OUR POSITION IN CHRIST
After washing the sinner in His precious blood the moment we receive Him as our Lord and personal savoir Jesus Christ does not only present us to God as kings but also as priests.
Revelation 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen
1 Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
As priest we minister to God and stand in the gap to intercede for others. To be effective intercessors we must have a deep conviction and persuasion in our stand with God. In the Old Testament sacrifices have to be made to atone for the sins of the natural Jews annually. That explains the rationale behind the high priest atoning for his own sins before entering the Holy of Hollies to make atonement and intercede on behalf of the rest of the Jews. Under the New Testament however Jesus Christ died and shed His precious blood to atone for the sins of the Christian once and for all. ‘Your sins and iniquities will I remember no more says Hebrews 10:17.
Of course we all know that does not imply the Christian is perfect or cannot fault. It is for this reason that Jesus has taken the responsibilities as our high priest sitting at the right hand of God interceding for the saints Romans 8:34.
Therefore if a priest (the Christian) stand in the gap to intercede or engage in spiritual warfare and sees him or herself or the gathered group as unworthy, sinful and wretched, that is succumbing to the enemy’s tricks, defeated mindset and a mind that is not renewed. If you feel you are not worthy after all the atoning work Christ has done for you and is still doing at the right hand of God for the born again Christian then don’t even dare to ask anything.
Let’s take the case of Ambassadors who represent their government in other nations as an example and ask ourselves if they have to make repetitive calls to their home government asking for permission to confront and deal with issues, negotiations and decisions. Of course not. Once their letters of credentials is accepted, that is the garment of approval and with delegated authority they do their job with boldness and confidence in whatever nation they are represented.
When Esther was giving the hand of fellowship to become the queen of Persia about 480 B.C. whiles in the land of captivity, she succumbed to slavery mentality and limitations set by the King of the land of captivity. But listen here; Modecai reminded Esther of her roots as a Jew from the Nation of Israel. A nation appointed by God as her royal priesthood Exodus 19:5-6 and challenged her to take on the responsibility and intercede for the deliverance of God’s people. Now when Esther approached the King, she did not appear pitiful, sorrowful with defeated mentality but put on her Covenant identity bestowed on the Jews as God’s own Royal Priesthood and the result was not just the overturn of the verdict of destruction of the Jews but the destruction of the enemies of God’s covenant children.
Pestilence is eating up the skin of God’s people like it happened to Job: The government and politicians are encroaching on the liberties and freedom of worship of God’s people. Centers for the practice of occult is increasing in our neighborhood whiles the church can easily be attached by gun men and slaughter Christians like chicken. The voice of prayer is been silenced, attached and ridiculed in public places like schools whiles the voice of immorality is been injected into the future leaders on the nations i.e. our children, youth and young adults. The celebration of Satan is becoming more popular and crowdy whiles even just the name Christmas is under attack. MY QUESTION? WHERE ARE THE PRIESTS?
When Job in the midst of his entire crisis prayed for his friends God turned his captivity Job 42:10. When Daniel, Shedrack and Abednego stood for the truth whiles in captivity when the world was against them God delivered then from the furry furnace (Daniel 3:20-25) and the lions’ den Daniel 6:16-21. When the Church prayed after Peter was arrested and imprisoned God delivered him from prison without man’s intervention Acts 12:3-21.
If the church, the born again Christians who are God’s royal priesthood shall take up our priestly responsivity with deviance God will heal our land 2 Chronicles 7:14. Jesus said for God to heal our land my house meaning every born Again Christian in whom the Holy Spirit dwells shall and must be the house of prayer Matthew 21:13. If all the Royal Priesthood shall take up our mantle and lift the voices of prayer, darkness will not prevail but God’s glory will fill our nations, governments, families, schools, churches and society so much even our enemies including ISIS will be at peace with us.
You are God’s royal priesthood!!