We, the Priesthood of the Almighty

March 22, 2012

We, the Priesthood of the Almighty

Zechariah 3:1-7
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments; and the angel of the LORD was standing by.  And the angel of the LORD enjoined Joshua, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.

Joshua stands to us as an example of a priesthood ministry that God wants to raise up in His people.  This is an awesome calling and one we can’t relate with in the natural mind.   We can only grasp it and really lay hold of it with the mind of Christ who is the High Priest of our confession.
This passage is in type, a reflection of what Peter has spoken in 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:.”  We are like Joshua standing before the Lord in the spirit.  Satan, the accuser is there, at our right hand bringing before us and before the Lord all the filth and vileness in our lives as he heaps our unworthiness out by the bushel basket.  As we stand there with our head hung low, our shame revealing the filthy garments that clothe us, the Lord has had enough and He speaks.  The first thing He says is, ‘satan, put a cork in it.’  “The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem”, (a city made up of a whole lot more like Joshua), “rebuke you.”  When the Lord speaks, even satan has to listen.  “Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”  Of course, that is exactly what satan is squawking about?  He had you and I going to hell, the judgement had already been pronounced and we were destined for the fire when God reached down and plucked us out.
Why would He choose this priest dressed with filthy garments, covered with ugliness and the stench of sin?  And how did he become a high priest other than the fact that God appointed and ordained that he should be one?  Why should He want us, let alone make us anything great in Him?  But if He is willing to pluck us out of the fire and clothe us in the righteousness of Christ, what should be our response to such a high and holy calling?  Like Joshua, God is removing our filthy garments of flesh and sinfulness, for he says, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.”  What could be richer than the righteousness of Christ and His blood that cleanses us from all unrighteousness?  Then the Lord says, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” And so they did.  That turbine is like a mitre or diadem.  When the Lord places that turbine on our heads it is like a renewing of our minds.  We become spiritually minded and no longer earthly minded.  We are putting on the mind of Christ.  Every day we put this turbine on as we are not “conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Joshua in the Old Testament is the equivalent of Jesus in the New Testament.  Are we not Christians, “little Christ”, members in particular, that make up the body of Christ?  Are we not the expression and the members that carry out the orders and ministry of our head, Jesus Christ?  In Christ we carry that office of who He is, our High Priest.  How does He draw the world to Himself and the saving knowledge of Christ if it is not by His body moving under the power and unction of the Holy Spirit?  Are you beginning to catch a glimpse of the priesthood ministry that is in you and I, if this high priesthood ministry is operating in us now, how much more at His coming?
There is an order and hierarchy in God.  While we, as believers, are all redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and a part of the general assembly of saints.  There are those in His body that are responding to a higher calling, as Paul puts it in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” There is a call from heaven for those that have ears to hear to come up higher.   It is a calling to lay aside the ordinary, the common and the “good”, to find not only what is the “acceptable” will of God, but, even more, what is the “perfect” will of God.  God, our Father, has made a way into the Holiest of Holies; through the cross He has rent the veil and given us access.  We are being given a high holy privilege to respond to His call.  Paul saw it and spent His life running for it.  How about you and I?   Will we be willing to respond to the priest hood ministry we have in Christ?  Remember the priest ministered between God and man.  This calling is much higher than just being a priest or preacher in the natural.   Are we willing to come out of the shallow end of the pool and swim into the depths where our feet no longer touch the bottom?  God is calling us up higher, how will you respond to that call?


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