God is still anointing prophets and preachers, and He’s also still anointing all His people to witness about Him. And God is still anointing kings and priests — New Testament kings and priests.
When the word “priests” is mentioned, most people think about the ministry of intercession, because a priest intercedes to God on the behalf of the people.
Under the Old Covenant, the people did not go directly to God for themselves. Every male thirty years of age and older had to present himself in Jerusalem every year. God’s Presence was kept shut up in the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Everyone could not go into the Presence of God; only the priests could, and the priests went only with great precaution.
The priest made sacrifice for his sins and for the sins of the people. The blood of innocent animals was shed which was a type of the blood of the sinless, spotless Lamb of God who would one day come and shed His blood for the sins of all people.
The priest entered into that earthly Holy of Holies with the blood of a sacrificial animal, and his sins and the sins of the people were atoned for or “covered” for another year. However, the shedding of the blood of that sacrificial animal did not cleanse the sins of the people; it could only cover their sins. Then the people could breathe a sigh of relief and go away with their sins atoned for or covered for another year until the next year when again the priest had to present himself in the Holy of Holies for his sins and the sins of the people.
But blessed be God, Jesus our High Priest came and after He died on Calvary and shed His own blood and was raised from the dead, He ascended on High. The Book of Hebrews tells us that He entered into the heavenly Holy of Holies with His own blood to obtain an eternal redemption for us! Now every born-again believer can go into the heavenly Holy of Holies and present himself before God anytime he wants to!
A Better Covenant
We can see what a better Covenant we have under the New Testament.
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testi¬mony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and WASHED US FROM OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD.
Under the New Covenant, when we confess our sins, the blood of Jesus actually washes away, remits, or cleanses our sins. Thank God, we’ve been washed from our sins in His own blood! (For further study of this subject, see Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin’s minibook entitled, Three Big Words.)
People ask, “Do you understand how that takes place?” No, and you don’t either. But I’m rejoicing in it anyway and enjoying the reality of it!
Jesus washed our sins with His own blood. After our sins were washed in His blood, then as born-again Chris¬tians we are made kings and priests unto our God.
5 … Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us KINGS and PRIESTS unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
In the Book of Revelation, the Bible tells us that a special millennial reign is coming upon the earth, and that we will reign with Jesus for a thousand years (Rev. 20:7). However, we are already made kings and priests unto God now in this life.
10 And hast made us unto our God KINGS and PRIESTS: and we shall reign on the earth.
Romans 5:17 tells us that we already reign and rule in this life as kings and priests.
17 For if by one man’s offence death [that refers to spiritual death] reigned by one; much more they which receive abun¬dance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.
When shall we reign? In the sweet by and by? No! In this life! Another translation reads, “We shall reign as KINGS in life by one, Christ Jesus.”
God is still anointing priests and He’s still anointing kings. God has anointed you and me — the Body of Christ — to rule and reign as kings and priests unto our God! God also anoints some people to stand in the fivefold ministry, but He has anointed every one of us to preach or to witness about Him.