One of the aspects of the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth that believers look forward to the most is being granted the promised roles of king and priest in His Kingdom. But how often have we stopped to examine what specific responsibilities we will have as governors and leaders in God’s Kingdom? What can we learn from scripture about these responsibilities? What will be expected of us if and when God makes us kings and priests? Do we know the answers to these questions? If we do not, I hope by the end of this message we have some idea of what will be expected of us.
Why Do We Expect To Be Kings And Priests Anyway?
Let us begin with an even more basic question. Why do believers think that they will become rulers when Jesus Christ returns anyway? What gives us this expectation in the first place? And what warnings can we learn from other people who have had this expectation but did not do the work necessary themselves to prepare themselves to be kings and priests with God? I would like to address these issues first, before we look specifically at what God requires of those who wish to be kings and priests in His Kingdom.
There are two passages that seem to be most familiar to Christians when they expect to become kings and priests and rulers in the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Let us first turn to the Parable of the Minas in Luke 19:11-27. This passage tells us about the way that Jesus Christ will determine who rules over how many cities in His Kingdom. Though it is a parable, it is widely seen as referring to the way we will be selected as rulers. Luke 19:11-27 reads as follows: “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authroity over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be ruler over five cities.’ Then another came, saying ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you were an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from he who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.”
This is a very sobering message, and we ought to ponder it seriously. First of all, Jesus is that nobleman who went into the far kingdom of heaven to receive His kingdom and then to eventually return back to earth to establish His rule. The people of the earth, both Jews and many of those who call themselves Christian, do not really want to live under His laws and His authority, which they have rebelled against for nearly two thousand years since His resurrection. Here in this parable, Jesus gives His believers the same amount of money, symbolic of the Holy Spirit and wisdom that God gives us when we are converted and baptized and repent of our sins and have the laying on of hands. Based on the fact that the gift was the same, Jesus then rewards believers with cities to rule in His kingdom based on their trading—their work and development of their God-given natural talents and abilities. The more dilligent a servant in developing their spiritual maturity, the more cities the servant is given to rule. Those who are lazy servants who fail to develop their gifts are not given any cities to rule at all. And those who rebel against the rule of Jesus Christ and God’s law are then killed by God for their rebellion. Let us not be named in the last two of these categories.
Let us look at one other passage that is often used to justify the belief that we will be kings and priests in God’s kingdom. Let us look at 1 Peter 2:9-10. This passage is very straightforward in telling us that we will be kings and priests. 1 Peter 2:9-10 reads as follows: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
We are right to see this passage as promising us that all believers entering into His kingdom are called to become priests and kings in that kingdom. Leadership and rulership are not limited to those who have fancy titles or high positions of authority right now in the Church, but are rather for all believers who develop the spiritual gifts within them that God has given us all. But there is a warning here, because this promise has not only been given to the Church of God. Let us turn to Exodus 19:5-6 to read this promise being given at Mount Sinai to the ancient Israelites as well. Exodus 19:5-6 reads as follows: “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all of the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
This message ought to give us a very serious warning about what God expects of His people. For the Israelites too, including the Jews, were a special people and a chosen nation, but their failure to obey God’s covenant led them to be rejected as His holy nation and chosen priesthood. Even those individual Jews and Israelites who believe do so by being grafted into spiritual Israel, the Church, under the New Covenant established by Christ’s death and resurrection, and not the old covenant. They obey the same commandments of God, but they must recognize Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If God rejected Israel and Judah for their nonperformance of their covenantal duties, might He not do the same with us if we too are found to be unprofitable, wicked, and lazy servants?
The Duties Of A King
What are the duties of a king over several cities ruling under God? Have you have stopped to ponder what it is that a governor would be expected to do? And, by implication, what would He be expected to know about God’s law in order to apply it as a ruler over several cities? Do you know God’s law, and can you apply it and enforce it? If not, are you willing to learn it before Jesus Christ returns? I hope you are, if you expect to be granted rulership by Jesus Christ over people in His Kingdom.
To look at an example of what a governor was expected to know, let us look at the example of Nehemiah. As a governor, Nehemiah had to deal with Jewish citizens who were not very interested in obeying the law, and he was forced to enforce God’s law in the province where he ruled. Let us look at two examples of God’s laws that Nehemiah enforced as the governor of Judah, and let us ask ourselves if we know enough about God’s laws to enforce these laws, and others, ourselves if we were in Nehemiah’s shoes.
First, let us look at Nehemiah 5:1-13, to see how Nehemiah dealt with the problem of the rich exploiting the poor. If we were in Nehemiah’s shoes as a leader, would be be able or willing to enforce those laws of God that prevent the exploitation of the poor by the rich? Would we even realize they existed or still applied? Nehemiah 5:1-13 reads as follows: “And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren. For there were those who said, “We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live.” There were also some who said, “We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine.” There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been bought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards.” And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, “Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.” So I called a great assembly against them. And I said to them, “According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?” Then they were silenced and found nothing to say. Then I said, “What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of our reproach of the nations, our enemies? I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury! Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them.” So they said, “We will restore it, and we will require nothing from them; we will do as you say.” Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to the promise. Then I shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property who does not perform this promise. Even thus may be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord. Then the people did according to this promise.”
Let us ask ourselves a few questions. Are we more interested as leaders in hobnobbing with the wealthy and powerful or with enforcing God’s law wherever we have been given authority. Often the wealthy and powerful use their wealth and power to exploit the poor. Here we see that the poor Jews had mortgaged their homes and properties to pay for food and taxes and had even been forced to sell their children into servitude. Nehemiah had no interest in appealing to the wealthy and enjoying their parties and support—he enforced Leviticus 25:36, which forbids the charging of any interest whatsoever to a poor Israelite. Are we familiar with this law and its implications in our societies? Are we prepared to enforce these biblical laws against banks and credit card companies and other businesses that routinely charge interest to the poor? Do we recognize the theft that such companies engage in by profiting off of the want and poverty of others? To their credit, the wealthy Jews, when faced with Nehemiah’s righteous anger, gave back the slaves, property, interest, and grain that they had taken from the poor. Will we be able to show the same passionate defense of the interests of the poor if and when we are placed over cities? Will we be honorable and godly leaders like Nehemiah, more concerned that God’s laws are obeyed than that we receive the adoration of elites? If we are more concerned with pleasing and hobnobbing with the wealthy and powerful than obeying and enforcing God’s law, we will not enter God’s kingdom, much less rule in it. Let us consider that a warning.
Let us look at another example from Nehemiah that shows how a godly governor behaves when confronted with disobedience to God’s laws. Let us now turn to Nehemiah 13:15-22. Here we see how Nehemiah enforced the Sabbath in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 13:15-22 reads as follows: “In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem in the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions. Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath day to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, “What evil thing is this tha tyou do, by which you profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath. So it was, at the gates of the Jerusalem, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day. Now the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. Then I warned them, and said to them, “Why do you spend the night around the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you!” From that time on they came no more on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy.”
What was the problem here? There were several problems that Nehemiah was dealing with, actually. For one, people in Judah were working on the Sabbath. This is unacceptable under biblical law, namely the Ten Commandments, which require everyone, whether a servant or even a stranger within the gates of a believer, to rest on the Sabbath from their labors. Only the priests and Levites, who were commanded here to guard the gates of Jerusalem to keep out merchants from the city of Jerusalem, were to work on this day to do God’s work. Not only was it a sin for the Jews to work on the Sabbath, but it was also a sin for the nobles to profit from the work of anyone else on the Sabbath. It is also a sin for believers to purchase goods and services, even to go to the market and buy some fried chicken, on the Sabbath day. The Sabbath is to be free from our business interests and our laboring, or the forcing of others to labor on our behalf and for our profit. Even the men of Tyre were forbidden from selling to believers on the Sabbath day. And, as Hebrews 4:9 reminds us, the seventh Day Sabbath remains for the people of God, as interpreted and enforced by Nehemiah. Are we willing and able to enforce such Sabbath laws in our own domains, where we have the authority? Do we even know what the godly standard of Sabbath observance is? If not, we will not be governors in God’s kingdom, because only those who know and obey God’s laws will be given the authority to enforce them on others.
The Duties of a Priest
Hopefully our detailed examination of the duties of a governor (or king) in God’s Kingdom has opened our eyes as to how much more knowledge of God’s law is required than is typically understood by the average believer. And truly the responsibilities of a ruler of five or ten cities in God’s kingdom are great. But the responsibilities that we read in Nehemiah only cover the duties of a civil ruler. We still have yet to discuss the duties of a priest, a religious leader, in the Kingdom of God. Let us do so briefly next.
2 Chronicles 19:4-11 tells us the duties of a priest as a judge of the sins of the people. This passage makes it clear what sort of difficult responsibilities a priest in the Kingdom of God faces. 2 Chronicles 19:4-11 reads as follows: “So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers. Then he set judges throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” Moreover, in Jerusalem, for the judgment of the Lord and for controversies, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests, and some of the chief fathers of Israel, when they returned to Jerusalem. And he commanded them, saying, “Thus you shall act in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart: whatever case comes to you from your brethren who dwell in their cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statues or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against the Lord and wrath come upon you and your brethren. Do this, and you will not be guilty. And take notice: Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters; also the Levites will be officials before you. Behave courageously, and the Lord will be with the good.”
This passage tells us some of the responsibilities of a priest of God who serves a godly king. The priests and Levites were sent out as judges into the towns, and some of them remained to handle the difficult cases that were appealed to Jerusalem. The judges were to be fair judges, not showing partiality to poor or rich, to male or female, to one people or tribe over another, nor taking bribes from anyone. They were also commanded to judge offenses to the law, between degrees of guilt, as well as the judgment of whether people obeyed all of God’s laws. Do we know the difference between murder and manslaughter? Do we know the difference between the penalties for theft and kidnapping, or even the theft of different animals? If we do not know the law of God, we cannot be judges of the law, for those who do not understand the law cannot judge according to it. And without a knowledge of God’s law we cannot teach that law to others as was the responsibility of the priests and Levites.
The task of a king or a priest is a difficult one. Civil leaders, such as kings and governors, enforce the law of God with the power of the sword, punishing evildoers and making sure that the law is obeyed, by force if necessary. This is what Nehemiah did, after all. Religious leaders, the priest and Levites, are responsible for teaching the law to the people and for judging obedience to the law as well as the degrees of disobedience, from disobeying through ignorance or weakness to presumptuous and high-handed rebellion against God. If we do not know God’s law well enough to apply it or interpret it or enforce it, God will not make us rulers in His kingdom. We must first rule ourselves before we will be given rule over others, and we must know God’s law before we can teach it. Therefore, if we are not yet qualified to rule as a godly leader, let us take the time we have remaining on this earth to prepare ourselves for our God-given task, so that we may be the wise and faithful servant who is given ten cities to rule, and not the foolish and lazy servant who is given none at all. For God will only give rule to those who are ready to fulfill those responsibilities. Let us not delay in making ourselves ready, with the help of godly ministers as well as the scriptures to help us to understand God’s laws and ways. May we all be kings and priests together when Jesus Christ returns to set up His kingdom. I hope to see you and rule with you there.
Great reminder to live our lives as ambassadors for Christ.
That was the aim :D.
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Thanks for the link.
I never knew any of this… Thank you for the great teachings. god bless you.
You’re very welcome :).
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Now I know it’s going to be a difficult task and it’s going to be a life of joy! I love Joy which means: Jesus (God the Son), Others (Those outside and inside the church) and Yourself (You in context of church and everyday life).
That’s a good way to put it.
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It seems as though you are referring to kingship and priesthood as something reserved for after Christ return. I see it as present, past, and future. We should be taking authority over our sphere of influence as well as offering priestly services for those within that sphere. Just my thoughts for what there worth.
I wholeheartedly agree, but this was a message given at a particular time for a purpose of talking about the future. If time permits, I will revisit the subject looking at the present as well.
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Thank you so profoundly for clearly bringing out the very important roles and responsibilities of priests and kings.
Indeed, it is important to have faith, to be bold and fearless in order to exercise the power of the Holy Spirit in Christians who are true believers in Jesus Christ and are filled with the person of the Holy Spirit. Armed with clear knowledge, lacking not, any information, by reading and meditating in the Holy word of God, this great power, we, Christians can do all things in Jesus name. We, the born again, priests and kings, are the chosen people to influence positive change by empowering leaders to rule with Godly principles like Nehemiah, to upscale rule of law for abundance peace, love and unity.
In my view, we, the kings and priests must wake up and take up our responsibilities, to play our roles in today’s ailing democratic economies, effectively influencing Godly principles to evolve equity distribution in social and economic development of nations in this earthly kingdoms.
May God forgive me, all my fellow kings and priests for our lack of knowledge and fearfulness.
Thank you once more for sharing the message. It is timely and precisely answers my curiosity. I am grateful to God. The spirit of God led me to this text.
All the Glory to God.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts; I hope I can encourage people to take these responsibilities seriously, and I hope you are able to do so as well.
I’m glad you thought so.
Does this apply equally to both men and women? So my question is has God purposed woman to be kings and priests in the Age to come at all, and if so to what extent? What kind of opportunities do woman have in learning, developing and practising the spiritual gifts necessary to one day become the Lord’s kings/priests when in this life woman are to take care of the welfare of their family, being consigned to the domestic sphere ‘primarily’. Are we then led to believe that this foreshadows males of this age having more duties/rewards/authority (given ten cities as opposed to one or two) above females in the New Heavens and New Earth in a similar manner to how men have been given authority over woman in this Age? Or does the woman receive her reward by virtue of their husband’s/father’s standing with the Lord? So sharing the reward/inheritance with the male who was authority over her during her earthly incarnation? What if the woman has no husband and the father is a non-believer and she was stuck taking care of her siblings and parents all her life?
This is a question I’ve been wrestling with for years, studying the Word to examine biblical gender roles and reading articles online to get a better perspective.
It is clear that men are a specific role in this age which woman should not compete with men over. God more often than not is represented as masculine, angels as well. 144 000 male virgins are set aside as the firstfruits during the end times. Again the Torah was given to and even addresses males, not females. Woman was created for man, not the other way around; woman was created from the man, not the other way around either; man was created first, and the woman was fashioned as a helper for man); and man exemplifies Christ in the Christ-Church marriage, meaning again the man has authority over the woman. I don’t intend to belittle the feminine gender because man is not independent of woman, but I’m trying to point out how God views genders differently. On this point, nowhere does God allow polyandry but polgyny is allowed (according to the hardness of men’s hearts some contest, but even Jesus and God the Father are shown through analogies/allegories as being betrothed or married to more than one ‘woman’). I respect this because these are the decrees of the Lord, and yes, woman in the 21st century have more leeway and opportunity to work outside of the home, but then what of ancient Jewish woman? And what of the future epoch? Will woman be assessed according to how well they raised children? How good of an assistant they were to the man?
I seek to learn the Truth however hard it may be to accept. Please, if you could, write an article addressing the Lord’s place for woman in the New Heavens and New Earth, even during the millennium — if of course you believe that Jesus will rule in earthly Jerusalem before all things are made new.
I’ve been searching and there aren’t many articles addressing this issue. I also trust that you (Nathanal Bright) revere the Word of the Lord.
But if anyone else can respond (in-depth) to this comment I’d appreciate that too!
Thanks for your comment and questions; I definitely would not mind writing an article in the last; I’m glad you didn’t expect a short answer in the comments.
Looking forward to that. Many thanks!
You’re very welcome.
While reading your query it occurred to me that God’s word has already answered your questions regarding the role women will play in God’s kingdom. A quick review of Mat.:30, Mark 12:25, and Luke :20:36 indicate that humans after the resurrection will be as the angels. This implies that we will be asexual with common characteristics, Paul also implies this same conclusion in Galatians 3:26-29 when he says there are neither bond nor free, neither Jew nor Greek, neither male nor female, but we are all one in Jesus.
Let’s all just get there and God will sort it all out
I think that’s a wise policy. I think the concern is not so much gender in the world to come, but how it should affect the way we serve as kings and priests in this world, and the sort of honor and respect (or lack thereof) that is connected. Thanks for your comments, though.
Yes, that’s it. While interesting I believe the topic of whether gender will indeed exist after the resurrection bypasses the more pressing issue: I’m concerned for myself and other woman alike who don’t know where their ‘energies’ ought to be directed in this present life. Can we strive for a better lot spiritually: studying the Word and exercising that knowledge through a career in ministry on par with men? If we can’t and the Lord still expects gender dynamics to be respected, then it seems woman of this Age will still be ‘under’ men of this Age even in the Millennium and beyond because a man reaps according to what he sows…and how he nourishes that which he sows of course.
Within the Bible the shower of the seed is always perceived as being male even when this is not blatantly expressed. Biblically women are primarily ‘homemakers’ who are seen as ‘extensions’ of the men in their lives (either their father or husband). Extensions and subordinates. In this wayward era of human existence not all believing woman can marry, some get divorced sadly, and some simply choose to be single for life in order to focus more fully on God. Bearing in mind those cases there is a very distinct possibility that these woman also have unbelieving fathers. So I think woman who are followers of Christ do worry about their end… But at the same time we cannot overlook that woman might be in danger of overstepping boundaries, being overly ambitious, seeking independence from men that God might have never wanted them to. Then there are those woman who merely want to compete with men out of envy because they percieve males as having the more prestigious role. God didn’t create males and females the same. He clearly has a different purpose for both in this current life. Will that affect life eternal? Some woman like myself are genuinely confused about our identity, purpose and value in the sight of the Lord. We also don’t want to repeat the sin of Eve, rebelling against the male headship, incurring much penalty from the Lord without knowing it, but at the same time those very woman might be: lecturing at universities, occupying managerial positions in the secular world, (for the very few) leading a nation, and more significantly preaching at church. What if none of these please the Lord? Woman need to be taught the truth despite how harsh it may be to thier postmodern egalitarian sensitivities. Be given a chance to obey God, if they will…
I speak as an unmarried male myself, albeit one who tries to be fair-minded and scriptural in what I say. I believe a lot of women struggle with that tension between wanting to live as God wishes them to live and take the Bible seriously and authoritatively avoiding the sin of Eve. I don’t think it’s easy to find answers to the sorts of questions you have for godly men or women. Clearly this is not a perfect world that lives according to God’s ways, and I believe that there are many wrong interpretations of scriptures that would seek to justify a patriarchy that God only tolerated because of the hardness of men’s hearts as well as among more contemporary egalitarian views that would destroy any distinction between male and female in this present physical existence. I’m glad I understood your concerns correctly, though.
Sad, but I hear you: we need to adapt to our current context and sometimes that will call for blurring gender boundaries, to a degree of course. I’ve often struggled with the overly patriarchal tones of the Bible, and found this hard to reconcile with the character of the Son of God, but believing both had to right… I couldn’t imagine contesting the former believing that would in a way refute the sacred origins of Scripture. So it wasn’t necessarily right…
I understand; I think it is common when looking at descriptive aspects of the Bible (like the life of the biblical patriarchs, and many other areas) to think that such aspects are ideal until one reads a discussion by Jesus Christ about marriage and divorce that says that divorce was permitted in the law because of the hardness of men’s hearts, which would apply to polygamy and other aspects of the ancient biblical world that many of us find unpleasant or off-putting. It is how we interpret the Bible and how we apply it to our own world that is of particular interest. I’m intrigued in the subject as a whole, and have much to reflect and study upon.
Even in years to come I’d be interested to read the fruit of that research, as I’ll still (most probably) be searching for those answers myself. The Word of the Lord is deep, intricate and a fountain of never-ending wisdom for those who search through it diligently.
All the best.
All the best to you as well; I agree with you there about the depth of the Word.
Job 22:28New King James Version (NKJV)
28 You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
A king decrees a thing and it is so. Jesus said it this way…Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
A king uses his authority to change things by declaring it. Jesus demonstrated this by speaking to the wind and waves and they obeyed. Jesus spoke to the tree and it died. Jesus spoke to the centurion’s servant and he was healed.
By contrast a priest intercedes before the throne room of God for himself and His people to change things. Jesus is king of kings and lord of lords. Believers rule as God’s people when we use the authority God has given us.
I like that conclusion; it’s very straightforward. Thanks for sharing.
Does Deneo has an e- mail address? Can I ask her permission from you- (Nathan Albright ) ? I believe in the proper teaching of God’s Word and would like to introduce her to a Church filled with the Holy Spirit who offers sound Biblical teaching on line without costs. It’s a blessing from the LORD. Vickie.
I don’t have any e-mail address from her, but if she shares it in a future comment (?) you can talk with her in private.
Hi Vickie, could you leave your email address instead : ) You have my word I’ll contact you as soon as I receive it. Or you could leave an url?
Wonderful exposition . It is very instructive and edifying .
I’m glad you appreciated it 🙂
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Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God that he will establish on this earth and how to enter in to it and the positions he establishes for man in his Kingdom. Jesus also taught how to be saved from the wrath of God. Thank you for this discernment.
You’re very welcome 🙂
If everyone can be a King and Priest…who will they RULE OVER?? Who has need of a priest if EVERYONE wants to be a priest by his own selfish desire. God doesn’t work like that. We cannot tell God who will be invited to serve as Kings and Priests in the Kingdom of God and his son Christ Jesus.
The Bible clearly tells us at REV. 7 that there is a limited number that will sit on thrones, but verse 9 says there will be an un numbered great crowd that are in front of the thrones.
The audience I am speaking to mainly consists of believers, those who can be expected to enter into the first resurrection, rather than the massive audience of those who are not believers and who will enter into that great multitude to be ruled over, as you say.
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Praise God am a born again child of God washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ in this I am a very greatful to Him all Glory to God.
How will I know that am walking or doing according or towards the kingship and priesthood of the the Kingdom of God in my day to day life?
You know by meeting the terms that are spoken of in Exodus 19 and 1 Peter 2. If you are doing the things that are commanded there, you know you are moving and walking towards that priesthood.