Firm Foundations Three (31 of 55) In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest

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In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest.

New Privilege: In Jesus Christ, you are given a new privilege to become part of the royal priesthood of God. Jesus is our High Priest and King. He grants every believer kingship and priesthood. We are privileged to serve alongside Him with this new status. Because it was freely given to us, we desire to live holy lives that testify to the greatness of our Lord.
Revelations 5:10; Hebrews 8:6

In Christ, I Am Under The New Covenant (Two Covenants)

  • The Hope: God made a promise to Abraham to bless all families of the earth. God then confirmed this promise with an oath saying, “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever. After the order of Melchizedek.” The hope of this eternal priest was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.
    Hebrews 6:13, 17; 7:20–21; Psalms 110:4
  • The Priesthood: A priest is someone who is called by God to act on the behalf of men in relation to God. The Bible tells us there are two lines of the priesthood: Melchizedek and Aaron.
    Hebrews 7:11

– Melchizedek is the first priest mentioned in Scripture. He was the king of Salem and the priest of the most High God. His priesthood was royal, righteous, peaceful and unending.
Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 5:5–10; 7:1-3

– Aaron was called by God. His job was to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He would first offer sacrifices for himself and then for others. Aaron’s sons would also become priests according to the law because they were his physical descendants.
Hebrews 5:1, 4; 7:16

  • The Guarantor: Jesus was called by God to be made a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (not Aaron) because as the eternal Son of God, He can live forever to make intercession for us; He was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; He was sinless and didn’t have to daily offer sacrifices for His sin and then others. He offered Himself on the cross, dying for the sins of the world once and for all.
    Hebrews 7:11, 16-17; 22-28
  • The Better Hope: Perfection was never possible through the law or the Levitical priesthood. Therefore, we needed a change. We needed a change in the priesthood and the law. This change came through Jesus. The old was set aside because it was weak and unprofitable and Jesus gave us a better hope so that we could draw nigh unto God.
    Hebrews 7:11-19
  • The New Covenant: The old covenant was based on what we did and the New Covenant was based on what Jesus did. Therefore, God said He would make a new covenant which would be established on better promises. Through salvation in Jesus Christ we take part in this new covenant: God is merciful to our unrighteousness, He completely forgives our sin, and He empowers us to live for Him.
    Hebrews 8:6-13

In Christ, I Have A Royal High Priest (Understanding Jesus’ Position)

  • Jesus is our High Priest. He is seated on the right hand of the throne of the “Majesty” in the heavens. He ministers in the true sanctuary and tabernacle that are in Heaven and built by God.
    Hebrews 8:1-2
  • Priests would go into the sanctuary for the service of God, but only the High priest could go into the “Holy of Holies.” He had to go in alone and could only go in once a year. He offered animal blood for the sins of himself and others. This purified their sin for that year, but couldn’t make them perfect.
    Hebrews 9:6-10; 10:4)
  • Jesus, as High Priest, entered in once into the “Heavenly Holy of Holies” with His own blood and obtained eternal redemption for us. He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
    Hebrews 8:11-15; 9:24-28
  • Jesus is our King. Like Melchizedek was a priest and a king, Jesus is also a King and Priest. He rules victorious as the King of kings. His Kingdom is not of this world but we desire to keep His commandments until His appearing.
    John 18:36; Acts 17:7; 1 Timothy 6:13–16

In Christ, I Am A Royal Priest (Understanding Our Privileges)

  • The Privilege of Status: Being redeemed through the blood of Jesus, all believers are made part of His family and are spiritual descendants of the true “Royal High Priest.” The Bible says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” In Christ we are given this new position, showing that Christ changes us from the inside out and we humbly serve Him with Holy lives in return.
    1 Peter 2:5–9
  • The Privilege of Access: When the temple veil that separated the “Holy of Holies” was torn in two, it meant from then on we could have direct access to God through our forever High Priest Jesus Christ. Jesus is now the only mediator between God and man; therefore, we should come “boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:14–16; Matthew 27:51; 1 Timothy 2:5,Romans 5:2;Ephesians 2:18,3:12
  • The Privilege of Service: As royal priests, we don’t have to offer sacrifices for our sin, but we are called to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ and show forth the praises of the God who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
    Hebrews 10:12; 13:15–16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9
  • The Privilege of Rule: Jesus is King and we are part of His royal family. We will one day rule with Him in the Kingdom of God.
    Matthew 25:31-40; 1 John 3:1-2; Revelations 5:10

Review Questions

  • What are the two covenants?
  • Why is Jesus priesthood better than the Levitical priesthood?
  • Who is our Royal High Priest?
  • Are where royal priests? Why?
  • What are the privileges of a royal high priest?

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