Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery, Part 177. The royal priesthood is permanent and lasting because it is inward and spiritual.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Major functions of the royal priesthood:
a. Rebound as the basic technique for the recovery of fellowship.
b. A consistent prayer life.
c. Perception, metabolization, and application of doctrine to your own experience.
d. Worship, which includes giving as a part of your priesthood.
e. The sacrifices of life, such as praise, which is your doctrinal momentum resulting in spiritual adulthood and the manner of operating of virtue-love.
f. Divine viewpoint mental attitude from metabolized doctrine.
g. Self-motivation from metabolized doctrine.
Your priesthood demands that you live your own life as unto the Lord and take the responsibility for your own decisions.
When He comes, He will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of - inner motives and purposes and prayers.
1PE 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
Our temporary blindness in time does not and should not stop our true enjoyment of God nor the communication of His Word to our spirit.
We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.
There is no doubt that when you first receive Him you are united to Him (but there is much work that He must do in you to make you perfectly fitted for Himself).
True union with God is permanent and lasting because it is inward and spiritual.
God, in creating you, made you a partaker of Himself.
2PE 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature,
On a human level, God gives man the desire to be fully united with a spouse in marriage; but that union is never totally complete because the two can never totally merge into one.
On the other hand, if you mix two glasses of water together, they immediately become so fully mixed that you cannot separate them.
True fellowship with God takes place only when you begin to understand the privilege of your royal priesthood and surrender your self-nature to God.
There is a deep fellowship in your royal priesthood where you stop preserving the self-life, and lovingly and absolutely begin to fellowship with God.
Even here in this world, our union with Christ and the privilege of your royal priesthood is the greatest achievement of God’s love and omnipotence.
When a believer does this, God removes some of the obstacles He had put in the way, and then we are encouraged to turn towards Him back in fellowship as royal priests.
The more open and widely the soul is opened to God, the more abundant is the release of His grace mercy.
Although it seems at times that God reduces our souls to emptiness and nakedness, the desolation is only external and apparent.
One of those incredible gifts is the insight into our sorrows and difficulties and trials and how all of them can strengthen and develop our royal priesthood.
Dealt - asah - to manufacture something out of something; here God manufactures what is “well or good” out of a horrible situation.
Because of God’s grace and love for each one of us, out of disaster,
“Thou hast dealt well or manufactured divine good with Thy servant,”
He allows the world, the things of the world, and the people of the world to afflict and plague us to bring us back to Him.