Rev 1:5 "Unto him
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own
hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
There is an order of events listed in the above verses.
First he loved us, then he washed us from our sins in
his own blood, next he made us kings and priests unto
God and his Father, subsequently we owe him praise,
honor and glory, and finally he has dominion for ever
of the four things the scriptures say that "God is" is
love. Love is the motivating cause of all that God does
for his people. The scriptures say that we love him
because he first loved us. God's election of a people
is based on His love: Rom. 9:11 "(For the children
being not yet born, neither having done any good or
evil, that the purpose of God according to election
might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I
hated." Works or goodness in the one elected was
not a factor, but God's love was the reason for the
Similarly, the spiritual birth is brought about because
of God's love: Tit. 3:4 "But after that the kindness
and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not
by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Our
salvation from sin is also brought about because of
God's love: Rom. 5:8 "But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." Love is more than just a feeling, but
it is manifested through action. Jesus loved us and
that is why he "washed us from our sins in his own
was the great enemy of the Lord's people. For this
cause Jesus came into the world as the angel proclaimed
to Joseph, "Fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy
wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy
Ghost, and she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt
call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from
their sins." Out of the love he had for those that
God chose before the world began, Jesus came to save his
people from their sins. The scriptures say that without
the shedding of blood is no remission. It took the
shedding of blood to remit our sins. However, the blood
of animal sacrifices would not suffice as atonement for
the elect. God requires perfection. Only the blood
sacrifice of a perfect man would be sufficient to redeem
the elect from their sins. But where could a perfect
man be found?
of Adam's posterity were made sinners in the sin of Adam
according to Romans chapter 5. But God provided himself
a sacrifice as the Son of God left the portals of glory
and came down and was made of a woman and was made under
the law to redeem them that were under the law of sin
and death. Through his virgin birth he was made holy,
harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. He kept
the law to a jot and a tittle, and then at the
appropriate time, he was made an offering on Calvary's cruel cross to redeem his people from their sins. 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made
him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him." As Jesus was
made sin for us, we were made the righteousness of God
in him. This atonement was to perfection for ever: Heb.
10:14 "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever
them that are sanctified."
There is a washing through the blood of Jesus as the
following verses proclaim:
1. Heb. 10:22 "Let us draw near with a
true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed
with pure water."
2. Heb. 12:24 "And to Jesus the mediator
of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling,
that speaketh better things than that of Abel."
3. 1 Pet. 1:2 "Elect according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification
of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the
blood of Jesus Christ:"
4. 1 John 13:10 "Jesus saith to him, He
that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is
clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all."
5. 1 Cor. 6:11 "And such were some of you:
but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God."
6. Tit. 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved
us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly
through Jesus Christ our Saviour;"
washing is from sin and was brought about because of the
shed blood of Jesus Christ.
1:6(a)"And hath made
us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be
glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
There are two things this verse tells us that Jesus
Christ has made us: kings and priests unto God and his
Father. In this essay we will deal with the subject of
our being made kings. In the next essay we will deal
with the subject of our being made priests.
order for someone to be a legitimate king he must be a
descendant of a king and he must be anointed. Now it is
God who established the office of a king in Israel and
he started it with King Saul. But because of Saul's
disobedience and rebellion, God turned the kingdom to
David and his descending sons. It was God who had the
prophet Samuel to anoint both Saul and then David to be
kings over Israel. Afterwards the high priests anointed
the kings that were to reign over Israel and then
Judah. Thus for us to be kings today we must descend
from a king and be anointed to be a king. First through
the new birth we are born of God: 1 Pet. 1:23 "Being
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever." Thus thru the new birth we are
spiritually born of Christ (the King of kings) the
living word. Next, we are anointed of God also thru the
new birth as the following verses show:
1. Acts 10:38 "How God anointed Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of
the devil; for God was with him."
2. 2 Cor. 1:21 "Now he which stablisheth
us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;"
3. 1 John 2:20 "But ye have an unction
from the Holy One, and ye know all things."
Reference 1 above shows us that Jesus was anointed with
the Holy Ghost and with power. Whereas ref. 2 tells us
that God has anointed us and ref. 3 tells us this
anointing was also from the Holy Ghost. Thus as Jesus
was anointed with the Holy Ghost so are we anointed with
the Holy Ghost. Thus when we are born of the Spirit we
are anointed with the Holy Ghost to be a king.
king wears a crown and God has crowned us as well:
1. 1 Th. 2:19 "For what is our hope, or
joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?"
2. 2 Tim. 2:5 "And if a man also strives
for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strives
3. 2 Tim. 4:8 "Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to
me only, but unto all them also that love his
4. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that
endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised
to them that love him."
5. 1 Pet. 5:4 "And when the chief Shepherd
shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that
fadeth not away."
6. Rev. 2:10 "Fear none of those things
which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast
some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye
shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto
death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
7. Rev. 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly: hold
that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
From the above we can see that it is God who crowns us
with joy, righteousness, life, glory, and discipleship.
Also we see that we can lose that crown of discipleship
if we are not diligent.
Next, a king has a realm or dominion in which he is to
1. 2 Cor. 1:24 "Not for that we have
dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy:
for by faith ye stand."
2. Col. 3:15 "And let the peace of God
rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in
one body; and be ye thankful."
3. Rom. 6:12 "Let not sin therefore reign
in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts
thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments
of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto
God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
4. 1 Cor. 4:8 "Now ye are full, now ye
are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I
would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with
5.Prov. 25:28 "He that hath no rule over his own
spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without
we can gather from the above that each of us is to have
dominion or rule over our heart, and over our mortal
bodies, and over our faith, and over our spirit.
Therefore it is over our own life that we are to bear
rule and reign as a king. Please note in ref. 4 that
just because we are kings doesn't mean that we are
always reigning. The Corinthians had reigned as kings
and then were no longer reigning, but Paul desired that
they would once again reign. We can live our lives in
exile and not reign! It takes an effort on our part to
There are at least four main responsibilities of a
king. First a king is to establish the rule of law in
his kingdom. The rule of law we are to establish is not
our own. Since Jesus is said to be King of kings, we
are kings under King Jesus. As a king under King Jesus
we are to establish his rule of law in our realm. God
himself begins the process when in the new birth he
wrote his laws in our heart and in our mind (Heb. 8:10;
10:16). Our responsibility is to establish his rule of
law in our lives. This rule of law is found in the
Second we as kings have a responsibility to establish a
judicial system and be governed by that judicial
system. The framework for this judicial system is
established in our hearts and mind in the new birth:
Rom. 2:14 "For when the Gentiles, which have not the
law, do by nature the things contained in the law,
these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15
Which show the work of the law written in their hearts,
their conscience also bearing witness, and their
thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one
3:20 "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater
than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if
our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward
the framework of a judicial system is present here as
the conscience serves as the witness, the work of the
law is the rule on which the judicial system is
founded. The thoughts are both the defense attorney and
the prosecuting attorney. The heart is the judge and
jury to condemn or excuse us. As we measure ourselves
by the rule that God has given us in his word, we bring
this to our internal judicial system and it serves to
either condemn us or excuse us.
Third a king is to lead in the battle against the
According to Eph. 6:11 we are to, "Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the
whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield
of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet
of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
Additionally, Paul instructs in 1 Cor. 10:3 "For
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and
every high thing that exalteth itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having
in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your
obedience is fulfilled." Furthermore, we are to
"endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ."
Fourth we are to make provision for our realm. Since
the provision is given to us by our King, we are to
distribute this provision to our realm. This provision
is distributed to our realm thru reading, studying,
praying, and meditating on the things of God whose word
is a thorough furnisher unto all good works.
kings we are to reign with Jesus in his kingdom. Also
there will be a people reigning with him throughout this
New Testament age according to Rev. Chapter 20.
"And hath made us kings and
priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
our previous essay we considered God's people as kings.
In this essay we will consider God's people as priests.
the Old Testament the priests were the male descendants
of Aaron. Their primary duty was to offer sacrifices.
They often were responsible for the killing of the
sacrifices, the flaying of the sacrifices, the skinning
of the sacrifices, the separating of the fat of the
sacrifices from the rest of the body. Anyone who has
ever worked in a slaughter house can tell you that the
labor the priests were called on to do was hard.
the Old Testament priests were descendants of the High
Priest, today the New Testament priests are born
spiritually of their High Priest, Jesus Christ. Thus
only those who are born again can be New Testament
priests. The existence of New Testament priesthood is
set forth in the following two verses:
1. 1 Pet. 2:5 "Ye also, as lively stones,
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
2. 1 Pet. 2:9 "But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
Thus the New Testament priesthood is called a "holy"
and a "royal" priesthood. "Royalty" generally refers to
kings. Thus the priests are also the kings. In the Old
Testament the priests could not be kings and the kings
could not be priests under the law. However, Jesus came
as a King and he also came as a High Priest after the
order of Melchisedec. Now Jesus has made those he has
cleansed from sin, both kings and priests.
work of the new testament priests are not to offer up
animal sacrifices, but to offer up spiritual sacrifices
to the praise of him who hath called them out of
darkness to his marvelous light. If we do the work of
this priesthood we will be busy doing it. There are
seven spiritual sacrifices which are set forth in the
1. Ps. 4:5 "Offer the sacrifices of
righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD."
2. Ps. 27:6 "And now shall mine head be
lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore
will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will
sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD."
3. Ps. 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a
broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God,
thou wilt not despise."
4. Ps. 107:22 "And let them sacrifice the
sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with
5. Phil. 2:17 "Yea, and if I be offered
upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and
rejoice with you all."
6. Heb. 13:15 “By him therefore let us
offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that
is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."
7. Heb. 13:16 "But to do good and to
communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is
first sacrifice we will consider is the sacrifice of a
broken spirit. It is God who breaks the spirit. Man is
full of pride and selfishness. He thinks extremely high
of himself. Thru the new birth and thru the courtroom
of the heart God humbles man and breaks his spirit
causing him to realize he is a condemned sinner in the
sight of a just and holy God. From this condition comes
a broken and contrite heart. Until a man has been
humbled he is of no value as a spiritual priest unto
God. Once he has his spirit broken, then he humbles
himself and shows forth contrition and this pleases God
and is to the praise of God, for God is the moving cause
of this process. From a broken and contrite heart come
the other spiritual sacrifices.
second spiritual sacrifice we will consider is the
sacrifice of righteousness. Man has no righteousness of
his own and the scriptures point out that "all of our
righteousness are as filthy rags before God." God's
elect, however, are clothed with the imputed
righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is this fact that
gives us a desire to do right. "Blessed are they that
hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be
filled." Doing what is right is often unpopular and
comes with ridicule from the world. The spiritual
priesthood of Jesus Christ is called on to do what is
right, regardless of what the world or so called friends
third spiritual sacrifice we will consider is the
sacrifice of joy or praise. As one verse said it is
"the fruit of our lips giving thanks to God." We are
admonished to speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts
unto the Lord. Our songs should be songs of praise and
thanksgiving unto God. They should never be to glorify
man. While we have a song service in our worship
service, this should not be the extent of our singing of
praise unto God. Often times we can sing in our hearts,
even without our lips moving. Other times we can sing
audibly either alone or with others. Never should the
main focus of our singing be on the quality or tone of
our voice, but on giving praise and thanksgiving unto
fourth spiritual sacrifice we will consider is the
sacrifice of thanksgiving. While this seems to overlap
with the sacrifice of praise or joy, yet it goes beyond
just giving of thanks in song, but also we should give
thanks in prayer as well. Too often we approach prayer
as to what we can ask for from God. We should be even
more ready to give thanks to God in our prayers.
Sometimes we will hear someone say that I don't know
what to pray for. Well at such times we should be
pouring out our prayers of thanksgiving to God for his
mercy, grace, deliverances, for the gifts that he has
given us, and for the church and his word. Furthermore,
we should be willing to speak to others of our
thankfulness of the grace and mercy and deliverances of
fifth spiritual sacrifice we will consider is the
sacrifice of faith. We are told to walk by faith and
not by sight. Stepping out on faith rather than the
sight of our eyes is sometimes difficult to do, but is
always the best thing to do. Our faith is to be in God
and his word. It involves a trust that His will is
better for us than our will is. Walking by faith says
that I want what God would have for me to do rather than
what I would naturally desire to do. It also says that
I want God to make my major decisions for me, rather
than relying on myself and carnal reason.
sixth spiritual sacrifice we will consider is the
sacrifice of doing good. The scriptures say, "Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father in heaven." Also we
read, "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bring
forth much fruit." We also read in Ephesians, that "we
are created in Christ Jesus unto good works."
Furthermore, the scriptures are a thorough furnisher
unto all good works. To do good is a sacrifice that is
well pleasing unto God.
seventh spiritual sacrifice we will consider is to
"communicate." The context of ref. 7 above as well as
the following verse: Phil 4:18 "But I have all, and
abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the
things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet
smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God"
teaches that the sacrifice of communicating means to
communicate to the needs of other. John 15:13 says
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends." Communicating to the
needs of others is one form of laying down our life for
others. This manifest the greatest love we are capable
of and points to the love of God towards us.
sacrifice indicates that we are giving something up.
Rom. 12:1, "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." This verse summarizes the
spiritual sacrifices we are to make as a spiritual
priesthood. In presenting our body a living sacrifice,
we are sacrificing the living of our lives to the
desires and deeds of the flesh, that we may live our
lives to the praise and glory of God. In all seven of
the spiritual sacrifices, something is given up in order
that we may praise and glorify the name of God.