I look through the history books and see failed leadership repeatedly. Thankfully, as Christians, we have a King who is perfect and will one day reign forever. Jesus is the King of Kings and we can let our hope rest in Him.
Over the past several weeks, I have been sharing blog posts about the names of God.
This week is no different. I am so thrilled to have Amber as a guest blogger.
Amber is the wife to Lance and homeschool momma of their two sweet little boys. She has been blogging on and off since 2006 and has a passion to see women live into abundance through finding their worth and identity in Christ alone. You can find Amber’s blog www.cultivatingjewels.com
Jesus is King of Kings
When Jesus came as a baby, it took the world by surprise. Jews of the time were expecting Jesus to come as an established King, not as an infant and especially not as an infant born in a manger of all places.
God has always been King and rightfully so. He is King of Heaven and all He has created on Earth.
He has dominion over all things. Within the Bible, there are three verses that relate the name ‘King of Kings’ to the Father or to the Son.
Two of these speak of Jesus while the third refers to God.
Each of the three times the term ‘King of Kings’ is used in reference to God or Jesus, it is paired with the term Lord of Lords.
Revelations 19:16 is probably the most well-known verse using these terms. We find a similar verse in Revelation 17:14.
- Revelations 19:16 (ESV) On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
- Revelations 17:14 (ESV) They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.
Jesus As King
Great Nations do not exist apart from strong leadership.
Looking back through history it is fairly easy to trace what countries succeeded and which succumbed because of the strength (or weakness) of their leader.
Throughout the Old Testament, Kings are listed and categorized as good, or bad. The bible also tells us whether the King led the people to do God’s will or followed the way of the wicked.
From an earthly standard, kings are often known for the outcome of battles – whether they won or lost.
We know that Jesus has already won the battle from reading verses such as
- John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
- Colossians 2:15 (ESV) He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
Jesus is worthy of being called King because He won the battle and is sitting at the right hand of God.
- Luke 22:69 (ESV) But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.
He is sitting on the Throne in Heaven.
The story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is that of God creating the world, sin entering the world, Jesus coming to save the world, and Jesus overcoming the forces of evil. In every way, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God as King
The third verse which uses the name King of Kings is in reference to God the Father.
- 1 Timothy 6:15 (ESV) which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords
To understand this verse better, let’s also look at a section of Scripture found in 1st Corinthians chapter 15.
Paul is discussing the resurrection of Jesus and also of our resurrection as believers. He explains that if we belong to Christ our resurrection is sure.
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.1 Corinthians 15:23-28
In the above verses, we see the order God has ordained for the day of resurrection.
Jesus will first destroy every rule, authority, and power including death. Then, all things, including Jesus, will be subjected to God the Father.
Looking back at the verse in 1 Timothy, we can relate the order of God’s Kingdom, to the fact that in the end, God is the ruler (king) over all.
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When looking to understand terms better, it is important to start with their definition.
Noah Webster defines the word ‘king’ as The chief or sovereign of a nation; a man invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe or country. A sovereign; a prince; a ruler. Christ is called the king of his church.
Using this definition, using the name King for God shows God is the leader of a nation and has supreme power over that nation.
We know from reading The Word that we, His children, are His nation.
God has complete authority over His children, and everything else He has created.
He is the King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords.
As we read our Bibles, it is very important to know the names of God and the meaning behind them.
The Bible comes to be much more alive and active when we take the time to study the Scriptures to understand and get to know God on a more personal basis.
3 ways Jesus as King of Kings affects our lives
Now that we have looked into the meaning behind the name ‘King of Kings’, let’s turn our focus to what this means in our own personal lives.
Another terrific way of having the Word come alive for us is when we can take what it says and apply it personally.
1. To have No Other Gods
When studying the Bible it is important to pay attention to the parallels between the Old and New Testaments.
In Deuteronomy 5 God gave the Israelites the 10 commandments. He clearly instructs them to have no other Gods. For the Israelites, worshipping other Gods meant they were not to bow down to any idols.
In today’s world, we don’t worship physical idols, but we do sometimes worship other things. Idols in our lives may be money, fame, work, church attendance, coffee, and so on.
An idol is anything we put before God in our lives. Jesus desires to be the King of Kings in our lives. That means putting God in front of everything else in our lives.
God wants to sit on the throne of our hearts and reign. There should be no competition for Him if we are truly living as His children.
2. No Rivals
While sayings such as “all I need is coffee and a whole lot of Jesus” are trendy, I would propose that in all actuality they are lies from the enemy to distract us from the fact that God alone is enough.
God alone is able. We do not have to rely on coffee (or anything else) to provide for us what only Jesus can.
This doesn’t mean we need to vilify everything else. However, we must give glory where glory is due, and that is of course Jesus Christ alone. He has no rivals.
3. Rest In Jesus
As believers, we can rest in Jesus’ victory over Satan.
While the enemy will do everything he can to attack us, we do not have to fear him.
Christians can rest because Jesus has won the last battle. If we have asked God into our hearts, we know where our future will be spent – with the One and Only King of Kings.
It is my prayer that this writing has allowed you to better understand the name “King of Kings” when it is used in relation to God the Father and Christ the Son.
In the comments, let me know what areas of your life you have surrendered to Jesus- Kings of Kings.