The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 5
Priesthood of the Kingdom
Priesthood of the Kingdom.
† According to the Aaronic types of consecration, for the service to God in the Holy and Most Holy place of the Temple.
They are then the priests of Zion clothed with righteousness and salvation—Psa. cxxxii. 9, 16.
"The meek whom the Lord hath beautified "—Psa. cxlix. 4. They are representatively styled "the Sons of Zadoc," and are kings also, as well as priests, and, therefore, priests after the order of Melchisedec. The priesthood of the kingdom is consequently a Royal Priesthood, and as it is "for ever" its officials are immortal, and "equal to the angels." They are perfect as their Father who is in heaven, having no evil in their flesh, nor impurity of character.
The Royal priesthood is an order under one Chief, who is called High Priest. He is the Elder Bother, of the Order, all the rest being "his brethren." He was once like them in the days of his flesh of sin, "a little lower than the angels;" but being also made "after the power of an endless life" he enjoys the spiritual, angelic, or higher nature, and sits as High Priest for ever on his Father David's throne, and bears the glory. The Sons of Zadoc, or Jesus and his brethren, are constituted priests for ever by the word of the oath, so that the Royal priesthood of the kingdom is without predecessor or successor. Its officials do not derive their inheritance from Aaron and his Sons, nor from the Old Covenant of the kingdom. They inherit under the New, which gives them all the privileges and honours they possess. The word of the Oath made their Chief, though a Son of Judah and of David, High Priest,* contrary to the Mosaic Law which created Aaron; it makes them priests also of the same Order by constitution, when in the interregnum they were made the "righteousness of God in him." Betog in him, they are complete in him, and "joint heirs" with him of all his titles and honours, and real and personal estate.
* In the Christ are, nevertheless, concentered the lines of Aaronic as well as Davidic descent, to prevent the possibility of any Jew attempting to claim by such descent his title to this priesthood or the royalty under the Mosaic Covenant, still held in reverence by the Nation.
* The vision of the Prophet Ezekiel must, therefore, refer to a Temple yet to be erected and a service yet to be instituted, for the Levites have never yet suffered this degradation.
It is evident that the Sons of Zadok* are resurrected men. Ezekiel is testifying things which had not existed previous to his day, could not exist contemporarily with him, and have not existed since. They are at variance with the Mosaic Law, and could not exist so long as it continued in force. But they are things foretold while the Temple was in smoking ruins, and affirmed of God as certain to come to pass. The reason given why the Sons of Zadok shall burn the fat, and sprinkle the blood on the altar, and appear before Jehovah in the Holy place is, because "they keep the charge of his sanctuary, when the children of Israel went astray from him."
But these faithful men have been dead for ages. They must therefore Rise from the Dead and Receive Eternal Life to perform the service to which they are appointed.
* Etymological meaning of Zadok—the Just One.