Royalty’s Realm

by Lester Young

Okay, let’s start with the good news: As a son or daughter of God, you’re a king. (That’s right: king! God’s Word tells us that in Christ Jesus there’s neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female [Galatians 3:28]. In other words, in the Spirit absolutely no physical distinctions of any kind are made… between any of us. God calls us all His ‘sons’ [spelled, “c-h-i-l-d-r-e-n”], and as such we’ve all been made ‘kings’ [1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6, 5:10]. And if God calls you a king, then a king you are [Genesis 17:5; John 8:36; 1 Corinthians 15:10]. There are no ‘queens’. So get over it, ladies… and enjoy it: you’re kings, too! But I digress…) And as a king you’re vested with certain rights and privileges. For instance, whether you know it or feel like it or look like it or not, you’ve been given both authority and power. To do what? Well, what do kings normally do with authority and power? Just one thing: they reign!

Now you really can’t be a “king” if you’re just sitting off somewhere in the middle of a bunch of nothingness, can you? That is, a king isn’t truly a king unless he’s actually over something: someone, some place, some thing… whatever. And the logical expansion of that principle is this: the more a king is over – i.e., the larger his realm – the greater his honor and respect (Proverbs 14:28). So without a realm to reign over, a king is no better than the bunch of nothingness he’s sitting in. And that brings us to the even better news: As kings, we have a definite – and utterly amazing – realm over which to rule!

Alright, then, where exactly do we reign? Romans 5:17 declares that “those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by Jesus Christ”. What does that mean? It simply means that you are in command in your life. If you’re in Christ, you have the right, privilege, authority and power to “rule as a sovereign” in things pertaining to you.

But if “reigning in life” strikes you as a bit too abstract a concept, let’s break it down a little more plainly. Now we know that our Lord Jesus is currently in Heaven, the New Jerusalem, sitting on a Throne directly at God’s right hand (Mark 16:19; Ephesians 2:6; Hebrews 6:20; Revelation 21:22-23). However, have you come to the full realization that that’s precisely where you are, too? Jesus asked that very thing of His Father – and you know God always listens to Jesus (John 17:24, 11:42). The moment you were born again, you were removed from Satan’s domain and placed into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son – the Realm of the Dearly Loved – and you immediately received your official Government ID Card confirming your citizenship and residence in the Heavenly City (Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:13).

Now Jesus is the “King of kings,” and we’re the kings He’s King of (Revelation 19:16). As such, we’ve been given the authority to rule His Kingdom in His Name: that is, the Kingdom of God; and by extension the entire spiritual realm (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:19, 22:29). And by the way, the Father is quite pleased for it to work out that way (Luke 12:32). Though His Kingdom is not an earthly one – at least not at the moment – that doesn’t matter because we can still wield all the authority and power of the Name of Jesus while we’re living here on this earth! (Matthew 28:18-19; John 18:36; 1 John 4:17)

And that’s a perfect segue to the other area we’ve been given the authority to rule in: “on this earth!” Is it safe to say that Jesus ruled – and not only ruled, but completely dominated – while He was walking around down here? Yes? Well, as He is, so are we in this world – on this earth (1 John 4:17). So if He dominated here on earth and we’re in Him, shouldn’t we be doing the same? Not only “the same”: Jesus said we should be doing even more (John 14:12).

If you take charge and rule in the spiritual realm, you’re automatically going to rule in the physical realm as well, because this natural world follows and mirrors the world of the spirit (John 6:63; James 3:2, 6; Exodus 25:9, 40; Hebrews 8:5). So are you living “under your circumstances”? If you are, allow me to offer you this tidbit of advice: Your circumstances will continue to lord it over you until you get fed up enough and start acting like the king you are in King Jesus. You’ve been given the right, the privilege, the authority and the power of the Blood and Name of Jesus Christ to rule in the realm of your life (Revelation 12:11). So rule there!!

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