Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Prophet, Priest and King

The priesthood was a temporary ministry. It could not buy perfect salvation, but pointed to Jesus, the great High Priest. His perfect sacrifice completed that aspect of the priestly role. He still intercedes for us in heaven. We are all priests with perfect access to the heavenly temple. The consequence is the priesthood of all believers.

He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father (Rev 1:6).
The Jewish kings were not an ideal solution, but pointed to Jesus the perfect king. He defeated Satan the ruler of the earth and now sits on the heavenly throne in heaven as King of kings and Lord of lords. We are seated with him in faith, so we are also kings. This is the doctrine of the kingship of all believers. We do not need Jesus to come back as a king, any more than we need a high priest on earth. He can rule from heaven, so he does not need to return to earth.
He has made us kings and priests to His God and Father (Rev 1:6).
Moses and Elijah were prophets who revealed God’s will. Their ministry was imperfect, but pointed to Jesus the ultimate prophet. He revealed God perfectly to us. The Holy Spirit was poured out so everyone can hear God speak and many can prophesy. This is the prophethood of all believers.
I will pour out my Spirit and they will prophesy. (Acts 2:18)

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