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A Royal Priesthood

by Norman P. Grubb

And now you see perhaps why we are given that highest title—what a privilege! “Kings and priests unto God.” We’re given that on three occasions. I did show you in a previous meeting the interesting fact that proves that this was always in the mind of God because God intended it for the Israelites. I read to you from Exodus 19 how when Moses had brought them to Horeb and God first spoke to them through Moses He said, “I have called you out to be a peculiar treasure unto Me, and that ye might be a kingdom of priests,” not one Aaron and some Levites—the whole lot priests. So it was always in His mind that the highest office and privilege which He could give to any members of the fallen human family, redeemed by grace, was the priesthood, a royal priesthood, a kingdom of priests. And you know how in I Peter 2:9 He says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation . . . .” Same thought, of course. And then twice in the beginning of Revelation (1:5-6) where it says, “Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, [a]nd has made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father.” Also Revelation 5:10. There you have the royal priesthood.

And you see therefore where the roots of the royal priesthood should lie, don’t you? In the Royal Priest. They lie in the fact that I have a Royal Priest within me. If He’s Himself, He will be a Royal Priest within me. Do you see the point? So He inevitably makes me a royal priest if He’s a Royal Priest because He is Himself in me when He is liberated in me. And He causes me to see, to think, to feel, and to act as He does. We ought to for we’re one person. We’ve become one person. That’s the tremendous significance of it.

So we must expect Him to fulfill in and through us the offices of the priesthood. We must expect Him to operate as a Royal Priest within me, as He operates by Himself as a royal priest. Therefore it is good for us for a few minutes to consider, although in various ways we have already considered, what is involved in being a priest. I know that we have already gone through this in many ways, but we can gather them up together. What is involved in being a royal priest?

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”