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War Study (Part 5)

So many things in the Kingdom work just the opposite of what we would think. Priorities are different. The first is the last. The least is the greatest.  The King is the servant who washes the feet of not only those who love Him, but the one who would betray Him as well even while knowing that was the case.  So it stands to reason that our King would approach the battle differently as well.

Our King fights for us; not behind us. He doesn’t send us out ahead to take the brunt of blows and defend Him.  He’s not sitting in a palace watching the battle from a safe distance.  He’s in the heat of it with us, offering His protection & peace.  We never face the enemy alone. When the Deceiver comes calling, using his same old tricks trying to cause you to doubt God’s love or His power, our King is right there ready to help you fight back. And, He isn’t just there to remind us of the truth in the face of the enemy’s lies, He IS Truth!  If you remember, He said, “…I am the way, the truth, & the life…” (John 14:6).  Call on Him.  Declare the Truth in the heat of the battle.  The enemy knows can’t stand against that.  There is no power strong enough to knock our King off His throne.

I pray that this next section will help solidify these things in your mind.  We serve a King whose power is unequalled and can’t even be challenged, and yet He loves us passionately & unquestionably.
Even other kings answer to our King…

  • In 1 Timothy 6:15, we find Jesus referred to as the “King of kings and Lord of lords.” More significantly in that verse, another word is used to refer to him that according to my Abingdon’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, is only used once in all of scripture. If you’re looking at the verse, you’ve probably guessed the word: Potentate.
  • Before we look at that significant word, let’s put this verse into context, and look at this entire chapter. Paul is wrapping up this letter to Timothy, his son in the faith.  He issues Timothy some final admonitions & encouragements, along with a charge that begins in verse 13 and continues through verse 16 and includes our special word.
  • Throughout scripture, the word “king” is used repeatedly and in both Greek & Hebrew, the words used would translate to “royalty or of a royal bloodline.”  The word Potentate does not have anything to do with royalty or royal lineage.  However, as a descendant of David, Jesus definitely had a royal bloodline.
  • Potentate is from the Greek word, “dunastes” (pronounced doo-nas’-tace) a derivative of the word “dunamai” (pronounced doo’-nam-ahee) and refers to “a ruler or officer – of great authority, mighty, potentate.”  Interestingly, the word “dunamai” means “to be able or possible: be able, can (do, + not), could, may, might, be possible, be of power.” To go further, the word “dunamis” which is another derivative of “dunamai” means, “miraculous power (usually by implying a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning might(-ily,-y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle(-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
  • Now, why do you think Paul specifically chose that word (coupled with the word “only” preceding it)? What significance does it have? Put it into context with the whole of the passage, in light of what he’s saying to Timothy here at the end, why is it important to point out that our King isn’t just royalty, but He is a self-appointed Ruler of GREAT authority with a word that at its root invokes the idea of “having the ability to do” mighty deeds and even points to the miraculous?

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  • For your consideration: The kings/rulers of this world depend on the strength of their military to maintain their rule & enforce their will.  If an enemy is able to overpower the king’s army, the king can be removed from his throne, lose his power, & even be put to death, along with all of his heirs to end the royal lineage. Our King is the “blessed and only Potentate.” His power is self-sustaining; He doesn’t depend on His army to protect Him. We don’t go before Him into battle to insure His safety; it’s just the opposite. He’s gone before us and made the way. The enemy cannot “get” to Him & take away His power thereby leaving us in a vulnerable position. He will never be removed from his throne or lose his power. And, while we do fight in His army and endure the attack of the enemy, we fight as daughters of the King; heirs to the Kingdom. There is no way to put an end to His bloodline. We will be victorious not because of how well we fought; but because our King has already defeated the enemy.  How does this effect your perception of your King and perhaps even your role in the battle?

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