Priests and Kings in New Jerusalem

New JerusalemIn New Jerusalem the slaves of God and of the Lamb “will serve Him” and “they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3, 5). To serve God in this verse is to serve as a priest; see the post
God’s Slaves Serve in New Jerusalem
The slaves of God and the Lamb are both priests and kings.

The function of the priests is to pass through the outer court and the holy place to be in the presence of God in the holy of holies. By coming here, the priests are infused with God’s shining and thereby can express Him. The function of the kings is to rule over the earth while being under God’s ruling. This is to represent God.

The priests and kings correspond with the two aspects of God’s intention in His creation of man. Genesis 1:26 says, “God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

Man was created in God’s image for man to express God. This is fulfilled in the priesthood. Man was given God’s dominion for man to represent God in ruling the earth. This is fulfilled in the kingship. In New Jerusalem all God’s redeemed people will serve Him as priests and kings, thereby fully realizing His intention expressed in Genesis 1.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Priests and Kings in God’s Plan | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View
  2. How the Priesthood and the Kingship Fulfill God's Purpose in Creating Man — a God-man in Christ

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