Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
So we see that when Jesus rose from the dead, when we received Him into our born-again spirit, we were positionally raised from the dead with Him, and granted royal rank and privilege before His throne.
Well, Romans 5:17 reads:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
While He is forever Lord and King of the Universe, He is King of all kings (that would be us) and Lord of all lords (again, that is us, his royal family)
Job 36: 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I’ve read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That’s the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today’s Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God.
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God.
Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor.
One of my friends, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”
Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture.
In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context?
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us?
De 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children:
When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction with tender words.
Unless they disobey.
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience root them in truth, simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.”
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gentle course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
We are called for the kingdom, and are being trained for eternity. The disciplines He places upon us, are for our good, and the good of all those around us. Embrace the process!