Daily Rhema is a teaching ministry for Christians, centered on the finished work of Christ. It posts inspiring teachings and testimonies on weekdays. These short and systematic messages are suitable for personal devotion or Bible Study.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

6.26 You are kings and priests in Christ

(Revelation 1:6)
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us KINGS and PRIESTS to His God and Father…

Yesterday, we shared that we are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Our lives are wrapped up in Jesus, the King of kings and our High Priest. Today, because we are in the King of kings, we have become kings in Christ. Because we are in the High Priest, we have also become priests in Christ. Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus washed us in His own blood to redeem us from our sins to become kings and priests to His Father.

Jesus did not wash us with soap bought with money. He washed us with HIS OWN BLOOD – bought with His own life - more costly and precious than anything else. 1 Cor 6:20 says that you were bought at a price. Your value is equal to the value of the blood that redeemed you.

This is how Father God sees you today – as kings and priests in Christ. When we see ourselves as kings and priests, we respect and honor Jesus and His blood that redeemed us.

Why is Jesus so good to us? Why did He shed His own blood to present us as kings and priests before His Father? There is only one reason. Rev 1:6 says it is because He loved us. When we thank God for who we are in Christ, we are actually acknowledging and receiving His love for us.

We live in a fallen world that is often full of negative circumstances. People tend to feel that they don’t measure up. Many people are searching for their purpose in life – often carried along by the currents of life. Our children grow up trying to find their identity and their purpose. They usually end up conforming to the pressures they face in school, among their peers and in society.

It will make a big difference when we know that Jesus has made us to be kings and priest. As kings, we are able to reign in life through Christ over circumstances. As priests, we have a special calling – to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9). It will make a difference for our children, to face the world knowing who they are in Christ – and to draw from the supply of Christ in them. It will make a difference to grow up with the praises of God in their heart.

You can declare, “I am a king and a priest in Christ.” You can tell your children, “You are a king and priest in Christ.” Tomorrow, we will share on what it means to be kings and priests to God our Father.