We previously deduced that righteousness is the kingly nature of God through which he governs. Righteousness is the scepter of His Kingdom; Righteousness and Justice are the habitations of God’s throne (Heb 1:8/Psalm 9:8)
In every throne that reigns under God, whether they be thrones, powers and dominions (Eph. 1:21/Col. 1:16); righteousness is inherent. These subordinate thrones or kings under God reign because they have a kind of righteousness which is FROM Him, though not the exact righteousness OF God which is the exclusive preserve of Deity. Without righteousness, there is no kingdom or throne, and every throne that operates without the configuration of righteousness usurps God’s authority and such is reserved for the wrath of God.
The angelic realm is made up of kingdoms under God, but none of these angelic kingdoms is in the kingdom which is OF God, because God’s kingdom is the realm of Deity. ANGELS ARE IN HEAVEN BUT NOT IN THE KINGDOM. Angels are created sons of God (Job 38:7/Col. 1:16). They have a kind of righteousness which makes them kingly after the order of their make.
Ps. 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all (i.e. angels that are either thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers - Eph. 1:21/Col. 1:16)
INTERESTINGLY, ONLY MAN HAS THE HONOR OF BEING VISITED BY GOD AND OF RECEIVING A CROWN THAT’S HIGHER THAN ALL OF GOD’S CREATION (HEB 2:6-9). THAT CROWN IS THE PRIVILEGE OF BECOMING A BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD (Jam. 1:121Pet. 5:4/Rev. 2:10). SO MAN HAS BEEN CALLED OF GOD TO PARTAKE OF THE GLORIOUS DIVINE NATURE OF DIETY. IT IS BY THE INHETITING OF DIVINE NATURE THAT THE SCEPTER OF GOD’S KINGDOM (RIGHTEOUSNESS) WOULD BE RECIEVED AND THIS HAS BEEN CLEARLY EXEMPLIFIED IN THE PERSON OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO BECAME THE FIRST MAN TO MAKE IT INTO THE KINGDOM; THE FIRSTBEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER (HEB 1:5-8)
Just as angels were made constituted authorities, so was the first man - Adam. However, man in Adam fell from righteousness (of the living soul), and man lost his scepter. God had to move to restore man to righteousness and God succeeded in raising many righteous men after the fall of Adam. Many men were able to swim against the tide of sin, and walk with God through faith, and scriptures call such men kings.
Matt. 13:17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men (i.e. Kings – Lk. 10:24) have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
WHEN GOD WANTS TO MAKE A KING, HE LEADS SUCH IN THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (FAITH) AND TEACHES HIM TO LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS. RIGHTEOUS MEN ARE KINGS WHO JUDGE AND RULE ACCORDING TO THE LIGHT OF THEIR DAY
Righteous men are those who contend with spirits (counterfeit kings) and stay the influence of death over men through a scepter of righteousness. Prophets in the Old Testament were men like Enoch, Noah, Seth, Abel, Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the like. GOD KEPT ON COMING TO THESE MEN TO TEACH THEM HOW TO STOP SIN FROM REIGNING. Life reigns through the law of righteousness but death reigns through the law of iniquity. (Rom 5:21)
Because of their stature, they were called sons of men (Eph. 3:5) in the Old Testament, and these were the true kings of the earth. They had personal encounters with God and their souls were quickened in degrees, and so God could trust with portions of his divine plan.
Melchizedeck was one of such. He had no earthly descent, was without beginning or ending of days. He was a king of righteousness and king of peace. He walked with God until He was no longer traceable to the earth by reason of a lifestyle patterned after revelations of God.
These men simply typified those in the New Testament who would be made the righteousness OF God in their souls; people who’ll consistently journey with God until the earth loses its grip on them, until they are redeemed from amongst men and from the earth. May we be answer to this need in the seasons ahead, Amen.
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