Glory Barn Branson
"He has made us a kingdom of priest for God his father. All power and glory to Him forever and ever! Amen." NLT Rev. 1:6.
In looking at this passage it reads differently in the KJV where it says, "And hath made us kings and priest unto God,". The NAS reads, "He has made us a kingdom, priest to His God and father,". The NIV reads, "He has made us a kingdom and priest to serve His God and father,". Irregardless, the take away is we are a kingdom and we are priest. This language is lost on modern culture and modern Christianity.
We don't associate with kingdom identity under church paradigm and we have no concept on what might be required as priest. But more and more the message of the kingdom is moving more and more into our airspace. And more and more the Holy Spirit is addressing the idea of being priest unto our God.
Let me say that church cutlure and kingdom life are two different paradigms. Not only do they focus on different messages, they sometimes go in opposite directions. Irregardless, the message of the kingdom is here to stay and will continue to grow as the coming of the Lord nears. Matt. 24:14.
Two, as priest our primary function is to be a go between, betwixt heaven and earth. As surely as it is priestly responsibility to be a liaison for man to God, it is also to be a liaison for God to man. Under the old covenant the priest offered sacrifice to God on behalf of humanity. Under the new covenant you learn to present mans needs to the father, but also you are required to represent the fathe to humanity. Classic mediation. Eze. 22:30.
God is still looking for men and women that will stand in the gap and make up the hedge. As you begin to look into modern priestly responsibilities, I encourage you allow the Holy Spirits' influence to increase in your your life and cultivate His presence,
by seeding the ground around your heart with fruitful activity, such as hearing his word and spiritual song.
As always God bless,