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Whose Kingdom?

We’ve been called to have dominion over the earth to the glory of God, but we want dominion for the glory of man. That’s what was going on at Babel—a distortion, an evil twisting of the legitimate task that God had given mankind.”

–R.C. Sproul

Our Story by R. C. Sproul

Go ahead! Read the link above; and then, I have some thoughts of my own to share… 


Shared this a year ago on my Facebook page. At that time, America was approaching a huge decision in its democratic privilege to choose leaders in the Executive and Legislative Branches of our government–which, in turn, would affect the choice of leaders in our Judicial Branch of government…

…As I have been reviewing 1 Kings 11 and 12 in my studies of last week. All about how king Solomon’s sin tore the kingdom apart and the life which the people of Israel faced in the wake of Solomon’s death…

Two men in the wake of Solomon’s reign: Rehoboam his son; and Jeroboam his servant. Two men who would not hear wise counsel.

Rehoboam rejected the wisdom of his father’s elders, but intensified his father’s oppression. Jeroboam rejected God’s wisdom and made Israel to sin against God. He did not heed God’s counsel and promise to him in 1 Kings 11.37-38. Jeroboam listened to his own paranoia and ego instead (1 Kings 12.26-28)…

Neither one of them sought God’s wisdom; neither one of them had a heart for what God’s Kingdom is to be…

Ever wonder how the faithful among the people of Israel felt at that time? Which king does one who loves God honor and recognize? With one comes the hardship of usurious taxes and service; with the other comes the state sanction against living worship of God and against finding reconciliation with God before the place He appointed for His Name to dwell and the means of grace…

It occurred to me that the tribes of Israel did not have to go along with Jeroboam’s political platform; they were not deprived of a choice. They did not deliberate on the ramifications of such a move, nor place limits on Jeroboam’s response to Rehoboam’s rigidity. They chose to go along with Jeroboam in his disgruntlement against the government of the House of David and set themselves at odds with the means of grace at Jerusalem…

Questions arise in my mind. Whose sin was worse? Does this historical event which reveals the inclinations of men’s hearts have significance for those who react to the state of government in our country? What do those who believe in Christ hold more important in a leader?

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…And as I reflect on the lessons in our church’s Sunday School curriculum this year– Yeshua/Jesus declaring the Kingdom of God–I also reflect on R. C. Sproul’s article from TABLETALK, commenting on Genesis and the kingdom of man… (See the link I shared above. Really! Go ahead and read it! It will do your little grey cells good!) 

My earnest prayer is, “LORD, Jesus, Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

In my own dusty existence in this earthen vessel… Let the increase of His government have no end…

 

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The Fragrance of Christ…

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“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savour of death…and to the other the savour of life…”

2 Corinthians 2.15 (KJV)

Study Question: What does the fragrance of Christ look like on a person?

Reflecting first on Psalm 45.8:

“All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia…”

This is the fragrance which impresses the Bride who waits the entrance of her King. It is a striking fragrance; she scents Him, she smells His nearness, before she sees Him. It is not the scent of an ordinary king bent on reeking of masculine prowess with a mixture of herbs and manly sweat mingled with his own musk…

The garments of Christ the King all broadcast the essences of myrrh, aloes, and cassia:

  • Myrrh: balsamodendron myrrha, both a fragrance for embalming and for medicinal use…
  • Aloes: ‘alahim – aloe wood, pounded for embalming powder, perfume for garments and beds, one of the most precious of essences…
  • Cassia: cinnamonium cassia, (Hebrew-“qetzioth”), aromatic inner bark of the woody plant used for unguents and embalming…

–resourced from Biblehub.net

All these essences remind the Bride of the King who died so that she would have LIFE with Him—His embalming contained 100 pounds of these costly perfumes which now, in His triumph over death, accompany Him wherever He goes…

Now we know what someone who is the sweet fragrance of Christ smells like to the world—we who belong to this King of Glory carry a scent of humiliation unto death of SELF for the love of Jesus Christ…

To believers it is a sweet fragrance because the King has shown His ways and had His way in their being…

To the unbelieving—to the world—we who belong to this King of Glory smell like the dying of Christ which reminds the world of the truth that LIFE can only be had in dying to SELF. This fragrance which emanates from our own surrender to Christ carries the scent of death to SELF—a putrid, horrid insult to the rebel heart which exalts itself above the knowledge of God and refuses to become accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ…

So, now that I know what I smell like, what does the sweet savour of Christ look like in me—one who belongs to the King of Glory?

Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness,  goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Galatians 5.22-23

These are all visible manifestations of the King, and they appear only when a believer is willing to surrender every reaction to this world and its surprises, annoyances, frustrations, wounds, indignities, sorrows, sufferings, inconveniences, hardships, toils, agonies, conflicts with people whom we consider friends and from people who are strangers to us—everything that incites the SELF to pound all these into the ground, and scream and stomp and swear and curse and threaten and fight back and protest and grasp at retribution and triumph over them in self-glory in the name of the human spirit and human superiority—instead, to surrender all our “preciousses” and all our SELF-serving reflexes to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His government over them—for His glory working through the humanity He made of us, this side of Heaven, in dark and difficult and dead places…

Like the essences of myrrh, aloe wood and cassia, this death to SELF-cultivated reflexes is very, very costly; but by submitting to our King of Glory in all our encounters, we release a fragrance pleasing to God; and in this broadcast of the savour of Christ in our daily encounters, we embalm a dead world… with love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faith and self-control…True and powerful signs and wonders for such a time as this…

And who is sufficient for these things?  Not I, and certainly not in my own strength…

I confess my reflexes need God’s intervention every moment…

But being one who belongs to the King of Glory, I know and experience the reality of my sufficiency in God, even if only in fits and starts. But this work of Him in me I have, and it is in Christ I have been made new, to become new, and smell more of the essential fragrance of my King of Glory, by surrendering to Him more and more…

This is happening in me…for the Love of Christ, my King of Glory!

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