Part 4 – “The King”
Series Citizen: Citizenship, Armies and Enemies, Kingdom Culture, The King
Luke 22:24-30 (NLT)
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed
one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives with Your word
in the name of Jesus.
Jesus has just described how the kingdom of God works in contrast to how an earthly kingdom works.
The first key to understanding how to be a good citizen is to know there is only…
1 Timothy 6:11-16 (NASB)
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate,14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
Greek for Sovereign is dü-nä’-s-tās (root is dü’-nä-mī ) meaning strong and powerful.
Greek for Domain is kratos meaning strength.
1. His Kingdom.
A kingdom is the “domain” of a “king”.
Jesus gave us many parables to help us understand the Kingdom of God…
Matthew 13:24 (NASB)
Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
This parable teaches you how to prioritize your time and resources on the wheat and let God deal with the tares…
I want to focus on a particular parable today…
Matthew 13:31-32 (NASB)
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the [a]air come and nest in its branches.”
This is a key passage to understand how things happen in God’s Kingdom…
Things start small, unfold almost undetected but become something incomprehensibly bigger than could ever have been imagined.
You don’t understand it or need to…. It takes faith!
2. His Kings.
Greek for King is basileus meaning king
1 Peter 2:7-12 (NKJV)
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
1 Corinthians 6:2-3 (NKJV)
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
Greek for Judge is krinō meaning to rule, govern to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment.
Matthew 25:31-34 (NKJV)
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Revelation 19:16 (NASB)
And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 1:4-5 (NASB) refers to Jesus as…
…Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth…
Revelation 17:14 (NASB) speaks prophetically of ten world leaders…
These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
Jesus describes who will rule with Him…
Luke 1:52 (NASB)
“He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.
We are taught about the time of our greatest rulership…
Revelation 22:5 (NASB)
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.
3. His Authority.
1 Peter 2:13-17 (New Century Version)
13 For the Lord’s sake, yield to the people who have authority in this world: the king, who is the highest authority,14 and the leaders who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.15 It is God’s desire that by doing good you should stop foolish people from saying stupid things about you.16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as servants of God.17 Show respect for all people: Love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honor the king.
All authority is from God.
Romans 13:1-5 (NASB)
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Q. I’m still amazed at how many people struggle with this statement. Nothing could be clearer or simpler.
1. “There is no authority except from God”.
2. “Those which exist are established by God”.
S: The key to having authority is found in first being in subjection or submission to authority.
Q: Why, “There is no authority except from God”.
S: When we submit to earthly authority, we are really submitting to God’s authority.
2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
S: Whenever we rebel against any authority, we are opposing God!
3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
All authority originates from and is delegated by God.
John 12:49 (NKJV)
For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
S: Jesus the Son submitted to God the Father’s authority while on Earth.
Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
S: Because the Son submitted to the Father’s authority, the Father delegated His authority to the Son.
Luke 9:1 (NKJV)
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
S: Because of His submission to the Father, Jesus was able to delegate His authority to His 12 disciples.
S: Jesus’ authority has been delegated to you and me until He returns.
S: Look at the parable Jesus teaches pertaining to His authority in His absence!
Mark 13:34 (NKJV)
It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
Q: Did you know even the Holy Spirit operates under delegated authority?
John 16:13-14 (NKJV)
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
S: Did you see that? Even the Holy Trinity operates in the principle of authority and submission.
Invitation for Salvation
Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitment
Heavenly Father, Sovereign God. You have made me to be a king in your Kingdom, but I have chosen to be a pauper lost in my sins. Today I chose your Kingdom and your Son as my King.
Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV)
… if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Today I confess your Son, Jesus, as Lord of lords and King of kings in my own life. Jesus, I accept and believe in my heart you died on a cruel cross for the remediation of all my past sins, today I repent and ask forgiveness. I receive my forgiveness and I know that I am forever saved and I am a citizen of heaven, now and forever! Amen