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Concept of giving to the King
God is the king of a supernatural realm called heaven that is invisible but very real. In fact, heaven is more real than the natural realm in which we humans live, breathe, and have our being because it exist before the natural realm and is the source from which all nature originated.
God created the earth, bringing form out of formlessness and order out of chaos, not to leave it empty but for it to be inhabited Isaiah 45:18. HIS original purpose and plan was to extend his heavenly kingdom to the earth – to bring his invisible supernatural rule into the visible natural domain. It was for this reason that he created mankind – male and female – in his own image and clothed them in physical bodies of flesh and blood and bones made from the same stuff as the earth itself, that they might exercise dominion over the earth just as he did in heaven. They were to be his vice – Regents, ruling in his name and under his authority.
King and kingdom are concepts that are of heavenly, not earthly origin. God chose these concepts to describe his plan and program for mankind and the earth. Thus, in order to understand God, we must understand the concept of kingship and kingdom.
Adam was created as King and ruler of the earth. This is only natural. God created man in his own image and likeness, and because God was a King, man was to be a king as well. As King of the earth, man possessed certain unique qualities and characteristics that set him apart as distinct from all other creatures on the earth. One of these qualities was self – determination. Man possessed the ability to reason – to frame his own thoughts and ideas and to make his own decisions. In this he was like his creator. He was endowed also with the capacity for face – to – face, one – on – one intimate fellowship with God, a privilege that no other creature on earth enjoy.
The creator gave Adam the earth as his domain because a king is not a king unless he has territory over which to rule. Through in appropriate use of his power of self – determination, Adam rebelled against God and lost his earthly kingdom. Man’s rule over the earth was usurped by an unemployed cherub, a rebellious and fallen Angel who had no right or authority to take it. Man became a slave in his own domain.
But the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable Romans 11:29. God’s original plan and purpose were still in place. Man’s destiny was to rule the earth, so he had to get his kingdom back. When the time was right in history, the King of heaven sent his son to earth to reestablish heavens rule here. He sent his son to restore man to his earthly kingdom. Jesus Christ’s entered the public eye proclaiming a simple but profound message: repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near Matthew 4:17. As a human as well as the son of God, Jesus had the authority both to restore the kingdom and to rule it as King. Kingship was his birthright.
Kingship is always a matter of birthright or genealogy. You will remember that when Jesus stood before Pilate the morning he was crucified, that Pilate asked him if he was the king of the Jews, Jesus answered, you are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born John 18:37.
Jesus was not the only one to recognize his kingship. Even as early as his birth, there were those who knew who he was and why he had come:
after Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him Matthew 2:1-2.
The coming of Jesus Christ as King demonstrates another important characteristic of God: he is a giver. First, he gave man the earth to rule. Then, after man lost his kingdom, God gave his son so that he could get man’s kingdom back. Jesus gave himself, even to the point of death, to salvage man from the effects and consequences of his rebellion against God. In the coming of Jesus, and throughout the Bible we see over and over that giving is a fundamental principle of the kingdom of heaven.
God is a giver. In fact, his honor as King of heaven demands a gift. As God, he gives because it is his nature. As kingdom citizens, we give because we are like him, created in his image and likeness, and because giving is a proper way to honor a King.