From the Pastor’s Desk,                                                                                     July, 2017

 

 

1 Timothy 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” What a tremendous proclamation! I also agree whole heartedly and say halleluiah! Amen!!

The context of this verse is in the midst of instruction where the apostle Paul was warning the young pastor, Timothy, about the false doctrine that he would find himself waring against. Paul also points out the difference between the law and the Gospel and begins to identify certain individuals of whom the law is for and how the Gospel and grace of God can change them.

Beginning in vs. 12, Paul gets a little beside himself with a good dose of “the can’t help its.” He got excited about the what the grace of God had done for him! Friend, if you know the King eternal and don’t ever get excited or happy about it, you might better check up!

Paul is rejoicing at the exceeding abundant grace of the Lord and the fact that he had received mercy from God! He’s also praising God for the longsuffering that had been extended to Paul, giving him ample time to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! He then begins to brag as best he can on the God that made all this possible. He mentions five things about his King:

  • The King eternal: ruling and reigning in complete power and glory with no end
  • The King immortal: existing before anything else existed, and being the Creator of all things
  • The King invisible: not seen with human eyes but completely knowable through faith
  • The King that is the only wise God: We think our knowledge and insights are so important, but only God really knows and understands all things
  • The King that will receive honor and glory forever and ever: Many kings have been honored and glorified, but their honor and glory ended. Not this King!

Isaiah testified “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” ~ Isaiah 6:1-3

In Revelation 4:8 John testified of those same seraphims saying they “rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Friend, this is the King eternal and His name is Jesus! Do you know Him?

 

Because of Jesus,

Pastor Ken Stanley

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