Who's the Best, Who are the Special?
Who are the Anointed Ones? Kings, Prophets, and Priests
· Yesterday the message was like a background history before the rest is told. For instance, most books of the Bible gives some history to help the readers to understand what the book is pertaining to. When that is done, it prepares the readers for what is ahead, and they know what to expect.
· Today’s message is building from yesterday’s message. Knowing the background will help everyone to have a better understanding of what is written today.
· Previously written was how a scripture was misunderstood and it is highly likely that people can get puffed up with pride and how others put them on a pedestal. It’s even worse when leaders are making people think they are God’s special ones, especially when it comes to sermons like “Feed the man of God” and Saying, Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm (Psalm 105:15).
· There’s a difference between those who were anointed in the Old Testament than those in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the Kings, prophets, and priests were anointed by the Spirit of God to accomplish assignments.
· The Holy Spirit didn’t dwell in people because Jesus had to be born, live among people, died and when He rose from the dead, the Spirit baptized people into Christ which means to be born again. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27). The Spirit did not dwell in people until Jesus did His finishing work of salvation (John 19:28-30).
David said: Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11).
Some Old Testament Priests,
Priests – Aaron, from the tribe of the Levites
Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and many others
Kings – Saul, David, Solomon, and many others.
In the New Testament (a new and better covenant), every child of God is a priest - 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 (1 Peter 2:9). We are priests who stand in the gap and intercede on behalf of others, just as Jesus makes intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
· We are prophets proclaiming (bringing forth, spreading the Gospel) the Word of God - Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20). There is the office of prophet (Ephesians 4:11), but I am sharing the type of prophet when it comes to being Christ’s mouthpieces to share (proclaim) the Gospel.
And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation
· If Christians don’t know this, how effective can they be? The more we know about who we are, the more intimate our relationship with God is, because we understand Him better. Aren’t you glad to know that no one person is better than another, and that all of us are special to God. For there is no partiality with God (Romans 2:11).
God loves each of us equally, but our assignments are different. Adam was not better than Eve, his role was different.
~ Betty A. Burnett ~