through us.

He is the Royal Light they must follow and find peace in this turbulent world.  We must shine it into their hard, stubborn hearts until they soften and submit.  Time is definitely running out and we need to make the most of it, even make up for lost time by extra effort.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Jesus said He was going to build a mansion for us.  A royal house for the kings and priests over whom He rules.  Everything we receive is a free gift from Your loving heart and we should be just like You, freely giving that which we have received.  Help us, o God, to be truly royal in our blessing of others.  In Jesus' name. Amen.