The Apostle Peter spoke of the kingship of every believer. He said, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood…” (1 Peter 2:9). The word royal means that you are part of a regal, kingly priesthood, or said another way, a priesthood of kings. Growing up in church no one taught me about kingship. Perhaps no one mentioned it to you either. I was taught to withdraw myself from the world because the world was “going to hell in a hand basket” and I should just make sure I was “rapture ready.” So, like many others, I was taught about my priesthood as a believer but never about my authority to rule as a king.
Peter spent forty days with Jesus right before His ascension into heaven (Acts 1). During this forty days Jesus spoke of the royal priesthood of believers. We know this because after He finished teaching them, they asked him about the restoration of the Kingdom (Acts 1:6). Could it be possible that Jesus spoke of the reconstitution of the Kingdom through his disciples? I think so. Peter referred to this restoration when he said that “heaven must receive Jesus until the times of the restitution of all things which God had spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21).
It’s interesting that prophets “since the world began” spoke of this kingdom restitution yet today we hear little to nothing of the restitution of the kingdom from modern prophets and prophetic circles. I am convinced that the restitution of all things is Christ's new world order that He spoke about when He preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God over two thousand years ago. Kingdom preaching began as a seed then and is increasing in our life time now.
Apostle Jerry A. Howard