Heavenly word – heavenly power!
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” – Ecclesiastes 8:4
Royalty is not part of the fabric of our government. So when we read scriptures like this it is somewhat difficult for us to enter into the respect of the crown. Such a life under a king or queen deserves and demands admiration and reverence, for their word is authoritative. If this is true of earthly kings, how much more is it true of one who is King over all? Three times in the New Testament Jesus is given the title “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Earthly kings are described to have power to declare edicts, laws, and the sentence of life or death. If this is true of earthly kings consider the King of kings who rules from heaven. The word of the King of kings not only declares edicts, laws, and gives a sentence, but the word of this Heavenly King exceeds all other royalty. Contained in the word of this King is absolute sovereign power to put into action His rule over heaven, over earth, and over the hearts of men. It was king Nebuchadnezzar, who lifted up his eyes to heaven and honored the Most High King by declaring that, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, What have You done?” (Daniel 4:34,35).
Another awesome aspect of this Heavenly King that sets Him far apart from all other royalty is that King Jesus rules and reigns by the proclamation of the gospel of grace, and He decreed that the power of His word would be given to His followers to be shared. We read throughout John chapters 14, 15, and 17 that the Lord Jesus speaks of the power of the word working in His disciples, as well as how He gave the power of the word to His disciples. Also in Matthew chapter 16, King Jesus gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter and all His followers to exercise spiritual power on earth according to His Kingly word. Lastly, we read of the apostle Paul appropriating the power of the King’s word in Romans 1:16 where he writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The Church has been given the King’s heavenly word, which is His heavenly power. So where is our allegiance? Are we applying the word of our King to those in need? Just remember there is power in the word of the King!
David C. Hale, pastor