This is the 3rd part of a 3 part series – “Jesus is Our Righteousness”. Be reminded of Jesus Kingship and Lordship, and be blessed with further Scriptural revelation & enlightenment on this important, prophetic subject.
- Special note: The above picture was sent to me a few days ago by our pastor in Polillio Islands. It’s of some of the youth there who went up to a high mountain top around 5-6 km from our mission base for a time of prayer together. A number of them meet very early in the morning at our mission base on a regular basis for prayer and devotions together. They use P.A. equipment (at 5-6/7 a.m.!). They are broadcasting the Word of God and their prayers up and down the coastline around there for those unable to join with them at that time… Quite the wake-up call! We appreciate their enthusiastic zeal for the Lord! PTL!!
JESUS IS our reigning KING
And again, Isaiah says: “There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall RISE TO REIGN over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He WILL REIGN over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “YOUR GOD REIGNS!”
“OUR GOD REIGNS!” – Proclaim it!
…“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER and ever!” …“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken to you Your great power and HAVE REIGNED.
I CHRONICLES 16:31
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord REIGNS.”
PSALM 145:13 – (It’s an ETERNAL KINGDOM of RIGHTEOUSNESS).
Psalm 145:13 (cont.) – (TPT) You are the Lord who REIGNS over your never-ending kingdom through all the ages of time and eternity.
JESUS IS A RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
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 does judge and make war.
JESUS RULES AND REIGNS WITH A SCEPTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of RIGHTEOUSNESS is the scepter of your kingdom.
THE SCEPTER – (THE STORY OF ESTHER)
Esther 4:11 – ……put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden SCEPTER, that he may live.
SPECIAL INSIGHT FROM THIS ILLUSTRATION
All who came to the king got the death sentence if the golden scepter was not held out to them. When Queen Esther approached the king, she obtained favor in his sight and he held out to her the golden scepter. Her life was spared, and the Lord used her to help bring a mighty victory for the Jewish people.
We are reminded of Jesus scepter with which He rules. It is a scepter of RIGHTEOUSNESS. RIGHTEOUSNESS is a key to God’s presence. We can only approach His presence and experience life because of the righteousness that He imparts to us through Jesus. Jesus sacrifice on the cross, and His provision of righteousness made available to us through the “Divine Exchange” (2 Corinthians 5:21) provides access to the king, and a victorious life!
GOVERNOR AMONG THE NATIONS
Psalm 22:28 – For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the GOVERNOR among the nations.
For the Lord is KING OF ALL, who takes charge of ALL the nations. (TPT)
(He is the ruler over the nations – he rules the nations, the ruler of ALL nations. Dominion belongs to the Lord, all the families of nations will bow low before him.)
Isaiah 9:2-7 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; 6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7 Of the INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.
Psalm 47:8 – God REIGNS over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.
Psalm 96:10 – Say among the nations, “The Lord REIGNS;…”
Psalm 93:1- The Lord REIGNS, He is clothed with majesty;…
Psalm 97:1 – The Lord REIGNS; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
Psalm 146:10 – The Lord shall REIGN forever — Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!
We are at war! We have spiritual enemies!
I Corinthians 15:25 – For He must REIGN till He has put all enemies under His feet.
RIGHTEOUSNESS PROTECTS THE HEART
Ephesians 6:14 – Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS…
JESUS IS KING OF KINGS / LORD OF LORDS
I Timothy 6:14-16 …blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS…
THE ONLY POTENTATE
DEFINITION of “POTENTATE” — A person who possesses great power or sway (influence); a prince; a sovereign; an emperor, king or monarch. Exalting him not only above earthly princes and potentates, but above the highest of the celestial hierarchy.
Revelation 1:5 – …from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the RULER over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…
Revelation 17:14 – These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS; and those whoare with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Revelation 19:11-16 -3 …behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS He judges and makes war. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God….HE HIMSELF WILL RULE them with a rod of iron. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
3 DESCRIPTIVE WORDS OF JESUS
OMNIPOTENT (jesus is all-powerful)
Revelation 19:6 – And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent REIGNS!
OMNISCIENT (JESUS IS ALL-KNOWING)
I John 3:20 – … God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
… He knows everything there is to know about us. (TPT)
OMNIPRESENT (JESUS IS ALL-PRESENT)
Matthew 28:20 – I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Psalm 139:7-10 – Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, YOU ARE THERE; If I make my bed in hell, behold, YOU ARE THERE.9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 EVEN THERE Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
Hebrews 13:5 – He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
THE REIGN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
ROMANS 5:17, 21 – For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS will REIGN IN LIFE through the One,Jesus Christ… so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might REIGN through RIGHTEOUSNESS to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
righteousness exalts a nation
PROVERBS 14:34 – RIGHTEOUSNESS exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:34 (cont.)– (VOICE) – living according to God’s instructions makes a nation great.
RIGHTEOUSNESS exalts a nation — only by loving and obeying God brings His blessing.
righteousness blesses a city
Proverbs 11:11 – by the blessing of the UPRIGHT the city is exalted…
Proverbs 11:11 (cont.) (NLT) …UPRIGHT citizens are good for a city and make it prosper but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.
Isaiah 54:14 – In RIGHTEOUSNESS you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Isaiah 54:14 (cont) (NIV) Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. (NLT) you will be secure under a government that is fair.
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS LIGHT (NOT DARKNESS)
Psalm 37:6 – And he shall bring forth your RIGHTEOUSNESS as the light…
2 Corinthians 6:14 – Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has RIGHTEOUSNESS with unrighteousness? and what communion has LIGHT with DARKNESS?
Isaiah 62:1-2 – For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the RIGHTEOUSNESS thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns. And the Gentiles shall see your RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all kings your glory:
we can reign with him
Romans 6:12,13 – Therefore do not let sin REIGN in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members your as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of RIGHTEOUSNESS to God.
2 Timothy 2:12 – If we suffer (endure), We shall also REIGN with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Revelation 5:10 – And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall REIGN on the earth.”
Revelation 20:4-6 – I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads… They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall REIGN forever and ever.6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and REIGNED with Christ for a thousand years. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection… they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall REIGN with Him a thousand years.
do what is right
I Peter 4:19 – Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in DOING GOOD, as to a faithful Creator.
I Peter 4:19 (cont.) (TPT)…enfold their lives into the Creator, who will never fail them, and continue to ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT.
STRAIGHT & NARROW WAY
Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter by the straight (narrow) gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because straight (narrow) is the gate and difficult (narrow) is the way which LEADS TO LIFE, and there are few who find it.
There is a right way & a wrong way!
ANSWERS TO PRAYER
James 5:16 – The effective, fervent prayer of a RIGHTEOUS man avails much.
I Peter 3:12 – For the eyes of the Lord are on the RIGHTEOUS, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who evil.”
Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.
There are rewards for the righteous!
Recognize Jesus Sovereignty – He is the Mighty Conqueror.
Be obedient – submit to His Lordship (obedience unto righteousness (Romans 6:16).
Patiently suffer & endure.
We can rule & reign with Him.
Follow after RIGHTEOUSNES (I Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22).
…put on the new man, which after God is created in RIGHTEOUSNESS and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
Be found in him not having my my own RIGHTEOUSNESS, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is of God by faith… (Philippians 3:9)
Don’t be ignorant of God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS and go about to establish our own RIGHTEOUSNESS (become “self-righteous” will-fully doing your own thing your own way — let’s submit ourselves unto the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God (Rom 10:3)
His RIGHTEOUSNESS is fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:24).
FREEDOM FROM VICES AND SINS
2 Peter 3:10-14 – Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt…?
Romans 8:1-2 – …the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Psalm 145:7 – They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your RIGHTEOUSNESS.
RIGHTEOUSNESS BRINGS LIFE
Romans 8:1 …if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of RIGHTEOUSNESS.
FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS
I Timothy 6:11 – But you, O man of God, flee these things and PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, faith, love, patience, gentleness…
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS IS SIN
I John 5:17 -All unrighteousness is sin…
I John 3:10 -in this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice RIGHTEOUSNESS is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
THE RIGHTEOUS ABIDE in land – THE WICKED ARE CUT OFF
Proverbs 2:21,22 – For the UPRIGHT (righteous) shall dwell (will live) in the land, and the blameless (those with integrity) will remain in it;22 but the wicked will be cut off (destroyed) from the land, and the unfaithful(evil/deceitful/transgressors/treacherous) will be torn (uprooted) from it.
Psalm 1:5-6 – …the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the RIGHTEOUS. 6 For the Lord knows the way of the RIGHTEOUS, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
RIGHTEOUS DECISIONS – We have choices to make
Joshua 24:15 – Choose you this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house – we will serve the Lord!
Psalm 11:7 – For the RIGHTEOUS Lord loves RIGHTEOUSNESS; his countenance does behold the upright.
“LIVE RIGHTOUS LIVES” — Faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
The wicked flee when no man pursues, but THE RIGHTEOUS are bold as a lion! (Proverbs 28:1)
2 Peter 3:13 – Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells RIGHTEOUSNESS.
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT “LAST DAYS” MESSAGE!
— PLEASE PASS IT alONg…
JESUS IS LORD
Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow… 11 and that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father.
SONG: HE IS LORD
HE IS LORD,
HE IS LORD –
HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
AND HE IS LORD.
EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW,
EVERY TONGUE CONFESS –
THAT JESUS CHIRST IS LORD!
YOU’RE MY LORD,
YOU’RE MY LORD –
YOU HAVE RISEN FROM THE DEAD,
AND YOU’RE MY LORD.
EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW,
EVERY TONGUE CONFESS –
THAT JESUS CHIRST IS LORD!