“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16
My personal relationship with His Majesty is that of King and son of the King. Now in order to really understand what that means, we first have to understand who the King is. Before we get to that I must explain why I’m drawn to the idea of Him as King more than anything else. First of all, because, as His subjects that means we are very important people. Being a prince/princess is actually a big deal. You get most, if not all, the privileges of the King. That is honour, respect, loyalty, service and so on. You also get the best of generally everything.
You put on the best robes (I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels) Isaiah 61:10. He Himself has the best robes, naturally: The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm
and cannot be shaken. Psalm 93:10
You receive honour (Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people) Proverbs 22:29. I see this Scripture as playing the same role as Nehemiah, who was the king’s cupbearer (Nehemiah 1:11) and David as Saul’s armour-bearer (1 Samuel 16:17-22). You’re literally right there next to the king, all the time! Look at Psalm 8:4-5 NLT: what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God (the original Hebrew meaning)
and crowned them with glory and honor.
We are co-heirs with Christ (and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together Rom 8:17), who has been made King of kings and Lord of lords (they will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers-Rev 17:14), that indicates a legacy of royalty for us! We are next in line in being king. Talk about demonstrating your love for your people!
Now the other proof goes way back in the beginning, at the very moment He created us: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground,” Gen 1:26. In a sense, He created people of royalty at that point. His Majesty, being a king, creates us to look like Him, means we need to see, act, walk, speak and conduct our lives like kings. To underestimate ourselves is to underestimate our King!
A king normally has royal laws set in place, just like what His Grace has done: Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever Psalm 93:5.
What are some of His royal laws?
First there is the greatest law which I explained in depth in the, a great love is to be shown to a great God post: So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27.
Then there is the second greatest commandment:
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt 22:39-40.
Finally, the third reason why it’s great: Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love, 1 Corinthians 13:13.
In order to understand the significance of this law, we must understand one more key aspect of who the King is: He who does not love does not know God, for God is love, 1 John 4:8.
This is what Jesus also mentioned about how we are to be identified as His followers: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another, John 13:34-35.
To fully grasp the entire meaning and the true essence of this law, we need to understand it’s power.
First, there is nothing that can stand against it. This is evidenced in Paul’s conviction, Rom 8:38-39
How to gain insight with the relationship between the King and His subjects: Proverbs 25