BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 13: A King

13    A King

                Rev        5:10
                And hast made us unto our God kings and
                priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
                Rev       17:14
                These shall make war with the Lamb, and the
                Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of
                lords, and King of kings: and they that are
                with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Jesus has called us to rule and reign in life as kings!  Jesus is not King over the natural kings of the earth who do not know Him nor follow Him.  Jesus is a spiritual King over a spiritual kingdom1, and over spiritual kings who are ruling and reign in His power and authority over it. 

                Psalms    95:3 
                For the Lord is a great God, and a great King
                above all gods.

There are no other Gods, as in different creators who have a different kingdom or area where they exercise control above and separate from Jehovah and Jesus.  If there were, Jesus would not be their King.  But there are gods2, children of the Most High, who are created in His image, character, and power.  God showed this was reborn man's destiny or inheritance even in the old testament. 

                Psalms    82:6-7 
                I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are
                children of the most High.  But ye shall die like
                men, and fall like one of the princes.

Jesus bore record in John 10:34-35 that God said we are gods, and that His Word could not be broken.  Jesus is King, Ruler, and Sovereign over the sons of God, who are kings and priest unto God.
                Romans     5:17
                For if by one man's offense death reigned by
                one; much more they which receive abundance of
                grace and of the gift of righteousness shall
                reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.  The definition of a king is one who rules and reigns.  To rule and reign is defined as possession of, controlling power over, or exercise of supreme power over an area, to prevail.  Jesus has called us to prevail!  To overcome the devil and all his devices.  Sin, death, and the curse of law have no more reign or control over you!  Jesus has set the captives free, and has given you supreme power and authority to exercise control over every area of your life, thru the name of Jesus and with the power of the Holy Spirit!

Jesus has not called us to whimper and whine in life like whipped puppy dogs.  Jesus does not expect us to run with our tails between our legs every time the devil shows up to intimidate us or to try to put sickness, disease, and poverty on us.  He expects us to use His name to exercise supreme power over the enemy, to rule and reign in life as kings!

                Genesis    1:26
                And God said, Let us make man in our image,
                after our likeness: and let them have dominion
                over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of
                the air, and over the cattle, and over all the
                earth, and over every creeping thing that
                creepeth upon the earth.

God created man to have complete dominion on the earth.  That means complete control and authority over everything on the earth.  Remember that the devil had already been cast down to earth and was fighting a losing battle.  God's intention from the beginning of creation was for man to rule and reign with Christ Jesus, over the devil and all his forces.                 
                Psalms     8:4-6 
                What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and
                the son of man, that thou visitest him?
                For thou hast made him a little lower than the
                angels3, and hast crowned him with glory and
                honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over
                the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things
                under his feet:

13.1     A Warrior

God has put all things under Jesus' feet, making the devil His footstool4.  God has ordained His sons, born-again christians, to go forth and enforce that victory, keeping the devil underfoot.

                Eph        1:19-23
                ...exceeding greatness of his power...
                Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him
                from the dead, and set him at his own right
                hand in the heavenly places, Far above all
                principality, and power, and might, and dominion,
                and every name that is named, not only in this
                world, but also in that which is to come:
                And hath put all things under his feet, and
                gave him to be the head over all things to the
                church, Which is his body, the fulness of him
                that filleth all in all.

Jesus has always been a warrior-king5, though He has been waiting on His Father's divine timing for His kingdom.  Jesus came as a spiritual warrior-king the first time, destroying the works of the devil.  The Jews were looking for a physical warrior-king.  That is why they missed Him.  But He is returning again, very soon, as both a spiritual and physical warrior-king.             

                Rev       19:11
                And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white
                horse; and he that sat upon him was called
                Faithful and True, and in righteousness he
                doth judge and make war.

                I John     3:8 
                ...For this purpose the Son of God was
                manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

                Acts      10:38
                How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the
                Holy Ghost and with power: who went about
                doing good, and healing all that were
                oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Jesus expects us to fight the good fight of faith, to be strong in the power of His might, and to be more than conquerors thru Him.6  God has called us to be soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

                II Tim     2:3-4
                Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good
                soldier of Jesus Christ. 
                No man that warreth entangleth himself with the
                affairs of this life; that he may please him
                who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

God has once again placed us in charge of His domain, just as He entrusted His servant Adam.  He has given us the keys of the kingdom to use to protect and expand it.

                Matthew   16:19
                And I will give unto thee the keys of the
                kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
                bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
                whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be
                loosed in heaven.

Remember the root words bind and loose literally mean not permit and permit.  You have free will to choose if you are going to allow the devil to have rule in your life, as Adam allowed the devil to exercise influence in the garden.  Or you can resist the devil, in the name of Jesus, and cast him out of our life, and away from your family and affairs.

God's kingdom is not a weak kingdom, nor one just in words.  It is not devised of cunning lies and fables of men.  But God's kingdom is one of power, seen thru the mighty working of signs and miracles.

                I Cor      2:4-5
                And my speech and my preaching was not with
                enticing words of man's wisdom, but in
                demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
                That your faith should not stand in the wisdom
                of men, but in the power of God.

                I Cor      4:20
                For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in

Since John the Baptist7, the kingdom of God has been proclaimed as being at hand.  Jesus proclaimed it, saying that God has anointed Him to set the captives free.

                Matthew    4:17
                From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
                Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
                Luke       4:18
                The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he
                hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the
                poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
                to preach deliverance to the captives, and
                recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
                liberty them that are bruised,
                Luke       8:1 
                And it came to pass afterward, that he went
                throughout every city and village, preaching
                and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of
                God: and the twelve were with him,

Jesus went preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom, working signs and miracles as He went!  God has given us a commandment to go forth and proclaim the good news, that God is a good God, a loving God.  It is He who forgives sins, who heals, who sets the captives free.

                Matthew   10:7-8
                And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of
                heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the
                lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely
                ye have received, freely give.

                Matthew   28:18
                And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All
                power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

                Mark      16:15-20
                And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
                and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that
                believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
                that believeth not shall be damned.  And these
                signs shall follow them that believe; In my name
                shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with
                new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if
                they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
                them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
                shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken
                unto them, he was received up into heaven, and
                sat on the right hand of God.  And they went
                forth, and preaching every where, the Lord
                working with them, and confirming the word with
                signs following. Amen.

You need to believe in the Word of God!  You have to believe that God will confirm His word with signs and wonders following, when you speak it.  If you don't believe, then they won't follow you!  It is impossible to please God without faith.  It is your faith in Him that moves Him and gives Him liberty to act.  Don't you remember Mark 6:5-6, where Jesus could not do many might works because of their unbelief?  You have been given more power and authority than any demon on earth!  Get violent with the devil!

                Matthew   11:12
                And from the days of John the Baptist until now
                the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and
                the violent take it by force.

Do you think the devil is going to run off just because you gently, quietly, timidly, trembling whisper "go"?  Would a wolf coming to steal, kill, and destroy your child, holding it in his mouth, drop your child simply because you whispered "go"?  Get militant!  Tell the devil LOOSE MY CHILD and GO, IN THE NAME OF JESUS! 

                Matthew   11:11
                Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born
                of women there hath not risen a greater than John
                the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in
                the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

John the Baptist was the greatest of the old testament prophets.  But God says the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.  Why?  John was not in the kingdom of God, a new covenant child.  John did not have the name of Jesus and the anointing of the Spirit to destroy every evil work of the devil.  BUT YOU DO!  You are in the kingdom of God!  Think of all the mighty deeds the old testament prophets did.  Moses parting the water, Elijah calling fire down from heaven, Elisha raising the dead.  Do you know that you, even if you are the very least in the kingdom of heaven, have more power and authority than any of them?  Get mad at the devil!  Tell him to loose your life, your family, your affairs!  Get vigilant!  In Jesus' mighty name!

13.2    Fully Armored

God has not left us unprepared for the battle, but has shown us how to be strong in the power of His might, to be fully equipped for the battle with the devil and his forces.

                Eph        6:10-18
                Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
                and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole
                armour of God, that ye may be able to stand
                against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle
                not against flesh and blood, but against
                principalities, against powers, against the
                rulers of the darkness of this  world, against
                spiritual wickedness in high places.

The devil's forces are divided into four groups.  Principalities are spirits who rule over an area, large or small.  For example, if homosexuality is prevalent8 in an area of your city, then a principality of homosexuality is ruling there.  Powers are evil spirits who are subject to principalities and do their will.  Rulers of darkness are there to blind the minds of the people, to keep them in darkness, and away from the glorious light of God's saving grace.  Rulers of darkness include cults and religions9  Spiritual wickedness in high places, literally in heavenly places, fight for principalities to keep God's good angels from bringing your blessings to you.  There are three heavens10 mentioned in the Bible: the first being the atmosphere around earth, the second being the abode of the stars, and the third being the abode of God, where the holy city and the throne of God are.  Spiritual wickedness have been cast down out of the second and third heaven, but still fight in the first, the atmosphere around earth, to prevent your blessings and to hinder the gospel of Jesus Christ.11  But God!  He has given us His full armor and instructed us to put it on and wear it all the time.  And in it to stand our ground in victory against the devil.

                Eph        6:13-18
                Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
                that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
                and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore,
                having your loins girt about with truth, and
                having on the breastplate of righteousness; And
                your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
                of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith,
                wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
                fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet
                of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which
                is the word of God:  Praying always with all
                prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
                watching thereunto with all  perseverance and
                supplication for all saints;

God says first of all put on the girdle of truth.  Jesus is the truth, the life, the way.  You cannot stand against the devil if you first don't put on Jesus, that is, to be born-again.  No man can come unto the Father except by Jesus.  The girdle was to hold the rest of the armor in place and give it support.  If you don't build on salvation and deliverance in Jesus, and on His word as your sure foundation, then all else will come tumbling down as a house built on sand.  Jesus said if you continue in His word, then you would know the truth and the truth would set you free.

God says to put on the breastplate of righteousness.  The breastplate protects the heart.  If you don't know that by the blood of Jesus you have been washed clean from all sins, and are  now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, the devil will come with condemnation every time and defeat you.  Your chest will be wide open to his attacks.  But if you stay continually cleansed in the blood of Jesus, and know you are the righteousness of God, then the devil will not be able to wound you.

God says to protect and cover your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  If you don't believe that God is a good God, that it is He who heals and prospers you, that it is not He who steals, kills, and destroys, then your walk thru this life is going to be painful as your feet are always wounded and bruised from the troubles of life brought by the devil.  But if you know your God, and the power of His might, and the goodness and lovingkindness of His tender mercies, then you will know that He is a deliverer, a healer, and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants.  You will not only be able to walk thru this life victorious, with His yoke being light and His burden being easy, but you will be able to lead many to salvation and deliverance.  How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the gospel, the glad tidings of God's kingdom of deliverance being at hand.  Glory!

Above all, taking up the shield of faith!  The devil's fiery darts are thoughts and temptations which he sends against your mind, where the battle is.  But by knowing your God and His word, which you have already put on in armor, you can apply faith in God and His love towards you.  You can then quench, or put out completely, all the thoughts of the devil, casting down every vain imagination, worry, and fear, and bringing every thought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ.

God says take the helmet of salvation!  We have the mind of Christ.  We have been given a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind!  The devil cannot steal our minds.  Renew your mind in the Word of God.  We have been delivered from the power of darkness, and have already been translated into the kingdom of God's dear son, Jesus Christ.  Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, as you think on what is good, accept, honest, and of good report.

Then after you have done all of your preparation, take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Quote the Word to the devil!  Get militant!  By whose stripes you were healed!  My God meets all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!  I have life and have it more abundantly.  I am no longer under the dominion of sin, but under the spirit of liberty and grace.  In Jesus' mighty name!  Amen!

Finally last but not least, you must pray and be vigilant always.  What good does it do to give a soldier the very best in armor, if when the enemy comes the soldier is asleep?  You must be sober, vigilant, and watch in prayer.  Watchful for your family, for your friends, for the lost and the unreached, and for all saints, that we might be able to stand together, every joint and member supplying what is needed.  In Jesus' mighty name!  Hallelujah!

13.3    Three Stages of Possession

In dealing with who we are in Christ Jesus, a common question arises: "If I am who you say I am, and can do the things you say I can do, then why am I not experiencing it in my life?"  Lets examine the question in the light of three different types of possession:

13.3.1   Positional Possession:

At the time of rebirth into the kingdom of God, you become a joint heir with Christ Jesus.  You have equal rights and privileges with Him.  All your inheritance is yours; as an adopted son, you have legal right to it.  This means you have a right to health, wealth, and happiness in Christ Jesus, and complete and open fellowship with the Father.

                I John     3:2
                Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth
                not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
                that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
                for we shall see him as he is.

                Eph        1:3
                Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
                Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
                blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

                II Peter   1:3
                According as his divine power hath given unto us
                all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
                through the knowledge of him that hath called us
                to glory and virtue:

God told Moses and Joshua that He had given them the promised land.  It was theirs in the spiritual realm.  But Joshua had to enter into the land and possess it in the physical realm.  Understand that without God's help, as at Jericho, Joshua would never had physically been able to possess the land. 

God having spiritually given the land to Israel, that is the land being theirs in God's eyes, was their positional or spiritual possession, even though they did not have it in the physical possession yet.

God has given you all spiritual blessings, and all things that pertain to life and godliness.  That is our positional possession.  It is positional because you are seated with Christ Jesus and are a son of God thru rebirth.  Nothing can change that.  It is called spiritual possession, because at first you cannot see nor feel it, though it exist in the spiritual realm.

13.3.2   Experiential Possession:
At this current moment of your life in Christ Jesus, you have manifested physically only as much as you have subdued in faith.  This does not mean that whatever blessing you desire is not yours; it only means you have not subdued it yet by faith.  This is, what you possess is thru experienced use of your faith.  

As with Joshua, we must decide if we will enter in to possess the land by faith, or by unbelief fail to obtain the promise.

                Hebrews    3:17-4:2
                But with whom was he grieved forty years? was
                it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases
                fell in the wilderness?  And to whom sware he
                that they should not enter into his rest, but to
                them that believed not?  So we see that they
                could not enter in because of unbelief.
                Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left
                us of entering into his rest, any of you should
                seem to come short of it.  For unto us was the
                gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the
                word preached did not profit them, not being
                mixed with faith in them that heard it.

                Mark       6:5-6
                And he could there do no mighty work, save that
                he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and
                healed them.  And he marvelled because of their
                unbelief. And he went round about the villages,

Are there great and mighty works that you desire Jesus to do in your life?  Are you applying active faith or are you sitting around in doubt, worry, despair, and unbelief?  If you are applying active faith, then don't grow weary and quit.  He is faithful that promised!
Even in the natural, we know you can be a doctor, a lawyer, a dentist, a pilot, and anything else you want to be.  All you need is the time to subdue it all.
So is God's kingdom.  The word "kingdom" literally means the king's dominion or the physical area under a king's authority and power.  Jesus has been given all power and authority, both in heaven and earth, and has delegated it to us to rule and reign until His imminent return.
How much you are conformed into His Image, or how much health and prosperity you walk in depends upon you.  You could call it "manifested faith and spiritual warfare".  How much effort have you put forth in meditating on the scriptures in that area, so your faith can grow?  How strongly and steadfastly have you resisted and enforced your authority over the thief, the devil, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy? 

Faith is like a physical muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it becomes.  The less you use it, the weaker it becomes.  Remember faith comes by hearing, not having heard.  So don't be discouraged if you are still building up to lifting that mountain out of your way.  Just so long as you don't stop believing and exercising your faith.  God is faithful!
Your "manifested sonship" depends on you, not God.  He has done His part and given it to you.  He stands willing and able to help you as you move forth.  But you must go forth! 

                II Peter   3:17-18
                Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these
                things before, beware lest ye also, being led
                away with the error of the wicked, fall from your
                own stedfastness.  But grow in grace, and in the
                knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
                To him be glory both now and for ever.  Amen.
But be encouraged.  Remember it is a growing process.  You learn, and you move out.  You subdue in one area.  Then you move on to another.  But praise be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. 

                II Cor     2:14
                Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us
                to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the
                savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

13.3.3   Ultimate Possession:
At the time of Jesus' return for the church and for His glorious continual reign on the earth, we will be just like Him.  We will know Him as we are known.  We will also come into our full physical possession of our inheritance.  The devil will be bound and locked up for 1000 years.  There will be no more temptation.  Your flesh will be change in a second to a glorious body, like the resurrected body of Jesus Christ.  There will be no more sickness, disease, poverty, or emotional hurt.  We will come into full possession of our inheritance and sonship, spirit, soul, and body.
                I Cor     13:10
                But when that which is perfect is come, then that
                which is in part shall be done away.

                Hebrews   12:23
                To the general assembly and church of the
                firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to
                God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just
                men made perfect....

                Rev       20:4,6 
                And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and
                judgment was given unto them... and they
                lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years....
                Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the
                first resurrection:  on such the second death
                hath no power, but they shall be priests of
                God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a
                thousand years.

                Rev       21:4 
                And God shall wipe away all tears from their
                eyes; and there shall be no more death,
                neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
                there be any more pain: for the former things
                are passed away.
So be encouraged.  Don't look at your surroundings and murmur about what you do or don't have, or what you can or cannot do.  But look unto Jesus!  Look at where He walked in that area, and has called you to walk in it.  Look unto Him and go forth, in the mighty name of Jesus!  Amen!

1. John 18:36
2. Deut 10:17, Joshua 22:22, Psalms 82:1-7, Psalms 95:3, Dan 2:47, Dan 11:36, John 10:34-35
3. We have already shown that the word "Elohim", translated here "angels", is actually referring to the Trinity, and that God made man a little lower than Himself and made all the angels as ministering spirits (servants) to the heirs of salvation.
4. Acts 2:35, Heb 10:13
5. Joshua 5:13-14
6. 1 Tim 6:12, Eph 6:10, Romans 8:37
7. Matt 3:2
8. prevalent meaning that the devil is exercising power and control, rule and reign, over an area, which strongholds should be pulled down by saints of God
9. Christianity is not a religion.  It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Religion is man reaching up to God, or trying to become God.  Christianity is God reaching down to man, and making him equal with God.
10. 2 Cor 12:2
11. Dan 10:13-21