Hebrews 7: 14-17
For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

The Power of an Endless Life

We have a high priest, one whose priesthood stems not from the natural, the traditional or that of the Law. Our high priest comes from the lineage of an indestructible and endless life. Our high priest is the descendent and Son of the Almighty.
We first hear about this Melchizedek priest in Genesis 14:18-20 when He comes to Abram after his victory in battle: “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” Here we see this mysterious priest appearing of whom it is said that He was “priest of God Most High”. Isn’t interesting that He appears bringing the bread and wine the elements of communion and covenant? He is not only a priest, but also a king and a priest, the king of Salem, which is “peace”. In Isaiah 9:6 we read the description of this King Priest, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
This priesthood is far above that priesthood that was established on earth through Levi, whose father Abraham paid tithes to this priest Melchizedek. The earthly priesthood was not able to bring anything into perfection, but simply served as a type and shadow of this greater priesthood that was to come in Christ Jesus. Earthly priests were weak, faulted and subject to death, but our High Priest Jesus is a priest after the power of an endless life and “Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. [Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting–holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens. (Hebrews 7:25-26 Amplified)” Amen.
Now I would remind you again of what 1Peter 1:4-10 says of us as His believers, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,” 8and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. 9But 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. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” If we then are this holy and royal priesthood, are we not after this same order of Melchizedek priesthood? If we are then what Revelations 5: 4 says concerning us, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” what is the rank and calling of our priesthood if it is not after the order of our High Priest and King Jesus? It is He that has given and imparted into us this power of an endless life that we might rule and reign in the likeness of Himself and after the order of Melchizedek. Let us so live in the pursuit and faith of the high and holy calling that He has given unto us through the power of an endless life.

Blessings,
#kent

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Remembering His Word

September 11, 2012

Hebrews 6: 16-20
Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Remembering His Word


This morning the Lord gave a prophetic word which I inadvertently deleted when I closed the page without saving it. The following is a recall of the essence of what He shared with me.

Humble yourselves before Lord. He is the Lord your God and you are the sheep of His pasture.  Look into His face and behold Him, there you will see His unchanging, immutable promises that will not change concerning you.  God has called us and purposed us for such a time as this.  His people, He is calling out.  Don’t set you eyes upon the things of this world or earthly gain which is quickly perishing,  Set your heart upon the things above.  Those things which the Father gives you are not perishable, thought they pass through the fire they will not be burned.  One of those imperishable things must be your faith which is unwaivering and never changing to the circumstances around you.  Hold fast the Word of God, for in it you will find comfort and promise in this coming hour.  Don’t be as Lot’s wife who looked back at the things which were perishing, only to perish herself.
Love the Lord with all of your being and know that it is time for you to enter into the Ark of His safety.  That place is in the abiding place of Christ.  Know that even as the world hated Jesus, it will hate you, for you are not of this world.  God is calling us up higher and wants to bestow greater blessings into and through us, but He is looking for sanctified vessels; consecrated to His purpose and ever in pursuit of Him.  Pursue and buy the gold that perishes not with the using.  The gold of His nature and character.
God is your Fortress, your Bulwark and your High Tower.  Acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He will direct your path.  Your security is not in this world or in worldly possessions.  It is not in what you store up or prepare for.  Store up the bounty of God’s Word and promises in your heart, for they will be your meat in the midst of famine.  God is faithful over His own.  Do not be afraid, but do run into Him.  He alone is your hiding place.
God has raised you up and set you here for such and time as this, for this season.  You are His body and the expression of His glory.

Blessings,
kent

Your Priestly Calling

May 22, 2012

1 Peter 2:4-5
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Your Priestly Calling


In today’s culture we often relate priest or priesthood to Catholicism or some of the denominations that still use this title to distinguish their spiritual leaders, bishop or pastor.  What Peter is revealing to us as true believers here is that each of us, in Christ, have a calling and an appointing from God to be His spiritual house of holy priests.  Many of us may have never thought of ourselves in the light of being a priest, but in Christ, that is who you are.
The Word speaks about two priesthood orders that are God has established.  The first one and one we are probably most familiar with is the Levitical priesthood instituted during Moses’ time.  The second is the Melchizedek order spoken of first during Abraham’s time when Abraham paid to tithes to this priest-king of Salem who had no genealogy, no beginning or end.  In light of this let’s look at the priestly calling upon Jesus in Hebrews 5.  “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.”
7During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Now Jesus is declared by the Father to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.  In reality Jesus was also the fulfillment of the Levitcal priesthood as well which the type and shadow or the figure of what was to come.  The Levitial priesthood typified the spiritual role that we have as priests, but no longer after the Levitical order, but after the order of Melchizedek, an everlasting priesthood.
What does that look like for us as the spiritual priests of God under the high priest and king, Jesus?  This could become quite extensive, but I believe God wants to really introduce many of us to the concept that we are His priests.  For instance, Thayer’s Lexicon gives these qualifications for priests:  Implies divine choice, implies representation, implies offering sacrifice, implies intercession.
We have seen that clearly God has chosen us as His royal priesthood from our introductory scripture and Peter goes on to expound this in 1 Peter 2:9-10, “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. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  Revelation 5:6 also declares, “He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Now that we know who we are it is important that we realize that this constitutes that we God’s representatives on the earth.  We carry and represent His holiness.  We host His holy presence in our mortal beings.  This is that representation that is another aspect of the qualification of a priest.
A priest is an agent that reconciles God and man.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Paul tells us, ” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  A priest is an ambassador that brings two opposing parties together.  We take man’s hand in our one hand and God’s hand in our other and we join the two together.  That is our reconciling priestly ministry.
This office implies sacrifice.  We no longer offer the blood of bulls and goats, because Jesus is now that fulfillment of sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.  Even as Jesus gave himself, we commit as Romans 12 says to ‘offer ourselves a living a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable to God which is our reasonable service’.   We are as Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
We are the priestly agents of His service.  So lastly I will touch on the final qualification that Thayer gave for a priest.  It was intercession.  As priest we stand in the gap for others just as the example our high priest and king sets for us in Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”  Because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and the prayers of a righteous man availeth much we enter into intercession for others as a part of that priestly office and anointing that we carry.
Only the priests were able to wear the garments of beauty and glory that were typified by their office.  They minister before the Most High and carried that ministry out to the people.  In Christ, as His priest, we make up that bridge that joins heaven and earth and we bring the kingdom of heaven into the earth.  Never take for granted the great and holy calling that you have and carry  upon your life.  You are His priests.

Blessings,
kent

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