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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Christian Pilgrimage, #30
But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. (Isaiah 61:6)
A holy and compassionate priest. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, have much to say about our being the priests of God. Since Christ Himself is the only Mediator between God and the members of the Body of Christ, we conclude that our mediation is between Christ and the peoples of the nations of saved peoples of the earth.
The nations will understand that the resurrected, glorified saints are God's priests.
Much of the suffering we experience is for the purpose of making us better priests of God, brighter lights, more complete and approachable witnesses of His Person, His ways, and His will. Each of us is being created the hand of God extended to the members of the nations of the saved.
I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (Isaiah 42:6,7)
The priest whom God (and people) accepts must be holy toward God and compassionate toward people. Jesus shows in Himself that perfect holiness toward God and that perfect compassion toward men and women, boys and girls. God is willing to spend as much time as needed to perfect our holiness and our compassion.
What the world needs today, and always will need, is people who reveal in themselves the Person and will of God in Christ. The churches often bear witness of themselves and their works, not of Christ. All men seek their own, as Paul exclaimed. Words alone cannot serve as the Gospel witness. It is the Spirit who lives in the Christians who must reveal Christ, and He cannot reveal Christ when the believers are filled with their own works.
We exercise somewhat of a mediatory role today as we minister to the needs of people, bringing the knowledge of God to them and making intercession for them. It appears that in the future our role as mediators between God and people will be expanded. We are the holy priests whom God has chosen to bridge the gap between Himself and the nations of peoples whom He has created.
A true priest of God is not self-centered but is occupied with representing God to man and man to God. There is no more important occupation. The nations will continue to flounder in spiritual darkness and impoverishment until there comes forth from the Presence of Christ a company of holy priests who will take under their wing the men and women, boys and girls, of the nations of saved peoples of the earth.
We who have been so carefully brought up and nourished by the Lord Jesus, the great High Priest over all other priests of God, have a marvelous storehouse of treasures of life and understanding to give to those who have little of the Divine blessings. We have much to share, and we now are being prepared so we will be able to give of the Divine resources in a profitable manner.
To be continued.