Chapter 6

The Power of the Kings That God has Ordained (Spiritual Help Meet)

 

1. The Origin of the Kingship

            As stated before God created man to have dominion over the earth and all things on earth (Gen 1:26) and placed man and all the resources (both earthly and heavenly) in the Garden of Eden.

            God gave an absolute provision (to man) - the tree of life, ‘help-meet’ (companion), and the word - to man in the Garden of Eden so that man could live as a king over all things (Gen 2:7-24).

            Our Lord came to earth as the tree of life, the way of life, the bread of life, and life giving water (Rev 2:7; Joh 14:6, 6:58, 4:14); the purpose of the tree of life being to provide heavenly life to man.  To have this promised kingship over the earth, man first had to receive heavenly life from above.

 

Luke 22:29-30  And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;  (30)  That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

            God had to create ‘help-meet’ (companion) for man so that he may share the heavenly life together through the ‘help-meet’ (companion), and this was essential for man to have dominion over earth.  Man could maintain God’s life in him by sharing the love of God with his neighbors because the heavenly life is love.

            Therefore, the life of a man is not an individual entity tied to the earth, but a body formed by people who serve each other with love: a unit of life (1 Cor 12-20-25).  It was the word of God that was able to lead man to have continuous dominion over all things on earth, through sharing the life from the tree of life (Gen 16-17).

            The Garden of Eden was a place where man could enjoy all things on earth by sharing love with his neighbors, by eating of the tree of life as commanded by the word of God.

            Adam, on the other hand, did not listen to God nor did he share the love of God with his neighbor.  As a result, Adam was driven out from the Garden of Eden and was doomed to return to earth after being enslaved by the earth instead of having dominion over the earth.

            In spite of Adam’s failure, God’s will has to come true, and He sent the last Adam (second man) (1 Cor 15:45, 47), the Lord in a human form.  The Lord lived in full obedience to the word of God and shared the life of God with neighbors, as instructed by the Father through the Holy Spirit.  Thus our Lord had opened the Way to heaven for us.

 

Hebrews 10:19-22  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  (20)  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  (21)  And having a high priest over the house of God;  (22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

 

            By this way, we finally could eat of the tree of life in paradise.  Jesus opened the heavenly door of life.  Through Jesus, all born again saints have been restored to kingship, that which was once lost by the first Adam to the devil.  They can enjoy dominion over all things on earth.  This is the power of the children of God (Joh 1:12).

           

2. The Throne of Grace

 

            We have to come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in times of need, as kings who indeed rule over the earth (Heb 4:16).  Since the throne of grace is the holy of holies of the temple in heaven, we have to come unto the throne with the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. 

Although we are redeemed kings who can rule over the earth, we have to come as sinners when we come to the throne of grace of God.  Do not forget that we are forgiven sinners, not kings, when we come unto the throne of God.  This is our identity when we stand before the throne of grace of God.  We thus do not have anything to claim before God to our credits, but we follow and subdue ourselves to His commands as His servants.  We can not carry our own endeavors when we come to His throne, nor our zeal, but the blood of Jesus (Rom 9:16).  The only thing we have to do is to confess our sins in response to the love of God, Who is mercy and has shed the blood of His only begotten Son to redeem us sinners.

            Because we are sinners, we cannot accuse of our neighbors as sinners, and we cannot judge our neighbors.  Only the Lord can forgive and judge (Jam 4:11-12).

            We cannot blame our neighbors for our sins just like what Adam did (Gen 3:12-13), and cannot hide our own sins like Cain (Gen 4:9).  Because sins are part of our original character, we cannot realize our own sins on our own accord.  We can be convicted and confess our sins ONLY by the work of the life of God, the love of God.

 

Hebrews 9:13-14  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  (14)  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

            We can be drawn closer to the throne of grace as our hearts are cleansed by the blood of our Lord and after we are deeply convicted and confess our sins.

            The closer we are to the throne of grace, we further ourselves from the outward realm, the world, and we obtain more power to rule over all things on earth.  In other words, we have greater access to the power to overcome the world of devil.  This power to overcome the world comes from the life of God, not from our desire to rule or desire to possess.

            This kingship is not of our own power and ability but of the power of life coming from God.  Therefore, we always have to come before Him as sinners.

            There was the ark of covenant of the holy of holies in the temple of God. In the upper part of the ark was a glorious seat which was throne of God, the mercy seat.  The high priest offered the blood of the offering on the mercy seat once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Exo 31:7).

            Moses went in the tabernacle and talked with God (Exo 33:9).  Israelites kept the Moses’ Law In the temple of God, priests taught people with the Law, and kings read the Law before the people (Deu 31:9; 2 Kin 11:12, 22:8).  Word of God was in the temple, and kings in those days were God’s servants who must follow the word of God.

            Kings of Israel had to come to God, not with their own agenda or requests, but to receive the word of God from the temple and rule Israel with the word of God.  This was the job description of the kings of Israel (1 Kin 3:14, 11:38).

            The same is true for us saints who have received the power of the children of God, the kingship. When we come before God, we confess our sins, then receive His word in Spirit and obey the word.

            The word of God is not part of the law of the world.  We are never able to obey the word with our own sinful flesh, or our own strength.  We have to completely abandon our old selves (die to self) to be led by the Holy Spirit, then we can obey to Him (Rom 8:1-2).

            Most of today’s saints, when they come to the Lord, try to receive solutions to their life problems or a divine power which may enable them to achieve personal goals.  If you do the same, unfortunately, your life will not be very different from lives of people in the world, or worse.

           We should come before His throne of grace confessing our sins in order to receive His word and obey, holding unto the promises of the original blessings of God.

 

3. Having Spiritual Help-Meet (Companion)

 

            When God created the Garden of Eden, He said “It is not good that the man should be alone”, and provided a ‘help-meet’ (companion) for him to form one body (Gen 2:24).

God is one God with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and even man should form ONE body with man, woman and the tree of life (the Lord), as God has designed.

            Even in Israel, there were servants called kings, priests, and prophets: They all were God’s anointed servants who ruled over Israel in unity.  Individual saints come to the throne of grace as a king, but this individual must serve other kings (neighbors) who are anointed in the same Holy Spirit as equal kings.  God does not allow us, even any one of us, to rule over our peers but wants us to serve others with the gift of the Spirit we receive(d).

 

 1 Peter 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

            Kings of Israel although they were kings they had to keep the word of the Law, and obey the word which is given through the prophets.  Kings also had to enter the temple as priests led. When they entered, they had to confess their sins and give offerings to God as others did.

            While a king of neighboring countries had absolute power to rule all things, a king of Israel had to rule his people as a servant with God anointed prophets and priests in harmony.

           Therefore, Israel was ruled by prophets who represent intellect of God, kings who represent will of God, and priests who represent emotion of God, in unity according to the word of God.

            Israel, thus, was established by the righteous word which is manifestation of God’s love, and was able to continue to eternity.  Israel, as a whole, was a gigantic entity which was created and operated by the Spirit of the triune God, the person (word).  Therefore, Israel was called by a one name as a person, Israel or Jacob.

 

Isaiah 43:1  But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

 

            Likewise, even today, God has called individuals by name to be parts of a whole ONE body which is made of these individuals.

 

1 Corinthians 12:18-21  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  (19)  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  (20)  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  (21)  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

 

            Considering a human body, the head represents a character of intellect, the chest represents a character of emotion, and the legs represent a character of will.  Not a single part of our body is useless or worthless.  Likewise, none can say anyone is useless and worthless, but we need anyone to share and serve with the love of God as a whole body.

 

1 Corinthians 12:22-25  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  (23)  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  (24)  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked:  (25)  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

 

In this way, a lowly person may receive honor through the whole body, and a weak person may be strengthened as well.  This is ONE life, ONE body, as each one serves others with ONE life and everyone in ONE body equally shares the glory and honor of God.  This is the definition of a church!

We all are individually kings who rule over all things on earth.  We are sinners and servants before God, and serve ‘help-meets’ (companions) (among each other).

 

 

4. Overcoming the World

 

            God gave man kingship to rule over all things on earth.  However, in reality what God gave to us was a stewardship of the Earth.  So a man is a servant of God and man should be in sync with God’s will, life, and his word in order to perform rightly as a steward.  Thus he entrusted man with the Garden of Eden and with our churches today.

            The corrupt angel, the devil, enticed man to become a king by stimulating his five senses, so man abandoned God and followed the false image of devil and failed to be God’s servant.

            Man demoted himself to spend his whole life to grab and take all things of the world instead of being a king who rules over those very things.  All things on earth can be summarized as ‘money’ and the love of money (desire to possess) became the root of all evil (1 Tim 6:10).  This desire of possession changed man to look for earthly things all the time to fulfill his own desires.  Man turned to be self-centered, and began to dispute and fight with his neighbors for possession of earthly things(1 Joh 2:15-16).  This is the world.

            Thus man was driven out from the throne of kingship over the earth and fell to the status of a slave who serves for all things on earth (Gen 3:19).  Therefore Jesus has opened heavenly temple ‘inside’ of us to redeem us of this fate and has invited us to come back to God.

 

Matthew 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

            Saints of God therefore should know who their enemy is!  It is the devil, and the world under him (Eph 6:10-12).

People of the world are fighting with their neighbors to possess more earthly things to satisfy their self-centered greed.  Dogs fight with other dogs, merchants with merchants, students with students, woman with woman, and man with man. They fight for possession of things on earth.

Even in churches, people fight; denomination with denominations, pastors with pastors, deacons with deacons, saints with saints.  We often assume that we are God’s side and the others are the devil’s side.  We saints should not fight with any people.  We should fight against devil and the world ONLY.

People fight to gain something.  Therefore our Lord said that ‘give’ to those who want to get.

 

Matthew 5:39-45  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  (40)  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.  (41)  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.  (42)  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.  (43)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  (44)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  (45)  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

            These days, believers gather in churches and follow worldly things, without knowing what to ask, what to seek, and what to do.

            They want to be served in churches to satisfy their desire of possession.  This is the religious world.  This is from the prince of the world devil.

 

Matthew 4:8-10  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  (9)  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  (10)  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 

            The interest of every believer must be redirected from outside to inside, from earth to heaven, from self to neighbors, and from visible to invisible.  This is repentance and spiritual worship (Rom 12:1).

 

5. Extending the Kingdom of Heaven

 

            We saints must extend our own territory in the kingdom of heaven because we were born as kings who rule all things on earth.  Thus, God allows the Spirit of the Son and the Holy Spirit to invade this world.  This is manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  We have to give in the Holy Spirit.  If I give something to someone, I would expect something in return from that someone, so I can not just give (Gal 6:8).

            When the Holy Spirit finds someone to give, then I give to that person a manifestation of the Spirit, then I harvest eternal life in the Spirit.  All these things are happening in the kingdom of heaven.  When you meet someone in the Spirit and give unto them a gift of the Spirit, the prince of the world devil has to retreat and holy angels will attend us (Matt 4:12. Heb 2:14).

            The land of the kingdom of heaven cannot be conquered by force and violence, but received by love and meekness.

 

Matthew 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

 

            All of our neighbors whom we are serving with love are kings, so when we serve them with love, all of our need, which are divine things of heaven or things coming from God, will be supplied from God through the neighbors we serve (Eph 1:3; 1 Cor 2:10; Act 2:45; 1 Tim 6:17).

            Kings of the world make their kingdoms rich through trade between kingdoms.  Their strength is not necessarily proportional to the size of their kingdoms.  Small kingdoms can be rich and strong through wise and effective trading policies with other nations.  This is ‘globalization’.  Although a country has a lot of resources, the country can be poor if it does not have power to trade. 

            Likewise, the kingdom of heaven given to believers does not prosper because of its possessions, but by sharing what has been given from above.  God therefore delivers all divine blessings (grace) from above for our trading.

            Love and gifts of the Spirit, these are the only heavenly blessings that helps us believers overcome the world and enjoy the eternal glory and honor of heaven.

 

Galatians 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

1 Peter 4:7-11  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  (8)  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  (9)  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  (10)  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  (11)  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

6. Ruling of the Kingdom of Heaven

                       

            The kingdom of heaven is totally opposite to the kingdom of the world (Rom 8:7).  Our Lord, Who restored the authority and power of the earth by driving the prince of the world, devil, out as the last Adam, Jesus (the second man), taught us how to overcome and to reign on the earth.   It is by the beatitudes (Matt 5-7).  It is more about how to rule as a king than blessings. 

            The beatitude is not a religious teaching, but is how to rule so that we who are born as kings can have power and authority to occupy and enjoy our inheritance forever.  A king’s satisfaction can not be limited by the welfare of his family or the fulfillment of his personal desires.  Before all, he has to establish his kingdom, because he is a king.

            All the people of the world desire their own possessions on earth, namely, their own family, their own material possessions, their own personal desires, etc.; all have a prescript of ‘own’ or ‘my own’.

            The Lord is teaching us that we have to remove ‘own’ or ‘my own’ from all of agendas in our life, and share ‘ours’ which had been predestined from ever before the creation by the Father God.  That is why the beatitude urges that we have to come out of ‘mine’, ‘my thought, ‘my enemy’, ‘my desire’, etc.  We have to forget about possessing goods and seeking my own distinction from others (glory of the world), overcome the world with the perfect character of God, and extend our kingdom of heaven.

            Blessed are those who are poor, oppressed, and accused of for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  It is not just experiencing losses in the world, but experiencing losses, suppression, and poverty for the sake of kingship in heaven.  The kingship of heaven is not just given to everyone but is given to those who advance by perseverance (Matt 5:3-12). 

            We have been sent to shine the light of heaven (life) in the world.  Our goal is that all the people around us will see the light of heaven through us and they may glorify our God (Matt 5:13-16).

            We kings should not ignore any of the words of God our King.  We have to obey all and become perfect servants (Matt 5:17-20).  We kings should not judge or treat others with injustice.  My kingdom can stand through other kingdoms around me.  If we cause any harm to our neighbors, we must repay all (Matt 5:21-25).

            Sexual lust and the desire of flesh belong to the world.  If you are caught by these, you will be pulled to the world.  Just like a lizard escapes a dangerous situation by cutting off its tail when its tail is caught by something, we have to kill these flesh desires and flee to God (Mat 5:27-32).  We boast that we can do anything if we make up our mind, but we also know in our hearts that this is a false pretense.  Only thing we can do is to clearly declare our yes or no whenever we encounter the will of God (Matt 5:33-37).

            We should not take revenge against any wicked person.  God Who is in heaven is the only One who can account for us.  It is our duty as kings on earth must give all authority to God (Matt 5:38-42).

            We should not make war with our neighbors who strive to be our enemies.  Although they may look like enemies to our eyes, they actually are our help meets who fill and hone the missing or lacking parts of ourselves we cannot see (Matt 5:43-48).

            We should not cater our ministries to look good in front of others, when we do any religious activities such as giving alms to poor, evangelizing people, prayers, etc.  If we are conscious of our appearance before others, it will be a worldly boasting to the glory of the world.  We have to directly serve others as our life is motivated by the love of God and the love of our neighbors (Matt 6:1-8).

            Our prayers have to reflect our sincere desire to exalt God’s holiness, and should ask for the kingdom of heaven to be among us.  We have to receive all things from heaven, not to increase of our worldly or spiritual possessions, but for a daily supply of what we need.  Since we do not have any authority to judge others, we have to pray for forgiveness of our sins and our neighbor’s sins.  And we also have to pray for the deliverance from the temptations of devil (Mat 6:9-13).

            True possession is to store our blessings in heaven, in other words, it is investing towards the kingdom of heaven from this earth.  Things we physically have or what we endeavor to have cannot benefit us.  All things will be supplied if our kingdom is well managed (Mat 6:25-34).

            If you criticize your neighbors, you are declaring that you yourself are empty within.   The emptiness in you should first be filled with things of heaven (repentance and word) and then you can give aid to your neighbors (Mat 7:1-6).  Every good thing is in heaven.  The Word tells us that we have to first seek things of heaven then supply the need of our neighbors (Matt 7:7-14).

            The structure of heaven produces things of heaven, as a tree represents itself with bearing its fruit.  The fruit that one builds up to form his or her kingdom of heaven is much more important than the boasting of your personal gain and endeavors (Mat 7:15-17)

 

Matthew 7:24-27  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  (25)  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.  (26)  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  (27)  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.