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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
"A King-Sized Blessing"
Message summary: Our great King always and forever and ever is worthy to receive "honor and glory". Let us faithfully praise and live for Him today.
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“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).
The "complimentary close" is the term used for the word (such as "Sincerely") or phrase ("Best wishes") that conventionally appears before the sender's signature or name at the end of a letter, email, or similar text. It's a great place to consider writing something with a spiritual punch. Since the very beginning I have used "Be encouraged today" as the complimentary close for our daily message.
We have received many spiritually edifying complimentary closes in messages such as, In His grip, Joyfully in Christ, In Christian love, Because of Calvary, Standing on His promises and many other closures that we identify with as believers. Tony Perkins, who leads a ministry contending for Biblical values, simply concludes his letter with "Standing" (Ephesians 6:13).
A benediction in a church service is similar to a complimentary closing and we sure are blessed when a pastor shares a Scriptural benediction. It adds a sacred solemness to the conclusion of a service.
During the many years I served as a pastor I usually concluded the service with a Scriptural benediction and had a list of them pasted to the back flyleaf of my Bible. For the record these were from "The Hymnal For Worship and Celebration" and I also had a list of "Spoken Calls To Worship" pasted to the front flyleaf.
Moses and Jackline are readers from the South Sudan who periodically comment on our messages. Recently she wrote us and in her complimentary close she wrote, "A king size blessing". We can be assured the blessing of our King will be king-sized! Now that got me thinking about the blessing of being a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. It's truly a king-sized blessing!
Today let us consider a benediction that Paul used early in his first letter to Timothy. Although benedictions are usually at the end of his letters Paul may have been in a spirit of praise and just couldn't wait till the end.
Spurgeon writes, "Paul could not help this outburst of praise. He must put in a doxology. When he remembered his own conversion and pardon, and his being entrusted with the ministry of the gospel, he was obliged to put down his pen, and lift up his voice in grateful thanksgiving to God. So may it be with us, as we remember what great things the Lord hath done for us!"
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17). We might call it today a King-sized benediction.
Let's consider this brief benediction directed to the King focusing on several of His immutable qualities.
Our King is an eternal King. He is without beginning and without ending. He always was and forevermore shall be. Jeremiah writes, "But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King" (Jeremiah 10:10). Actually I wonder if Paul might have had this verse in mind when he wrote today's text!
Our King is an immortal King. He is incapable of dying!
Our King is an invisible King. "No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:12).
Our King is the only God. There many small case "gods" in the world but only one true God. Jude, in the benediction ending his brief letter writes, "To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen" (Jude 1:25).
Our great King always and forever and ever is worthy to receive "honor and glory". Let us faithfully praise and live for Him today.
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You who created the heavens and the earth; call us by Your name as we, Your redeemed, are children of the Almighty King. We are joint heirs with You through no goodness of our own, through no merits that we’ve earned, nor the lineage from which we were born, but only through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, who gave His life that we might have forgiveness of sins and become Your children. We are abundantly grateful for Your mercy and grace. May such a king-sized blessing fill us to overflowing so that it results in an outburst of praise as we recall all that You have done and all that You will yet do for us, in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Brooksyne's Note: One of the benefits of hearing a benediction, most especially a Scripture benediction, is that congregational members may very well memorize a Scripture without even working at it, due to the repetition of hearing it in church. Stephen repeated this passage so often over the years that I memorized it without even trying to do so (Titus 2:11-14).
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'no' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do good."
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"O Worship The King" Video The Collingsworth Family
"All Hail King Jesus" Video One of our oft sung choruses from the 80's or 90's.
"There Is A King" Video Calvary Church worship team includes introduction with Scripture reading.
It won't be long, we will behold Him
And every tear He'll wipe away
We'll be at home, the war will be over
Soon we will meet our Savior face to face
"I’m a Child of the King" Video Gaither Vocal Band
The Anchor devotional notes: “One of the most amazing and exciting truths is that any human being can become a citizen of the kingdom of God. In fact, it makes no difference at all who your parents are. They cannot confer their heavenly citizenship on you. Citizenship in the kingdom of heaven has nothing at all to do with physical birth.
At first glance, Jesus’ words to Nicodemus seem restrictive. Truly, they are some of the most exhilarating truths in the Gospel. Though it all makes little sense to someone outside the kingdom, any man or woman, boy or girl, rich or poor, son of a king or daughter of a servant is invited to enter this new, wonderful kingdom. Through His Spirit, He welcomes you home, child of the King!”
I am a child of the King! And if you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior so are you. Like the Psalmist in today’s first passage we rejoice in our King. Here’s a timeless truth: Your heavenly Father, the King of Kings, steadfastly loves and cares for you. The apostle John, writing of Jesus, records “to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
Here’s the fact. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord; if you are following Him, you are a child of the King!
I’m a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus my Savior,
I’m a child of the King.
"Precious Lord Take My Hand" Video Ukrainian Choir Let us continue to remember the believers in Ukraine and many other countries impacted by war, violence and persecution.
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