Kings and Priests

Revelation 1:5-7

 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 5:9-11

 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

With the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, we are made to be Kings and Priests. We often hear this in the churches i’ve been in, But, many times it’s passed over. I get it. This is a whole different message than the ones being preached when they come over this point. So today, I’m going to dig into what it means to be both, a King, and a Priest.

King Ragnar Lodbrok of the Vikings tv series said something profound. He was discussing things with a slave girl. But none of that was really important.. What he said at the end was. “It’s funny.. a King and a slave.. both doing the same thing.”

Ragnar Lodbrok was a real Viking King though, if you look back at the old history of England and Paris, and of the Norse themselves.  He was a king who understood kingship in a way that many kings do not.

What does a king do?  He rules. 

Something most don’t understand is how that ruling takes place. Jesus is called the King of the Jews, and the King of Kings.  He washed the feet of his servants. He elevated their status to be His friends. He laid down His life for them and for us.

The job of a King is to rule.. By making a better life for His subjects. Jesus lived it. He didn’t come to make an easier life for us, but to make a better one. In Jeremiah 29:11-13 it states this:

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

That is the truest form of Kingship at it’s finest. A king who rules well, to make a better life for His subjects, expects people to come to Him with their needs.

Now then, a touchy topic that is less understood, is the power that backs Kingship: Dominion.

Way back in Genesis we find this concept. Genesis 1:25-30

 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

But also in Psalm 8 do we find this idea.

 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

There are many more places in scriptures, including the New Testament, which cover the subject, but I think it is time to actually explain it.

First, let us define the word. Dominion: Noun. The power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority. 

In the life of a King who rules properly, making a better life for his subjects, there is all authority and power to do what needs to be done. To have dominion means to have that power over your specific surroundings. Tony Evans puts it like this: God gives us each a garden, in which we are expected to rule well, and do everything in order. When we follow the way the Bible says to do things, the way He intends them to be done, naturally the power of heaven backs us in our way. God gave us the authority to do as we please, to rule well or to rule poorly.  When things are done well and in order, everything falls into place. We are aligned properly with God. When things are not done well, things start to fall apart worse than before.

Yes, things in the life of a christian fall apart often anyways. God desires us to depend on Him regardless of whether or not our lives are going smoothly. Sometimes, He will calm the storm around us, but more often than not, He wants to calm us. But for that, we have to take our dominion, rule well, according to the way He has stated it is to be done, and press ever closer to Him, even into His presence. Another blog for another time. Maybe even next week.

Priesthood. This is where so many start to get out away from what God has declared to be in order. Forgive me if I step on toes, but this is just as important to the Christian life as Kingship.

We are made to be both, Kings and Priests. Kingship has the power of Dominion. When one rules according to God’s word, everything flows as needed, but Dominion covers the physical world and the physical surroundings. It is NOT for the spiritual commission that Jesus gave to us in the book of Luke.

Priests bring people into the presence of the Lord God of Hosts, the Almighty and Omnipotent one.They go beyond the veil into the Presence of God Himself. The veil in the temple was symbolic of the Veil that separates the physical and the spiritual world.  God tore the veil of the temple apart, and at the same time, when the Holy one, Christ, died, the veil separating the worlds was also torn. This is important, as it gives all Christians access to the Throne directly. We are told to come into His presence with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. We, as Christians, having been made priests, are supposed to traverse the veil into the Presence of God. Jesus said that there would come a time when the true worshipers would worship in spirit and in truth. This is a very important thing that gets passed over. In revelation, Jude, and various other places, it talks about being “in the spirit.” This is no accident or mistake. It is supposed to be a constant thing, a deliberate state of being. Yes, there are times when God will sweep you into that world, but as a general rule, we are supposed to go there to His throne ourselves. And that is work. Hard work. But I know why so many christians ignore it. That’s something pagans do and talk about. etc.. Only a medium does that. Blah blah blah. The difference is the god they worship. Our God commands us to come into His presence, and to usher people to His presence.

The power of the priesthood is in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. The Baptism that Christians have is an incredible thing. In the book of Mark 16: 16-18 it tells us what will happen.

 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Oh hey.. look at that. Speaking in tongues. Huh. One of the things that Jesus guarantees will happen if you are a believer. It’s a sign of the supernatural power that He gives to His priesthood. But of course, He won’t force it on you either. Not everyone is comfortable with it. Not everyone gets this particular sign.. especially if you don’t want it. Not everyone gets the baptism of the Spirit. Because they don’t want it.

One of the most amazing things is a christian who doesn’t want God’s power to mark their life. They’re going to heaven, and  that is good enough for them. They might try witnessing a time or two. Or even be a regular time witness. But they’re ignoring the command from God on how to do so.

The great commission is found in multiple places. Christians are generally familiar with it as the call to witnessing, but many are unfamiliar with the instructions on how it is to be done. Let’s look at the instructions, eh?

Luke 24: 44-50

 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

in Acts 1:4-9 it says this:

 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

In order from the top.

  1. Wait for the promise of the Father, being the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and of Fire. Power from on high.
  2. Be witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judaea.
  3. And Samaria.
  4. And unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We are in part 4. Unto the uttermost part of the earth. Nowhere in scriptures does it teach cessation of the power and of the sign gifts. Nowhere in scriptures does it teach that they passed away with the apostles. Nowhere does it teach that because we have the canonized scriptures do the gifts fade away. It wouldn’t make any kind of sense at all for the early church to have power, affirming the church, and then for it to go away. They saw Jesus. Especially at Jerusalem and in Judaea. They had seen the miracles. If anyone needed that power back then to prove themselves, when He had been there performing miracles where all could see, then how much more do we need it now? We are the torchbearers. We have to preach of something we haven’t seen. But good news! God doesn’t call us to preach without power. God wants and desires that we would all have His power to witness with. He wants to show His power among His people. God still works miracles in answer to prayer. He ALSO still works them in answer to faith. Those baptised in the Holy Ghost given the gifts of power get to work miracles in the name of Jesus. And you know, Jesus did say in the book of John 14:12…

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

The works that He refers to? Those would be signs and miracles, that bring people to God, giving God all the glory.

 

This is the power of the priesthood calling that we are given.

As Christians we are called to walk in Dominion and in the Holy Ghost. As Kings and Priests. May we be in prayer evermore to marry these two things properly and draw closer to God.

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