Priests and Kings in God’s Plan

New JerusalemRevelation 22:3, 5 tell us that in New Jerusalem the slaves of God and of the Lamb will serve Him as priests and that they will reign as kings forever and ever. My prior post pointed out that to be priests and kings corresponds to the image and dominion revealed in God’s creation of man (Genesis 1:26-28).

Today we live in the kingdom as a hidden spiritual reality (Romans 14:17). When the Lord returns His kingdom will be manifested openly (Revelation 11:15-17).

The present and future aspects of the kingdom are seen in Revelation 5:9-10, which has a heavenly praise to the Lamb, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain and have purchased for God by Your blood men out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made them a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign on the earth.” We, the people redeemed by Christ’s death, have been made a kingdom and priests already and we will reign in the future.

Christ’s openly manifested priesthood and kingdom, and our serving and reigning with Him, is seen initially in Revelation 20:6, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Both today (Philippians 3:10) and in that age (Philippians 3:11), resurrection is a key to our participation in the priesthood and kingdom.

Christ’s visible priesthood and kingdom with all God’s people will ultimately be manifested in New Jerusalem and is described in Revelation 22:3-5.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Yes, the Triune God Himself is our blessing! What could be greater than being one with Him? Any physical blessing would pale in comparison.

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    • Yes, the more we live in the present reality of the kingdom, the more we realize that physical things are not the real blessings.

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