A Kingdom of Priests, Both Now and In New Jerusalem

Revelation 1:5-6 and 5:9-10 tell us that the redemption of Jesus Christ has made us a kingdom of priests. This status will continue unto eternity in New Jerusalem.

Even in the Old Testament it was God’s intention to have a kingdom of priests. In Exodus 12-14 was the redemption of the Passover, followed by the departure from Egypt. Based on this, God’s word to Israel in Exodus 19 was,

You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My personal treasure from among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

New JerusalemLater, Israel turned away from obeying the Lord’s voice and worshipped a golden calf. As a result of this failure, and due to the positive reaction of the tribe of Levi, the priesthood was restricted to Aaron and his descendants.

This restriction of the priesthood to a small fraction of God’s people was not God’s intention. This temporary restriction was removed by the redemption of Christ.

Today we could turn away from the Lord’s word. This does not take us out of the priesthood but it annuls our function. However, we can confess our sins and be forgiven and cleansed (1 John 1:7, 9). Then we will be back in the light and able to resume participation in the priesthood.

May we confess so that we may live in the light and participate in the priesthood now while awaiting the fuller and unvarying priesthood in New Jerusalem.

___Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
_____In the spirit seek His face;
___Ask and listen in His presence,
_____Waiting in the secret place.____words_music

Photo by Scott Bauer, courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

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