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Royal Priests

by Norman P. Grubb

Then I go forward as having that matter settled in my faith-consciousness, and constantly as recognizing it as settled. Then comes the continued supply, even if sometimes it is slow in coming or comes in inexplicable ways as with Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This is the Royalty of the Royal Priesthood.

The priesthood is the summit. He is “the Great High Priest”. This is marvelously the final expression of the Being of God, and therefore of us as His re-expression. Marvelous that the nature of the One in the Universe, The Eternal Being, is purely other-love.

He for His universe, not the universe for Him. The Lamb on the throne. Fantastic! The Lamb slain, ever fulfilling the eternal law of the cross – life issues from death. The One whose total nature is that He died that others may live. The highest position through eternity given, as Paul reveal¬ed, not to a conquering monarch, in the usual sense in which we think of con¬quest, but to the One who has conquered His Universe and won all to Himself by becoming their servant to the final point that “He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”..

Then God’s ver¬dict is pronounced in the presence of all peoples, “wherefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name above every name” that all should bow the knee to Him and confess Him as Lord! - Philippians 2:5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature[2] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What? A king crowned with many crowns, yes. THE king, but crowned with a crown of thorns that we all might become co—kings with Him!