Text: “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of Thy Kingdom is a right sceptre. Thy lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.”
Good morning, everlasting subject of King Jesus! There is only one thing that makes you and I ‘everlasting subjects of King Jesus’ – the fact that Christ’s Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and that He is our everlasting King. Hallelujah! What simple, yet profound, logic! If the Bible makes sense, never permit anyone to make a nonsense of it! Amen.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
We are granted faith by God to truly receive and believe the Word He has breathed (inspired) into it for our instruction in every aspect of our belief and practice as ‘His people’, Christians. If He does not impart that gift of genuine Bible-believing faith – souls will not believe or receive Salvation in Christ Jesus alone, and through His once-for-all-time Atonement Sacrifice for our sins – made at Calvary’s Cross over 2000 years ago. Fact.
God only grants/imparts His gift of faith to ‘His people’ that He has ordained from before the foundation of the world to receive it. We receive this great gift when we hear the good news of Salvation, the Gospel story, of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe, and we are saved for time and for Eternity. God’s Kingdom, as I have already stated, is an everlasting Kingdom, and we who are Spiritually regenerated (Born Again) are Christ’s everlasting subjects. Oh, the joy of knowing that we are in fact saved, secure in Christ Jesus! Glory...
Quis Separabit: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature (including our sinful selves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
For this reason, we are correctly, and Biblically defined, as ‘everlasting subjects of King Jesus’. Praise God that we have learned this truth! Praise God that this truth has made us, ‘His people’, truly free!
“And ye shall know the truth (Truth? Christ Jesus?), and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
“Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the sceptre of Thy Kingdom is a right sceptre.” (Psalm 45:6)
Verse 6. “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever. To whom can this be spoken but our Lord? The Psalmist cannot restrain his adoration. His enlightened eyes see in the royal Husband of the church, God, God to be adored, God reigning, God reigning everlastingly. Blessed sight! Blind are the eyes that cannot see God in Christ Jesus!” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 215)
Verse 6. “The sceptre of thy Kingdom is a right sceptre. He is the lawful Monarch of all things that be. His rule is founded in right, its law is right, its result is right. Our King is no usurper and no oppressor. Even when He shall break His enemies with a rod of iron, He will do no man wrong; His vengeance and His grace are both in conformity with justice.
“Hence we trust Him without suspicion; He cannot err; no affliction is too severe, for He sends it; no judgement too harsh, for He ordains it. O blessed hands of Jesus! The reigning power is safe with You. All the just rejoice in the government of the King Who reigns in righteousness.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 215)
Temporal kings, queens, and dictators rule their subjects with mortal and often extremely fallible wisdom. But our King Jesus, being immortal, and Omnipotent, and Omniscient, and omnipresent Lord God Almighty – rules His subjects with the power of His infallible righteousness, His matchless mercy, and His love. Hallelujah! What a Saviour Lord God we serve!
Verse 7. “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness. Many a one loves righteousness but would not be its champion; such a love is not Christ’s love. Many a one hates iniquity, not for its own sake, but for the sake of its consequences; such a hate is not Christ’s hate.
“To be like Christ, we must love righteousness as He loved and hate wickedness as He hated. To love and hate as He loves and hates is to be perfect as He is perfect. The perfection of this love and hate is moral perfection.” (George Harpur 1862)
Verse 7. “Therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. ‘Therefore’. He says not ‘wherefore He anointed Thee in order to Thy being God, or King, Or Son, Or Word’; for so He was before, and is forever, as has been shown; but rather, ‘Since Thou art God and King, therefore Thou wast anointed, since none but Thou couldst unite man to the Holy Ghost, Thou the image of the Father, in which we were made in the beginning: for Thine is even the Spirit.’” (Athanasius of Alexandra 296-373)
Christ’s Kingdom is a Kingdom built without hands, yet it is grounded on the foundation stone of righteousness in Christ Jesus, the Eternal Son of the Living Lord God Jehovah. Christ’s sceptre, the symbol of His Sovereign and Eternal power and authority, touches ‘His people’ with the blessing of His Sovereign grace – grace given because of God’s Eternal love; the Father’s Eternal election of souls to save; the Spirit’s quickening and keeping power in the lives of all who are redeemed by the sinless and precious Blood of Christ Jesus the Lamb of God. Praise the Lord for His Sovereign grace to sinners such as we!
Thought: if we have been chosen to receive this Salvation by God’s Sovereign grace – let us not fail Him by keeping the Gospel message of Salvation to ourselves. Shout it from the rooftops – that other ‘elect’ souls might hear and receive faith to believe and be saved.