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  1. Passages for Further Study
  2. A Royal Priesthood: Salvation, Election and the Power of Mediation
  3. 1 Peter NIV - But you are a chosen people, a royal - Bible Gateway

It was so clear. And I could never have peace until I found a place where I could do that. If any of us in that little church had really understood what He was saying in Luke 14, we would have been shocked. Most would have rejected His words out of hand. That is what religion does: assures us that He does not mean what He says. If He did, then our lives would be entirely different! It was the Savior who said that any and all things that could hold a man back from following Him, even family and friends, must be hated.

That is, the grip of all the things that make up a man's life must not compete for the loyalty He must give Messiah's cause. This is what Moses called for that day with the golden calf. Today the sword does not come physically, but it does come spiritually. There is a cutting edge to the gospel that separates the sincere and the insincere.

It exposes those who secretly love money and their place in the world. That edge is what the Master said about possessions. The Son of God demanded that His disciples give up all of their possessions, and it is only with such disciples that His kingdom will be built. He meant what He said:. So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

His followers will heed that call joyfully, as the three thousand did on the day of Pentecost.

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He predicted their joy in two of His beloved parables. One was about the pearl of great value and the other about the treasure hidden in the field:. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Matthew So it was crystal clear then who followed Him and who didn't.

Passages for Further Study

You really have to believe in order to have joy in giving up everything! Later, it would be equally clear who believed in the message preached at Pentecost and who didn't. Today, it's not so clear. His pretended followers mouth vain words about being willing to give up everything. How would such "willingness" have gone over with the apostles? Consider the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5. Truly, where your treasure is, there will heart be also. It is only when your willingness to do His will becomes actual obedience, for "His sake and the gospel's sake," 7 that you can know that faith has come by hearing.

Because of his many possessions He openly denied Him, the One he knew could give him eternal life. He valued earthly wealth and security more than eternal life. But the call to him is the same as the call to all, as Mark makes perfectly clear. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

All who believe are the royal priesthood. Just as with the Old Covenant priesthood, Yahweh is again our only possession. Under the terms of the New Covenant, we are to give up all our other possessions. It is the only way we can be priests, part of that holy nation. Our conscience won't allow us any less devotion. But many were so disallowed and disapproved in Messiah's day, and many more will be today.

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A Royal Priesthood: Salvation, Election and the Power of Mediation

Anyone whose "conscience" can allow otherwise should soberly consider John's words:. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. When our Master said to the Galilean fishermen, "Follow Me! It is such willingness that allows the Holy Spirit to make a home in a man's heart. Those who believe in Him obey Him because they love Him. This is how the world will know who His disciples are. Even a child can understand it. We hope you can, too.

Come and be a part of the royal priesthood. The cost is high, but the gain is great -- far greater than the cost. The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts and , truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

Skip to main content. The Royal Priesthood. That is why Moses could say to them: Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of Yahweh, each one at the cost of a son or a brother, and so have brought a blessing on yourselves this day. Exodus What this dedication and blessing meant would both get clearer and clearer. Luke I could never get past that. He meant what He said: So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. One was about the pearl of great value and the other about the treasure hidden in the field: Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matthew So it was crystal clear then who followed Him and who didn't. Anyone whose "conscience" can allow otherwise should soberly consider John's words: He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. It still doesn't. And yes, these were evangelical Christians! Consider the famous words in Acts -- "And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, 'These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.

Proverbs -- "The ransom of a man's life is his riches, but the poor hears no rebuke. John 6. Matthew 7. Mark 8. Romans 9. The story is told in Mark Mark -- Yahshua said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.

For three such statements in the gospel, see John , 21, and The terminology of a royal priesthood is also used in the book of Revelation. Scripture, then, from Exodus to Revelation, testifies to the position of believers as royal priests. Their commission is evangelical: testifying to the nations of the mercy and greatness of the Triune God. But when a commitment to the priesthood of all believers is lost, the church invariably loses its vitality and mission. A hallmark of the Reformation was the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. The Roman Church was hierarchical, priest-ridden and ecclesiastically dominated.

Protestant Reformers were intent on developing a more Biblical view of the Christian priesthood. At the beginning of the Reformation, for instance, Martin Luther stressed the priesthood of all believers. He especially disliked the authoritarian papacy and the corrupt priesthood. The higher and lower callings, as in the prior distinctions between monks and laity, are abolished. The doctrine of the priesthood of believers influenced Reformed polity. The most recent issue of Church History includes an excellent comparative article on the ruling eldership. Presbyterian eldership illustrates the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.

In this new kind of authoritarian, quasi-Presbyterian polity, the minister functions as the official priest-bishop, and elders and deacons are considered but lay helpers. And I also gathered that neither had a high view of the eldership. Hierarchical churches will vigorously oppose Biblical Presbyterianism and despise the Reformation doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. In The Institutes of Biblical Law , Rushdoony shows the importance and relevance of the doctrine of the royal priesthood. In his task of dominion, man acted as a king or a vice-regent subduing and protecting the earth.

The church has the responsibility of equipping the saints to do the work of ministry and service. The church trains priestly princes and princesses. It is a functional, not a terminal, institution. Rushdoony further argues that Christian leaders are necessary in every sphere of action: in the church, the state, education, and various vocations. In the Old Testament, the leaders of these spheres were called elders , those with age, wisdom, and the ability to rule in their various spheres of calling.

Rushdoony does not want an ecclesiastical apparatus to control all aspects of life. Those who present him this way—and many have—clearly misunderstand him. The elder [ elder is used generically for leader] is not governed by the church as a subordinate officer who is sent out as an imperial agent into the world. Rather, the elder governs in his sphere, even as the church in her area, each as imperial agents of Christ the King.

Hierarchical institutions, and particularly the state, bitterly resent the Christian royal priesthood. How, then, can Christians be successful in their spheres of influence? How can they serve as priests and vice-regents under Christ the King? How can they retard the centralization of institutional and statist power? Most importantly, how can they, as royal priests, best serve Jesus, their Savior and King? Christians must have a sense of calling. They are called as priests and kings, and that is an honorable status. They are called to service, and they perform labor of eternal value.

I do a good deal of hiring in my job, and I look for Christians who have a sense of calling and mission. I know that when committed Christians work, they will labor as unto the Lord Eph. A few years ago, I hired a secretary who had a special vocational goal. She wanted to be a servant of Christ at a Christian university. I liked that; it is exactly the sense of calling I want in employees. Later, to my wife, the secretary gave a corollary goal—to make her boss look good.

My wife liked that! She had a clear macro-goal: to serve Jesus. She also had a clear micro-goal: to be a servant to her immediate supervisor. This is precisely what royal priests should do. Christians must be willing to serve. Those who view themselves as servants will be willing to work, and to work hard.

They will be less inclined to whine and complain. Royal priests must be willing to work faithfully, as unto the Lord. Sometimes Christian service involves dull and uninspiring tasks. I know of one church where elders, at their ordinations, are issued brooms. It is a reminder that, first of all, they are servants. Most churches, however, have a problem. Too many members want to wear crowns; too few want to wield brooms. The model of royal behavior that Jesus taught and set was of humble and faithful service Luke — Christian education is an example of the royal priesthood at work.

In the last generation, there has been a revolution in the Christian commitment to training of covenant children. Christian parents have sacrificed to educate the next generation in homeschools and Christian schools. Forty years ago, this level of commitment would have been inconceivable.

1 Peter NIV - But you are a chosen people, a royal - Bible Gateway

In the early years, Rushdoony was a lonely voice in the movement for Christian education. Now, almost every community in the country has churches committed to supporting covenant education. Churches often offer courses to supplement what homeschooling parents can do.

The courses deal with upper-level philosophy, math, and science— areas where homeschooling parents feel limited. Over the years I have taught courses in history for homeschoolers. Are you interested in being a faithful royal priest? Then volunteer to teach such a course for local homeschooled students.

Help train a future generation of priestly kings.