He Whom We Serve
We have been called into royal service. To serve a serve a King who is above all kings! Never has there been a King, or conqueror like him. He is coming with great power to defeat all the nations on this earth and will rule over them. It is he whom we now serve!
He is coming with great wrath to make war against the nations, “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 doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16).
This King who is called the Word of God is the one by whom all things were created, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3).
He has been given great power, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18). He has the power and authority to prepare a Kingdom, “… the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 1:11). A Kingdom of those he redeems from this earth, “…for thou (Christ) wast slain and by thy blood didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10 RSV).
When he has completed his task he will deliver the Kingdom to his Father, “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:24-28). It is the Kingdom of both Christ and his Father, “…in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:5).
He came to this earth two thousand years ago to sacrifice his life for the redemption of mankind, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). He became the sacrificial lamb offered for the sins of the world, “…John (the Baptist) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). His one sacrifice paid for the sins of all mankind, “…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10). The next time he comes will be to defeat his enemies, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” (Hebrews10:12-13).
Jesus Christ the Lamb who sacrificed his own life for us is coming as the King of kings to conquer the world, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14).
Jesus Christ, the Word of God who had more power than any other except his Father gave up his glory to dwell amoungst us where he was abused, humiliated and killed in a most painful way to pay the debt of our sins so that we can enter his Kingdom. What earthly king, leader or even member of a royal family would do that for you?
He is worthy of our service, “…and they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art thou to take the scroll and to open its seals, for thou wast slain and by thy blood didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on earth." Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein, saying, "To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever!" And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:9-14 RSV).
God the Father called us to serve His son, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44). His son has purchased us with his own blood, “… the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28). He paid the price for our sins, “…he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. Ye are bought with a price…” (I Corinthians 7:22-23). We are now indentured, or bonded to them, “…and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20). That bond of indenture was sealed when we were willingly baptised in Christ’s name, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).” (Acts 2:38).
The Apostle Peter described himself as a servant of our saviour Jesus Christ, “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:” (2 Peter 1:1). A servant is one who is bonded to serve another. Most people in this world have a somewhat negative view of servitude, but this is not the case when serving Christ. Our bond of indenture has in effect set us free, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29). Compared with how we used to serve sin, serving Christ is much easier, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30).
The Holy Spirit which we received at baptism is a portion of the very divine essence, mind and nature of God. It gives us the same mind-set as the one whom we serve, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5).
It does not mean that we lose our individuality, or our own personality. It means that we can now develop characteristics and thought processes similar to Christ’s. With a similar mind-set we can be totally committed to achieving the outcomes of his commission, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27).
We have agreed to serve him as ambassadors, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:20). We are ambassadors for his Kingdom residing in this world which is still under the leadership of Satan who is “the god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4) until Christ returns (see our articles ‘Ambassadors for Christ’, and ‘Tale of Two Cities’).
Christ’s motivation when he laid down his own life for our salvation was his love for us, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). Having liberated us from bondage he prefers to call us friends rather than servants, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15:14-15). He also calls us his brethren, “…and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” (Luke 8:21).
He expects us to extend the love he has shown us to others, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13). When he returns we will serve him as a royal priesthood, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (I Peter 2:9). A spiritual priesthood throughout the Millennium and beyond, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6).
As others are called to salvation in the future we will extend the love of Christ to them as his priests, “And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second… …he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.” (Luke 19:17-19).
We have been liberated from the bondage of sin to serve Christ willingly, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1).
The reward for our service is greater than anything we are capable of imagining at this stage, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…” (I Corinthians 2:9-10).
It includes eternal life, “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:21-23).
We are to become part of God’s family, “…and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthians 6:17-18). And joint heirs with Christ, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:16-17).
We are joint heirs with Christ of the creation that will be liberated from bondage caused by Satan, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation (creation) groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:18-23).
The Holy Spirit with which we were sealed is our guarantee of all this, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Jesus Christ’s love for us is genuine. He showed that by laying down his own life for our salvation. He is the King of kings who is coming to rule this world. He is coming to redeem mankind from the god of this world. When all who are willing have entered his Kingdom it will be delivered up to his Father and he will continue to rule under Him for ever. This is whom we serve!