by Norman P. Grubb
THE FINALITY! WE ARE ROYAL PRIESTS
There is then this third level, the father level, found in 1 John 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. 14I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
It is the way of the Spirit joined to our spirit (where we have moved from knowing merely Gods acts to participating in His ways – Psalm 103:7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
It is He carrying out His love activities in the world by us, which, of course, are the outgoings of God in His eternal nature of Self—giving “that the world through aim might be saved”. This is the new and final quality of living in which laying down our lives that others may have their predestined completion is not seen as sacrifice but glory, just as John always spoke of Jesus’ coming Calvary as “The Son of man being glorified” John 7:39, 12:23
John 7:39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
John 12:23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
In the fulfillment of this there is the discipleship process in which we are being trained to be apostles, God’s sent, commissioned ones, whatever our walk of life. All of us who are ‘young men’ of necessity are moved into the royal priesthood life as being the nature of Him Who now expresses Himself as us.
Simple as This by Norman Grubb