Called to Priesthood

July 31, 2020

Hebrews 5:1-6

Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.

 4No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,

   “You are my Son;

      today I have become your Father.” 6And he says in another place,

   “You are a priest forever,

      in the order of Melchizedek.”

Called to Priesthood

                             1 Peter 2:9 says, ” But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  Revelations 1:5b-6, “… To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”  Revelations 5:10 declares, “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”  When we begin to hear our true calling in Christ it pertains to kingdom and priesthood.   It only follows that if our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of His body the Church, is called and ordained to be a high priest after the order of Melchizedek then that same calling of priesthood and priestly ministry would flow down through His body which is the expression and the extension of its head. 

              An attribute of this priesthood is that they are selected from among men, but not by men.  It is not the picture of what we have seen in the natural church realm of robes, censors and the outward exaltation and reverence of a man representing priesthood.  God’s chosen priest will quite likely have no resemblance to this, because their honor is from God and not from men. A second attribute that we see here is that they are able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since they realize their own subjection to weakness.  God’s priests are not as many of those in the days of Jesus who looked contemptuously down upon the sinner and the lowly, but they know how to come underneath them and lift them up.  They know how to descend into hell so that they may ascend into heaven.  They know how die that others may live even as a kernel of corn is planted in the earth and dies that it might bring forth much fruit.  Do we know the way of this priestly calling?  The exaltation is not of the flesh, but of the spirit as God honors and exalts His humble servants. 

              They know how to offer the sacrifice of prayer and supplication.  They know how to enter into the Mighty One’s presence in worship, praise and thanksgiving.  They know the way that Jesus went as our forerunner and firstfruits expressed in Philippians 2:5-11, ” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place, and gave him the name that is above every name,

 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

For a priest the way up is the way down.  They must be willing to lay down their life that they may gain it.  We do not take upon ourselves the honor of being called His priests, He bestows it upon us as we walk in the character, likeness and humility of His Son.  If you are called to priesthood then you will exemplify the attributes of this priesthood, for it is unto service, not unto exaltation.  It is God who exalts in due season, as we are faithful to the calling He has given us in Christ Jesus. 

              Matthew 22:14 says, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”  The chosen ones are those who answer the invitation and enter into the calling. We have a high and holy calling upon our lives; will we answer and enter into it?

Blessings,

#kent

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