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“And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen“

 

We now conclude the first of many doxologies of the Book of Revelation.

and has made us kings [or kingdom of] and priests

A king has the right to rule. Christians have the right to rule under God. They are theocratic kings representing God on earth. God gives Christians spiritual authority. We have rights before God because Christ died for our sins. We have the right to share those rights with others. God has made the church a kingdom of priests. 

A priest offers sacrifice and worship to God. The New Testament depicts Christians as a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6), “a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5), and a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). Christians are to offer sacrifices of service (Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:17; 4:18; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Only as we own Jesus’ kingly authority can we fulfill our priestly functions. The more we enter His authority, the more we can worship as priests. A priest’s role is to mediate between man and God. Both prayer and witnessing are priestly functions.

to His God and Father,

Jesus made us kings and priests to function toward God.

to Him be glory

We glorify Jesus because He made us kings and priests. The statements of this doxology are of such magnitude that John magnifies God with great glory.

and dominion

The idea of “dominion” is force, strength, might, and, more especially, manifested power. Jesus has the manifest power to rule or control. This word especially occurs in doxologies (1 Peter 4:11; 5:11; Jude 25; Revelation 1:6; 5:13).

forever and ever.

We give Jesus “glory” and “dominion” “forever and ever” because He loves us, forgave us, and has “made” us kings and priests (Re 1:5-6).

Finite people cannot think outside of time. We use terms such as “forever and ever” to refer to the eternal state, something that transcends time. Time has a beginning point and an ending point. Eternity has neither; it has no succession of time.

Amen

The word “amen” means so be it. It is a term of faith. John affirms his belief in the glory of Christ. His “amen” places a stamp of approval on this doxology.

Principle:

All Christians are both kings and priests.

Application:

Christians function as both kings and priests. As “kings,” we have a right to rule. We have authority because of our position in Christ.

As priests, we have the right to represent others and ourselves to God and to represent God to men when we share our faith.

Each believer represents Jesus Christ on earth. We are believer-priests. We operate as priests to God and toward each other. No one has special privileges of prayer before God. We all operate on equal ground in prayer. We all get God’s ear as quickly as any other Christian.

The full display of our kingship and priesthood is yet to come. We will reign with Christ. We can exercise our priesthood continually by virtue of our position in Christ.

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