Holy People, a Royal Priesthood

 

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The priest would lift their hands to God, and with their fingers form the Hebrew letter s or shin, believing that they were calling down the Shekinah glory.

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2Co 5:18-19 NKJ)

 

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; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1Pe 2:9-10 NKJ)

And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”  (Rev 5:9-10 NKJ)

God reconciled us to himself, not the other way around, though when you look at some aspects of Christianity today, one might be led to believe that the God – Man relationship is on man’s terms. Neither does this reconciliation put us on equal terms with God.  You know as a child that one day you might inherit the family jewels, but that in no way made you a co-equal with your parents. A reality you soon discovered should you think otherwise.

This ministry and word of reconciliation restores us back to the position of being priests, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Paul says in 2 Cor 5:20, “so we  are ambassadors, speaking on behalf of Messiah, as though God were making his appeal trough us.” (NKT) We’re a foretaste of the Kingdom to come, here and now on this earth, light bearers, reflecting his glory, bringing the light into the darkness.  As John tells us in Rev 5:10, “Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth.” He did it all.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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