Kings and Priests unto God (Re.1:6-8)

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;(v.6)”
The Salvation Plan of God explains Core Will and it covers all that was willed by God and fulfilled by his Son. Now when John speaks of ‘Kings and Priests’ firstly we are to understand that we were chosen before the worlds began. It has both sense symbolically as well as from the authority transmitted to us by principle of Association. As a symbol we shall examine the role of Melchisedec who met Abraham after he returned from a war. He stands as an indication of God’s relationship with man. The Spirit establishes his credentials of the King of Salem. He was also the priest of the most high God.
The Spirit presents him so early on in the narrative as a priest representing the possessor of heaven and earth (Ge.14:18-19). Through this incident the Spirit would establish the credentials of God the Son as more excellent that of the Levitical priesthood. For example by inserting the detail of tithing the writer to the Hebrews argues that Levi was yet in the loins of Abraham(He.7:5).
Here is another aspect of Melchisedec who was ‘made like unto the Son of God abideth a priest continually (He.7:3)’. In this context we need to understand his role as priest continues even though the Son has with one offering made animal sacrifices unnecessary. Thus his role is symbolic as well as perpetual.
The role of animal sacrifice in the Law of Moses was of limited value till the Son atoned for sin of mankind. Consider the verse, “It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins (He.10:4)’. It was merely intended as shadow of ‘good things to come(He.10:1).’ This priest- king pertains to eternal nature of God and the emblem established in heaven. What is the emblem? God the Son had submitted himself as ‘the Lamb slain from the worlds began (Re.13:8) for which there was no need for any priest. But the emblem referred to the humanity of the Son. What boils down to is this. Law of Moses and requirements were replaced by the perfect offering of God the Son. In fulness of time he shall be born of a woman after the manner of flesh and blood. The emblem of the Lamb referred to the Body. ‘But a body hast thou prepared me (He.10:5).’ So the role of Melchisedec purely was symbolic. “We are sanctified through the offering of the body once for all (He.10:i0). After the similitude of Melchisedc, there ariseth another priest… after the power of endless life (He.7:15-17). It is to this eternal life or the abundant life we are ordained kings and priests. The symbolic role of the Priest-King abideth continually for which we need consider the verse He.2:13; This is quoted from the Book of Isaiah (Is.8:18). We shall be signs and wonders in eternity because of the Lamb. So shall the role of Melchisedec remain as a symbol.
(To be continued)

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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