Kingdom People

“…To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to Him be the glory and power for ever and ever! Amen”
- Revelation 1:5-6
God has made us to be a kingdom and priests. The Doxology not only relays the authority of the Trinity, but also the love of God. When Jesus died to save the world, that could have been the end of God’s plan—save the world from sin, and humanity will simply live until they die. There will be no life after death, and it will be just like before we were born— no consciousness and no knowledge of ever having existed. But it was never just about saving the world. We serve a relational God—one whose desire is for family, community, and closeness.

The Lord did not have to allow us passage into His kingdom. But God made a covenant with humanity and has adopted us as sons and daughters. The Word says, “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” (1 Peter 2:9).

It was not enough for Him to call us out of darkness—His will is for His children to join Him in glory. We are called the “heirs of God” in the book of Romans when it says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory” (Romans 8:17).

We share in His glory. We are His kingdom priests—the called out ones who will reign with Him in heaven forever and ever.

There will be no separation, no division. Death is not the end, and when He comes for us, we will never again know life without the face of God. The Word says, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).

We have not only been saved and given freedom, but we have also been given eternal access to Him. He is our High Priest, and we’ve been given permission to enter into the holy of holies and into the kingdom of God.

Our eternal home will be with Him in heaven, but He also says that our access to Him is now. In Hebrews, it says, “...Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence...” (4:16). We can come boldly to the throne of grace presently because He has bridged the gap between Himself and humanity.

We don’t need an appointment with our Father.
We don’t need a mediator.

As a child of the King of Kings—you are always welcome in His throne room.

We’re kingdom people; priestly people, who not only have the promise of eternal communion with our Father in the heavenly realms, but also the promise of communion with Him in the present.


Monica - January 12th, 2022 at 7:11am

Good morning Pastor Ed, thank you for your devotionals. I’ve started reading them every morning since your service Sunday.

JoDee Roach - January 12th, 2022 at 8:05am

I pray that many will read today’s devotional and that their hearts will truly understand how blessed we are to be able to go before God…….WHENEVER,,,,,,we want to! Stop and go! God is always available to us!

Dennis Varvell - January 12th, 2022 at 8:12am

Needed word Pastor Newton, thank you for your heart after God's own heart! And yes, we do have access into a Holy communion with the Father! AMEN!!!

Florence Broadnax - January 12th, 2022 at 8:53am

He didn't just save us and bring us out of darkness but we became heirs to the Kingdom. We have life eternal with Him. This Devotional brought me to tears of joy!! May He continue to use you Pastor.

Georgia - January 12th, 2022 at 3:15pm

Dear Pastor Ed I, I love your studies! Especially Revelations,l, I can’t wait to hear your book! I have macular degeneration so can only read large print! My dear husband takes notes for me at service s,when we are able to attend! . I have Atypical Parkinson’s with MSA multiple system atrophy! I am 58 years young! My husband Harvey is my an answered prayer from God! I love the Lord and look forward to singing praises to him whenHe takes me home! I have a great group of friends from CBC my angel and cheerleaders is Martha Chandelier plus an additional 10 other young ladies senior s I should say. I am praying for you and your family and your continued ministry ar CBC! We love CBC and my husband being raised Catholic learn s so much about the Bible especially when you nerd out and explain things in depth! Thank you again for being you! I look forward to meeting you! ,

Sincerely, Georgia Roeder

Marie Bowen - January 12th, 2022 at 5:47pm

Thank you. Waited for the messages.

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