Faith, Hope and Love (the greatest is love), Prophetic and your Priesthood
In this first devotional I am reminded of an important change made by the Lord Jesus Christ as He established the New Covenant in His body and blood. Jesus gave to Israel a New Covenant replacing the Old that had become obsolete (see Hebrews 8:13). Every Israelite that received this New Covenant by believing that God had raised their Messiah from the dead received all that is contained in the New Covenant. Every believer in Israel became a part of the new priesthood.
As the Gentiles were added, they were grafted into the same Vine that the believing Jews had become a part. Every believer in Christ is a priest called to pray for the nations. You and I am a kingdom of priests. This is what Revelation 1:6 and Revelation 5:10-12 “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth” (NKJV). Instead of a tribe of priests as Israel knew in the Old Covenant that represented the people before God daily through sacrifices and feast days. Now each redeemed saint has become a priest under our High Priest and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Intercession is a responsibility of every believer!
Peter, in his first epistle develops the understanding of who we are in Christ when he writes: you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter2:5). Peter is bringing understanding from Isaiah 61 – But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast. Isaiah was prophetically picturing the results of the New Covenant which is what was promised in Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Jesus spoke of those rivers in John 7:38-39 as He pictured what Pentecost was truly about: He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
What an opportunity we have together as members of this holy priesthood by praying and interceding for California, our local regions and the unsaved all around us.
Our next devotional will consider God’s people as prophets (Numbers 11:29)