“…and the prince of the kings of the earth…” (Revelation 1:5)
Jesus not only defeated sin and death, but he is the “prince” over all rulers and powers on earth. (see I Corinthians 15:20-26 and Colossians 1:13-19) There is nothing and no one that should not be bowing before him and submitting completely to him.
- “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. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:18-19)
Jesus is still the head of his church, and there was only one church he ever established, or intended to establish – everything else was established by man’s witness and deceit. In the Revelation message Jesus declares very boldly and with great authority that he is and has always been “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelations 19:16), and what he said, he meant every word of it. He plainly and clearly intended that those claiming him would keep all of his word and would be one church, and one body that he is the King over. Jesus gets his way whether people follow his way or not. Do not be so naive as to believe that Jesus has to accept the half-hearted, divided religious stuff that man has created. Concerning the mess of many religions and movements claiming him – he makes no claim to, nor has any desire for. God is NOT putting up with this mess of religion created by man, and Jesus’ Revelation message declares judgment upon it all. If we are one of God’s true servants, we need to obey the warnings and come out separate from religious churches and gather together as one with Jesus as King – with no mixture of man’s ideas or words. (see II Corinthians 6:15-18 and Revelations 18:4)
God has determined that his Son, Jesus, is to be honored completely as King. (see also Acts 2:29-36) Not only in heaven, but also on earth. No matter what we claim, God will only honor those who fulfill his word in honoring his Son. In Ephesians 1:20-23 we plainly read:
- “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
God intends, and will have nothing less than the “fullness” of his Son, and the Word of God delivered by his Son, being fulfilled in his one church. All other churches had better step aside and take down their sign, and we had better drop all other ways of living right away! Jesus is King, and the way we honor him is as a true obedient servant to the King. He deserves nothing less because he paid the ultimate price and sacrifice for us and “loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelations 1:5)