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Thou Art A King and A Priest

"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." - Revelation 1:6 (KJV)

This Study will look at our Kingly and Priestly positions, what they mean, how important they are in our Christian walk, and what can be the result if we fail to walk in these positions in the manner in which God intended.


By Pastor G. E. Newmyer 


There are many differences between the Old and New, yet in both we find many "like terms," yet they still differ "by definition." For instance, there is the circumcision of the Old, and one of the New, but they are different by definition. There is the Passover of the Old, and one of the New, but they too differ by definition; and we could add many more things to this discussion: Grace, Life, Sacrifice, all of which are seen in the Old and New; yet nonetheless....both differ by definition.

There are things in the world that have "like terms" as well, but they too, differ from the Kingdom, by definition. The world uses expressions such as, “spiritual”, “faith,” and other "like terms"; but the world's definitions are far different from those in the Kingdom. The world also has “power” but so do those in the Kingdom; but there are vast differences between the two powers. The world uses the term “name” as a means of identifying a person, as do we; but there is more to "a name" than what pertains to identification. “Oh! Over there we see is Bob, and there, is Mary; and oh yeah...there is Pastor Harry." Were all three of those names used representing forms of identification alone? No, one of those names carried a title that pointed to a Position of Authority. What is known as "Positional Authority," may or may not have a Power connected to it; but generally speaking, whether someone carries such a name or not, Authority without the Power to carry it out becomes nothing more than a Figure Head. There are monarchs sitting in countries that are Figure Heads only; they have some authority as a monarch, but no power to enforce their authority.

Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God

When we came to the Cross, many things changed in purpose, definition, and cause. However, before one ventures into “kingly rule,” he/she must first make the distinction between the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. Heaven is a "place" for it's citizens; but God is a Personage, thus we are "in" the Kingdom of Heaven, but the Kingdom of God is "within" the Born Again believer.

God never requires persons to do anything that He hasn’t given them the ability to do. Under the Old, the people lacked the Spirit of Christ, thus God ordained a procedure for the nation of Israel. He had the "government order of kings" and the "priestly order" separated. Under this legitimate order, no priest could be a king, and no king a priest; however, a king could be a prophet, and a priest could be a prophet. One of the major changes in authority we are granted under the New is the ability to be made both king and priest, as seen by the Scripture verse seen at the start of this Study... (Rev 1:6).

Priesthood of the "New"

Our "kingly position" is found in the "kingdom of heaven," while our "priestly order" exists in the "Kingdom God." From all this we find divisions, and perhaps one of the biggest is the division of Laws. There is a Law for the "natural-thinking, earth-bound person, and a Law for the heaven-bound "Loosed of the earth person." Both laws are from God, but the issue here, is never about, "from whom the Law came," but "to whom it was directed. " Within each of those Laws we find a priesthood, and they differ by Order and Qualifications.

The Book of Hebrews & The Book of Leviticus

The Book of Hebrews is to the Christian, under the Law of the Spirit, what the Book of Leviticus is to the priest, under the Law of Moses. God established an Order for Old Testament "Covenant people"; and He used the Tribe of Levi for their Priestly order, while establishing His "kingly line" with David, who was from the Tribe of Judah. Saul was never really a “king."  He was a Prince learning to become a king; thus David is the first anointed and appointed king of Israel.

In the Gospel accounts we find two different genealogy reports concerning Jesus: one in Matthew showing Jesus’ physical line connecting to Solomon and David, thereby giving Jesus the right to the kingly position, and one report in Luke,connecting to Nathan, another son of David rather than Solomon, showing that Jesus was physically born a legal Jew. In order to be Jewish, one's mother had to be a Jew, either by natural birth or adopted as was Ruth; but in order to claim to be The King, one had to trace their line to David by Solomon.

We know, the premise of one being a Jew based on their mother, originated with Abraham and Sarah. If one was a Jew by their father’s line only, then Ishmael would be a Jew, and so would the sons from Abraham’s third family. However, since the premise is based on the mother, we find the linkage goes to Sarah.

The method of recording the lineage was different, and Luke uses the term “as was supposed," which is a Jewish idiom pointing to the father of the woman who is being talked about. In Matthew we find the phrase, “Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary” (Matt 1:16); however in Luke we find, “the son of Joseph which was the son of Heli” (Luke 3:23). The difference is found in the term “as was supposed” (Luke 3:23). Heli was the father of Mary, and Jacob the father of Joseph; but Luke is not attempting to show a kingly line, rather he is showing Jesus as a Jew, The One who came for the Jews.

The Gentile didn’t enter the picture until the "time and timing of God" opened the Gospel for the Gentile, which was sometime after Pentecost. Nonetheless we don’t find any lineage for Jesus being linked to Aaron, Levi, or Moses. However, we know Jesus is our High Priest, and He is the Lion from the Tribe of Judah; yet God’s lawful order didn’t allow for anyone to be a priest, who was from the Tribe of Judah.

So, was Jesus rebellious? Was He some whacko who formed His religion? No; with the change in Priesthood there had to be a change in Laws. The priest under the order of Aaron pertained to physical things and carnal ordinances. They lacked a Spirit that was Godly in nature, thus they could not minister to the spiritual things. Their Law didn’t require "the spiritual," nor did could it grant anyone "the Spirit." Therefore, the change in positions demanded a change in Laws, and the change in Laws demanded a new and different Priesthood under a New and Different Order. Both Laws would have priests, but the Order and Duties would differ greatly.

Origins of the "Jezebel Spirit"

The irony in all this is, of course, seeing how the mother of Solomon was not Jewish at all; rather she was married to a Hittite (II Sam 11:1-3). God’s legal order was for the priests to come from one area, and the kings from another, as a check and balance and there was no legal exception to this rule. Yet we know, there was one family who took over the high priest position during the Macabbes period, and one of them did appoint himself as priest and king. This would be termed the “Jezebel spirit”, or “self-appointed”, and although this person did appoint their-self to be king and priest, that doesn’t mean they were anointed by God. 

The Talmud also termed this exception as illegal, and did so based on the order which God had established. The result of this illegal act put the nation under the Hand (rule) of Rome, which brought about the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, and it hasn’t been rebuilt since. Also all those connected to that illegal mess were killed by Herod right after Rome took over the nation. Keeping things in their proper Godly order is the point; and we know the danger of mixing Old Testament procedures into New Testament procedures.

What about Ruth?

Okay, what about Ruth? The Jewish line of Jesus is connected to her, and she was a Moabitess who married Boaz (Luke 3:32), but she was also adopted by Naomi, and called “daughter” (Ruth 2:22). Therefore the premise of Adoption was known to the Jew, and Paul tells us that we are inducted into the Body by Adoption. We "were" children of darkness; yet God "adopted us" as His, and then gave us The Spirit, of which is the evidence of our new “family identification". 

Having said that, we find two verses in the Book of Revelation that are plain and to the point, “Jesus has made us kings and priests unto God” (Rev 1:6 & 5:10). The Old Order would never legally allow that premise; therefore, a change came with Jesus, a change so great, that it would take a New Nature within the person, to fit into the Change. That New Change is only possible by being Born Again, and being Born Again is not based on pride, or religious conceit, or position, rather it’s open to all who ask. This great gift of Grace is Spirit-based and it doesn’t matter if one is Jew or Gentile, bond or slave, nor does it look at one's background, social position, or anything else: it’s open to the “whosoever."

With that, we also find some interesting divisions and separations by God; Jesus said that one who is baptized and continues to believe, shall be saved, but one who believes not shall be damned (Mark 16:16). He didn’t say this about one who is not baptized, rather the context relates to a position obtained by entering the Body.

Our water baptism didn’t save us; God did, and the Baptism was our Sign or Token of acceptance of that delivery. Is that strange? Not at all, because regarding "Tokens or Signs," we know as another example, that every time we see a rainbow, it reminds us that God will never destroy the earth by water again. That rainbow was God’s Token or Sign to us, but did the rainbow destroy the earth? No, it was a sign, or token that the destruction had ceased.

Our water baptism displayed many facets, including our acceptance of God’s Mercy (water) as we identified with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our Baptism was our induction into the Body of Christ, when we gave our vow to run this race lawfully and it’s the "positional induction" into the Body of Christ that makes all the difference. One can believe up a storm, yet if they are not in the Body of Christ they do not fit, “shall be saved." On the same note one can enter the Body, then refuse to believe... and they too will fail to fit “shall be saved."

Keep believing

Mark 16:16 is not a discourse on baptism; it’s a warning for us to keep believing, regardless of the event. It then becomes important to understand a few matters, some that can help us run this race in a manner that is not only legal, but pleasing unto the Lord.

What is a King in the New?

The first point, is to determine what a king is, and if it’s restricted to gender. Circumcision under the old was restricted to gender; but under the New, we know that the "circumcision of the heart not made with hands" is the sign of a True Jew, and open to male or female. Therefore, we find that being a king in The Kingdom has nothing to do with gender.

But, what is a king? A king is a supreme or pre-eminent figure in a particular group, category, or sphere. The word Pre-eminent means "someone who is above others"; but in the case of the kingdom of heaven, we find that we’re all kings, so..." who then, is above whom"? Or is the question really..."who is above who"? Or "whom above whom"? Perhaps it’s neither who or whom, but "what"?

We also have to add the concept of Local; a king is only a king of authority and power in their own sphere, and they do not have authority and power outside of that sphere. The Queen of England is not the King of France, and if the Queen of England came to America and sat down in the White House, that doesn’t mean she is President. The President of the United States can’t presume he is the King of England either. Attempting to enforce our kingly authority outside of our realm is dangerous.

What is a kingdom? What is the purpose of a kingdom? Any kingdom is where the will of the king is being carried out. A king is one who formulates laws and determines what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior for the subjects in their kingdom. Whatever the king deems as law or rule is so; yet that same rule or law may be illegal in another realm. For instance in the Principality (area/realm) of disobedience, we find that disobedience is the acceptable rule for the subjects, but in the Kingdom of heaven it is not. In fact, in the Kingdom of heaven, that same disobedience is destructive and deadly (Eph 2:2-3 & II Cor 10:3-7). Paul tells us in Second Corinthians that we can cast down imaginations; but how is that so? (II Cor 10:5).

When we were in the world those same imaginations controlled and guided us. What happened? The Cross of Jesus, the Body of Christ, the Resurrection, and the Spirit.....happened.

Good King, Bad King

Kingly authority is vital, but what if a king doesn’t believe that they are a king? Or, what if they run about shouting “king statements," but in the wrong realm? Good questions; a king is only a king when they know they are a king; and a good king rules according to the conditions of their position for the benefit of the kingdom order.

A bad king uses kingdom rules in a self-based manner to exalt the king; thus a bad king is always hated by the good subjects in the kingdom. But a good king is loved by the good subjects in the kingdom. The bad elements love the bad king, and if pride is our rule, then all the bad things that accompany pride will enjoy the rule; but all the Godly things will hate it. If anger delights in our rule, we’re in deeper trouble. On the same note, if Peace, Joy, Love, Faith, Mercy, and Grace all enjoy freedom under our rule, we’re a good king, a good king indeed. 

Principalities

Is a Principality the same as a Kingdom? No, a “principality” is a place within a kingdom, usually a beginning place, or the place where the kingdom began. A prince is not a king, yet he has authority relating to his principality, and is  identified by this principality. Jesus is the King of kings; but He is also the Prince of kings (Rev 17:14 & Rev 1:5). However, there is also the wicked prince of the power (authority) of the air (Eph 2:2).

Princes in the Old

In the Old Testament the Hebrew word translated as Prince means a Leader, not as a king over a country; rather the term points to one who represents a place, or group within the nation. There were princes from the various tribes of Israel, and they were not kings over the tribes; rather they represented the tribe (Numb 7:18). A prince has authority, but it is limited to the Principality involved. In the case of Jesus, we find He is King, Prince, and Priest, each with a specific power and authority.

Princes of the New

In the New Testament the Greek word for Prince means a Commander, and connects to the Greek word which means a Principality. The same Greek word translated as Principality is translated as Beginning, as in “the Beginning of the Gospel”, or “in the Beginning was the Word”. Having said that we also read where "we war against Principalities" (Eph 6:12); yet Titus was told to instruct the Bishops to be Subject to Principalities (Titus 3:1).

Can being against something also mean we are subject to it? If we are kings, how can we be subject to a “thing”? The word Subject means to Arrange, or Keep in Order; thus we do war against remaining in the Beginnings of things, and more importantly, we war against making those Beginnings a god in our lives.

There are many Beginnings, and "no Beginning" begins "without the knowledge of God." The Beginning of the Kingdom is important; but it’s not God. There was a Beginning for the prince of the power of the air, but we left that principality and all it’s deeds behind. We carry the Gospel, but we don’t remain in the Beginning. Often being subject to something simply means, that we don’t argue with it; we allow it to run its course. We remain free of the cares of this world, by allowing them to remain in their realm, and we in ours.

There is the Principality of disobedience, but there is also the Principality of Peace. We war against the Principality of disobedience by being obedient to the Lord; we war against remaining in the basic rudiments of the Principality of Peace by living in Peace. The natural mind sees the words “war” and “against” as emotional endeavors, or an open armed conflict in a face to face encounter.

Spiritual/Kingdom warfare

In the Kingdom, warfare is different; we battle anger by walking in peace, we battle bitterness by appreciating our Birthright under the New Covenant, and we battle pride by being humble. In the world war means "the bigger gun wins," which is using "gun against gun." Since these differences exist, could they also relate to our Kingdom Authority? We will see.

The First Ruling Order

The first place in the Bible where we find a “ruling order" is in Genesis; The Light was to “rule over” the light of the Day and the light of the Night (Gen 1:16). The word Rule in Genesis 1:16 in the Hebrew means To have dominion over. Clearly, that is a Dominion rule, but how many lights do we find? The Light is one, and the Hebrew word used for Light in this case, means a Self-existing Light; and the only “Self-Existing” element is God, the Self-Existent one, which is the meaning of “I Am that I Am."

Then we find the Greater Light for the Day, and the Lesser Light for the Night; in this case the word Light means "a Light generated from another source." The same Hebrew word points to the Menorah, or the Golden Candlestick, which holds the light. The Menorah is not self-existent in any sense of the word; it must have oil, a wick, and someone to maintain the light. Even with the oil and wick, if we take away the care-keeper the light will soon fade, and burn out.

That is not the case with “The Light”, it doesn’t need any outside assistance. Still, that is far too many “lights”, maybe God changed His mind? Or maybe poor Moses, without a degree, just blew it. No... on both counts; Genesis does show God creating and forming, but it also shows: the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, the Gospel plan, and the division between the Day and Night.

Paul said that we are children of the Day, and so, we are not children of the Night, or of the Darkness (I Thess 5:5). That gives us three realms; we were of the Darkness, but we accepted "the call" and were moved to the Body of Christ and became Children of the Day, but the Night comes, when no man can work.

The Day is for Salvation

The Day is for Salvation; it has the Greater Light for the Greater works, while the Night is yet to come and it’s for Judgment and for the season when we see the Lesser Light. We are of the group in heaven, seen as ten thousand times ten thousand (Rev 5:11); but there is another group of thousands of (or from thousands) (Rev 5:11). Both groups are under the authority and power of The Light, but with different purposes, different forms of power, different Laws, and far different abilities. From Genesis to Revelation, the context is still Kingdom authority.

Keys of the Kingdom

Jesus gave us the Keys of the Kingdom, and Keys in the general sense open, or lock various items. Jesus referred to the keys as methods to bind (lock) or loose (unlock); and we know the metaphoric phrase “a key to understanding," pointing to the revealing or Unlocking of something.

In the case of Jesus giving us the Keys, this refers to the granted authority to accomplish an act (Matt 16:19). The Keys came from Jesus; He is, nonetheless, the Source. But the Keys were handed to us, making us responsible for their use. If we don’t use them, then nothing gets done. We used one Key when we asked God to forgive our sins, but did we know that this was to be Reciprocal? The use of that Key demanded that we "not be hypocrites"; we asked God to forgive all our sins, but were we willing to forgive others? If not, we didn’t turn the Key, rather we were attempting to be the god over God. We wanted God to forgive, but then we considered our pains and hurts so great, that they gave us the ability to be too high and mighty to forgive.

Turning the Key

God forgave us for what we did to Him, and what we did to others. Therein we find the key, don't we? Jesus said, “go, your sins are forgiven”, but what sins? If all person's sins are forgiven, why even go to the Cross? The people before the Cross had their sins forgiven on earth, but not in heaven. It would take the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus to “open” the Door to heaven. The Cross is the place of death, the death of the old, in order to gain the Life of the New. It is the place of Ability, that place where we find that God will forgive us completely, and thus, we can also forgive others completely. We put the key in the lock when we ask God to forgive us, we turn it when we make the decision to forgive others, and then the Mercy of God gives us the ability, and the Door to heaven opens.

The Keys in our hands

It becomes clear, that the Keys to the Kingdom are in our hands; the initial "act" therefore, begins with us. Okay, it’s a predicament; God is Love and He has the power to forgive. But we are mortal...so, how then, can we be like God (when it comes to loving and forgiving)? The answer is...."By our "Decision"; we make the decision in prayer, by saying to that mountain of unforgiveness “Go”, or better.... we, "Loose it by Command." Then God moves in with His Mercy, and the mountain that sat on us begins to move. Did we believe that God was able to move the mountain? If not why even say “Go”? We believed, and desired to please God; and that is the basis of faith. It’s not easy, and the old man comes around with all his bitterness, and anger, and memories, justification, and reasons why we should not forgive for all that suffering. The truth remains, we are told to Forgive as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us (Eph 4:32). How can we? With the same Mercy God used to forgive us. That Mercy is granted by our desire and decision, and the more we forgive, the more we are forgiven.

Time of Doors

Will the Keys of the Kingdom open any lock? No, although Jesus gave us the Keys to the kingdom, He retains the Keys of hell and death (Rev 1:18).

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death." - Rev 1:18 (KJV)

Jesus also pointed to the Time of Doors, or more than one Door (makes sense). David was the first "appointed and anointed" king of Israel; and there is a Door for the “Key of David.” That Key belongs to Jesus alone,which no man can open or close that area (Rev 3:7).

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth." - Rev 3:7 (KJV)

Yet we also find Jesus standing at a Door knocking, and only mankind can open that Door (Rev 3:20).

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - Rev 3:20 (KJV)

Clearly there is more than one door; on one hand, there is a door which no man can open, and on the other hand, there is one that only man can open.... different Doors, different Purposes.

Then we find John taken into heaven by the Spirit through a Door (Rev 4:1).

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be here-after." - Rev 4:1 (KJV)

Doors are for entrance, Windows are not. God will pour out a blessing through the Widows, but only a thief attempts to climb in by the window. Kings do not make entry through windows; they make entry through the Door. All this shows there are Doors many, and Keys many, some we are privy to, some we are not. Attempting to use the Keys of the Kingdom in a Door which they were not designed for, makes us illegal intruders. Attempting to use the Key to gain entry through the Window, makes us a thief and a robber.

However, since we were given the Keys of the Kingdom, it stands that the initial move is in our hands as well. God calls us to the Cross, and even gives us guidance and instructions in the use of the Keys; but He will not take them from us, nor will He use them in our place. Simply? It’s up to us to either use, or not use the Keys.

There are many things left in our hands; for instance, we are told to "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness." (Matt 6:33) Yet, God is not going to seek the Kingdom for us; He will grant it to us, but even that is dependent on our seeking. God will not study for us, but He will be there to help us study.

So, what are these Keys for? The Keys of the Kingdom are for "binding and loosing" they do not open the gates of hell, or the House of David, or death or hell. None of us would attempt to use the car key to open the front door to our house, and then get mad because the car key won’t open the door. Misuse of the keys only brings frustration, while proper use brings peace.

Free of the Flesh

So, is all of this about “works of the flesh”? No, a work of the flesh is enacted to maintain the fleshly status; yet we came to the Cross to accept the death of Christ in our place, so we could be free of the flesh and that "deed" is an effort of faith, dependent on the ability of God to complete that which we requested.

A work of the flesh not only makes some demand, but it also attempts to carry out the effort. However, the "renewing of our mind" is for ridding us of those things that keep attempting to "conform us" to the world again, while allowing God to fill our minds with the things of Christ, so we can be formed into the Image of Christ.

Bind the strongman

Keys are also "methods," and right after Jesus says He gave us the Keys, He also tells us to "deny ourselves and pick up our crosses" (Matt 16:18-23). The very first premise in binding and loosing is, “for whosoever will save his life (soul) shall Lose it; and whosoever will Lose his life (soul) for My sake shall find it” (Matt 16:25). Procedure is always important; we must walk by faith, we do not "jump over procedure" by faith.

What else do we bind or loose? We are told to "Bind the strongman" (Matt 12:29); but who is that? This “strongman” is a man, he is not an angel, and we are the ones who are told to bind him. "To bind" means to limit or restrict; thus in "the renewing of our mind," the old man will fight to retain residence. But we are the kings, and have served the eviction notice, and now the Spirit of Christ has come to enforce that notice. A work of the flesh would be to serve the notice, then attempt to use the old man to evict the old man.

This connects to Paul telling us to "put off the old man, and put on the New" (Eph 4:24); we "loose the old" so we can be bound to the New. The strongman uses the weakness of the flesh; but there is one Stronger, who is the New Man, fully capable of giving us what we need to bind and overcome the old nature (man). If we are told to "Bind the strongman," then surely we are given the ability in the New Birth.

Born Again

Being Born Again carries with it an enormous authority and ability; the old nature ruled us as a taskmaster, but when we were Born Again, we were immediately elevated far above the realm where that taskmaster has authority and power. Rather than be a slave at the hand of the taskmaster, we became a king with rule over the old man and his nature. How does a king rule? By words... they make decrees, rules, and laws to keep harmony within their realm. 

The teaching on binding the strongman came right after the religious leaders accused Jesus of casting out devils by the “prince” of devils (Matt 12:24). Jesus wasn’t telling the religious leaders to bind the “prince of devils”, they were to bind their own wild minds full of the products of the fall nature.

The strongman in the souls of the religious leaders was ruling them; and rather than bind that strongman (within themselves), they were using him. The strongman is not a devil...devilish yes, but not a devil. It’s "a nature," the old fallen nature that all of us were subject to before we came to the Cross of Jesus. "The renewing" is to bring us back to the childish thought process, that place where we learn afresh. Jesus told us to come to Him as little children, and therein we find the renewing. Attempting to mix spiritual matters into natural, or to use the natural to define the spiritual, always leads to destruction. We must vacate the old, and make room for the New.

Who was Jesus to these religious leaders who accused Him? Was Jesus a Gentile? No, was He some foreign figure? No, He was a Jew, with the same background as the religious leaders. They were speaking evil of a brother doing a good work, and that is the old jealous, envious nature that must be bound. James called it, “the spirit of man that lusts to envy." Paul called it the “old man”; Jude called it all sorts of things.

So, how do we bind the strong man? We do so with choice and decision, and then by using a Key of the Kingdom. The metaphor Key also points to a type of Scepter, or Item showing authority, which may help us identify this enormous ability.

When Jesus taught on binding and loosing He pointed to Mercy, not Grace. Mercy is the act of forgiveness, and the Cross of Jesus is based on Forgiveness, while His Resurrection is based on Grace. All this still pertains to "Kingdom rule" and shows us that the manner in which one begins a Kingdom society is just as important as maintaining that society. If we begin a corrupt kingdom, we will use corrupt rules and regulations, and end with a corrupt society. If we allow the society to twist, and corrupt the good rules and regulations, they will overthrow the kingdom rule, which is rebellion.

Grace is having the Spirit and being in the Kingdom of God, Mercy is having the forgiveness of sin and being in the Kingdom of heaven. Anyone in the Body, even if they are not spiritual has the ability "to forgive as they are forgiven."

Were the Corinthians carnal? Sure, Paul said so. Did they have the Spirit? Yes, Paul said so. Were they Spiritual? No, Paul said so, and they proved it. However, Paul also told them, “You have reigned as kings without us” (I Cor 4:8). Even the Carnal minded are kings, thus this is a Kingdom of Heaven issue, not a Kingdom of God premise. The ability was in hand, yet they had to enter in.

The Keys relate to Mercy, and they are given to Kings; thus the purpose is based on Forgiveness. Jesus defined Binding and Loosing further in Matthew 18:18, as He said, “whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Where then is the initiation? It is on earth, not heaven; and hell isn’t at issue in this matter. This is something the devil is not privy to; this is between us and heaven.

Clearly the language shows this is restricted to something done on earth that effects heaven. Of course if the “prince of pride” gets a hold of this premise, it becomes twisted to the self, and we go about binding what should be loosed, and loosing what should be bound. “Will Jesus be mad at me if I don’t forgive?” That’s not the question; the question really is, do you care if He is mad or disappointed if you don’t forgive? He will be disappointed and sad, not so much for His sake, but ours. If we refuse to forgive, we bind God’s Mercy from us; and it’s God’s Mercy that brought us the Cross, while His Grace brought us the Resurrection.

In conjunction to the binding and loosing, Jesus taught on "two or three agreeing"; but that too was restrictive in nature, pertaining to Mercy and Reconciliation. If a brother trespasses against us, we go to them with the motivation of reconciliation (Matt 18:15). If that brother will not hear us, we seek out a third independent party to mend the differences. It begins with two, then the independent party making three, and all meeting in the Authority of the Name of Jesus, which means, that this pertains to the members of the Body of Christ with the Purpose of reconciliation (Matt 18:15-18). It doesn’t matter who is “right” or “wrong”; what matters is there be no division in the Body. The gates of hell are death related, and they produce ungodly division. The Unity of the faith is joined to the Unity of the Spirit, and the enemy sets his gates in the path to divide us one from another. Reconciliation demands that we remove the gates of hell, and join in the Faith by the Spirit.

The context was “two or three”, it was not “one or two”, or “four or fifty”. Only, if one of those two brothers refuses the Mercy and Reconciliation... are they to be taken before the Body? If they still refuse Mercy, they are to be treated as a non-believer. Why? As Believers we know that the Mercy of God, and maintaining that Mercy, are far greater than personal retribution or validation. John tells us if we deny the Father or the Son we are antichrist, and refusing to grant Mercy is denying the Father.

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."  - Matthew 18:15-16 (KJV)

All this shows kingdom rule, we have the keys. Thus, if we say “no I will not forgive”, we have bound God’s Mercy in heaven from us, and we have bound ourselves to the earth. That leaves God no other choice than to form us into vessels of dishonor (Rom 9:21-24).  However, if we say, “yes I will forgive,” we have loosed Mercy on earth, and the Reciprocal action causes God’s Mercy to be released from heaven. The authority is in our hand, God will not release His Mercy unless we use the key in the proper method. Mercy is always the glue to keep us in the Grace of God, it becomes the one element we “Obtain” when we come boldly to the throne of Grace (Heb 4:16).

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." - Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)

70 Times 7

Keeping things in their proper order helps us maintain a Peaceful kingdom, and Mercy is the Key element. It keeps the ship moving to the purposed goal. Peter understood this and right after Jesus taught on “binding and loosing”, Peter said, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” (Matt 18:22). It wasn’t how many times shall I bind the devil? Or how many times shall I pray? It was directed at offenses between “brothers.” The “seven times” was from sabbath to sabbath; but we see Peter was looking for the loophole, or the escape clause. “After seven can I hit him in the nose?” Jesus answered Peter with, “I say not unto you, Until seven times: but Until seventy times seven” (Matt 18:22)

We know the 490 figure was based on the time when the children violated the seven year sabbath of the land for 490 years, and were placed in captivity to Babylon for 70 years, or “7 times 70." But nonetheless, we see that there is a reference to “sabbath” (rest). Jesus told Peter that the time element would be equal to 490 sabbaths, or nine and half years. That was a much greater length of time than "the sabbath to sabbath" which Peter was considering. How could anyone forgive constant abuse for that long? By their self? Impossible, it still takes the Spirit of Christ. On the same note, that doesn’t mean we have to submit to ungodly abuse so we fit the seventy times seven; it merely shows, don’t look for the loophole, don’t consider the way around the Commandment, rather consider obeying the Commandment, and God will deliver us.

James used the same premise in the “prayer of faith”, which is our prayer asking for the Wisdom of God, so we stop killing the just with words that are not conducive to a good kingly rule (James 5:15 & 1:5-6).

"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." - James 5:15 (KJV)

James points out, that if we have faults with each other, we are to confess them, and pray one for the other, rather than against one another, so we may be healed (James 5:16). Some of our biggest hindrances and problems center around our failure to forgive. So much so, that we will shut the door on any ministering in that area.

Of course we can play the mind game and say "we have forgiven," yet all the while, still seeking out some validation. Or, we may have forgiven the perpetrator, but maybe we still want some validation....we want someone to admit that they failed us, or someone to admit that, they could have "stopped it (the suffering)." But, that approach would still be a form of holding unforgiveness, when we merely would have transfered it from one person to another.

God didn’t tell us, “Oh yeah sure, I will forgive you; but let’s see.... that guy looks like a heathen,so I will put your sins on him." Jesus took the sins for all, whether past, present or future; and once we accept the Cross, we accept that premise and in the process, we have no right or standing to hold unforgiveness toward anyone, since the Cross we claim, takes those sins.

So, does Jesus carry those sins around like a big ball and chain? No, not at all; when sin hits His holiness, it is dissolved, just as darkness is dissolved by light. Where does the darkness go? Does it run and hide in the corner or under the bed? No, it is dissolved by the light, as if it had never been there.

The Light which dissolves the darkness

No matter how dark it gets, the littlest light can make all the difference. Think about Jesus Who is Light, and how His Light did shine on us and dissolve the darkness. Our job is to believe it, and even believe it without physical evidence. Belief is a power to the vehicle, and the vehicle is faith; thus belief and faith move us from one realm to another. When we believe in the Words of Jesus, our belief attaches to faith and our measure of faith pulls us to the place where the Words were spoken.

The "unpardonable sin"

If we bind someone to our unforgiveness, we have really bound ourselves to the darkness that is attached to that unforgiveness. “Oh yeah, what about the unpardonable sin?” The unpardonable sin is unpardonable because the person never asks pardon; they think that their ability to rip the heart out of people is some God given gift. If Jesus is able to forgive us of all sin, then He is able to forgive us of all sin (makes sense). But the requirement is, for us to ask to be forgiven. Therein we find the paradox; the person whom we are holding unforgiveness against, doesn’t need to ask us to forgive them, but we must ask God to forgive us. When we pray, we forgive, as we are forgiven. There is no way around it; we can... "loose" the person, and have God’s Mercy "loosed" on us or.... bind that person, and bind God’s mercy from us.

Jesus explained binding and loosing, and the seventy times seven, by introducing the Kingly concept of the Kingdom.

“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents (roughly 234 thousand pounds of silver). But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshiped him, saying, Lord have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the Lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." - Matthew 18:23-27 (KJV)

"But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants , which owed him an hundred pence (about one dollar): and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest." - Matthew 18:28 (KJV)

As this story continues...the "fellow-servant" admitted that he owed, but then he asked forgiveness in the exact same manner as the servant had asked the king. However, the servant rejected being compassionate, and did to his friend, that which the king had not done to him.

In essence, the servant who owed the king was “loosed” by the king, but that same man “bound” another for owing much less to him. The servant received the Mercy of the king, but refused to give it, and when the king heard about this, he delivered the servant over to the “tormentors."

When the servant begged forgiveness, the king granted it; thus the servant had a “key”, but rather than use it on others, he twisted the entire thing around and bound others. Once Mercy is given, it grows, and Jesus said it will come back "shaken down and running over." Mercy is the premise behind the key to binding and loosing, and it must be the first element we engage in before we attempt to use the binding and loosing concept anywhere else.

Authority in kingship

Still relating to kingship? You bet, the king had the power to render Mercy, or not. When he rendered Mercy, he expected the subjects in the kingdom to do the same. That is an example of Authority in kingship; God grants us Mercy, and thus, we are expected to do the same. But must we? The servant in the story shows us that we Should; but we as kings have the power to reject or accept these conditions, opportunities, or rules. Whatever we allow into our kingdom rule is then "granted entry," and whatever we forbid entrance to, "remains without."

Paul explained this premise by saying, "Neither give place to the devil." (Eph 4:27). The word Place in the Greek means Opportunity, and again, shows kingly authority. Can the devil simply march in? No, we as kings must give him opportunity, which grants him entrance. One way, is holding unforgiveness. Since the Cross of Jesus is based on Mercy, and if we refuse to grant mercy... who does that compare us to? When we grant Mercy, we give God the opportunity to intervene on our behalf; when we refuse to grant Mercy, we “bind” God, but "loose the devil."

This kingdom principle explains why we sometimes see, that someone can hold a really weird theological position or doctrine, yet they are “comfortable” with it. We may wonder how they can hold to that junk, much less be comfortable; but.... they are kings, and have regulated their kingdom in that fashion. Does that mean they are right? Not at all, and we all will have to give account on how we maintained our kingdom.

"As" a roaring lion

In First Peter 5:8, we find that the devil is our adversary who goes about as a roaring lion seeking “whom he may” devour. That also shows we must grant permission for the devil to make entry, or else he cannot.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." - 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

In Hebrews 2:14 we find that Jesus destroyed the devil through the death of the Cross, and the word Destroy in the Greek means "No longer effective" and metaphorically it means “unemployed."

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likwise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." - Hebrews 2:14 (KJV)

In the Old Testament the people were bound to the darkness; they were subject to the "prince of the power of the air." But in the New, we have the Keys to the Kingdom.

It’s obvious that the place of "beginning" is the Cross; and by our acceptance of the Cross, the devil becomes ineffective in our lives. When we put all that together we find that the devil is effective in his realm, but we were removed from that realm, and placed in an area where the devil is no longer effective. We were raised to heavenly places, while the devil was lowered to less than zero. Yet for some reason, some of us think the devil has more power over us now, then he did when we were darkness.

Three elements give the devil place every time: when we take on the cares of this world, or the deceitfulness of riches, or the lusts for other things. Those three elements will choke out the Seed granted, which is most interesting (Mark 4:18-20).

"And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred." - Mark 4:18-20

The Process is also evident; those who have the Seed choked out of them are also the ones who lack the Root. The Root of any plant is that element out of sight, that is gaining a foundation so the plant can stand and survive the winds of change, or the seasons of adversity. The Root breaks up ground, moves things around, and often pushes things to the surface. As kings we can ignore the exposure, or receive it.

The world looks to the result of some threat to the social good, and thinks that by controlling the threat they have controlled the source. Not so, we find Jesus went to the source, destroyed the source (devil) and made the source ineffective. Often the world ends by exalting the pollution, yet ignoring the solution.

Faith, the counter to fear

Hebrews 2:14 not only shows how through death, Jesus destroyed (made ineffective) the devil, but it also shows us, that by accepting the death of Jesus, the same result applies. The devil’s main weapon is “fear of death” (Heb 2:15), which is a fear of the unknown. Faith is the counter to fear; the more faith we have, the less fear we are subject to. 

The “roar of the lion” is to get our attention and then focus on where the sound came from. Once we focus on the location of the sound, we will draw ourselves to that spot, thus "giving the devil place" and opportunity.

On the other hand, we as kings can do many things, such as "put off the old man, put on the New"; we can resist the devil and he will flee from us. We can, "seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." We can do these and many other "things," including, but not limited to, binding and loosing.

Manifested things of the flesh...."spirit of the man that lusts to envy"

In Galatians 5 we find two sides of the issue; first is the “manifested” things of the flesh, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murder, drunkenness, reveling and the such (Gal 5:18-21). These are not the flesh, but things manifested, or the outward signs of the flesh being effective (yet to die). This is that area where James identifies the source as the, “spirit of man that lusts to envy." Paul referred to this "nature" as "the old man," and said, “the flesh lusts against the Spirit” (Gal 5:17).

That verse shows us that the flesh uses the mind to resist the Spirit; but the Spirit resists the flesh (Gal 5:17). The flesh demands place in a kingdom that it has no right to, since the Cross has imputed the flesh dead. Therefore, the Spirit considers the flesh ineffective, and "that which is in the past."

As kings, we have the choice to accept the Spirit’s view or to accept the flesh’s view. The flesh is death; it is marching to the place where death reigns. But the Spirit is Life. Our souls are between, and we will be one with one or the other, but the choice is ours.

Outward signs of the Spirit

The outward signs of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, "against such there is no law" (Gal 5:22-23). If we are Christ’s, then we have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts thereof. If we put off the old man, we should have put off his deeds as well. As kings we have that authority, which....we can accept or reject.

How then do we gain the good, yet be void of the bad? In Romans 12:2 Paul said, “And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God."

The word “renew” has a prefix of “re”, meaning Again, as in “re-do”; but if we were born into sin, and go back to the old mind, wouldn’t that mean we would be taking the same old sinful mind again? That doesn't seem right. The word Renew in Romans 12:2, comes from a Greek word that means To renovate, and renovation means to restore to an early condition, or To impart new vigor, or To make new. All of these meanings pertain; and Jesus said we were to come to Him as little children. Thus we must reject all those worldly thought processes, and be ready for a New Vigor.

The word Conformed is also interesting, and gives us some real insight. As a baby we had done neither good or evil, all babies are “Adam like” or like Adam before the fall. They are physical, with a flesh made of the elements of the earth that is a result of the reproduction process, and they have a soul that is a Creation from God. Thus as a baby, they are a “living soul”; so where does the sin thing come in? Potential; we as humans are more likely to sin, since our potential is to seek out the self, to use the flesh, and get our own way. The brain is the storehouse, and the soul is the real person. No amount of digging in the fossil finds, or surgery is going to reveal the soul of a person. It’s the unseen element that makes us different, it’s also the place where our mind, will, and emotions are housed.

"Be ye transformed"

The soul also has another element that does connect us to God, and that is known as, "the measure of faith." That measure of faith has a particular love that is based on a Joy; it is the same as the sinless Love that defines God, but it is from God. The Living Soul with the measure of faith, is the element that really separates man from the animals.

The flesh of a goat is made up from the elements of the earth, just as the flesh of man; but the goat doesn’t have the measure of faith. All this still pertains to kingdom rule, and why we as kings must exercise our kingdom authority in accordance with the will of God.

In Romans the word Conform means to means "to fashion ones self after something," and that alone has to show how much authority we have. Paul is not writing to unbelievers, he is writing to “called of Jesus Christ” (Rom 1:6).

"Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ." - Romans 1:6-7

They were free of the world; but as kings they could form themselves to the things of the world. How can that be?... Via worldly furniture in the soul, and we need a renovation. The paradox in Romans 12:2 is like many we find in the Bible, and connects to the Paradox of forgiveness.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." - Romans 12:2 (KJV)

If we conform to the things of the world, we do it ourselves; but Romans 12:2 then says, “be you(ye) transformed," which is allowing something to happen. If we conform ourselves to the world, we’re the ones doing it; but in order to "be transformed," we must submit to the New Man. The word for Transformed is the same Greek word from which we get the English word Metamorphose, or the process of change from one form to another. Like the caterpillar who changes to the butterfly, we find that there is a metamorphose waiting us. However, we have the key, we can keep the same old worldly junk in the soul, or we can submit to a life changing experience.  

Romans 12:2 connects to Romans 12:1 (makes sense), and there we find the key is based in Mercy, as Paul says, “by the mercies of God”.

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." - Romans 12:1 (KJV)

Then, we see the key... “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." The same Greek word used for Acceptable in Romans 12:2 was used in Romans 12:1 making the connection. The word Present means "To yield over to," and shows submission, the same thing we find in the meaning of, “be you transformed”. The word Acceptable means "Well pleasing"; and it has the same meaning as “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased." The word Reasonable is the same word from which we get the English word Logical, and Romans 12:1 is the only place in the Bible where that word is found. The only Logical thing we can do is present ourselves a living sacrifice; but then we find two words that toss us... “holy”, and “living," both of which need to be looked at.

Areas of holiness

Holiness has many areas, and the Tabernacle in the wilderness had three areas of holiness. The first was when one gained entry into the courtyard, and that type of holiness was based on the sacrifice, not the person.

Then came the Holy Place, which was the first room in the tent, and therein one would find the Golden Altar of Incense, the Shewbread, and the Golden Candlestick. The holiness therein was based on one having the priesthood.

Then came the Holies of All, or Holy of Holies, and if there is a Holy of Holies, surely there are other holies. The Holy Place had the Golden Candlestick to provide the light; but the priests had to keep the oil in it, and keep it dressed. In the Holiest of All, the only piece of furniture was the Ark of the Covenant; and God provided the Light therein. We have to keep in mind that there are various types of holiness, yet some of us think Holiness is a type of dress; but really we’re holy because God is dealing with us as His children.

The children in the wilderness were called Holy by God, so were they? They mocked the man of God, they made the golden calf, they tempted God some forty years; so are those acts of holiness? Not hardly, but God was dealing with them as His children, and they were holy by association.

In Romans 12:1-2 the association is clear; if we submit ourselves as sacrifices, we are in the act of death, which is accepting the Cross. Now let's look at "the living thing"; how can we who are dead in sin be alive? This can be "by Christ, the Cross is the place of death." But these also grant us Life, and it’s the Resurrection that grants us "Life More Abundantly."

The Key is in our hand

Once we have Life, we turn around and submit ourselves to the Lord as Living Sacrifices. This in turn, gives us the ability, power, and authority as kings, to renovate our minds by casting out the old worldly views and concepts, and then as kings submitting to the Cross and Mercy of God, be transformed in the mind to those who "think on those things acceptable to God" (Whew). Still kingly stuff... and as kings we have the power to say Yes, or No; we can say “I will accept the Cross, but I will not die to the self”, or we can say, “I accept the Cross, and submit to the Transforming proces." Binding or loosing... the key is in our hand.  

Is kingdom management a faith issue? Sure, we want the Lord to look at our management and say, “well done, My good and faithful servant." What we don’t want is for the Lord to say, “Ahh man, what happened?” And then for us to say, “Well it looked okay to me,” isn’t going to negate sloppy kingdom management. The real faith issue in kingdom management is not that we know we have authority, but knowing we are under authority. At some point in time we must give account as to how we handled the kingdom given us. Thus it behooves us to understand proper kingdom management.

How much power and authority do we as kings have? Tremendous! Yet in the end we are accountable to the King of kings. If we in the kingdom are kings, who then are our subjects? Certainly a kingdom without subjects is a poor excuse for a kingdom. In the world the subjects are human, but in our kingdom, they are “things”, not humans. We just saw some of those things, but there are others, we can ban wrath, anger, bitterness from our kingdom, yet grant entrance to joy and peace. These are issues here on earth, things relating to the kingdom of heaven; thus in the kingdom of heaven we have many kingdoms, but the Kingdom of God is One, since God is One.

We can allow some points of the Law of Moses, and reject others, it’s our kingdom and we rule. However, we know the Law of Moses is not designed for those in the kingdom. If we allow a Law or Doctrine into the kingdom that is “outlawed” by the Higher Authority we in turn have become “outlaws” (those who make themselves law-less, or out side the law), not a good thing.

Don’t confuse the issue, we are not kings over the Kingdom of God; only God is King in that Kingdom. However, Jesus has made us kings, has He not? An example of this is found in the Book of Revelation wherein we find that there are at least seven churches. Yet Jesus said He "would build His Church (not churches) on the Rock."

The Rock is "The Body, or the kingdom of heaven"; and within the Rock there are "churches many." But upon that Rock Jesus is building His Church. It’s a misnomer to think that all the Body is the Church, although the only way to be accepted into the Church is to be of the Body. Nonetheless, we find Jesus speaking to the seven churches, and more than one of them are found wanton. One left it’s First Love for the Lord, and engaged solely in it’s Second Love for mankind. They became unequal and Jesus tells them to repent, or He will remove their candlestick (Rev 2:1-5). That sounds serious, and it is. The result would be Jesus removing their Light and Position; but they still are kings and still have the authority to make things right.

What happens when Light is removed? Darkness reigns. They did many good things based on their second love, but they negated their first love. This same premise of being unequal is found in Matthew 7:21-22, and connects to the word Iniquity. Jesus never says, “Depart from Me, you that sinned”; nor does He say, “Depart from Me, you who failed at the Law of Moses." But He does say, “Depart from Me you who work Iniquity."

Iniquity is being unequal, or unbalanced, and it leads to sin; but really it’s "a failure to do something" that we are required to do. Jesus said that not all those who come to Him will make it; but those who do the Will of the Father, will. Then we see.... the “Lord, Lord haven’t we” people show up saying that they used the Name of Jesus, showing they were of the Body, and they did many things, all of which we are told to do. Yet, these were told in the Scripture passages that they had also worked Iniquity; so, what gives? Like the church that did it’s second love, but failed at doing the first... we find that the "Lord, Lord haven’t we people," did "things," but refused to do the will of the Father.

So, it wasn’t "what they did," but "what they didn’t do," that created the problem. Not only that, but they worked at "not doing" the Will of the Father.

So, what is the Will of the Father? To forgive, which brings us right back to Mercy. Paul talked about the vessels of honor and those of dishonor; and only difference was Mercy (Rom 9:22-24). The vessels of honor are also known as the “vessels of mercy”; thus the vessels of dishonor failed to do the will of the Father.

Wow, does that mean that if we fail once at mercy, we’re done for? Not hardly, these people “work” at it. They can seem to work harder at not granting mercy, then the vessels of honor do granting it. The real key is Potential; once we come to Jesus we have tons of Potential, but we must allow that Potential to work.

Submission to the New Man

Another paradox? Yeah why not; when we were born into the world we had the potential to sin, and we did. Now we are Born Again and have the Potential to be free of sin. Just as it took submission to allow the darkness to rule over us, it’s going to take submission to the New Man for our Light to shine. 

In Romans we find that before Jacob or his brother Esau had done any good or evil, God hated Esau, but loved Jacob (Rom 9:11). How can this be? Can a God who is love, actually hate? Sure, God is Love, but He’s not stupid. God knew Esau would do something so awful that it would cause God to hate him. What could that be? Idol worship? Something worse than that, and something that points to the difference between a good loyal king, and a bad one. Esau never appreciated his birthright, yet Jacob wanted that birthright more than he wanted life. Esau was “given” something no other person in the world had, as the firstborn of Jacob; yet he considered it not as costly as one meal for the flesh.

In Hebrews 12:14 we are told to follow Peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. What happened to Born Again? What happened to the Spirit? Right there, our Gospel is the Gospel of Peace, and Peace with God can only be obtained in our Season by the Spirit of Christ within. The True Holiness (Holy of Holies) in our Season can only be obtained by being Born Again and having the New Man, who was created (or formed same meaning in the Greek) after God’s True Holiness. This is more related to the priestly order, but it also connects to kingdom authority. We as kings can remain in the Courtyard, or we can make the decision to venture forth into the Holy Place, and transformed into the Holiest of All.

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." - Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)

The first premise in Hebrews 12:14 is to “Follow”; and in order to "Follow after," we must be Born Again. What has that to do with Esau? Much, and in Hebrews 12:15 we read, “looking diligently”; what does that mean?

"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." - Hebrews 12:15 (KJV)

The phrase “looking diligently” in the Greek means, To look upon (makes sense); but it also means, "To take the oversight of." It was the same word which Peter used in the phrase, “feed the flock of God which is among you taking the oversight…."; thus it does connect to kingdom principles.

In Hebrews 12:15 we are told to beware least any man “fail of” (fall from) the Grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.... This wasn’t written in reference to something which could defile many in the future; this verse shows that many were defiled at that time, as a result of something they did. This was also something Esau did, but what was it?

Wickedness

The word Springing means to Beget, or birth something. The word Up means "To elevate or give rule to," and in this case, it’s giving up one Godly Birth to bring about another one that is bitter and corrupt. Bitterness is a metaphor pointing to extreme wickedness, something which someone has to work at to become. If one is a “son of perdition” they are birthed again into perdition. However, we in the Body all left perdition (the world), and we are seeking to be rid of the things of the world, not use them as some religious crown. Those who commit a like act as Esau, lack something, which includes appreciation for all that God went through to grant us the New Birth.

This also connects back to Mercy; if we fail at Mercy, we will lose our grip on Grace. This is not being said to scare any one, but it does wake us up. We have the unique power of the “split second"... that moment in time we have "to allow, or disallow." If we Renovate the house, we also are in the process of "removing"; thus we can evict uncontrolled anger, and accept Peace. That split second then gives us the choice to reach back and use that uncontrolled anger, or to choose to use the New Peace. Above all, we honor and appreciate the Birth Right that Jesus granted us, the New Birth is vital, it’s not something to be taken lightly.

"Fornication"; warning against...selling the birthright

This Esau connection is also found in Hebrews 12:16, as we read, “lest there be any fornicator or profane person as Esau." What? Fornication? The metaphoric meaning of a Fornicator in this sense goes to the definition of the word.  Adultery is when one partner in a marriage or espoused marriage has a relationship with someone other than their mate, or espoused mate (as we saw). A Fornicator is someone who gives their self, or sells their self to the lust of another. In Esau’s case it was giving up his birthright based on his own lust. He committed fornication against the Promise God gave Abraham; thus for Esau it was an “it,” that he should have diligently sought after.

"Profanity"; warning against ungodly disregard for the "blessing of the birthright"

The wording Profane Person in the Greek means Common or Ungodly; what did Esau do? He sold his birthright for a lust, and afterwards when he knew what that entailed, he found no place of repentance, or better said... he lacked a "standing to repent "(Rev 12:17).

Did God "hate" Esau?

Did Esau have the power to sell his birthright? Sure he did it; but it was based on some lust in him. He lacked respect for the birthright at the moment, and his lust caused a callus behavior and disregard for all that went into that birthright. At that moment, the only thing he thought of was his flesh; yet that hunger would pass, while his birthright would have been for a lifetime. When it came time to receive the “blessing of the birthright,” Esau begged, cried, and sought it; but since he had given away his birthright, he had no position from which to repent. God knew Esau would sell his birthright just to satisfy the flesh, and that caused God to hate him.

"Perdition"; warning against the refusal to cast off the old man

As a king we can reject our Position or Birthright by refusing to cast off the old man, and then turn around and use the same old man to chase after something....this is so unjust, that it's called Perdition. On the same note we as kings have the right to hand over our rule to Jesus, just as Abraham was willing to hand over his promised son. The question becomes.... if we are Born Again, do we really appreciate all which that entails?

Golden Opportunity

As kings we have been given the authority by Jesus to rule in our kingdom, but do we become independent? Or are we dependent on Jesus? All things are under the feet of Jesus, His Authority (Name) is above all authorities (Names), but it’s not above Jesus.

We as members of the Body of Christ are over all things as well; but we’re not over Jesus. We have the golden opportunity to not only believe in that Name, but be enfolded into it...that is.... as long as we keep things in their proper order and not elevate things above that which God has. If "things" are not in their proper order....Paul called this, “exalted above measure”, which actually means "not exalted at all." Situations "above measure" are those which  produce the problems. This dilemma is two-fold; we can refuse to exalt that which God has given us, which would be error, or we can take something and exalt above measure and if we do...we would also be found in error as well.

Keeping the Things of God "In Order"

To maintain "Things in Order," takes a kingly insight that can only comes when one has the Clarity obtained as a result of being Born Again. The Anointing is important, but it’s not “a god”. The Glory is important, but it’s not “a god”. Keep things in their proper Order.

Warnings to the churches in the Book of Revelation

The church of Ephesus in the Book of Revelation had the authority to move from their First Love to their Second, and in so doing they became unequal. Jesus warned them of the result, but He didn’t make them obey (Rev 2:5).

The church of Pergamos had members who held the Doctrine of Balaam, and let's remember that Balaam taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children; he didn’t prophesy about it... he taught it (Rev 2:14). Balaam’s prophecies weren’t the problem, it was his teaching. He moved outside of his "called position" to a "self-made" one for a "self-benefit" that was self-promotional. He used his knowledge in an evil way against the people of God, and although he didn’t destroy the children, he did cause them many problems.

Yet, in Revelation, Jesus didn’t force those of Pergamos to toss out the Balaam doctrine, or the Balaams; but He did them what would happen if they didn’t. The Choice was theirs, yet the final judgment would be in the hands of Jesus.

Gates of Hell

Any time we place hindrances before the children of God we have invoked "a gate of hell." Gates are not Doors, and gates are not offensive weapons (unless we take it off the hinge). Rather, gates are used to keep things out, or to keep things in; but they also force people to find other directions when they discover that their rightful pathway has been blocked by a gate. When we put a gate of hell in place, we are causing division and separation, and we’re doing it based on our lust for envy and strife.

The Wilderness....the place of training

So, why didn’t Jesus just remove those who held to the Doctrine of Balaam as mentioned in Revelation? This would be because doing so would violate the kingdom rules. Jesus said, “This is My Body, Take”, which when coupled with taking the Keys... was giving us The Rock. However, He also said, “This is My Blood of the New Testament." The Body is that place "between places"; it’s not of the Old Testament and it’s not fully The New. It’s "the wilderness," the place of training. The Rock was being formed and established before Pentecost; but the Church didn’t begin until Pentecost. When Jesus said, “upon this Rock” it was a present tense statement at that time, but then He added, “I will build” pointing to a future event. The Father grants us permission by the Cross to enter the Rock, where we become "fishers of men." However, the Church which is "being built" on the Rock is fully in the hands of Jesus. Therefore, Jesus could warn the churches, but He would not force change.

The gates of hell shall not prevail...

The Church (being built within us by the Spirit)... will remain United by the Spirit, in the Faith.

Peter...a Piece of the Rock

We know that Peter was a Piece of the Rock, but not the entire Rock. We also know that James, John, and the others were also Pieces of the Rock. Along with them was Judas who was an independent piece of the Rock. Judas like Balaam had authority, but both refused to face their own nature. Judas was convinced he was doing the right thing, and Balaam was convinced he was doing the permissible thing.

Don’t forget the angel in the pathway of Balaam who had the sword. That angel was sent to stop Balaam, so when Balaam began to teach Balak, he noted that there was no angel to stop him then.... so he allowed his own mind to convince himself that what he was doing "was permissible." But, he was wrong; and he really knew better. His calling was that of a prophet, not a teacher. He had the prior warning, he didn’t need fifty. 

Mount Zion

So, does this still relate to Esau? You bet; back in Hebrews right after we find the “Esau mindset,” we read, “For you have not come unto the mount…” (Heb 12:18). What is the Rock equated to? This would be....Mount Zion, the mount upon which the city of Jerusalem is built; thus Esau rejected his “mother” (Zion), and lost his position (standing) for repentance.

Jerusalem of the earth was built by man on Mount Zion; and Mount Zion was formed by the Hand of God. However, New Jerusalem is built by Jesus; and it sits on heavenly Mount Zion, which is that Rock and Body that we form.

Jesus never cast the net, He told us to. Jesus also told us to go into the Field; thus once we enter the Body we have the Name of Jesus, and from that Authority we can bring others into the Body. For that reason we are the ones who baptize others in water.

However....the pre-requisite for entry into (The Church) is having the Spirit; thus, for this, Jesus will baptize us with the Spirit (Gift of the Holy Ghost).

Once Esau gave up his birthright, he lost any position in the family order he may have had; thus he lost his standing to repent “to the father” of the family. It was over for him; he knew at that point, no place for repentance, and the birthright was lost to him forever.

Birthright by Adoption

We are called "unto repentance"; then we’re given our Birthright by Adoption. Yet any of us can “divorce” or “Separate” ourselves from that Birthright (Jude 19).

"These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit." - Jude 19 (KJV)

Our kingly order must search out our kingdom for traitors, thieves, unwanted elements, outlaws, and bandits. The method given for this responsibility, is to “Examine ourselves” (I Cor 11:28)......

"But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup."

Bringing the kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God into alliance

We join forces with the New Man; we bring the kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God into alliance and allow the New Man to search our estate, to go throughout our kingdom looking for intruders, or unwanted elements, and then report to us, any findings. We in turn join to the New Man for "the eviction and removal" of those unwanted elements. If we trust in our own intellect to detect the unwanted.... we will use the old man to search out the kingdom, which is not very wise, and really, a misuse of kingdom authority.  

What would be another example of misusing kingdom position? How about the classic..... Adam and Eve? When Adam was in the Garden, he was in charge; he named the animals and ruled. Yet, he was man "under authority." He had two Commandments from God, showing God as the Supreme King, which is still the case with all kings. Nonetheless Adam called the animals whatever he desired, and he could eat of any tree, Except of course... for the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He could look at that tree and touch it, water it, paint it, even prune it; but he was not to eat of the fruit thereof.

However, after the fall, what happened? “Cursed is the ground for your sake, in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you, and you shall eat the herb of the field” (Gen 3:17-18).

From king to servant.... the kingdom became cursed. Rather than the ground yielding to Adam, it was now dominate over him, and the ground would rule with thorns and thistles.

How about Eve? Before the fall she was “bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh," a Partner in the affairs of the Garden; but then, “in sorrow you shall bring forth children, and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you" (Gen 3:16). They lost their authority and were banished from the kingdom (Garden), and found themselves in a hostile environment. The first thing they attempted to do was regain entry by their own power and ability. After the fall, Adam named his wife “Eve” or Life, and in so doing, he was making the claimthat from her, would come Life (Gen 3:20). What did Adam lose? Life. In dying he would die; thus he attempted to the be the king again and "call something that was not to him, as a were." However, he lacked a Godly premise, and so, his actions availed him nothing.

Adam and Eve found no place for repentance, although they sought after it. Before the Fall Adam, had not sinned; the potential to sin was there, but not the act. But, when he used his kingdom rule to overthrow the rule of God, he placed his “life” on the line, and lost his position and fell.

Victory "over the people" or....Victory "for the people"?

The Doctrine of Christ is one doctrine; but can we fall for other doctrines? If so, does that jeopardize our position? Pergamos was found to be, as a type of "Korah situation"; there were those who held to the Doctrine of Balaam, and those who held to the Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, and both Doctrines run hand in hand.

The word Nicolaitanes means "Victory over the people," while the name Nicodemus means "Victory for the people." Tricks, manipulation, threats, or the use of such things to keep people captive... are all deeds of the Nicolaitanes. Even "Godly things" used in an ungodly manner become Nicolatiane in nature.

The Doctrine of Balaam placed stumblingblocks; the Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes taught others how to control people. Both are enemies of Jesus, and He will fight against them (Rev 2:16)....

"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth."

That sounds cool; but wait! If we allow those doctrines into our kingdom, does that mean Jesus will fight our kingdom? You bet; and that is the point isn’t it?

Jezebel

Thyatira had the Jezebels, and Jezebel was a queen in Israel; thus she relates to kingdom rule as well. Jezebel was not Jewish, she "married into the nation" via joining in matrimony with king Ahab. Jezebel coached Ahab regarding how to build idols, and Ahab made a “grove” (place of idol worship), and "provoked the Lord" (I Kings 16:32-33).

This king allowed someone to corrupt his thinking, but... everyone is lead away by their own lusts. As kings we can vacate the "lust of the eye," or we can close it up in the castle basement. If we close it in the castle, the day will come when it will escape. Jezebel merely enticed the lusts of Ahab, and used them for her benefit. A “Jezebel prophet” will do just that, they prophesy to lusts, and entice the pride of the person. Of course the Jezebel will call it “edification"; but in truth they are merely enticing the lust of someone to make them a slave of corruption.

Jezebel did come from royalty; she was the daughter of Ethball the king of the Zidonians (I Kings 16:31). Nonetheless she was not “of the nation”; and so, she became the self-appointed prophetess who taught God’s servants to commit fornication (giving themselves over to a lust).

Jezebel’s father reared up an altar in Samaria for the worship of Baal; thus she was the daughter of an idol worshiper, and Abraham was the son of a idol maker. The difference here, is not gender, but what each did. Abraham left his father’s house and sought after God, while Jezebel attempted to bring her idol worshipping father’s house into the House of the Lord. The, when the prophet of God came on the scene, she refused to honor the prophet’s position, and sent a threatening letter to the prophet (I Kings 19:1-2). The self-appointed only honor those, who can do them good; but they fail to honor those to whom honor is due.

Receiving the blessed Correction of the Lord

Each of the seven churches were given Guidance and Clarity (Revelation); what they were doing, good or evil, was exposed in the verses; but they were also told how to continue in the good, or dispose of the evil. But in each case, it was left up to the people in the church to act. They were kings, and thus, it was their kingdom. In essence, the Lord is the Elder granting Wisdom; but the ability to act remains/remained in the hands of each of the churches in that Rock.

The Correction of the Lord is based in clarity; the warning,"to repent for failure" is clear. But, also clear, is the reward for obeying the call and restoring the house to it’s rightful glory.

Of the seven churches...we see that the Lord does not humble them, He does not repent for them, and He does not force correction. Our own kingdom is no different, God will send correction; but it’s up to us to put that correction into an action. In any case, Jesus is the ultimate judge; and it’s far wiser to Hear what the Spirit is saying, and obey the voice of the Lord, than to face that double-edged Sword.

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over-cometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knowth saving he that receiveth it." - Revelation 2:17 (KJV)

We find that the "premise of correction" is found in the Temple cleanings, but did the cleanings cure the problem? No. Did the cleanings expose the problem? Yes; thus after the exposure, it was up to those in charge of the Temple to clean it, or lose it.

Submitting to Transformation

None of this means that we’re hanging from a thread, dangling over the fires of hell; but it does show the amount of authority a king in the kingdom has. A king doesn’t "do"; a king "makes decisions" regarding what must be done. We are not to run about like Chicken Little looking for some wicked thing to crawl under the city wall; but we are to be aware of the "old things" from the world that may have hitched a ride on our glory train. Renovation of the mind removes the Ahab potential to make idols and provoke the Lord. Submission to Transforming fills the soul with the things of the Lord to make us acceptable.

Banishing the ungodly elements from our kingdom

Having said that, we now get down to business.... Paul said, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking Be Put Away from you, with all malice” (Eph 4:31). Yes.."let it be put away" indeed, which reminds us that we have the authority to keep a trait, or surrender it.

Once we make that decision to banish something which no longer belongs, we send the decree forth. Then, as a result, all these enemies of the Crown, must vacate the kingdom. Right? But, do we think "these" will immediately leave? Or will we hear...“Where would we go? Hey! Wait! You have been our friend." These things which we have "ordered out" will begin to attract us with those feelings again, tempting us with pride, arrogance, and personal success. However, we are kings, and we made the decree....and they shall leave.

What else must go in the Renovation? This would be...whatever the old man uses, including any false Doctrines, all imaginations, any gates of hell or restricting (hindering) elements that block our vision or that of others, toward the goal, that goal being, "even the salvation of our souls."

"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter:9 (KJV)

A king and priest, separate in function, yet connected by the Spirit

Now we move to another area, that of being a priest. A king and a priest are very different; perhaps that is why God separated them. In our case, they are linked by the Spirit, and we are not going to function in either role in a Godly manner without the Spirit. The only way we are going to keep those two positions separate, yet joined, is by the Word (Spirit/Jesus) in us, dividing and separating for clarity.

A priest ministers, and a king rules, which are two completely different elements/functions. The religious rulers mixed up those premises, and they felt they had to rule, rather than minister. In their case, they had Commandments ordering them to "take tithe," and "enforce the rules," which means they also had to induce punishment.

So, the fault in the Old was not with the Old itself, but with those who administered it. The Old came from God, but was directed at a carnal people who lacked Faith, and to those who had more of a potential to sin, then not. However, the New is sent to help us leave the Old behind, and enjoy the New as Spiritual Children of the Day.

What does a priest do?

So, what does a priest do? Well, a priest does "priestly things." Yeah, okay, like what? We know a priest prepares a sacrifice, and then presents it; however, we also know that Jesus as our Sacrifice, was prepared from the foundation of the world and was presented on the Cross as well as presented before the Father.

Now we see how Romans 12:1 plays a part, informing us of elements of what we as priests, are to do..... “present yourselves a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.

We know we are holy, simply because we are in the Body of Christ, and because God is dealing with us. Yet, there is more to it.

"For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary." - Hebrews 9:2 (KJV)

Within the holy place (Sanctuary – Heb 9:2,) we find three articles; the menorah (golden candlestick) with the seven bowls, one for each church. We have to view each of the seven letters to determine if we have left our first love, or if we have received some Balaam Doctrine, or if we have allowed ourselves to fall into a mode of manipulation to get people to do what we want. Have we received one position, but become self-appointed in another? Have we misread prophecy, and determined that we have become something which God has not called us to? We need to know our Calling, and not be like Balaam who moved from his calling, to a self-appointed area for the sake of self-benefit.

In the Holy Place we also find the Shewbread and the table it sits on, then the golden altar of incense. The golden altar of incense represents the prayers of the saints; thus as a priest, one of our functions is to pray for the saints, and pray as a saint. In the latter days the prayers of the saints are poured out on the earth, and that doesn’t mean the prayers of the saints are “plagues”; it means that those prayers are so holy (when they hit the “air” where the prince of the power of the air reigned), that the same air becomes the plagues. We are to pray in the Spirit to build our most holy faith. We are to pray so we can Stand; then after we have done all to Stand... we Stand therefore, for the rest of the Body.

The Shewbread and Table in the Holy Place are also important; Jesus said He was not the Manna, but the True Bread from heaven. The Shewbread was not made from manna, rather the priests would visit the cities around the wilderness and buy the best flour available. The Manna was a God given provision, but it’s life span was short indeed. The Shewbread cost the children something... the Manna did not. The “table” for the Bread was the support, and represented the Lord’s Table. One of our priestly duties is found in Communion, which is the remembering of the Sacrifice.

The shewbread represented the twelve tribes; in our case it represents the Body, and the twelve Apostle positions (not the men, but the positions). Apostles give us Commandment and Doctrine, the Prophets deliver the Doctrine, and the Teachers teach it.

The Doctrine of Christ

The Doctrine of the Apostles, is the Doctrine of Christ; in this, they did not differ, and our Doctrine should not differ either. As priests we maintain correctness in the Order granted us, and part of that order entails the removal of any separating elements between man and God. Not that we stand between man and God, rather we make sure we don’t.

Every item in the Tabernacle was a shadow of something pertaining to our priesthood; even Aaron’s rod that budded is a type of Resurrection (Heb 9:4). That rod was separated from the Almond tree and appeared dead, yet when God touched it, Life came back to that which was dead. Our hope is to be partakers of the First Resurrection, and the assurance we hold, is having the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.

The Two cherubims over the Mercy seat are also a sign to God’s Mercy during the Seasons of the Day and Night; yet His Grace is only for the Day (Heb 9:5). We as priests of the Day must keep the Greater Light burning, we must not mix the Lesser Light into the Greater. Balaam taught Balak about the end times in a way that allowed Balak to introduce idols to the children through the women of Moab (Numb 24:14 & 25:1). Balaam introduced a type of “strange fire," something that was correct, but used in an evil manner. We must make sure we are not tossing strange fire into the Sanctuary.

The priests under the Old, had garments, and their garments defined their role, and were also a protection. Aaron was protected by the “covering” of his garment, and when the garment was removed, he died. Under Aaron’s garment was a carnal man, who used natural reasoning, since that was what he was, and all that he had. The nature of man is the nature of man; the Nature of God is the Nature of God. As priests, we leave the nature of man at the Cross, and clothe ourselves in the Nature of God. We put on the New Man as our Covering, and Protection. The Armor of God is the New Man, and the New Man is a type of our Priestly Garment, covering us in Truth, Holiness, and Righteousness. The preparation of the Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the preceding Word of God, as we speak Grace to the hearers ...are all products of being Born Again (Eph 4:29 & 6:14-17).

We as priests search out the holy place and make sure there is no leaven, just as the New Man examines the kingdom. As priests we let no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouths, and we grieve not the Holy Spirit of God; we let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking to be put away from us before we engage in our priestly duties. We remain kind to one another, tenderhearted, and especially as priests we forgive as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. This also connects to our kingly orde; we ban bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking from our kingdom.

Our High Priest

Jesus as the Lion from the Tribe of Judah had a right to the throne of David by bloodline; but what about the priesthood? Clearly the only priesthood authorized by God was the Levitical, or was it? Could there have been one earlier? Under the Levitical Order the priests would die, and new ones appointed; but we find a priesthood that has a High Priest that remains as such “forever”, and His priests have Life and have it More Abundantly (Heb 7:24)...

"But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood."

Herein we also find that our holiness is in Jesus, not in our deeds. Our High Priest is Holy, Harmless, Undefiled, Separate from sinners, and made Higher than the heavens; who need not daily,(as those high priests under the Levitical) to offer up sacrifice, first for their own sins, and then for the people’s.

For this our High Priest, did Once, when He offered Himself (Heb 7:26-27). Our High Priest was without sin, but took on sin for us; we accepted His Sacrifice, which was/is something that the high priest under the Levitical could not do.

Our High Priest presented Himself a Sacrifice before God the Father, on our behalf...also, something that the high priest under the Levitical could not do.

Our High Priest intercedes Continually, without Ceasing, something no priest or high priest under the Levitical order could do...not that the Levitical Law was evil, only that it was lacking, in that. it could not provide Life beyond death, only a "manner of life"... until death.

The Levitical could not eradicate sin; it could only balance it with the death of innocent animals. The New brings Forgiveness from/via the Innocence of Jesus and Remission of Sin comes by the Blood of Jesus, something the Levitical was completely incapable of.  

Our High Priest sits on the right hand side of Majesty on high, showing that He is equal to the Father, and He is a Minister of the true and living Sanctuary, and One of the True Tabernacle, which the Lord has pitched (Heb 8:1-2). However, our first place of business is not the Courtyard, which is the place of Judgment, but in the Holy Place, where we accomplish the “service of God” (Heb 9:6).

Under the Old the blood of the animal sacrifices was not only sprinkled in the holy of holies, but also in the holy place. Since our place of service is really the Holy Place, how much better is the Blood of Christ over the blood of bulls and goats? (Heb 9:13-14). The place where we do Service is Holy by the Sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus, making us holy.

The “Ashes of the Red Heifer” were used to purify the altar, and the Blood of Jesus has purified our Conscience from dead works (Heb 9:14). There is no need for a priest to seek out, or do acts of self-righteousness, we as the priests under the New Order for the New Covenant are made righteous by Christ in us, the hope of glory (Eph 4:24 & Heb 1:7-8).

This New Covenant called for many things, a New Law for the New Nature, in a New people who are Born of the Spirit. That New Law made a great change; it allowed for one to be both priest and king. Yet, the New Law itself came about because of the change in Priesthood (Heb 7:12)....

"For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necesity a change, also of the law."

As priests of the New, we are not barred from the Holies of Holies as were the priests under the Levitical; rather, we have Boldness by the Faith of Jesus, and we have Access by the Spirit, through the Blood of Christ, to come to the Throne of Grace to obtain Mercy (Mercy Seat), and Find Grace in that time of need (Heb 4:16)...

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

Even the high priest under the Old was barred from entry into the holies, of all except for one day a year; and at that, he had to make atonement for his own sins first. We are covered by the Blood of Jesus, and there is never any Atonement without Blood; yet what better Atonement than the Blood of Christ?

We minister by the Word in us, not by our opinions, or carnal intellect (Heb 4:11-13). Our ministry as priests is Spiritual in nature, and in Order. The priests under the Old had tons of manuals instructing them how to operate, even something as simple as a "heave offering" had all sorts of steps.

In our case, our Service is generally given in the New; but the specifics are written on our hearts. We are a special people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (Body of Christ), called out of darkness into the glorious Light of Christ (I Pet 2:9).

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

A Lamb without blemish

We are not redeemed with corruptible (dead or without life) "things," but with the Precious Blood of Christ, as a Lamb without blemish or spot, presented as the most perfect Sacrifice of all; and that Sacrifice was for our benefit.

One of the duties of the priests under the Old was to inspect the sacrifices of the people, and if the sacrifice appeared to the priests to be unacceptable, they would reject it. However, their investigation was limited to their senses alone. Jesus was inspected by the Father, who said, “this is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased," and sent the Holy Spirit as a Dove, showing the acceptance.

Then later, Jesus was inspected by the entire nation of Israel when He rode into Jerusalem, and the people accepted Him by shouting, “Blessed be the King that comes in the Name of the Lord." Then Pilate, as a representative of the Gentiles, said he could find no fault in Jesus; thus he accepted the Sacrifice on behalf of the Gentiles. The devil himself could find no fault whatsoever, and had nothing to accuse Jesus with, not one self-element, not one small item of disobedience, not one sin in any degree.  All the animals sacrificed for all time couldn’t come close to the shadow of the Greatness of the Sacrifice of Jesus, which Sacrifice we as priests minister by. Regardless of anything else, this we know – no matter what we do for Jesus, it will never come close to what He did for us. 

Having said that, do we have an Order? Yes, and it’s based in a man that Abraham ran into on the way back from rescuing Lot. The Book of Hebrews tells us that our Order is the Order of Melchisedec, not the man, but the Order. Don’t confuse that, because it wasn’t the man, but what the man did that became the Order (Heb 7:21)....

"Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."

Going all the way back to Genesis, we find that Abram, later to be known as Abraham, was a man who heard God and obeyed. In the Book of Hebrews, Abram is referred to as Abraham; but here in Genesis we find that the man was still Abram when he ran into Melchisedec (Greek for the Hebrew Melchizedek).

Could Hebrews be wrong? No, not at all, the Book of Hebrews is pointing to Abraham, thus showing that there were elements regarding the man that displayed his belief, which belief granted him imputed righteousness.

The Book of Genesis shows that God made covenant with Abram and with Abraham (Gen 12:2-3 & 15:6-15). With Abram it was with regard to the physical seed of Israel yet to come. But, with Abraham it was the Seed as One, and that One is Christ. Abram did meet Melchizedek, but that meeting led to something else; and then to a point where Abraham became the called out one based on his belief. Therefore, the Book of Hebrews is not in error, rather it is teaching us more about the man Abraham (Gen 15:6).

Abram rescued Lot, that much we know; then on the return, he ran into the king of Sodom, who was standing with “Melchizedek king of Salem” (Gen 14:17). Salem means Peace, and in Psalms we find that the city of Salem is really Jerusalem (Ps 76:2). This Melchizedek was also know as a “priest of the most high God” (Gen 14:17). There was no Law at that time denoting a priestly order. In fact Levi would still be in the loins of Abraham. Melchizedek ministered to Abram, and brought him “bread and wine” (Gen 14:18). Wha? Does this mean they had Communion? No, but it is interesting that we find the symbols. Abram then paid tithes to Melchizedek, after the priest blessed Abram.

Melchizedek blessed Abram, and the greater always blesses the lesser; thus the Order of the Levitcial bowed to the Order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek gave to Abram, and Abram gave to Melchizedek, but the king of Sodom had no part in the encounter. As priests we must make sure we don’t include outside kingly orders into the kingdom, or outside priestly orders into our Order.

Genesis 14 is the first time we find the word Tithes, and there are some things attached here to show a division between the two Orders. Abram didn’t have a law, or commandment telling him to give tithe; and Melchizedek didn’t ask for tithe, neither did he take it, but he did receive it.

Melchizedek Order

Later Jacob will use the word “tithe”, but in his case it was to manipulate God, and that tithe fell under the Law. This tithe is not for the “storehouse”; it’s between two men who loved God. That is/would be one area that is vastly different between the Levitical Order and the Melchizedek Order.

Under the Levitical order, the priests were commanded to take tithe, which means it was not an option for the people; if they didn’t tithe they were thieves. Under our order we do not take tithe, we receive it, and freely give it based on a New Nature. These are two very different premises; thus the Levitical is based on Commandment, the Melchizedek on Nature.

In Romans we find that there are gifts of Grace, or better stated...we find attributes associated with Grace. Among them is “giving”, but "with Simplicity" (Rom 12:8). The word Simplicity here, in the Greek means, "liberally with a virtue that is free of pretence and hypocrisy." This is perhaps the clearest area where we see, "the change in Natures," which always produces a change in Attitude.

Without a doubt, there are two Orders; a tither under the Old Covenant has their tithe honored by God, but that doesn’t mean God looks upon the person. Under the Old the deed was sent to God by the Law, and God put a Power into the Law so that the deed could be blessed. The person then, received the blessing from the deed, but since the Law had the power, that meant that God didn’t have to look upon the person, or even consider the person or the deed.

Under the New, we find that God loves a cheerful giver (II Cor 9:6-8). The difference? Natures... a cheerful giver is one who doesn’t give based on necessity (promise of a return), or grudgingly (twisting the arm). The Grudgingly part was how the priests under the Old “took tithe."

A cheerful giver is seen of God, or less.... how could God love them? They don’t need pictures of starving people, or promises of return; they listen to their heart and do as they are told with a cheerful attitude. Anyone who invests in a sure thing can jump for joy; but only a cheerful giver can remain cheerful even if there is no return.

Entry by "The Door"

Under the Old, the priests had a commandment to take tithe; that is not the case under the New. Since the priests under the New "receive tithe," we find that any priest "who take tithe" is doing so illegally; and they become a thief. In Malachi God did tell a certain type of people to Prove Him by giving their tithe, and see if He won’t open the widows of heaven for them; however, we must see the type of person He is talking to. “You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept His ordinances, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord” (Mal 3:14). These to whom this was directed were/are self-based, and only serving God for what they could/can get out of it (their giving). Of course the windows of heaven will open for the tither under the law, but the Door is closed. Anyone who attempts to make entry by the Window is a thief; those who have been granted entry by the Door are members of the House. The point being, there are Orders for the priesthoods, and we cannot mix one into the other. 

There are other differences as well; part of our priestly function is to be prepared, and the Bride made herself ready. If we are Christ’s, then we are the true worshipers of the Lord, and as such, our priestly function is to present the sacrifice of praise unto the Lord (Jere 33:11 & Heb 13:15).

Under the Old, the people brought their sacrifice to the priest to have it inspected and accepted. Under the New we accept the Sacrifice of Christ and present it to the people.

Under the Old, the high priest would sprinkle the vessels with the blood of the sacrifice. Under the New we are the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto Obedience and Sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ” (I Pet 1:2).

Hebrews 3:6 tells us that Christ is a Son over His own house; whose house we are, referring to the Body. Thus He is our High Priest, and we are priests. We all know that there is the Law of The Spirit, but we forget that "The Law" came about because of the change in the Priesthood (Heb 7:12).

Our priesthood is Spiritual in nature, not carnal. The Law of Moses has carnal ordinances; our Law does not. It behooves a priest under the New to vacate carnal thinking and behavior from their priestly functions... which is as we know, a Renovation.

As priests, "we enter the Rest of God and cease from our own works." We believe in the Lord regardless of the event, or adversity. We are to be merciful to the people of God, and hold to the hope that is before us, as an anchor to our souls. Above all we keep the Doctrine of Christ holy, and as the Just, we live by faith. And we are not of them who fall back to perdition, but of them who believe unto the saving of our souls.

Yes, we are kings and priests unto God, a wonderful, precious people, ordained, appointed, and anointed for His service. God called us as such, and gave us the ability to rule in our kingdom. That’s important, since it removes all the excuses; but we must add a principality, which is the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2)....

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

If we attempt to be a king by using the things of darkness, we will produce a dark kingdom that is self-based, and ends, separated from God. We must allow the Holy Ghost to point out those things that need to go, and work with Him in removing them. How? Say unto that Mountain “Go”, and doubt not, but believe God is able. Some of those old furnishings will attempt to regain entry, but we as kings can banish them from the kingdom. That is something no one before the Cross of Jesus had the ability to do, thus they were not required of God to do it. That all changed with Grace, and to whom much is given, much is required.

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