Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 175. The uniqueness of the royal priesthood of the believer.

Wednesday December 27, 2006

1. The baptism of the Spirit.
2. The indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah glory.
3. The Angelic Conflict.
4. The mystery of adoption.
5. The sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit.

6. The pre-designed plan of God.
7. The mystery of predestination.
8. The unique equality factor of the Church-age.
9. The Portfolio of Invisible Assets.

Two Unique Royal Commissions for every Church-age Believer.
These two Royal Commissions are the royal priesthood and the royal ambassadorship.

Ours is a universal priesthood. Believers in other dispensations have a specialized priesthood.
The universal priesthood of the believer is found in 1PE 2:5,9; REV 1:6; REV 5:10.

Your priesthood is the basis for your privacy to live your own life as unto the Lord.

Your priesthood does not begin to function properly until you attain spiritual self-esteem, and reaches its peak in spiritual maturity.

Not only is every believer a priest representing himself before God, but he is a royal priest. For our Lord Jesus Christ is a priest in a line of royalty rather than in the Levitical line of the dispensation of Israel.

GAL 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all equal in Christ Jesus.

Never before the Church-age and never after the Rapture is there ever another universal priesthood; it is only for us in the Church-age. This makes this dispensation the dispensation of personal responsibility.

A priest is a human being who represents people before God.
In the Church-age, since every believer is a priest, every believer represents himself before God.

You are responsible for every thought you think, every motive you have, every good decision you make, and every action you take, good or bad.

He made you a priest so that you could represent yourself before Him.

Acts 20:35 – God derives more pleasure from “giving to us” than He does from “receiving from us.”

MAT 23:9 “And do not call {anyone} on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

Peter was the first to teach the doctrine of the royal priesthood of the believer around 65 AD, 1PE 2:5,9.

As a royal priest, every believer has a direct line to God, which means he represents himself before God, he evaluates himself, and he offers prayer for himself.

To learn Bible doctrine under the principle of perception requires a tremendous amount of objectivity.

JOH 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

ROM 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
HEB 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory,

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure,” EPH 1:5.

His very nature is relational. This is why He identifies Himself in family terms: Father, Son, and Spirit.

He did not need a family – He desired one, so He devised a plan to create us, bring us into His family, and share with us all He has.

Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary and fragile, often broken by divorce, distance, growing old, and inevitably, death.

On the other hand, our spiritual family – our relationship to other believers – will continue throughout eternity.

The moment you were spiritually born into God’s family, you were given some astounding birthday gifts: the family name, the family likeness, family privileges, family intimate access, and the family inheritance.

GAL 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

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