Are you a Born Again man or woman? Then, I implore you to recognize that God created you to succeed and to attain greatness in your lifetime. God specially made you never to live a timid and hopeless life. And it does not matter the social class of your birth or the geographic part of the world you grew up in. In fact, it is because of your seeming misfortune of social class, poor educational status or physical deformity that God, in Christ, predetermined to make you excel in life.
One of the scriptural proofs – and there are several - of God’s master plan for your life of success can be found in the book of Revelations 5: 9-
10. Excerpts from the scripture reads, …”And (You, Christ) have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (NKJV). No ambiguity; the Blood of Jesus had empowered you to be succeed on earth.
The Message Bible (MSG) rendition of Revelations 5: 9-10 is quite apt. It reads,” Paying in blood, you bought men and women, bought them back from all over the earth, bought them back for God. Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth.”
The ‘Kings and Priests’ Word of God is emphatic. Dare to believe His Word! As we have read from the quoted scripture above, God had purposefully predetermined that anyone that becomes Born Again, through the Blood of Jesus, shall not live an ordinary life. Being Born Again, spiritually elevates you into the exalted reality of an earthly monarch with divine existence. That means, while living here on earth, you have been empowered both as a natural and supernatural man.
Do not make a mistake about being a ‘King and Priest’. This powerful gift of God is ONLY for You, in Christ Jesus, who lives according to the New Testament, not the Old Testament. The challenge of the Church today is that we believe and live by the divine nature and rules of Old Testament Jews. In Christ, you are a New Creation and God’s blessings for you are based on the New Testament covenant, whose ‘author and finisher’ is our Lord Jesus Christ. God had predetermined that He would create a new kind of people for Himself not based on the Mosaic Laws.
Psalm 102: 17-18 reads, “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.” Take note of the part that said ‘the people which shall be created’. The Holy Spirit, through the Psalmist, was obviously not referring to the Old Testament Jews. More so, the Holy Spirit, also speaking through the prophet Isaiah, confirmed the coming of the New Creation by Christ Jesus.
Chapter 66:8 of Isaiah reads, “Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children (NKJV). Here too, there is no ambiguity in this scripture. It is clear a people that did not exist hitherto would be born, that is, created one day. And that ‘one day’ epitomizes the lifetime of Jesus Christ includes His birth, death, burial and resurrection by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
One of the major distinctions between the New Testament believers and those of the Old Testament Jews is the Holy Spirit. Every person in the New Creation, that is Born Again in Christ, could receive the Holy Spirit. From His coming on the Day of Pentecost (Acts of Apostles 2:1-4) till date believers in Christ Jesus are still receiving the Holy Spirit. This was not the case for the Old Testament believers. Only their leaders, including judges, prophets and kings, had the Holy Spirit.
Oh, why do you, a Holy Spirit filled Christian today, not take full advantage of the power of God in you? I implore you not to restrict yourself being akin to the Old Testament believers. This is what our Lord Jesus Christ meant when He told the Jews ‘not to put a new wine in an old bottle, nor to patch an old cloth with a new one; because the old wine bottle would burst and the new cloth would tear off’ (Matthews 9:16-17). Hence, Jesus said to ‘put a new wine in a new bottle’; so must we, the New Creation, live in the New Testament, not in the Old Testament.
Accordingly, the New Creation man, filled with the Holy Spirit, had received Power to live his lifetime as a king and priest. You see, it is the Holy Spirit that daily enables you to achieve extraordinary success in anything you ‘laid your hands to do’ - which is how kings live. The same Holy Spirit would position you to ‘minister to before God’ – which is the duty of a priest. In this regard, the most important question is, ‘are you filled with the Holy Spirit?’ Please, know that you are not a Christian without the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9)
Believers, from today, chin up, chest out and walk with confidence. You cannot fail in life if you believe and trust God’s Word that you a king and priest. All things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23). The biblical king David is an example of being a king and priest. God took David from shepherding to become the king of Israel. David also directly, and regularly, discussed with God on many issues, using the ‘Urin and Thummin’ – a Jewish priestly tool of communicating with God. David of course had the Holy Spirit. That is how come he could write most of the Books of Psalm. David was an ordinary man that God transformed into a king of Israel and he also performed priestly activities.
Evidently, God meant David as an example of you and me: the New Creation in Christ Jesus. Isaiah 55: 3-4 reads, “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you – the sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people” (NKJV).
With God, nothing is impossible. If God would make David to become and successfully live as a king and priest, would it be impossible for God to also make you a king and priest? So long as you have the Holy Spirit and you prayerfully commit your endeavors to Him, you shall have an outstanding lifetime. According to God’s master plan for you, a New Creation, you shall magnificently succeed in your industry and also fulfill your spiritual purpose in Christ.
Henceforth, refuse to be hopeless and crestfallen. You are different; you are a New Creation. Study, meditate and keep praying on the promises of God for you as a king and priest. And the Holy Spirit shall definitely guide your paths, career, business, family and Christian ministry to unique success and God’s Glory.
(For further reading: Revelations 1:6, Isaiah 61:6)