and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,…
In the beginning God created man to have dominion on the earth. Our reign is inseperable from relationship with Him. Jesus embodies the Father’s desire for humanity to be with Him where He is; governing the earth alongside Him. God has no need for other kings, yet He raises up the created to come alongside the creator. God loves to honor. We see this within the relationship of the trinity; always exalting the other. Yet it is possibly even more stunning that He reaches out to the created order; to exalt those who were once His enemies.
To be a king is to govern or to rule a sphere entrusted by a divine hand. All dominion can only be given from the Father and He has intrusted the nations with His Son, Jesus; and He is our inheritance.
To be a priest is to minister to the Lord. We are unique in the created order, in that we were made in His image. We were made to be a living tabernacle; the fullness of God dwelling within our frame as we dwell within His heart, the inner sanctuary.
I tremble even now as I attempt to describe kings and priests. We have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands of God. Surely no eye has seen, nor ear has heard what God has in store for those who love Him. We see this in part in this age, but will see it fully expressed in the age to come. All creation is groaning for us to step into our identity, our destiny. Jesus is the king of kings and the great High Priest; our indentity is found in Him, our destiny is found in our beloved. Adam and Eve were deceived in thinking that God was withholding from them. This is the lie that continues to exalt itself in our understanding. The truth is that the endless God has given us all of Himself. He looks at us, with a heart wide open, saying “all that is mine is yours and that is yours is mine.” He withholds nothing.
Written by Zack Roberts