Rev 17:14 – “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
Jesus Christ is given the titles “Lord of Lords” and “King of Kings”. In both of these titles we can see one basic principle brought forward… the great authority possessed by Christ to rule over all.
When Christ is said to be “Lord of Lords”, it is pointing to the fact that Christ is the Master of all the masters of this world. The term “master” applies to the many types of authority that are not political in nature. Positions such as employers, heads of families, leadership in churches, are just a few of the types of influential positions of which this title is speaking. Christ holds authority over all of these positions.
When Christ is called the “King of Kings”, it teaches us that Christ holds the ultimate authority over all the positions of political authority found in this world. Some of these would include: Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Holders, Legislators, Judges, Law Enforcement Officers, etc. All of these, and many others, hold power that has been bestowed upon them by the governments of this world… Christ is King over all of them.
Please note the following passage:
Rom 13:1 – “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
All of the differing types of ruling powers found in our world are all delegated powers which ultimately come from the Lord Himself. They are delegated powers and not inherent powers.
This teaches us that Christ holds the ultimate authority over all who possess these worldly powers.
Because Christ is the Ultimate Authority Holder over all this world’s powers, we can know three other basic truths …
- All of the worldly powers are obligated to obey the Lord as the supreme Ruler over them. They are not to exercise their authority freely but are limited to exercise their authority under the constraints of the will of our Lord.
Col 4:1 – “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”
- All of the worldly powers will someday stand before the Lord and give an account of how they exercised the authority they have been given. The instructions of their Lord are not simply suggestions of how they are to lead others, but are absolute commands to which they will be called into account at their final judgment. The delegated authority they received from the Lord is the same as any other gift or talent that is to be used for His glory…
Luk 12:46-48 – “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
- We are obligated to submit to the authorities that are over us, our masters and kings are exercising the very authority of God…
Rom 13:2 – “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”
Folks, may we take these principles very, very seriously. As authority holders, let us all exercise our delegated authority in a way that is pleasing to our Lord… we will answer to Him. As those in submission to the authorities of this world, let us seek to always be in submission realizing, by doing this, we are obeying our Lord and Savior.
For more information on conscientious objection against civil authorities please see the following posting which gives an in-depth study of what a Christian is to do in the face of ungodly authorities…
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