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The King and His Ambassadors – James White

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah. [Psa 24:7-10 ESV]

Both God and Christ are referred to as King in the Scriptures, but what is Kingship? What relevance does this concept have in our western democracy? How are we to understand this when we no longer have a king? Are we to transfer this title to the next best thing, say that of a President or Prime Minister or some other high governmental position? What would subjects of the Crown in Great Britain have to say about this? Surely it’s just an historical position and there is no inherent authority in the office. Other times in Scripture His kingship is connected with being Creator, so again how would this authority relate to a society that views God as a non-creator in a post-Darwin age? Finally, we have our own individualism to contend with, and we even have trouble with concepts of community, much less willingness to acknowledge that we are joined to the body of a sovereign king and our position is as his *servant*. Everyone’s opinion is equal in a society of individuals – the “opinion” of a neophyte is just as valid as someone with experience, though it is contrary to Scripture to place that same neophyte in a position of authority.

Instead of trying to understand the Scriptural picture of God and His authority, his Creator-hood, His sovereignty, the view of God is diminished and he becomes a powerful … equal and a perfect … gentleman. Christ is no longer a King himself, but a left-wing advocate of social justice with long hair. The Christ who summons His enemies before Him and banishes them from his sight, the One whose enemies are made a footstool, the One who commands armies, and the One who has a Law that he applies equally to all – becomes the very things we reject about Him when we neglect His Kingship, and allows for the pessimistic dispensational view that not only is Christ not in control, but Satan is in control.

But the church is not a western democracy. It’s a monarchy, whose King is worthy to be King, not by election or popularity. A church with no King has no leader, no purpose, no definition, and no direction; ultimately, no Gospel.

We are Ambassadors to the King. What is an ambassador, then? He is a representative proclaiming the message entrusted to him. The message that we don’t have the authority to decide what the message is: it’s foolish to edit it thinking ourselves wise, criminal to sugar-coat it, and treason to alter it. No one starts out with the intent of becoming a traitor to that calling, but we must be aware of the slip.

[There is a lovely Spurgeon quote to insert here; I just don’t have it handy.]

We see so little in this world; our perspective is limited. Should there be any reason to say that Christ has lost control and lost authority based on our limited experiences?

It shouldn’t matter where the crowd is going if you are convinced you are on the errand for your King. Be faithful and forge ahead. Perform the task given to you; guard the message entrusted to you.

I read most of the posts here, I am glad you folks had a good time, I am even happier that you returned safely. As for "Pulpit crimes" I could go on and on, but my "crimes" are as bad I am sure. I am sure I have let God down in how I have failed to teach what He said. I will use what you wrote to examine myself. I wish peace on you and your families.

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