Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Not to discard any other part of the Bible, and I know that these terms are mixed with kingdom of priests in other parts of the bible, such as Exo 19.6. I also believe that a kingdom of priests is correct as stated here, because that is what we are suppose to be.
However, there are 3 reasons why I’ve decided to stuck to the book of Revelation only in this regard:
- Rev 1:3 “ Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” This blessing is unique to book of Revelation, which means that what is written in this book is extremely important. Three things must be done, read, hear and keep to experience the blessings.
- Rev 22:7 “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Here is the second witness in this regard, again a blessing for those who keep the sayings of this prophecy of this specific book.
- Rev 22:18 “ For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” The third witness is also a major deterrent for trying to add or take away from this specific book
So what precisely am I saying here? I believe that because of the great importance of this book and the fact that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ unto his children, that this is the final authority as to what Jesus and God has in mind. This book gives us the final purpose and it is so important that it gives us a blessing as well as a condemnation regarding our attitude towards this text or revelation for that matter.
So if this book states that we will be kings and priests, then it is just that – kings and priests. That also implies to me, that a lot of priests together, will make up a kingdom. But it is not just priests, it is also kings.
So if we then accept the idea that Jesus is:
Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
And we know that the order of Melchisidec implies king and priest.
Therefore, when Jesus called out on the cross that it is done: It basically means that He has done His priestly duty. The final offered has been made, now He can move on to be King. Therefore, Jesus in us is both priest and king. Priest, to teach us His word, king to teach us how to reign with Him.
We must remember that a priest serve and a king rules! It is very simple and straight forward and everyone knows that.
So the question is, what is going on with us then? Are we kings? Are we priests? What are we? The simple answer to my mind is:
We are priests in training to become kings, we are not kings in training to become priests. Does that sound strange?
Priests are studying the word of God, to learn His ways, kings are learning to command this word of God – to reign according to the written text. So that we may know, that as a priest he loved us and he commanded us to stay in His love and that we should love one another the same way and by doing this, activate the power of His word which allows us to reign in His name. I do not think that anyone of us can doubt the love of God for his children.
So the problem is not for us to be priests, we understand that, the problem is for us to rule like kings, because most of us believe that this part is reserved for the kingdom of God only, we will enter, we will be kings. But then, what are we right now – kings in training? If we are priests in training, then surely we must be kings in training also.
So if we say we follow Christ, then we must make sure that we mimic him also. As far as I can see in the gospels, Jesus always separated Himself to pray to God, to strengthen himself in God, before he commanded demons, sickness, death and so forth. So basically He strengthen Himself as a priest and then He went forth and rule as a king.
We also read that He has send us in the same manner that the Father has send him, with the same purpose and the same power. Why then are we striving for second best all the time.
I fully understand that you can now misunderstand me totally, but that is your choice if you want to do that. I am not saying that we should not pray for the sick and the afflicted, I am saying that we have not moved past the basics of our faith, that is what I am saying:
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Jas 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Here is a clear commandment for God to pray for the sick. I absolutely agree whit this, but as I understand it in the context of Hebrews 6, this is only the beginning of our faith, we should move on, go further.
If you train an athlete to run a 400m in 50 seconds in his first season, and he achieves that, would you not adjust the target for the second season, maybe one or 2 seconds faster, so that there can be improvement. One cannot just keep on running at the same past season after season. After a few seasons the athlete will become discouraged and stop, because he is not improving.
Therefore, if the bible tells us that the laying on of hands is the foundation of our faith, it means that there must be something more, because one don’t just lay a foundation and then call it a building. You must build upon a foundation to finish the building.
I absolutely believe that praying for the sick is what we should do, but this is not our job to do it, it is our love that compels us to do it. However it is also the love of God that helps us to build upon the foundation for the bible commands us to strive to be more for the sake of the congregation.
This I believe: that we should command as a king the sickness to leave the body. Just think about this for a moment:
Exo 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Exo 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
The Lord already told Moses that He would be with him, but Moses after hearing the cries of the people, cried unto the Lord, forgetting the authority that the Lord has already given to him. That is why the Lord asked him: Wherefore criest thou unto me?
Look at how Moses has grown throughout the whole liberation struggle of Israel in Egypt, and you will understand what I am trying to say unto you.
So when we pray, while it is good, it is not the best. Praying that the Lord will be with someone, given that person strength and support is fantastic. We should do this and we should do it frequently for all the saints.
Praying though and ask God to heal someone after the authority has been given to us, much the same way as it has been given to Moses, well that is something totally different. This to my mind is like saying to God: God you have given me the authority over this, but I rather bring it to you, so that you can do it! It sounds a little bit crazy to me! Just imagine that you have been given authority over a workplace, but you go to your boss all the time so that he can tell you what, where, when and how. How long do you think will you be in charge of that place?