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The secret of the mystery. Part 178. The royal preisthood and the power of a timid prayer.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

1CO 2:7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden {wisdom,} which God predestined before the ages to our glory;

COL 1:25-26 Of {this church} I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the {preaching of} the word of God, {that is,} the mystery which has been hidden from the {past} ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints,

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.

As royal priests, we represent ourselves before God. Ours is a universal priesthood. Believers in other dispensations had a specialized priesthood, e.g., the Levitical priesthood.

The universal priesthood of the believer is found in 1PE 2:5,9; REV 1:6; 5:10.

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

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.

This means 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.

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. JOB 36:15 “He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.”

HOS 5:15b In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.

MAT 6:7 “When you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.”

Why on earth would God in heaven want to talk to me?

The power is not in the prayer; it is in the one who hears it.

Not only was he a deaf mute and an epileptic, he was also possessed by an evil spirit.

“If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.”
“Since you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.”

It begins as a hope, an honest appeal.

We are tempted to wait to pray until we know how to pray.

He responded, not to the eloquence of the man, but to the pain of the man. HEB 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

ISA 53:4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

The burdens of earth were replaced with the splendors of heaven.

The journey up was exhilarating but the journey down was disheartening.

The disciples have failed, the scribes are amused, the demon is victorious, and the father is desperate.

Since God is more moved by our hurt than our eloquence, he responded.

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