The Bible uses the word “king” to signify someone possessing supreme power. In fact, God is referred to as a King in 1 Timothy 1:17: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Also in 1 Timothy 6:13-16: “In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”
a victorious title
Revelation 19:16 is the main passage where “King of kings” is mentioned in relation to Messiah Jesus. “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” This verse is speaking of the future time when Messiah Jesus will return to earth to set up His kingdom. All will proclaim, “Jesus is King!”
King of kings and Lord of lords is a victorious title. It signifies sovereignty over all kings and all lords. Everyone will be in submission to Him, King Jesus! No matter what person in history is the most victorious king or ruler on the earth, Messiah Jesus is the King of kings!
Is Jesus a King to you? Are you able to announce with the author of Revelation that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of Lords?
God foretold the coming King
“David, I will raise up your descendant after you… I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever. I will be a father to Him and He will be a Son to Me.” (2 Sam 7:8-16). This was stated roughly 1000 BC.
Luke emphasises the same point: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end” (Luke 1:32-33).
Moses said, “The Lord God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.” And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. (Acts 3:22-24)
God’s Kingdome – come
Jesus said “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power” (Mark 9:1).
The salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have indeed come. The accuser of the brethren has been thrown down. “… he who accuses them before our God day and night, and they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their life even when faced with death (Rev 12:10-11).
The apostle Paul emphasises the same: “He was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening” (Acts 28:23).
Big troubles. Big Kingdom.
Inevitably, it is through many troubles that we enter the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22). Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. (Matt 6:33)
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. (Matt 7:21)
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
When they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. (Acts 8:12)
He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:13-14)
Day of Reckoning
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. (Matt 12:30)
The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day. (2 Thess 1: 6-10)
The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matt 13:41-43)
Read & Discover: Psalm 2; Matt 25; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11