3. The Reign of Messiah Jesus Psalm 72:13-20

Text: “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious Name for ever: and let the whole earth (every nation) be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.”

Psalm 72:18-19.

Good morning, born again subject of King Jesus Christ!  Once you, like the author, were a subject of ‘the god of this world’, Satan, who had ‘…blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them…’; and we were aliens, outside of God’s Kingdom and reign.      (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

However, that wondrous day came when, the Lord God, in His Sovereign grace and mercy, caused us to hear the glorious Gospel of Christ, and Him Crucified for to bear away our vile sins – and faith was granted us by the hearing, and we were plucked as brands from the burning, and saved by God’s grace to serve the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  Hallelujah!  We are saved!

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  (Romans 10:17)

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

By the power of God Almighty – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – we were redeemed from our sins by the precious, sinless, Blood of Christ Jesus, shed for us, God’s elect people, at Calvary’s Cross – to make the full Atonement for our sins, and wash us spotlessly clean.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (entire lifestyle) received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

From that glorious day, we have been created ‘…new creatures in Christ…’; all our vile catalogue of sins and lawlessness, and deceit, and filth and dirt and worldliness, has been washed white as snow – and we have become full subjects of King Jesus Christ.  Wow!

Born again Christians live not under man’s laws, but under Almighty God’s grace!

Being born again, Spiritually regenerated, by God the Holy Spirit: for the first time since we were born guilty of Adam’s sin, and all the sins we committed, and shall commit, as natural born sinners – we are NOW, made Spiritually alive (quickened) by the miracle of Spiritual regeneration (born again) to serve our true Master, Lord, God, and King – Jesus Christ.

“And you hath He quickened (made Spiritually alive), who were DEAD (Spiritually dead) in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we ALL had our conversation (entire lifestyle) in times past in the lusts of the flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace are ye saved;)” (Ephesians 2:1-7)  (See The Valley of Dried Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-10)

Today, true Bible-believing, Spiritually regenerated Christians must fully obey the laws laid down by temporal Governments in the nations/lands in which we live – BUT, only if those laws and mandates reflect the righteous laws and mandates of Almighty Lord God Jehovah, as written in His Ten Commandments, and in the law of His revealed will, i.e. His Word.

“Thou shalt have no other gods (rulers) before Me…Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and forth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments.”  (Exodus 20:1-6)

“Then Peter and the other apostles (eye-witnesses of the risen Christ Jesus) answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

Verse 14. “He shall redeem their souls. And this is exactly what the Lord Jesus, the true Messiah, has done.  He has redeemed our sinful souls, by the shedding of His sinless Blood for us, and has washed us Eternally clean from all our sins.  Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Verse 14. “And precious shall be their blood in His sight.  “…Christ prefers the soul of one of His servants to the whole world, since He died that it might be made more capable of entering into Eternal felicity (happiness).”  (Thomas Le Blanc,1869)

Verse 15. “He shall live.” “Alexander the Great acknowledged at death that he was a frail and feeble man. ‘Lo! I’, said he, ‘Am dying, whom you falsely called a god.’  But Christ proved that He was God when, by His own death, He overcame, and, as I may say, slew death.”  (Thomas Le Blanc, 1869)

“…Death is swallowed up in Victory (Christ’s Victory).  O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of Death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth (gives, and continues to give) us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

Verse 16. “An handful of corn. …Now, let me beg of every one of you to carry a small bag with the precious corn of the Gospel.  When you write a letter (email/text?), drop in a word for Christ; it may be a seed that will take root…Speak a word for Christ wherever you go; it may be seed productive of a great deal of fruit.  Drop a tract on the counter, or in a house; it may be a seed productive of a plenteous harvest…”  (James Sherman, 1862)

By God’s grace, each time my wife Wendy and I are privileged to have a holiday abroad, we take some of my Gospel Tracts with us, and when we walk around a holiday resort, we place these Gospel tracts in strategic places, and in open letter-boxes in the streets – and pray that those little Gospel seeds may take miraculous root to the saving of precious souls.

“Cast thy bread upon the waters (nations): for thou shalt find it after many days.”  (Ecclesiastes 11:1) God’s Word shall never return unto Him void (empty) of results.

Thought: And blessed be His glorious Name for ever: and let the whole earth (every nation) be filled with His glory; Amen`, and Amen`.” Thus ends the 2nd Book of Psalms.

Dr Cornelius K. McClinton (C Copyright strictly reserved, 12th December 2021)

Ulster Christians


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