Posted by: missionventureministries | March 5, 2012

YOU HAVE MADE THEM TO BE A KINGDOM AND PRIEST TO SERVE OUR GOD – Revelation 5:10

God’s Holy word, tells us that as born again believers by faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we are in fact and unquestionably priests unto Him, and that is an irrevocable position. Here are a few scriptures that validate our status before Almighty God: 

Jesus made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father“from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—  and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6) 

  • “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” (Revelation 5:10) 
  • “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

We come to Him as living stones“And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5) 

We are a royal priesthood“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” (1 Peter 2:9-10) 

Here are some of the requirements of God’s holy priests: 

1.     Must be born again by faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ – Jesus, must be the Lord and Savior of our lives. “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) 

2.     True priests unto God have a deep desire to know and teach the truth; because they believe what Jesus said: “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) 

3.     True priests have a deep desire to study God’s Word, spend time in prayer, to meet with other believers so that they can maintain a close, humble, holy walk with God. They have a deep desire to worship God and the Savior “in spirit and in truth.” Psalm 119:11 describes what is in the heart of a true priest of God: “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”  

4.     As God’s priests we must be faithful to live and teach the truth to our spouses and our children.  There are religious leaders who read from the Bible and pretend to teach the truth, but their kids are wild, destructive, undisciplined brats. “An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?)” (1 Timothy 3:2-5). Study also Titus 1:6-11.  

5.     Priests have been commissioned by God to share the gospel with hell bound sinners; God will lead us to those people that are ready to listen to the gospel.  “And He (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)  

6.     Priests unto God are ambassadors for Christ. “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” . . .  “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 20) 

7.     As priest we are messengers of God. “For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 2:7) 

8.     Priests unto God know that their source of strength comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) 

9.     Priests onto God are to be holy. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

What should a priest unto God do when he or she sins and fails God?  We find God’s gracious answer in 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  

We need to remember that Jesus is our great High Priest and the Father “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

God appointed us to be ministers of Christ Jesus to the lost. He gave us the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the lost once they come to the knowledge of the truth may become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:16)

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