Posted: 10/28/2010 at 6:08am
God’s Royal Priesthood
By Ron McGatlin
In this writing, God is not speaking to us about theological understandings or religious positional truths. He is speaking to us about practical reality of spiritual experience now in this present time. Religious and secular training may have numbed some of us to experiencing the fullness of life in the Spirit.
Life does not originate in the natural but in the Spirit in heavenly places. Walking in the Spirit and abiding in Christ are spiritual truths of utmost importance to fulfill life in the natural. We should not allow religious or secular thinking to erode the reality of God with us now in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit. God is bringing marvelous transformation in preparation for the fulfillment of the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdoms of our God (Rev 11:15).
The Spiritual Family of God
One tribe of holy people taken from every tribe and nation – one family with one Father is coming together. A nation of spirit beings are becoming as one in one Spirit – one spiritual ethnicity from among multitudes of natural ethnicities.
The spiritual family of God is not gathering in one geographical location or one place of intellectual persuasion; it is gathering and becoming one in the spiritual realm. With the same spiritual DNA of Christ many diverse parts of the Body of Christ are assembling bone-to-bone and joint-to-joint in the Spirit.
In the natural, God’s royal priesthood is scattered across the world. However, in the spiritual realm they are of one Spirit in one heavenly place in Christ Jesus. God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6. Being spiritually seated in Christ connects us to the love, power and wisdom of God who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3.
The spiritual communion of all God’s people comes together in one place. Every connection with the one true God in prayer is with the same God in the same place. Every true word of prophecy or gift of the Spirit comes from the same living source. Love, power and wisdom flow by our heavenly connection in intimate communion with our Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit. The entire pattern and the power for the service of ministering to the needs of the people are in Christ Jesus seated in the heavenly spiritual realm. Everything needed to fulfill our part of the Body of Christ on earth flows from the throne of God in Heaven.
Full redemption by the cross of Christ and the restoration of spiritual life re connected into God with the resurrection life of Christ Jesus abiding within us by the Holy Spirit makes us sons in the family of God to function as royal priest in this world. Royal means kingly and priest implies a sacred, holy minister of God. A royal priesthood has to do with reigning with Christ in this world and bringing the things of God to help His people to fully connect into Him. Literally it is the life and rule of Christ Jesus flowing through us to bring the order of the kingdom from heaven into this world (Rev 5:10) (Rom 5:17) (2 Tim 2:12) (Col 1:27).
God’s royal priests are first spirit beings connected into Spirit God in heaven in Christ Jesus. Secondly, we are sent to earth abiding in natural bodies to bring forth the spiritual DNA of Christ to order the world to the heavenly design of Father God.
1 Pet 2:9-10: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God….
The royal priesthood is not religious.
The function of the royal priesthood encompasses all aspects of natural life on earth with the unction of Spirit from heaven. God is the creator of Planet Earth and all that exist on it which includes our natural bodies and all living things on earth. Therefore, He knows fully how to direct His people in providing and caring for the earth and all that is on it.
The royal priesthood includes sons actively doing business providing the needs of mankind and the world in all areas of life. All of this is to be done according to the empowerment and direction from God in heaven. Every work ordered by God is potentially the direct function of the royal priesthood. Any occupation God puts us into is for the purpose of serving Him by providing for needs of people and the world around us.
According to God’s plans and purposes, the supernatural realm and the natural realm work together for the heavenly benefit of creation. The kingdom of God is the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.
The Pattern From Above
The New Jerusalem from above is the pattern city of the rule of God in His people on earth (Rev 3:12) (Rev 21&22).
Gal 4:26: but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.
In all production of life there is a father and a mother involved. In plant life there is a seed and the soil in the animal life there is a sperm and an egg. In the spiritual production arena there is seed or word and faith or believing. The seed DNA for who we are in the spiritual realm is Christ Jesus – the Word. The seed for what we produce in the world is the written word of God administered by the Spirit. The word of God, spoken or written, is the seed or pattern planted in the soil of the hearts of the royal priesthood and grown into fulfillment into the world by the supernatural natural work of God (Mark 4:26-28).
Contained in the written word describing New Jerusalem is the seed patterns for the ruling city of the governance of God on earth as it is in heaven. This very rich spiritual word containing the DNA of the kingdom is hidden from the natural man in figurative, symbolic language that will only be fully received by the revelation of the Holy Spirit of God.
To further unpack this, please see “Overcoming Life On A Small Planet” chapter 7 page 30, and Chapter 27, - “Kingdom Growth Guides” (#007), (#027) and (#028). Available for free download archive.openheaven.com .
In Christ and Christ in Us
The term “in Christ” has to do with us as spiritual beings now seated in heavenly places, becoming one with God, and receiving His provision for supernatural spiritual life. The term “Christ in us” relates to our life in the world bringing the things of Christ Jesus from heaven to earth. God’s royal priesthood of mature sons are fully aware as redeemed spirit beings that are one with God in heaven and at the same time on earth in natural bodies bringing the life and works of Christ Jesus to restore this world to our God.
The precious gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God as Jesus really preached it is again being proclaimed in this world among His people. There is no greater message and no greater cause than bringing forth the word of the kingdom of God from heaven on earth.
Col 1:27: To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Mat 6:33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.