Kingdom.04 Preeminence

March 19, 2008 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

To understand the Kingdom, it is imperative to understand its King.  The Father did not create a Kingdom and then look for someone to rule over it.  The Kingdom was created for the soul purpose of accommodating the glory and the majesty of Jesus.

When you read the first verses of John’s record of the life of this King you discover that King Jesus was with God from the beginning and in fact was God and eventually this One became flesh and moved in with “us”.  It is clear in these first verses of John 1 that before the creation of the heavens and the earth, our King was the source from which all things were created and the center around which everything was supposed to revolve.

For by Him were all things created, that are in the heaven, and that are on the earth…all things were created by Him and for Him.  Colossians 1:16 The Apostle Paul goes on to tell us the purpose of the Kingdom when he writes: …all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.  And He is the Head of the Body, the church:  Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

This is the reason for everything.  It is the reason we are alive today.  It is the reason why things happen as they do.  It answers all the questions of our existence, the good, the bad, the wonderful and the hard.  All things are and happen in order that the King of all Creation would have preeminence in all things.

Everything going on in the created world and in our personal world is that in all things King Jesus would have preeminence.  Our salvation, redemption, deliverance of those in bondage, healing of the sick, raising the dead, worship, teaching prayer, work, play, these are not just activities we do to occupy our time until this world ends, they are some of the multitude of ways that the King gains the preeminence in all things.

Chip Brogden defines preeminence this way: …having the first, highest, chief and best place in a position of ascendancy over everything else.  It is ultimacy, a glory, an honor, a distinction, a prestige, an illustriousness, a renown, a nobility and a nobility that surpasses all others.  The aim of the Father and the aim of all things is for Jesus to have that kind of position in all things! (The Irresistible Kingdom pg.34) (The book can be purchased here.)

While there is still much to be done in order for our King to fully rule over His Kingdom, everything is moving in that direction.  Once the Eternal Father is determined to do something, it will be done.  In His infinite wisdom and deep love for His creation it appears He is delaying the total fulfillment of His Will.  The enemy can attempt to thwart it, we can rebel against it and though it may appear to be hindered or prevented temporarily, God has already made it so–in everything King Jesus will be preeminent.

Understanding the preeminence of our King brings everything into an appropriate perspective.  He must increase and we must decrease.  Living as a Kingdom person, with Kingdom values and Kingdom perspectives brings decrease to our importance and increase to our King’s preeminence, in all things. 

Over the years I have fought this principle of increase and decrease.  But as I am learning what it means to live as if it was not about me but about Him, everything about my life changes.  When the focus is on the King and living as a Kingdom person I realize and embrace the reality of my own destiny and purpose–that in all things He might have the preeminence!

The Kingdom is the most important reality in the universe but standing over all, in all and through all is the reality of the preeminent King.  We cannot live as we were created to live until we understand it is not about us but about Him.

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Entry filed under: Adoption, Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, King Jesus, Kingdom, Kingdom Gospel, Kingdom Life, Supernatural, The Father, Theology, Thoughts.

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