HEBREWS 7:20-25: “And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”), by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” TLV
OBSERVATION: What kind of priest am I? That might sound like a strange question. The Scripture above does not have anything to do with me. It is talking about Jesus Christ as our High Priest. Yet, the Bible declares that in the New Covenant we are all being restored to God’s original intent. We are being restored as His covenant people that would serve Him as priests of God, under Jesus, our Great High Priest!
- “Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all the earth is Mine. So as for you, you will be to Me a kingdom of kohanim (priests) and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you are to speak to Bnei-Yisrael (Children of Israel).”” Exodus 19:5-6 TLV
- “John, To Messiah’s seven communities in Asia: Grace to you and shalom from Him who is and who was and who is to come, as well as from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Messiah Yeshua, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, kohanim (priests) to His God and Father—to Him be glory and power forever! Amen!” The Revelation 1:4-6 TLV
The Children of Israel fell short of this calling. Because of their rebellion only the tribe of Levi was chosen in the Old Covenant to act as the priests of God. However, through Jesus death and resurrection, all of God’s people have been called to live as a kingdom of priests. This is a high calling and one that is only possible as we live in Christ Jesus.
So how do we do this? The Apostle Paul said we do this as we learn to imitate Christ. If we are called to be priests of God, under our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, then we must strive to emulate Him in everything He does. The verses in Hebrews gives us some insight into this calling.
- “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Jesus, in His role as our High Priest lives for both the salvation of the lost, and the sanctification of the saved. He is always calling the lost to salvation through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and He is always making intercession for the saints before the Father. He is our Savior, our Advocate, and our Friend! How does this apply to our role as priests? Peter writes in his first epistle,
- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were “not a people,” but now you are “God’s people.” You were shown “no mercy,” but now you have been shown “mercy.” Loved ones, I urge you as strangers and sojourners to keep away from the fleshly cravings that war against the soul. Keep your conduct honorable among the Gentiles. Then while they speak against you as evildoers, they may—from noticing your good deeds—glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:9-12 TLV
As God’s chosen people, a kingdom of priests, we are called to represent Him before the world. Our lives and our actions are to be a living testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to proclaim to a hurting a dying world, the praises of the One who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, imploring the world – “Be reconciled unto God!” Jesus has placed the ministry of reconciliation in our hands. He has given us His Great Commission. As His priests here on earth – this is our highest calling!
We are also called to live as lights through our actions and deeds. As His priests we are called to imitate Christ in both our attitudes and actions. This will take both personal and corporate prayer. Jesus told His disciples – “Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We are all priests with feet made of clay. We must encourage and stir one another up unto love and good works. We must never cease to offer intercession for all the saints. We must be like our High Priest – committed to a life of prayer.
I think I often forget my true calling in life. It is not my job, or my ministry. It is not acquiring something in this life. It is fulfilling my role as a priest of the Most High God, under the one and only Hight Priest – Jesus Christ the Righteous. This is my highest calling. This is my greatest joy! Only in this calling will I truly find my purpose and fulfillment in life.
Lord, help me live today as a light, reflecting Your light, to a world bound in darkness and despair. Help me to live a life that proclaims the praises of the One who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. Help me be a reflection of Jesus, and help me to position myself as an intercessor before His throne.
In Jesus Name!