Janet Weaver Smith © 1-22-16 gardenministries.org
The government of God is represented in the Revelation 4:1-7 Throne Room’s 4 Living Creatures. The government of God consists of 3 branches and is manifested in its balance of power and fullness in the 1 branch—a 3-in-1 relationship.
The “Face of the Lion” represents the branch of the King. The “Face of the Flying Eagle” represents the branch of the Prophet and the “Face of the Ox” represents the branch of the Priesthood. All three of these branches are manifested in the “Face of the Man,” who is fully represented in Jesus Christ and His body—the church. This very governmental setup is what served as the backdrop for the setup of the American government: Prophet (Judicial Branch), Priest (Legislative Branch), and King (Executive Branch) representing the people (Man).
In the last few decades, God has prophetically promised through several messengers that He is going to restore “Prophets, Priests, and Kings.” He is going to restore His government in the earth. In this article, we are focusing on the Priesthood.
In the government of God, the priesthood’s main function and purpose is to minister to the Lord of Glory in response to His initiation, leading, and Lordship as our Great High Priest. The church-age ministry of the priesthood comes to us through Jesus Christ Who is from the Hebrews 7 priestly order of Melchizedek and thus, this priesthood is ethnically non-exclusive within the human race (Hebrews 7:3 “without genealogy,” meaning without genetic and ethnic exclusivity such as the Hebrew Aaronic-Levite priesthood).
The church-age priesthood is described in 1 Peter 2:9 as being “a nation set apart unto God” as His own possession with a specific function to declare His praises: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
This submissive and responsive posture requires great sensitivity from a priestly heart who has learned to discern and instantly obey the Holy Spirit in all things and in all His ways. The active interaction between the priestly nation and their God is to be one of union and ministerial pleasure between God and His people.
Psalm 133 eloquently describes the priestly blessing upon the body of believers: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
This active union and glorious interaction between God and us, His living temple on earth, is the manifestation of heaven-on-earth, glory-come-down dwelling and habitation of God! (Exodus 25:8, John 1:14, Revelation 21:3, Zechariah 2:10, Psalm 132:13-14, Ephesians 2:19-22)
The church-age royal priesthood is called to reverently minister to the Lord, fully yielded to His leadership as His treasured possession. Empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit, as God’s temple, our yielding process responds more and more eagerly to the call to lay down the soul-life in preference to a Spirit-driven, sacrificially loving, crucified-with-Christ lifestyle that the Word promises will conform us into the image of Jesus Christ. As His prepared vessel, we are the temple that God has promised to come and fully inhabit—forever.
The vigorous, seemingly impossible, grueling process of becoming fully yielded to the Lamb, Christ Jesus, will continue until the bridal company of saints is fully surrendered and ready to marry their beloved King Jesus and be filled with His fullness. The fully surrendered bride realizes who’s in charge—King Jesus!
We are created for Him, not the other way around. He first chose us. We did not choose Him. He first loved us and asks us to respond and make Him our First Love. This idea that we are, on any level, in charge of ourselves more than God is in charge of us must go undergo the complete work of the cross. He’s in charge. And His ways are not our ways. Humility is the complete realization and deep appreciation of this truth.
In Hebrews 12:1-13 teaches us the importance of learning how to love God’s fatherly discipline and segues into how that discipline relates to holiness. Verse 14 tells us to: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” The Father’s loving discipline is what works His humility into us. And humility is the highest virtue by which God’s holiness gets into us, whereby His glory can then rest within us. By trusting and receiving God’s discipline, we receive His humility, which opens the door to His holiness, and that is where His glory enters us. Humility, holiness, and the glory—they go together. Without holiness, we are veiled and we cannot see God and be transformed into His image and go from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
More then conceptually, in humility, we come to know and accept that God is in charge and that from all eternity, all initiation for relationship has first come from God to us, not the other way around. The key to sustaining His Presence understands the importance of the initiation and response protocols of heaven.
First, we are invited by God to come to Him and then we respond and come. We continue to respond and we come and submissively wait for Him to speak and reveal Himself. We receive what He reveals and respond to Him through obedient love. We then can release in worship and praise all that He has revealed and required of us in the coming, the waiting, the revealing, the receiving, and the obeying.
He invites us to come.
He asks us to wait.
He asks us to obey.
He helps and blesses those who obey.
We release praise and thanksgiving back to Him.
He releases loving discipline and trains us.
We respond and say yes to His leadership—He’s in charge!
The Veil lifts. He reveals Himself.
We become more like Him.
As Romans 12:1 living sacrifices, the church-age royal priesthood chooses to daily yield (yield = sacrifice) our self-stimulating soul compulsions by responding to His invitation to come and start the process. We come. We wait. We receive. We obey. We release our worship and praise. The veil lifts. We see more of Jesus. We are changed to be more like Him.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Gentleness is at the heart of our High Priest and King Jesus. He is able to deal gently with those who respond and come to Him. As we learn complete dependence upon Jesus (i.e., learn His ways of humility), our own hypocritical finger-pointing, blame-shifting defense tactics break down and finally, when we turn into Him in our broken state, He scoops us up in love. More surrendered to His leadership than before, we become like Him: gentle and welcoming toward others—knowing full well our own weaknesses and need for Jesus.
Hebrews 5:1-4 “Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.”