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Our Royal Position

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Our Royal Position

by George Bentch

In 1 Peter 2:9 the apostle refers to the Christians as a royal priesthood. Such a title is a great honor bestowed upon us poor mortals. It sets a high standard for us to live up to. In Revelation 1:5 John tells us how Jesus Christ loved and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Then verse six says, "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father…" (Rev. 1:6). Since a king is counted as royalty, we are indeed a royal priesthood. Such a position is not to be taken lightly, for it carries great responsibility. It is a God-ordained position.

Hebrews 5:4-5 tells us, "No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee." We are called to service by the Word of God. It is an honor to have the opportunity to become his servant.

In Hebrews 5:6 God is quoted saying, "…Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." This man is a character of great interest. He is believed to have been a disciple of Shem, the son of Noah. After being taught about God, he consecrated himself to God’s service. God gave him both a kingdom and a priesthood, making him a type of Christ. Hebrews 7:4 says, "Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils." Melchisedec was indeed an honored ser-vant of God.

Just as Jesus did not take the position of high priest to himself (Heb. 5:4), we do not assume the king/priest position as our own. When we learn the truth of the gospel and obey it we are made free from sin. We do not join the church. Acts 2:47 tells us, "the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Other translations read, "those who were being saved." When we obey from the heart, we are made free from sin. It is then that we are counted worthy of the king/priest position.

Hebrews 7:5 mentions Levi as the father of the Israelite priesthood. He is indeed one to pattern our lives after. Look at what God said about him. "My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts" (Mal. 2:5-7). No wonder the priests were chosen from Levi’s descendants!

Sadly, a stern rebuke was given to the priests in Malachi’s day. They left a pattern to be avoided! Verse 8 says, "But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts."

We as kings and priests have a duty to know and teach the law of the kingdom–the church Christ built. We are messengers carrying the gospel, the good news of the wonderful love of God. We must not depart out of the way of truth. Paul wrote, "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also" (Rom. 1:14-15). In 1 Corinthians 9:16 he wrote, "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" We dare not stand among those who depart out of the way. We must conduct ourselves as those who will give account of how we have discharged the obligation of kings and priests. Beware of him who saw such good in Levi and such evil in his descendants. It is He who said, "I hate every false way."

Those who choose to serve God are given great honor. Not only are we kings and priests, but 1 John 3:2 says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God…" Such blessing and such honor should bring us to our knees in adoration of the God who so loved us that he gave his Son for our redemption. Without that redemption we would have no hope of attaining the exalted position of kings and priests. –105 W. Jefferson, Richland, MO 65556

 

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