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DAY 5 Outline MorningRevival
Before any kind of service, we must first serve as priests in the Lord's presence; all service must be priestly.
In Hebrew the word service in Numbers 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39, and 43 is warfare, indicating military service:
The holy service of the priests and the Levites involved warfare.
As priests of the gospel of God, we should consider ourselves warriors (Rom. 15:16):
While we are preaching, teaching, edifying others, and building up the Body of Christ, we are fighting (Eph. 3:8; 4:12, 16; 6:10-12).
The New Testament priests are warriors, and our priestly service is a fighting (Rev. 5:10; 19:11-14).
All the spiritual work that we are doing for God, whatever form it may take, as long as it touches the things of the spiritual realm, is in nature a warfare (2 Cor. 10:3-5):
Morning Nourishment2 Cor. 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful before God for the overthrowing of strongholds, as we overthrow reasonings and every high thing rising up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought unto the obedience of Christ.
Our service to the Lord must be a kind of priestly service. The priests in the Old Testament were not only priests but also the army, so the army was a priestly army. Priests not only stand before God, ministering unto Him, but they also fight the battle. The army of the Lord is a priestly army. This means that if we are not priests, we can never fight the battle for the Lord. We must be a priesthood in order to fight the battle for God. (CWWL, 1966, vol. 1, "The Priesthood," p. 468)
Today's ReadingAs priests, we must give ourselves to prayer and spend time in the presence of the Lord. This is the priestly ministry.
Before all kinds of service, we must first serve as priests in the Lord's presence. If we are elders, we must be priestly elders. If we are deacons or deaconesses, we must first be priests. Without being priests, we can never be good brothers or good sisters in the church. But even this is not all. We must be priestly husbands, priestly wives, and priestly parents. We have to be priestly in all things.
The army must be priestly; the apostle must be priestly; the evangelist must be priestly; the minister of the word must be priestly; the elder and deacon must be priestly; the brothers and sisters must be priestly; and the husbands, wives, parents, and children must be priestly. This simply means that in the Lord's service we must first open ourselves to the Lord and spend time in His presence. This will enable Him to fill, saturate, and even swallow us up so that we may be one with Him. Then He will be our content, and we will be His expression. He will be able to say something through us and to express something from within us, whether we are fighting the battle, preaching the gospel, teaching the word, or serving as elders or deacons. Whatever we are will be a channel for the Lord to flow out. This must be our way of living, our way of work, and our way of service. (CWWL, 1966, vol. 1, "The Priesthood," p. 469)
In Hebrew the word service in Numbers 4:3, 35, 39, 43 is warfare, indicating the military service. Hence, even the holy service of the priests and the Levites was in the warfare. Today as priests of the gospel of God, we should consider ourselves warriors. While we are preaching, teaching, edifying others, and building up the Body of Christ, we are fighting. The New Testament priests are warriors, and our priestly service is a fighting. (Life-study of Numbers, p. 26)
Since warfare exists between the kingdoms of God and Satan, all the spiritual work that we are doing for God, whatever form it may take, as long as it touches the things of the spiritual realm, is in nature a warfare. For example, preaching the gospel, according to Acts 26:18, is "to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God." This shows us that preaching the gospel is not only to open men's eyes and turn them from darkness to light but also to deliver them from the authority of Satan. Again, Colossians 1:13 says, "Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love." To be delivered from the authority of darkness is to be delivered from the power of Satan or the kingdom of Satan. And to be transferred into the kingdom of the Son of God's love is to be transferred into the kingdom of God. Therefore, preaching the gospel is wholly a spiritual warfare to drive out the power of Satan in men and bring in the kingdom of God....When a person is saved, he first believes in the name of the Lord; second, he calls on the Lord's name; and third, he is in the name of the Lord; he belongs to the Lord's name. Hence, he is delivered from the power of Satan and belongs to the name of the Lord. (CWWL, 1953, vol. 3, "The Experience of Life," p. 522)
Further Reading: CWWL, 1966, vol. 1, "The Priesthood," ch. 6; Truth Lessons—Level Three, vol. 2, pp. 112-116