A CHRISTIAN IS GOD’S KING
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
The elders of the Jewish people (God’s chosen people of days gone past), in their spiritual blindness said to Samuel, "Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations…We will have a king over us; that we also may be like all the nations…Give us a king that he may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles for us" (1 Sam. 8:4-20).
For five hundred years the Lord had been
No wonder Samuel was grieved! His pleas to them were unavailing and the information he gave as to what it would cost them in taxes and servitude to maintain the retinue of royalty fell upon ears that were deliberately deaf to the truth. Their cry, "Nay, but we will have a king" expressed the willful determination of unregenerated hearts; so God and Samuel yielded to their rash importunities and a king was given.
Saul pleased them at first. His gigantic size and
bold spirit caught the popular imagination and great were their hopes
future. But his haughty and disobedient heart led to his rejection by
Lord, and David the shepherd boy, a man after God's own heart, took the
after Saul's tragic death. His firm and righteous rule placed
David's son, Solomon, raised the nation to the
of power and glory; but in his latter years, his idolatry brought a
rebuke from God, together with a stern warning of impending doom
Among the kings who followed Solomon were some
truly good and righteous men; but too often the seed of David followed
the wicked inclination of
The wicked Zedekiah soon ascended the throne, and against him came the hosts of
But the Lord had not left Israel without hope.
Jeremiah sang the praises of a new king in these words, "Behold, the
days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous
Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper…and this is his name whereby
he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jer. 23:5-6).
Seventy years of captivity ended and
Months later the startled shepherds of
This Prince of the House of David grew to manhood,
not in a royal palace, but amidst the rustic scenes of lowly
The proud and haughty Sanhedrim, pledged to the literal restoration of David's throne (as many Jews and Gentiles today blindly seek), watched with jealous eyes, His every move. When His well meaning friends sought to take Him by force and make Him a king, He declined the proffered crown. His was not to be a kingdom of this world (John ). Going everywhere doing good, His popularity among the common people grew with amazing rapidity while the emissaries of Satan (the Jewish leaders) plotted His destruction.
The inevitable clash between these two forces
brought forth from His divine lips the most scathing denunciation of
all time, and He pronounced the verdict of heaven against the chosen
people: "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a
nation bringing forth the fruits
thereof" (Matt. 21:43). The moody Caiaphas decreed that this “one man
die" for the decaying nation; and so His doom was sealed (John -50). Brought to trial and
of sedition, the weak and wavering Pilate gave the world's unanimous
"I find in him no fault at all" (John 18:38). But political pressure
precedence over justice brought forth the sentence of death. So
With crushed spirits His disheartened disciples laid Him in a borrowed tomb; while the weeping women, having no hope, prepared sweet spices for His permanent burial. Three days later the powers of Satan were shaken when death was conquered and the entombed King broke the bars of the grave and came forth triumphantly from the dead. The fear‑shaken disciples could scarcely believe the electrifying news of the exultant women as they obeyed the angel’s command, "He is risen" (Matt. 28:5-7). Through death He was the ultimate conqueror, NOT the conquered, and His abashed enemies hid themselves behind a veil of falsehood.
For forty days the risen King lived and walked
among His disciples, instructing them in things pertaining to the
Today Christ sits upon David's throne, which is God's throne, in the highest heavens. There He rules with a rod of love His NEW chosen people – Christians - the saved and redeemed from every nation under heaven. While "all authority is given unto him in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18), He shares with His disciples the rulership and glory of His kingdom. Listen to this royal decree, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Rev. 3:21). This cannot refer to rulership after the judgment, for His rulership ends then; but to rulership now in His kingdom, for "He hath made us unto our God to be kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev. 5:10).
CHRISTIANS ARE KINGS
We now have come to the most important thought of this lesson. Christians are kings - Kings with Christ! You may look upon yourself as a small and very insignificant person; but according to the royal decree of Christ, you are a King! The church's greatest shame today is that many, far too many, look upon themselves as nobodies ‑ just peons. But if you have been saved by the blood of Christ you are a king. We will now list our royal advantages:
We Are of Royal Birth
We are born, "NOT of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John ). Truthfully we sing "I'm the child of a king." Paul said, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ" (Rom. -17). God is my Father and Christ, the great Monarch of heaven, is my Brother. All the advantages of royalty are ours if we will avail ourselves of that which our Father has provided. Thousands of people miss the best in life, in the church, because they do not understand the exalted dignity and honor of their relationship to God. We are princes of the royal blood. Let our conduct, our thinking, and our planning be that of kings.
We Have Royal Garments
Ancient kings were clothed with purple and fine linen. Their expensive, expertly tailored clothes set them apart from the multitudes. A Christian has no business wearing the soiled garment of unrighteousness (Eph. 5:3; 1 John 1:9; ). Let us be clothed like kings! Apart from Christ, our righteousness is but "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6); but when He clothes us with the garments of salvation, and covers us with the robe of righteousness (Isa. 61:10), we can walk in dignity in the courts of kings. Each day as we grow in grace we will heed Paul's command, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. ). To be "clothed with humility" (1 Pet. 5:5), shows our kinship with Him who was meek and lowly in heart. It is said that "clothes make the man." That certainly is true spiritually. A king clothed with soiled tattered garments commands no respect from his subjects; but a Christian clothed with purity and holiness is respected by even the emissaries of Satan.
We Are Given Royal Food
The prodigal son in his degradation fed himself with the husks the swine did eat (Luke ). Coarse, unpalatable food! But God's children may each day eat "royal dainties" (Gen. 49:20) from the Father's bounteous table. Upon that royal table are found the richest viands from the storehouse of the King. The milk and meat He provides contain all the vitamins necessary for spiritual health and strength. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious" (1 Pet. 2:3-4). "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). We should say with the saint of old, "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food" (Job ). Most Christians starve in the midst of plenty. The Manna that gives eternal life is treated with indifference by those who claim to love it best. A neglected Bible is Satan's greatest joy. It is true spiritually as well as physically that a man is what he eats; and unless you eat daily of the royal food at the royal table, you will bear little resemblance to the King.
We Exercise Royal Rulership
We do the work of kings! We rule by divine right, and the domain of that rulership is in our hearts. Solomon said, "He that ruleth his spirit (is better) than he that taketh a city" (Prov. ). Most people are slaves. They permit Satan largely to dominate their lives. It is he who says, "Thou shalt and thou shalt not." Every Christian should draw up a Declaration of Independence from Satan's power. In it we should resolve that with God's help we will make something grand and sublime of the NEW life God gave us - that we "no longer should live the rest of (our) time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God (l Peter 4:2).
How few there are who fully realize the unseen
power of Satan over their lives, preventing them from rising to
heights of real power and usefulness in the
A greater king than Paul never wore the crown of
real Christian rulership. Of himself he said, “But I keep under my
bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached
others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor. ). He controlled self that he might live for
and in so doing he was a real king. Again, he said, "I can do all
through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. ). No weakling was Paul, for he had a real
in life and he made each day count. May we heed the divine admonition,
that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown" (Rev. 3:11).