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Christians a Royal Priesthood

Christians a Royal Priesthood

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Rev. WILLIAM NIXON,

" And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father." — Rev.
i. 6.
Rev. WILLIAM NIXON,

" And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father." — Rev.
i. 6.

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CHRISTIANS A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD Rev. WILLIAM NIXON, " And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father." — Rev. i. 6. The ascription of praise to Christ, of which these words are a part, was called forth by the contemplation of His redeeming love. That love passeth knowledge. It is destined to fill for ever, with its praises, the boundless and eternal kingdom of God. It is the love of God incarnate, to mean, polluted, perishing crea-tures. This love of Christ led Him, from all eternity, to rejoice in their arranged redemption by His love. It led Him to reveal Himself, as the Redeemer, to our first parents when they fell, and to their posterity, age after age, until at length He came, God manifested in the flesh. During His personal abode and ministry in our nature on the earth, the love of Christ breathed in all His works of power and mercy, in all His words of grace and truth, in all His ready, patient submission to the sufferings which He endured from friends and foes, from the powers of dark-ness, and the wrath of God ; in dying for His people's offences, that He might rise for their justification. His love is further displayed in His going up from this earth to prepare a place for them in the mansions of His Father's house ; in making continual intercession with the Father for them; in sending down into their hearts the Spirit of truth, to sanctify and comfort them,
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and to lead them to His presence above ; and in using His almighty power to bring them to eternal life, and for putting all His and their enemies under His feet. The love of Christ is here magnified more specially for the 212 THE MODERN SCOTTISH PULPIT. experience which believers daily have of it on earth, in their felt deliverance' from the guilt and dominion of sin, in the spiritual power and dignity which they are enabled to wield and wear, and in the sacred services to which they are called, and in which they spend their being. He has loved them, and washed them from their sins in His own blood, and made them kings and priests unto God and His Father. The same view of the sacred dignity and power of true Christians is given by the Apostle Peter, when ho speaks of them as a " holy " and a " royal priesthood." I. The functions or offices here assigned to believers. They are " made " by Christ " kings and "priests unto God and His Father." The Lord Jesus is a King as well as a Priest. He is " a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedeck." Melchizedeck was king
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and priest in one. He was " king in Salem, and priest of the most high God." And Jesus is the antitype of Melchizedeck That fact is especially set forth and dwelt upon in the Epistle to the Hebrews, in order to prove that His was a priesthood supe-rior to that of the Jewish priests. They were nothing but priests. The kingly power in Israel belonged to a distinct class of men. In the person of Melchizedeck, however, the powers and functions of king and priest were united. In like manner, Jesus Christ is both King and Priest of His church. He is " a Priest upon His throne,"(Zech. vi.). He is to be seen on high as " the Lamb in the midst of the throne." Now, so far as that is possible, all true Christians partake of both the royalty and the priesthood of Christ. They are made by Him " kings and priests unto God and His Father." They are " a royal priesthood." 1st. They are made kings. Temporal power and dignity belong to earthly kings. To Christ, the great King, belong all divine power and glory. He has all power in heaven and on earth. To Him every knee shall bow. He is Head of all principalities and powers, and mights and dominions. He is thus Head over all things for the Church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all. And all His redeemed followers partake of His power and
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