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Divine King (Part 2 of 2)

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November 14, 2020 3:00 am

Divine King (Part 2 of 2)

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November 14, 2020 3:00 am

Even the most respected world leaders have failed to bring about lasting peace. There’s only one Ruler powerful enough to accomplish what all others could not. Listen to Truth For Life as Alistair Begg turns our attention to Christ, the Divine King.


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From the farthest star in the outer reaches of our galaxy down to the tiniest Adam under a microscope. Our universe is a vast elaborate kingdom and ruling over all of creation is a good and powerful king over the last several weekends we've examined the person of Christ and today on Truth for Life.

Alastair Begg reveals the majesty and authority of Jesus as the divine king, let me simply make a few observations about the implications of the kingship of Jesus. First of all about his kingship in terms of salvation and we have tried to build a picture of Jesus in relationship to this of Christ as he deals with sin as he deals with Satan as he deals with death, and as he deals with our guilt and he comes now to resist all of the encroachments of evil everything that is going to be thrown against them in the onslaught of Calvary and he comes to deal with it as a king. Secondly, an observation regarding the kingship of Christ in relationship to the cosmos.

It is impossible to understand world history without an understanding of biblical history because the pivotal event of all of human history is in the cross of Christ, and that is why all of our views of history, all of our views of the world have to be formed by and framed by the biblical record and when we unfold the story of Jesus and come to the matter of his kingship. We have to recognize that this has a bidding on the entire cosmos. What is the kingship of Christ have to say about these things will first of all it says the air is not in its present form going to remain as is because the king is going to transform. That doesn't mean that I don't care about all of the beauty that I saw and what is the place Branscomb and Connor turn in all the places I adventured around this afternoon by myself on the narrowest roads I've been in for a very long time but I looked over that message of God. You are so magnificent in putting such a fantastic place together. Why can I live in a place like this. Lord look a fantastic visit and then I remind myself 01 delegates 11. Haven't told me I knew I'm going to live on US and if he can make this coastline is nice.

Is this in this fallen world, and goodness gracious is going to be fantastic when we get together in that context. So, don't misunderstand me when I say what I'm saying. But interestingly, in America there now advancing Eric's day and it is routine on the weather forecast or the person's face to open up with the line while good evening and let's see what mother nature has for us this evening. That is a routine introduction in America. It is the very threshold of an almost all-consuming. Pantheism and against that notion. The Scriptures exalt Jesus Christ as Lord and King's sovereign over all of the cosmos, Abram Kuyper, who was the Prime Minister of Holland in a better day. Can you imagine what Kuyper would think of of the Netherlands today and their moral position. Anyway Kuyper on one occasion, since there is not 1 inch of the entire universe concerning which Jesus Christ does not say this is my this is my father's world.

This belongs to me. I made this I am the king over this. Now you should know that I know very little about science.

I know very little about a lot of things but I know a tremendous amount of very little about science. I know that we have a solar system right we can agree on right and I know that we that would, in a galaxy and the galaxies called the Milky Way. I also know from reading books that are apparently 200 billion stars in the Milky Way. I've also discovered that the physicists estimate that there are 100 billion galaxies a writer.

I mention this to whom will you compare me or who is my equal, says the holy one, lift your eyes and look to the heavens, who created all these he who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing what are scientists call it nuclear glue that attempt to explain the inexplicable why our solar system doesn't just fracture and blow apart why anything holds together a tall and we turn to Colossians chapter 1 verse 17 and we read that the creator of the world holds everything together that the reason for interplanetary connections is because Christ is King of the cosmos, and as a result of that without him nothing has been made that has been made, and in him was life and that life was the light of man. Well it's it takes tasers into the realm of the imponderable doesn't it into the realm of the mysterious sermon into the realm of faith. Don't let anybody tell you that scientists are the ones who deal in in in terms of the that was a simply rational and deductive may also deal in the realm of faith as well.

Each of us starts with presuppositions. The presupposition of the Christian begins in Genesis 11 in the beginning God the presupposition of the scientist who is secular and atheistic begins in the beginning right the kingship of Jesus in relationship to salvation. The kingship of Jesus in relationship to the cosmos. The kingship of Jesus in relationship to the future future, the Christian view of time is that God created time.

He is the creator of time. He is the controller of time, all the days of my life were written in his book before one of them came to be there for I can put my head on the pillow at night and rest content but since he is a sovereign God and cares for his children with immense care. I may rest in his sovereign purposes and whatever the future brings. I don't need to be unduly alarmed. I don't need to be going around ring in my hands all the time and talking about the good old days. I just need to remind myself that Jesus Christ is king. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes from a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive for each in his own turn Christ the firstfruits, then when he comes, those who belong to him, Melissa, this is first release 1524 then the end will come when he hands over the kingdom to God the father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last enemy to be destroyed is death. Now if you're a Christian, this is Christian doctrine. If you're a Christian, the kingship of Jesus has this to say concerning the future is fantastic. It's really encouraging, and Christ's future rain throughout all of eternity is the perspective from which all of present history needs to be viewed and it is that which then allows us to develop a view of the world which is distinct from our friends and our neighbors secular view of the world. We understand the concerns of ecology because God has given to his this air to care for and to attend and not to abuse and not to destroy, and therefore we pay attention to those things we understand, however, that he's planning another version which is going to be even better. And so our view of the world. At least that's the way I remember it so I can talk to people in the bus stop.

My view of the world that I get from the Bible and forwards is the good the bad the new, the perfect puking that framework in your mind. You build a talk all kinds of people there just sit down with you the bust on the server. Can you believe what a horrible mess, wherein goodness gracious. I've never seen anything like this at all is as if everything is collapsing now where you want to go from there or whatever way you want to do it big and say yes, surprising is raising me think about how it started and some rose yakitori out. It started to those jolly politicians and start gnawing on what I'm talking about. But what are you talking about long-term but when God made the whole thing. You made a really good everything was bang on. It was perfect. It was super there was none of this junk then what like in Genesis, a person you believe that lately believe that anymore you believe parenthetically isn't it fascinating when Paul takes on the intelligentsia and Athens generally starts the God who made the world and everything in it does not dwell in temples made by hands.

He starts with the doctrine of creation is fantastic. The purchasers will if you made it all good. Why are we in the mess, wherein I'm glad you asked because things are bad. On the bright okay there but I guess thereby why because were turned in upon ourselves were selfish folks were greedy folks were all greedy were all selfish. While, is there any way out of this.

Glad you mentioned it.

Jesus is King come and reign in your life and make absolutely brand-new and give you a fresh start.

Did he give you one. Yes loving your next-door neighbor for a few years and I have. I'm not sure is working entirely. You know, was because it's not all finished yet within the new, but were not in the perfect but the reign of Christ is unalterable, and unassailable and unequivocal. The Bible tells her so the Lord God omnipotent reigns doesn't always seem so, but it is so nothing is out of control and nothing is going to get out of control. I love that him we seldom sing it comes to my now you know the data gave us Lord is ended and the darkness falls at my behest, and so into the morning hymns ascended your praise will sanctify our rest and then it goes on through the the story and comes to that great conclusion, so be it Lord, your throne shall never like air sprouted empires pass away your kingdom stands and grows forever till all your creatures on your sway loved ones that is biblical faith that is biblical Christianity. So if the kingship of Jesus impacts the nature of salvation, if the kingship of Jesus impacts the reality of the cosmos. If the kingship of Jesus impacts all the issues of the future. Surely the kingship of Jesus has something to say to our tiny life's before we go to bed on a night like this because it is an opportunity for us to realize again that God is sovereignly in charge of what's going on.

We live underneath the authority of the Lordship of Jesus, that when Paul says in Philippians 2 that one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, what that is not that is not an expression of devotion that is a statement of fact, the word that is used there is the word to the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament is use about 6000 times to translate the divine name Yahweh. And when they translated it into Greek. They had to decide how they were going to translate it, and they translated it using this word and Paul as a converted monotheistic Jew knew exactly what he was saying when he said it one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is God that Jesus Christ is Lord and King over all the air. Buddha will bow, Mohammed will bow Krishna will bow. Landon will bow all will bow. Christ will bow before the father and kneel before him and say father. Here are the children that you have given me. I asked you to give me the desire of the nations I asked you to give me the nations as my inheritance father and hereby and I bow before you and they with me know if you believe that you see it is transformative.

You cannot simply be brought down by all the nonsense and the skulduggery of our day. You cannot simply be dragged down into the mire of all of this, you must lift your eyes and look up Jesus as King is a wonderful tank not up pompous King, not the kings of the Gentiles are memories. This is desirable because you know member after the dunnage medicals they came and they wanted to make him a king, and he slipped off under the darkness in you read that you said look I thought he was supposed to be the king so wising up becoming the king timing folks timing and also because he knew that what they anticipated, and what you come to do was vastly different. The kings of the Gentiles. He said Lord it over the people, but I am among you as one who serves a king who serves king who stoops king who dies and approachable king so I can come to them with all my fears all my hurts all my losses and all my failures because there is not a friend like the lowly.

Jesus know no one, no one we were taught to sing a song. The poetry is poor, but is well intended did you ever sing this, leave your house and grumble Street and moved to sunshine Square for that's the place where Jesus lifts and all is happy there and you know sometimes I think we got to really look at one another and say hey would you like to move how sunny is my wife talking to me. On one occasion Luther came down for his breakfast and his wife was dressed in morning. She's dressed head to toe in black. He sat down at the far end of the table and he looked at her and he said, who died, his wife said, I believe God died, no said Luther God cannot die, said his wife, then why have you been acting as you've been acting for the last two or three weeks, no Luther leave your house and grumble Street and the other one was cheer up the saints of God is actually nothing to worry about nothing really to make you feel afraid, nothing to make you doubt. Remember, Jesus never fails. So why not trust him and shout you be sorry worry that all tomorrow morning and when Eric little left for China.

He was it in terms of a little boy's dream when little died. All the boys in Scotland got a day off school when little left from the Waverley station, the crowd that gathered was not made up, simply of the folks from his church are interested members of fix of his extended family, but many of the people that gathered in that Waverley station I platform area were just folks off the street folks who knew him as an Olympic gold medalist who knew him as a rugby player for Scotland who knew him as as as a sterling athlete and history records that when he got into his compartment and put his cases up on the rank he got back out of the compartment.

Remember those old days with the sliding door into the compartment and then the corridor that went along.

When trains were trains and travel was fun and if you put your head out the window units during your eyes and remember those big leather belts that that held the windows with the brass fits for you. Let the window down and your mother told you.

Keep your fingers out of there and ended because if you let it go manage disk and walked right down and his he let the window down and die. The crowd hushed to see what he would say that he thanked people for coming and he told him where he was going and then quite unexpectedly, he shouted out. Apparently at the top of his voice, Christ for the world for the world needs Christ and then extemporaneously. He led them in the singing of the hymn, Jesus shall reign where'er the sun.his successive journeys run his kingdom stretch from shore to shore till moon shall wax and wane no more little wind to China without message little died in China, declaring that message and we stand on the shoulders in this great nation on the shoulders of man who die under the kingship of Christ. Don't be afraid.

Master Ridley today we shall light a candle, such as will never be extinguished. Nobody will ever say that unless they are absolutely convinced that they have been called into the service of one whose kingdom will never end one day left once the air will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea and may each of us recognize and live in like the undeniable Royal reign of Jesus you're listening to the weekend edition of Truth for Life message from Alistair Begg titled divine king Alastair will conclude today's message with prayer in just a minute here at Truth for Life. It's our deepest passion to introduce listeners to this God man, the one who transforms lives and sets us free. Whether you're a new believer or you been walking with Jesus for a long time. I would recommend that you request a brand-new resource from Truth for Life.

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It's, it re-calibrates us because we we listen to the news. We read the papers we read history. We think we look at the future we realize where we where where we are and were almost tempted sometimes to believe as if the whole thing is spinning hopelessly out of control and that's why we need to be Bible students. That's why we need to be those who are not only reading our Bibles but putting them into action and practice, and so I pray that out of Marriott word style that just as central undeniable reality of the kingly reign of Christ may help us as we pray for our loved ones as we pray for our politicians and for our nation as we pray for the work of missions throughout the world as we pray for our own tiny life's aware of our own finitude aware of the fact that we are frail us, the flowers of summer. The wind blows were gone.

In its place will remember us no more.

But one day we will see you face-to-face and so helpers then to get ready as best we can, for we pray in Jesus name, amen.

Next weekend Alastair will return to Revelation chapter 5 to show us a glorious depiction of Jesus as the Lamb on the throne. Be sure to join us. I'm Bob Lapine, the Bible teaching of Alistair Begg is furnished by Truth for Life with the Learning is for Living

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