I needed a new image, I hope you don’t mind. I thought I would let Stephen and the Holy Hand Grenade rest for a day.
Today is perhaps my favorite day of Living As Royalty. While I love being God’s son (legitimately and adopted) and I find infinite value in the revelation that we are the Bride of Christ and He is our Bridegroom, I have always had a special place in my heart for knights and kings. I grew up reading the myths of King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot, so I suppose that explains my fascination with being endued with power and authority by a king.
Even today we are familiar with sovereigns bestowing lands, privileges and power to loyal subjects, elevating them to noble status. What we are examining today is the fact that we were created to rule, that we were given power and authority to rule over creation and that things wont be right until we take our rightful place as co-heirs and co-laborors with Christ.
Enter Genesis One.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule..”
We talk about many reasons why God created humanity – that He created us for love, for relationship and various other things. Sure, those things are true, but they were not God’s expressed purpose in creating us. You see, God had created the entire world with all of its diverse plants and animals and environments and He wanted somebody to watch over, control and guide it. None of the animals currently in existence fit the bill. No, God needed something bigger and better, He needed something that bore His image and was just like Him. So He created humanity.
God created us to rule – that is our purpose. Fish swim, birds fly and humans rule. It isn’t any more complicated than that. At least, it shouldn’t have been. However, we all know the story of how Adam and Eve were deceived and in an act of rebellion disobeyed God and handed their power and authority over to Satan. Let me be absolutely clear – God did not strip Adam and Eve of their authority because of their disobedience! Adam and Eve handed over their rule over Creation to the Enemy. It is for that reason that Satan says to Jesus in the wilderness, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to,” Luke 4:6. Jesus doesn’t refute this claim.
In fact, the devil is called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of this world” (John 14:30). He has legitimate power and authority because humanity gave it to him and he didn’t give it back. However, Jesus took it back at the cross! “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross,” Colossians 2:15. Jesus disarmed, literally “stripped power away from”, the powers, principalities and authorities of this world! The cross was Jesus’ ultimate victory over the kingdom of the enemy!
Jesus took back what rightfully belonged to us in the first place! For this reason and for the fact that God our Father entrusted Him with the powers of the Age To Come, Jesus can say “all power and authority has been given to me,” Matthew 28:18. And Jesus entrusts that power to us in the Great Commission and at Pentecost – the gift of the Holy Spirit is the gift of the fullness of God’s Kingdom.
And we have not even mentioned the book of Revelation where the Bible declares that we are kings and priests (Revelation 1:6) and that we will rule on the earth (Revelation 5:10). (Unless you have the NIV – then Rev 1:6 says “made us to be a kingdom” which is an emasculated translation of the Greek.)
God’s word says that we are kings and priests, that we will rule under Christ’s authority in the Age to Come. We are “subject lords” kings under the rule of a King. Do you realize that is why God is called “The King of kings and Lord of lords”? You are a king and a lord, as is the rest of the Church. If God is our King… then King of kings really makes sense as a title for God.
Sadly I must cut this post short, but it is my hope that you see how you have been entrusted with a title and play a kingly role in the Kingdom of God. See you next time.