A Royal Priesthood

1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
 
The first time the word ‘apostle’ is used is in Romans 1:1 when Paul identifies himself as an apostle.  He says that he is a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, and has been ‘separated’ or singled out for the gospel, God’s good news. In Romans 11:13 the Apostle Paul says that as an apostle to the Gentiles he magnifies, celebrates or imparts glory to the office that he holds as an apostle.  Many would read that verse and say that Paul was boasting on himself, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  Actually, Paul was glorifying the “office” or the service to others by the command of God.  If he was boasting, he was boasting on God.
 
We may not be apostles, but we have an office, the office is as a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession” and the command of God is for us to proclaim the praises of the One Who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light and as priests we bear the burden of prayer.  And I’ll say without hesitation that we don’t magnify and exalt that office nearly enough.  To be one of a royal priesthood, a citizen of a holy nation, one of God’s own possessions is a magnificent office to call our own.
 
The problem is within our own limited minds.  Our hearts are renewed and are certainly large enough to comprehend the magnitude of God’s calling in our lives but our brains are stuck in the carnal mode. 
The bible tells us that the soul, the center of our self-consciousness and the spirit are two different things (Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.).  In that verse, we can see that the soul and the spirit can be separated just as the joints, or bones can be separated from the marrow that lies within them.  In any case, it is within our souls that we are limited.  Our spirits are reborn and enlarged to contain the Spirit of God when we are saved but our souls remain part of our carnal man and are in a state of constant decline as we go through life, hanging onto the earth because of our physical relationship to the first Adam.
 
If we could only get our minds to embrace the incalculable value of the office of the royal priesthood. 

If only we could grow spiritually enough to live each day with the thoughts of our minds held captive in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). 
If only we could understand how pleasing our prayers are to God, as the sweet fragrance of incense (Psalm 141:2)
Oh LORD, teach us to pray. . . . .(Luke 11:1)
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