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Status: Priest
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Status: Priest

A believer, whether young or old, male or female, is God's priest. We gained this status on the day we were saved. What is a priest? In brief, a priest is a person who lives solely for God's interest and serves Him. He is also one who receives God, who is filled, saturated, and permeated with God, and who has God flowing out of him so that he might be a living expression of God. He contacts God in the mingling with God and he is absolutely and thoroughly mingled with God. His service is in newness of spirit and is a ministering to the Lord. Such a vision may seem like a tall order. However, we can see from the Bible that we were saved to be such persons.

Revelation may be the last book of the Bible but it is here that Jesus Christ is particularly revealed as "Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father" (1:5-6). It is not that we are able to love but that He first loved us. His love is the greatest love and it is directed at us! We are the very object of His love. And He loved to the extent of dying for us, shedding His blood that the sins which separate us from God would separate us no more. We can henceforth draw near to God, and even be in God! Now we, being constrained by His love, would judge this: that One died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised ( 2 Cor. 5:14-15). His love motivates us, drives us, and will not let us go. We willingly give ourselves to be His priests.

First Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light". He called us out of darkness, not just from the sphere of darkness but also from the element of darkness pervading us (Col. 1:13; Acts 26:18). He as the light is advancing and the darkness is retreating. With our eyes being opened, we are seeing more of Him and we are appreciating more of His virtues. We tell out because we are those called out.

In the Old Testament, it says that God bore us on eagles' wings and brought us to Himself (Exo. 19:4). It is not by our strength but by His own grace and power. He brought us to Himself, to contact Him directly and intimately. By so doing, He makes us a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (v. 6). Thus, it is all His saving work. Our job is to properly respond to His work- to open to Him and enjoy Him. As 1 Peter 2:4-5 so aptly puts it, "Coming to Him, a living stone,... You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."

So, do not be ashamed of our priestly status, young people. Understandably due to the religious background, many of your friends may have their stereotype of what a priest is. Perhaps some of them would go so far as to tease you, to address you as "Father" or "Reverend" because you speak of God to them a lot. But in times of trouble or need, they know who they can really run to. Then they will see we are not the nerds or the geeks they thought we were. Rather, we are the most normal persons for we are those allowing God to work Himself into us to be our life that we would be His expression. Yes, such are we: priests.

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