Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kings and Priests

What kind of reward does the Lord have for those who are found faithful and obedient at his coming?

Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

It appears that priesthood and kingship are part of the rewards. For those who would say that those positions only apply to the "24 elders" , check your math. If there was only 1 representative from each of these groups: "every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation" we'd be well into the THOUSANDS.

In this wicked world of ours, those who take the title of priest and king, take those titles for themselves, and they are considered positions of honor and nobility. How much more honor will there be for those who are appointed as kings and priests by the KING OF KINGS? There is a spectacular day coming for those of us who believe in the true Son of God, for those who are weak, but have held onto his word, who have not denied his name. When Jesus comes, will he find faith on earth? That's the question. Be found as a faithful servant when Jesus comes. "making a decision" for christ isn't enough. The path to heaven is just that: A PATH, not a stationary point somewhere. The path goes THROUGH JESUS, he is the "narrow gate" You must stay on the path, you must remain IN CHRIST, this requires ONGOING faith and obedience. Only you and Jesus know where the line in the sand is for your faith and obedience, that's why its retarded for anyone outside of YOU AND JESUS to make the call on whether or not you'll get into heaven. I can assure you of this though, anyone outside of you and Jesus who tries to tell you that you are "saved" today is a thief and a liar. Work our your salvation with fear and trembling. I did'nt say it, the Holy Spirit did:

Philippians 2 :12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ

There is a PATH that leads through a GATE to get into heaven, I did'nt say that, Jesus did:

Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the (hodos hod-os': a road; by implication, a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, a mode or means -- journey) that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the (hodos hod-os': a road; by implication, a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, a mode or means -- journey, (high-)way) which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Stay on the right hodos hod-os': a road; by implication, a progress (the route, act or distance); figuratively, a mode or means -- journey, (high-)way

Time is short, keep the faith, grace and peace