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A Royal Priesthood

by Norman P. Grubb

Now, I don’t know whether I’m scripturally correct here, but I sense this—you may not agree with me—but we know how in Scripture the Son of God is called the One Who is equal with God. It says distinctly in Philippians 2:6, “He counted it not a thing to be grasped at to be equal with God.” He’s become unequal with God. He’s become unequal with God! There’s a significant statement here in Hebrews 1:5 which says this, “For unto which of the angels said He at any time, ‘Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.’” Now that puzzled me. I said, “Now, what day did God beget Jesus if He’s from eternity? In what sense can you say that God begat Jesus on a certain day when He’s eternal?” When I looked up my references, I found that He wasn’t eternal at all in this sense. I found that this refers to the day of the resurrection. You look at Acts 13:32 where it’s quoted by Paul. And it’s quoted here as referring to the day of resurrection. In other words, in a new sense, God said to His beloved Son Who was co-equal with Him, from eternity, “This day I’ve begotten you as a Son in a new sense. You’re the first of a new creation. You’re the Elder Brother and you’re the Head of a marvellous new creation which has come out in its millions, and who knows what wonders they are going to perform for eternity. You are, in a new sense, a Son.”

Now, you follow that “Son” through. What happens? You go on to I Cor. 15 and you learn this: that the Son Himself has become subject to the Father. The Son becomes subject to the Father, and He hands over the kingdom to the Father. He subjects Himself to the Father that God may be all in all. And it says in Hebrews 2, “In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee.” And we see this blessed One, eternally in the form of a man, eternally glorified, with those marks of wounds in His hands and His feet and His side, leading the church of Christ in praise to the Father. What a scene we shall be in one day. Millions upon millions, with the Son in front of us, leading in the praises of heaven to the Father. Now there is subjection in that. And it has occurred to me—I may be wrong—but it has occurred to me that, in eternal identification, He’s taken an eternal step down for the sake of joining Himself forever with man and bringing many sons unto glory. Being joined forever with this glorious body, He has, as it were, stepped down from eternal Sonship to another Sonship. I may be wrong, but it looks something like it. He has given up any rights He had claimed for Himself because He counted His whole privilege now to be eternally identified with fallen man whom He’s going to lift to the God-head. He came from the God-head to manhood to lift manhood to the God-head. That’s this grace.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”