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His Holy Commission

by Norman P. Grubb

The first thought about a royal priest is his Holy Commission. You find that in Hebrews 5 if you are following the Scriptures. I have quoted much and haven’t asked you to follow, but it would be good to follow now so that you may see for yourselves. It’s always good for a preacher to hear plenty of rustling leaves instead of seeing nodding heads. You find all these in Hebrews because Hebrews is the priest epistle. Hebrews 5 says this concerning the priesthood: verse 1 speaks about, “every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God;” and then in verses 4-5, “No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” So also Christ glorified not Himself to be made an high Priest; but He that said unto Him, ‘Thou art My Son, today have I begotten thee.’”

So there is the sense of a holy commission. Now we have to be a little careful there because, actually, every believer is a priest. We are far beyond that heresy, thank God, in which there is a special people called “priests” and the rest are “people.” Thank God every one of us are priests insofar as the Holy Priest is able to impart His priesthood to us and through us. We are only priests by reason of the Priest within. We can’t be priests. There is nothing in us! We can’t fulfill the functions of priesthood. We haven’t it in us, and we are only priests insofar as that One Who is the Priest can perform His priest office through us. So it depends upon the measure in which He is liberated in me. But there is a sense, of course, in which every true believer, in whom Christ can manifest Himself, and through whom He works, is performing some forms of priesthood. Ours is, to us, a special form. It’s a special commission that we have been given. It’s a holy commission.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”