Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The King of Kings - Tuesday with Timothy

1 Timothy 6:13-16  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;  (14)  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  (15)  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  (16)  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Paul references Christ's confession before Pilate to remind that Jesus is the King. The Lord Jesus will come again and when he does, it is not as the suffering servant, but the King of Kings. Jesus is the blessed and only Potentate, or supreme ruler. He is the King of all the kings of history. He is the Lord of all those in authority.  He has immortality, or life eternal and everlasting, dwelling in the light of the holiness of God. So bright, no mortal man could bear to look upon, even dare approach. He is at the right hand of the Father, who no man has seen or can see. This is who we serve. When we think about the glory and majesty of Christ, how foolish is us to fear man. How wicked to care more about what other people think of us and our preaching, when we must stand before our great Potentate and give an account. We could spend a lot of time parsing each word, there is a lot here, but I think just meditating on the whole should suffice us and that is the point. Superlative after superlative is given, to cause us to bow in fear and reverence. To shock us to know we have been charged and commissioned to carry out the work of this king. We are responsible to him.

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