21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 21

Episode 4

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Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2).” Revelation chapter 1 tells us that the Lord loves us and made us priests. In addition to chapter 1, chapters 5 and 20 also talk about our priesthood. Not only are we priests today, we will also be priests in the Millennium and in eternity. We will be kings with the Lord. 1 Peter chapter 2, verse 9 calls us a royal priesthood, similar to the Lord who is a king and a priest at the same time. It’s very precious. We were once sinners far away from God. Now He has greatly elevated us. He made us priests that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Message

Many passages in the New Testament give accounts of priests. For example, Revelation chapters 5 and 20 tell us that we are priests now and forever. Chapter 20 talks about those who will die for the testimony of Jesus during the 7- year tribulation and rise again. Revelation 20: 4-6 read, “… they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.” During the Millennium, we will be kings with the Lord and reign with Him on earth. We will be priests of God and of Christ to bless many.

1 Peter 2: 9 makes it very clear. The people of Israel did not become priests. It is very precious that today, all of us who believe in the Lord are priests. It is clearly written in Revelation chapter 5 that we are priests and will reign on earth. This is so precious! In the Old Testament, kings could not be priests, and neither could priests be kings. Psalm 110 says that the Lord is both a priest and a king at the same time. Isn’t that precious?! The Lord is the “firstborn of the firstborn.” We are united with Him. He is both a priest and a king, and so are we. It is so precious! I wrote a poem on how the Lord’s gentleness made me great. Isn’t it precious? We were once far away from God, but now we are priests of God, the closest to Him. Now we help others to be close to Him.

1 Peter 2: 9 reads, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Isn’t it very precious that we are a royal priesthood?

In this passage, the Lord wants us to “proclaim.” Romans chapter 15 tells us to minister in the priestly service of the gospel of God. Therefore, priests need to preach the gospel, to bring many people to God. After they believe, we need to help them to deeply experience God. This reminds me of an incident with Peter. It happened at the time when Peter did not know the Lord that well. When he saw the Lord’s glory, he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8) In contrast, do you see how precious 1 Peter is? Peter was transformed to be so glorious. He realized his true identity. Today the Lord has greatly elevated us. We ought to enjoy the blessings of being the firstborn, especially the blessing of being a royal priest.

Series 21

Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

Message Date: 2020-05-10

A priest is closest to God, and his duties are extremely honourable. Such honour cannot be obtained by oneself, but was given by God. The Father swore and did not change His mind, that the Lord was to be our high priest. Being a priest meant that the Lord must first become a man. He also offered Himself as a sin offering, aiming to bring us perfectly before God. Since we received the Lord, we’ve been given the blessing of the firstborn–to be a royal priest. In the Old Testament time, a king could not be a priest at the same time; so he could not offer any sacrifice. Many Bible passages mention priests, who would offer sacrifices, because God wanted man to be close to Him. When man sinned and strayed away from God, God had already prepared salvation for man. Before the law, there had been offerings of sacrifices. This illustrated that the Lord was to come to die for us, save us from the punishment of sins and reconcile us with God. The heads of the household such as Noah, Job, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, etc all built altars and offered sacrifices. Today, all believers have become royal priests. We who were once far from God are now closest to Him. We should live out the life of a priest: offer ourselves as living sacrifices to serve God. First and foremost, we should draw near to God and offer Him praises. In the Old Testament time, the priests should first eat of the sacrifices and the showbread; these illustrate that today we should enjoy the Lord Himself. As priests, we should also pass on knowledge, teaching others to know God, draw near to Him, experience Him and understand His will. Before the Lord comes back, may there be the most glorious groups of priests who deeply experience God. May these priests bring to the world the most precious–God Himself. Episode 1 The Father Made the Lord the High Priest Episode 2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn Episode 3 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (1) Episode 4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2) Episode 5 Live out the Life of a Priest
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21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest

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21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn

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21.3 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (1)

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21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

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21.5 Live Out the Life of a Priest