“But ye shall be named the Priest of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God.” (Isaiah 51:6) “They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6)



Man, as a son of God, must be a priest.



God, because He is LOVE, must sacrifice. ‘Agape-love’ has been defined as ‘a love that is self-sacrificial in nature, that impels one to deny himself for the sake of the loved one’. Love, on the lowest level of human expression, is eros, which is easily turned into all kinds of erotic expression and perversion, for it is self-absorption kind of love. It loves another only for what it receives in return. But God, who is the highest form of love, freely, lavishly, sacrifices all, and it is into this love that He is bringing His sons. The nature of His sons is the same as the nature of the Father, who “freely gives us all things. (Rom. 8:32)



Man, even in his fallen state, inheriting His nature, must sacrifice, must offer worship. For “we are also His offspring. (Acts 17:28) However, man in his fall, views God as an exactor, not a Giver, and then he ceases to be a giver unto himself, or to offer himself in a willing sacrifice, and begins to become an exactor, as he perceives, however so falsely, God to be.



When you view God as a wrathful, vengeful, exactor, then if you would emulate your God, you soon turn into one that tries to exact allegiance from the people, and rather than GIVING, you become a TAKER from men. We see this manifested all the time. Perhaps one of the more obvious is the exacting of finances, but more tragic is the exacting of subservient allegiance, so that men bind others into followers of themselves. Thank God, He is cleansing His elect from all this false, perverted view of Himself, and they are beginning to see Him as that GREAT LOVE, that GIVER, Who is MERCIFUL even to the unthankful and the unholy. His priests shall be “AS HE IS”, to minister life, love, compassion and mercy, reconciling the world unto God. Amen!




















PRIESTS of the LORD [Ray Prinzing]          1

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