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Understanding The Fatherly Priesthood

It may not be popular, it may not be wholly accepted, but one thing stands ever assuredly that one can never mix serving God with worldly pleasure. Serving God calls for self-denial, crucifying the flesh in its all totality and consistently examining oneself if one has not failed faith.

Even though all of us are not yet “Physically” one but one day, a majority (apart from those that opted for celibacy by choice) of us will eventually be one by title as the world knows it to be.

Here comes the big question, WHO IS A FATHER? It will amount to a great error to assume it refers to a man who has giving birth by copulation. Checking through the scriptures it becomes very clear that a father is one who saddled with responsibilities of nurturing a life to grow physically, mentally, spiritually, psychologically etc. and most importantly effective in it. Let’s check the following old Hebrew texts 1Tim1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 8:14 for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Among others………

Now, we must also know that a father is one particularly held responsible for the excesses (mistakes) and dedication of the child in question. For if God could not so much at all leave the whole world to suffer for their sins but laid a life to redeem and reconcile us to Himself, how then shall we escape the great judgment of answering a father? {Isaiah 59:16=And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Romans 5:8= But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.}.

Thus, being a father is beyond just a title. It’s beyond the fantasies and the big blush on our cheeks when brethren call us one! It is a call to be responsible, a call to be slaughtered for the child if needs be as Christ typified. It’s a call to share in the rebuke and praise. It’s a call to stand in the gap, defend raise supplications, request, and petitions on the child’s behalf. It’s a call to act undertone molding, building, and a call to be both grave and soft.

I wonder how many of us foolishly respond when ordinarily, ignorant fellow brethren lay such demands upon our lives by just saluting us with the “MY FATHER” and we go ahead with our shoulders so high while the accuser of the brethren rejoices over our inadequacies.

Before we go too far, let me show you our main texts as this will link the word father and priesthood together. 1Timothy 5:7-8 “And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Let’s have a closer look at the word “Priesthood”:

Heb 5:1 ¶ for every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Heb 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood, 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Heb 8:3 for every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it +is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.

Heb 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

From Hebrew 5:1; we could say Priests are….

  1. Ordained for things pertaining to God
  2. Offer gifts of sacrifices for sins
  • Have compassion on the ignorance and on them that are out of the way; for He, Himself also is beset with infirmities.

From Chapter 7:24; we however see who has brought us to this stage of priesthood; Jesus. Let’s not go over what and those official duties of Jesus for we all know and again will be reminded of some of it in the course of this teaching.

If there was something so particular (I believe by faith) God was expecting Adam to do in the garden of Eden after disobeying, it was to immediately take responsibility and ask for forgiveness (even Eve) but no, he was rather defensive. May I tell you, if all you do whenever at fault anywhere you find yourself e.g group, organization, etc. defend yourself or talk yourself out believing you are smart, sorry to disappoint you, you can be married but you yet don’t have the heart to be a father.

Note, every believer has been made a priest by Christ Jesus. And I see so many fathers scold their children sore as though they never made worse mistakes while they were young. That’s not to say Fathers must not be grave. 1Tim 3:8, nevertheless, we do not have a high priest that is not concerned with our infirmities, for Jesus was tempted in all ways, yet without sin, yet, he understands the weaknesses of human nature. Now, does that mean we should make our homeless disciplined? NO! but rather correct in the very deep love, knowing that as for those children we will account for every input and output we give into their lives.

“1Tim 5:7 and these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.”  Hear this now, put it to heart, meditate deeply on it that you may appear blameless before God and man. “8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” I see many of running for the altar, seminary or Bible college, but may I tell you a fact, the greatest ministry God has ever commit to a man is not the altar or any of the fivefold ministries but it’s simply the ministry of his home. A minister is not said to be successful with an unguided home. The bible clearly says you have denied the faith, you are worse than an infidel/unbeliever. To understand more study 1Timothy 3, Titus 1:5-9, you will discover all that qualify man to become a minister is not the anointing but the home. Will you be qualified?

Finally, there is this usual general question, what age is it right to get married? The answer is simple; when do you intend to start taking responsibilities for others actions? Or, perhaps when do you want to start being responsible? Don’t get me wrong, marriage does not make you responsible, you make yourself responsible for marriage. Have you started taking responsibilities for your actions let alone for another? Marriage is not a competition but a firm deliberate decision. For God testify about Abraham Genesis 18:17-19 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” For if God can’t yet trust us with our household, I do wonder how confident we will stand before the judgment throne.

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