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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

A Priestly Community

A Priestly Community

5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exodus 19:5-6 King James Version).

“9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV).

We are a holy nation, members of a kingdom in which we have been called to be priests. Each and every one of us that believes has that calling upon their lives.

What is a priest? The dictionary tells us it is, “Someone authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and GOD.” Sacred rites are things like weddings, baptisms, christenings, holy communion, funerals, etc. Our focus is on the priest being a mediatory agent. This is the role Aaron and his sons fulfilled when GOD instituted the Levitical priesthood. They were the models for how the priesthood would be fulfilled in the entire Bible.

Their role was to accept the sacrifices from the people and offer them to GOD on their behalf. Priests are intercessors, the go-betweens. They stand between a holy GOD and sinful humans. They take the prayers and sacrifices of the people and present them to GOD.

Remember, this is before the advent of Jesus. People were afraid to talk with GOD. They asked for Moses to be their intercessor because they believed that if they spoke with GOD they would die (Exodus 20:19). Jesus came to restore that fellowship which was lost in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed GOD.

“18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV).” Today, we are all ministers of reconciliation, however, some of us have not accepted Christ. Some of us do not know Jesus. Some of us do not have a personal relationship with GOD. It is to these individuals that we minister. We stand in the gap for those who cannot stand for themselves.

36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, Holiness To The Lord. 37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord. (Exodus 28:36-38 KJV).

HOLINESS TO THE LORD, was on the front of the mitre (a bishop's headpiece). Picture the priest taking the offerings and prayers of the people, full of iniquity, then turning to GOD with those same prayers and gifts that carry that evil. See, iniquity is when a person sins on purpose. They know it is wrong and do it anyway. The evil they do is meticulously planned out and not by accident. This is the wickedness that the peoples’ gifts and prayers are soaked in.

GOD would reject them immediately, but HE sees the engraving on Aaron’s mitre and accepts the gifts because Aaron as priest bears the evil for the people, just as Christ on the cross carried the evil for us. That’s why GOD can look on us and accept us today. When HE looks upon us, GOD sees the holiness of HIS Son. HE sees the blood covering us just as HE saw Aaron’s plate when looking upon the offerings of the people.

This is what we are to do, be priests who intervene for others, for the lost, the backslidden, for those who can’t or don’t speak to GOD for themselves. We are priests, i.e. servants of GOD.

“10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10 KJV). We were not a people, but now we are the people of GOD. We did not have mercy, but were shown mercy. We’ve already been where the lost are. We’ve been where the backslidden have been. We were lost. We were backsliders. But now, we have been saved to serve.

Saved to Serve

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12 KJV).

We have a responsibility to abstain from fleshly lusts, those desires of the flesh that go against the word of GOD. Why? You ever wonder why that friend that you invite to church while you’re high never comes, why they never come after seeing you mistreat your spouse, after seeing you cuss out somebody, after observing that you don’t seem to be any better for going to church so why should they? I’ve had that experience from both sides. I’ve been the doubter and the perpetrator, so the reason for living upright hits home.

Verse 12 says that the world may talk bad about believers, but by our actions, our good works that GOD has given us to do, the world will see and give GOD glory. Think back. Do you remember the last time GOD came to see about you and others’ witnessed what GOD had done in your life? That is a visitation, where people who don’t know GOD or worship GOD saw what was done in your life and had to acknowledge that it was GOD Who did it. What does this mean? Why is this important?

We don’t live for ourselves anymore. We are a walking bible that others read daily. “6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” (Deuteronomy 7:6 KJV). GOD honors us above all nations because we have a job to do. There is an expectation on us, to be HIS priests, to live holy before the people and intercede for them. Our walk and our prayers will turn people to GOD. Will you yield to GOD today, and allow the LORD to make you the priest HE called you to be? Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled). Be blessed, Family.

“20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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