Monday, November 12, 2012

You are a Priest!

Leviticus 4:3 (NKJV) if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.

The believers of the Old Testament obtained a good or bad standing with God, depending on the standing of their priest. When the priest sinned, he had to provide a sin offering to free the congregation of guilt.

The Bible says in Revelation 5:10, "[Jesus has] made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth." This is wonderful news since we all know the authority of a king. I have also discovered that being a priest is just as powerful.

Jesus came as our High Priest (Heb. 3:1). Jesus was God manifest as a man. He was flawlessly righteous. We know that a sinful priest brings guilt on the people---a righteous priest brings righteousness on the people. We read in Matthew 9:2, "Then behold, they brought to Him [Jesus] a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." Jesus was in right standing with God so He could tell the man his sins were forgiven.

Jesus was a flesh and blood human; He was also God. He performed miracles and healing as a priest. A righteous priest provides an avenue for God's power to flow. In the Old Testament, a priest had to perform sacrifices to achieve a right standing before God. Jesus had no need to sacrifice because, in Him was no sin (2 Cor. 5:21). He provided God a doorway to bless His children simply because He was righteous.

I, on the other hand, was a sinner. I needed a sacrifice to bring me into right standing with God. The sacrifice of Jesus takes this one step further. In the Old Testament, a priest had to present three different offerings to become a priest (see Exod. ch. 29). Jesus provided all three sacrifices to prepare me as a priest. Romans 3:22 tells me as a believer I am, "the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ."

As a priest, my tribe is as righteous as I am. My whole family and all my loved ones---whether they have acknowledged God yet or not---have the same right standing as me. If you are like me, you have pre-Christians in your family too. I simply declare them saved. I have seen amazing changes in the lives of my loved ones as I stand on this truth.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 21:5, "Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister to Him and to bless in the name of the Lord; by their word every controversy and every assault shall be settled." As a priest, I can also release the power of God to bless and to settle any controversy.

Declare your loved ones righteous. Bless people continually. As you see the power of God flow through your words, your relationship with Jesus will rise to another new level.

Be Blessed!

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