His Sacrifice Unto Death
by Norman P. Grubb
Another aspect of priesthood is sacrifice unto death. Sacrifice unto death. The priest made a death sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed Himself. Hebrews 9:26. “But now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” |
Now I stressed that in a previous meeting. Therefore I won’t spend long on it again. But there is an exaction of death, brothers and sisters. To me principles mean everything. They may not mean much to you. To me, if I see a principle, I can see how it works and give God a chance to work at it. I’m not rushing blindly. I can give God the chance to put it through my life. If I don’t see a principle, I’ll be living blindly, hit and miss. I won’t understand what things mean. When trials and tribulations and things come, I say, “Why? Why? Why?” But if I understand the principle, I’ll know He’s working death out.
Now there’s a law of death here. There’s a law that the priest, the intercessor, sacrifices himself and something comes through which is equivalent—that we have given our absolute lives to bear that fruit. That’s the priesthood. So you see that it’s a pretty solemn thing to be a priest. It’s a holy commission divorced from man’s professions. We’re not under the law of a carnal commandment, neither under the Lutherans, nor under the W.E.C., nor under the T.E.A.M., nor under the Baptists, nor under anybody else. We’re under the power of an endless Life. That’s our commission. We are to be so identified that we have none of our earthly rights left. And as far as possible, identified, whatever it costs you. You’re going to be identified in language. That’s one form of identification, of course. Down, right down, to live as among those to whom you’ve come.
And the third point of priesthood is: there’ll be a death in it. It may sometimes be a physical death, but there will be something which means that everything else has died out in your life until you become fixed on it. That’s part of the law of intercession. I don’t know how it will work out. If you see that, you won’t be surprised when the Lord takes you through various trials and tribulations on the way. But I’ll pass that over now as we’ve spoken of it at several other meetings.
Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954