Apostle Deidre Linden - Second 8th Week Ministries
A royal priesthood|New covenant priesthood of knowledge
God has called man to serve Him in a priesthood (1 Peter 2:5) within the sanctified environment of the second covenant. Yet there are many that lay claim to having a priesthood but that function apart from the activity that it requires. Why is this? This is because absent of Living Apostles that keep doctrine pure and instruct the Church in the ways of the Lord, the record of man (record of the flesh) has been used as a prototype for faith by which man is to serve God instead of the record of Christ. This is taught in error: When the record of man is used to serve God the responsibility of the priesthood and the altar of Christ is removed from faith and man then is left to serve God by the inclination of the flesh, removing responsibility from faith (Philippians 2:12).
What then does it mean to have a priesthood?
In James we read that faith without works is dead (James 2:20). The works that he is referring to is related to the activity of faith as seen in the priesthood of the second covenant. This teaches us that in order for faith to be living it has to have an activity; the priesthood is that spiritual activity.
As priests, man is called forth to minister to God at the altar of service which is now the altar of Christ. In the first covenant (the covenant of Moses) the tribe of Levi was selected to function as priests unto God. The Levitical priesthood centered upon the physical offering of animals on the physical altar in the physical temple for the sins of the people of Israel. Through this activity they were fulfilling their responsibility as priests. However, by the renting of the veil (Mark 15:37) those things under Moses were no longer sanctified for faith pointing towards the new covenant by which man is to serve God through Jesus Christ that provided Himself as our propitiation (1 John 4:10). By the renting of the veil God indicated the transition from the physical to the spiritual; from the law of Moses, to the law of grace and truth (John 1:17).
In this God brought distinction to where man is now to serve Him: In the second covenant of Jesus Christ through His spiritual priesthood, offering up spiritual sacrifices upon the spiritual altar of Christ.
A priesthood after knowledge
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In the first covenant the priests served at a physical altar made up of stones. Just as the Levitical priesthood symbolized the portion of the fullness of that which was to come in Jesus Christ, so too the physical altar of stones. The altar, being made up of 12 stones, referred to the 12 tribes of Israel upon which the sacrifice was laid before God. Likewise, God has provided a framework of knowledge for service in the second covenant of Jesus Christ that is seen in the 12 elements of the gospel by which the altar of Christ is built in the heart of the believer. When these 12 stones are set within the heart the sacrifice that is placed upon the altar is sanctified and accepted of God (Matthew 23:19).
Jesus Christ is seen in each stone (element). As these stones are placed within the heart through living Apostles God gives structure to faith through knowledge and faith then is built according to this pattern. This is how the Light of the knowledge of God shines forth in the hearts of men (2 Corinthians 4:6). This is the pattern of knowledge that God is now restoring to the Church through living Apostles, meaning that the same foundation of Truth that was taught by the first century Apostles is now laid in the heart through God’s living Apostles. Through this the believer is taught to function under His Headship and brought into the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:13,16).
In understanding this, the following is made clear: A spiritual priesthood then requires service to God at a spiritual altar that is built upon knowledge within the sanctified environment of His second covenant.
As priests we are called to reciprocate
Christ is now seen in both the offering and the blessing; meaning He is what is placed upon the altar and what we receive of as our blessing (Hebrews 7:6 – 17). Thus, when this foundation of Truth is laid in the heart the believer lays upon the altar the sacrifice of Christ in the form of knowledge and is made to increase by His virtue through this activity. This is the purpose of the responsibility of the believer in his priesthood: To lay upon the altar the sacrifice of Christ (Christ in the form of knowledge) by which man can increase in His image and likeness. This offering of the knowledge of Jesus Christ (Truth) is referred to as ‘spiritual sacrifices’ (1 Peter 2:5).
God therefore stands in expectation of man’s reciprocation to Him and this is the reason why He designed faith with our participation in mind. God wants us to reciprocate to Him because increase is brought through reciprocation: This is the pattern that God set for the Spirit to engage with us that faith be made living through the Spirit and why the priesthood of the second covenant is the activity of our faith that allows for this; this is the heartbeat of our faith. As a body without a heart is dead, so too faith without a priesthood.
By our continued reciprocation with His knowledge increase is brought to His house and we are able to partake of this increase for as priests, we too, are sustained by the offering. Through the second covenant of Jesus Christ God is gathering unto Himself a Kingdom of priests that continuously minister to Him at His altar.
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel” (Exodus 19:5-6)
“To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
It is clear then that God sanctified a priesthood in Himself by which man is to serve Him and that He set the record for this service in Himself, providing the pattern of knowledge for function by which we are sustained as we then minster to Him and partake of Him. That which was of Moses is no longer sanctified for faith, for Jesus Christ is now the token of our faith by which we are joined to God.
“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle” (Hebrews 13:10).
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Apostle Deidre Linden
Deidre Linden is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. She is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Deidre is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.
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