Access to the Throne Zone

“Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace. . . . When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter. . .” (Esther 5:1-2).

Esther gives us a picture of our approachability to the throne room of the King. She was not permitted to come to the king’s chambers unless he had called for her. She dared to do so—only on the basis of the need and her relationship with the king. He extended the scepter to her and accepted her into his presence.

The throne room is the innermost dwelling of the king, where only those who are his favored can approach. Throughout the Bible, God is pictured as a King, seated on a throne. “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven” (Ps 11:4). The picture is one of distance from the King. God’s position on the throne is lofty and exalted, far above and beyond human capacity and comprehension. How can we dare approach the throne room of one so revered and exalted?

Yet God in all His glory bids us to approach Him, to enter the throne room, and to remain in His presence. He smiles upon us and lovingly calls us, “Come on in!” Through our identification with Jesus, we have the right of access to the throne room of the King of Kings. God our King has given us permission to access His throne room—His holy presence—through the blood of Jesus Christ. He has extended His scepter to us. Not only are we permitted in the throne room; we have the privilege of a personal audience with the King.

Amy Carmichael illustrates this truth in the way that she received leadings from God— through the special enlivening of Scripture in what she called a “durbar,” an Indian word for a special personal audience with a high official, which she related to the Hebrew word “dabar,” to speak a word:

“When reading your Bible, have you not often noticed that some word has shone out in a new, direct, clear way to you? It has been as though you have never read it before. You cannot explain the vivid freshness, the life, in it, the extraordinary way it has leapt to your eye—to your heart. It just was so. That was the ‘durbar’; you were in the very presence of your King at that moment. He was speaking to you. His word was spirit and life.

This is what is sometimes called today a “rhema,” a special personal word from God. We have access to a personal word from the Throne of Heaven.

Chrysostom pictured entering the inner chamber in prayer (Matt 6:6) as a palace: “When you pray, it is as if you were entering into a palace—not a palace on earth, but far more awesome, a palace in heaven. When you enter there, you do so with complete attentiveness and fitting respect. For in the houses of kings all turmoil is set aside, and silence reigns. Yet here you are being joined by choirs of angels. You are in communion with archangels and singing with the seraphim, who sing with great aware their spiritual hymns and sacred songs to God, the Lord of all.”

John MacMillan recounts that “President Chiang-Kai-shek [of China] spent an hour in prayer each morning. . . .When the President went to his prayer room, he dressed himself in his robes of state, saying that he was having an audience with the King of kings, and it was becoming to render Him due honor.”  We too have an audience with the King of kings!

Excerpted and adapted from Come Up Higher, available at http://www.paulkingministries.com

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Your Royal Identity

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”—1 Peter 2:9, NKJV

My last name is King. You would think that with a last name like that, I would have a sense of royal identity. However, when I was growing up, and even into my adulthood, I had poor self-image and low self-esteem. My first name is “Paul.” “Paul” means “small.” So I felt like I was a small king, a very small king.

I discovered from Scripture that in Christ, I am indeed royalty, and it began to change my view of myself and my self-esteem into what Oswald Chambers calls “Christ-esteem.” The Apostle John writes, “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right [Greek, exousia = authority] to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name” (John 1:12). Since God is the King of kings and Lord of lords, we are children of the King of Kings—we are princes and princesses. All believers have the rights and privileges of a child of the King. We are co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17).

I also discovered a treasure of great teaching on our royal identity in Christ, especially from the Puritans and from the Higher Life movement of the later 19th and early 20th centuries. For instance, Thomas Watson, a 17th century Puritan, declared about being a new creation in Christ: “The new creature fetches its pedigree from heaven; it is born of God. God counts none else of the royal blood. The new creature ennobles a man’s spirit. He aspires after the favor of God, and looks no lower than a heavenly crown. The new creature raises one to honor. He excels the princes of the earth (Psalm 89:27), and is a joint heir with Christ.”

The famed Scottish preacher and hymn writer Horatius Bonar claimed, “God is seeking kings. Not out of the ranks of angels. Fallen man must furnish Him with the rulers of His universe. Human hand must wield the scepter; human hands must wear the crown.” Quaker Hannah Whitall Smith, in her classic book The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, likewise declared, “We have been called to be kings, and we were created to have dominion over the earth.”

So we can understand that by redemption through the cross of Jesus Christ, dominion is once again fully restored to all humankind who believe in Him; that is, the Church. Andrew Murray asserted: “Church of the living God! Your calling is higher and holier than you know! God wants to rule the world through your members. He wants you to be His kings and priests. Your prayers can bestow and withhold the blessings of heaven.”

Can you fathom Murray’s statement?—God wants to rule the world through the Church! Not in a political sense, but by our prayers and our decrees spiritually. Before we can act as kings, we need to have a revelation of our royal identity. We cannot properly use our authority without properly knowing our identity.

One of my doctoral students, a Korean Presbyterian medical doctor, who is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree, is doing his dissertation on our royal identity in Christ. He astutely remarks in one of his papers, “Knowing a Christian’s authority is important. Knowing one’s royal identity, however, is more important, because one’s authority comes from one’s royal identity.” I encourage you to personalize the words of Scripture today and declare:

“I have received Jesus Christ; I believe on His name.

He has given me the rights and authority to be a child of God.

I am a child of the King. I am a prince (or a princess).

I have the royal blood of the King of Kings flowing through my veins.

I am royalty in Christ!”

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Divine Energizing

“Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think [in the heavenly places] according to His power at work [Greek—energeo—“energizing”]  within us . . .” (Eph 3:20).

        Throne power is only obtained through Christ. He alone is our source of energy. It is for that reason Paul directs his praise to Jesus: “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. . .” It is not some New Age energy within ourselves like chi or prana that we tap into; it is power only from heaven, only from Jesus, only from being in covenant relationship with Him. Only those who are born again from above and have the Holy Spirit, the divine nature, dwelling within them can harness this energy.

            And it is not something we do, but something God does in us, lifting above and beyond ourselves. In The Holiest of All, Andrew Murray explains:

 “We have Jesus as our Forerunner into God’s presence, with all the power of His death and resurrection-life working in us, and drawing and lifting us with divine energy into the Father’s presence. Yes, Jesus with His divine, His heavenly life, in the power of the throne in which He is seated, has entered into the deepest ground of our being, where Adam, where sin do their work, and there is increasingly carrying out His work of lifting us heavenward into God’s presence, and of making God’s heavenly presence here on earth our portion.”

         At the Throne Divine Energy Is Released in Prayer. God’s throne is a place of divine energy. John MacMillan, author of the original classic book The Authority of the Believer, writes about releasing divine energy from the throne of God: “As earnest, humble and continuous supplication is presented before the Throne, the divine energy is released, and flows forth in gracious streams of heavenly loving kindness.” As we pray from our position in Christ on the throne, divine energy flows from us.

         It is then, MacMillan declares, we can exercise the “command of faith” based on Jesus’ statement in Mark 11:22-24, exhorting disciples to speak to the mountain: “The question involved is not that of an imposing faith, but that of an all-sufficient Name. . . . As he speaks to the mountain in the name of Christ, he puts his hand on the dynamic force that controls the universe. Heavenly energy is released, and his behest is obeyed.” Again, it is His power, not our power. It is His energy, not ours.

Similarly, F.B. Meyer, a British Baptist Keswick leader from more than a century ago, asserted that to come into contact with God is to encounter a magnetic force that pulls us up to a higher dimension of living. When we touch Jesus, we become magnetized and energized. We operate in the authority of throne influence and people are changed—not by us, but by the presence of Jesus within us. Let us pray as Meyer prayed:

 “Oh, let me touch You!

Let me dwell in unbroken contact with You,

that out of You successive tides of Divine energy

may pass out into and through my emptied and eager spirit,

flowing, but never ebbing,

and lifting me into a life of blessed ministry.”

Adapted from Come Up Higher! by Paul L. King, available at http://www.paulkingministries.com

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Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord!

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. . .” (Ephesians 1:17)

 

Paul prays that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened to know (by experience) the hope of His calling for us, the riches of His inheritance in us, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us (literally, “into us”) (Eph 1:14-19). Understanding Throne Life, our elevated position seated in the heavenly places on the right hand of the throne of God with Christ (Eph. 2:6), can only come through divine enlightenment, not through human comprehension.

Consider this: Paul is writing about this amazing truth while he is in prison. He is not in a very heavenly-like place. He is chained; he is restricted. Yet his spirit was not restricted. Even in chains, he is transported in his mind and heart to a heavenly realm in which he can see a deeper, fuller revelation of truth.

T. Austin Sparks explains that, like Paul, we need “a Divine apprehension” of our position in Christ, because our minds and situations, like Paul’s in prison, produce “an atmosphere of doubt, suspicion, question.” Therefore, it was especially while Paul was in prison that God revealed to him this “fullness of testimony from identification with Christ in death and resurrection, on to throne-union with Him, power over ‘Principalities, Powers’ etc., and on to the ministry ‘in the ages to come.’” Like Paul, we too today need a fresh revelation from God of our identity in Christ and our life with Him at the throne of God.

Andrew Murray declared, “The more a man lives in heaven, the better fitted he is to live on earth.” Throne position is intended to become throne experience. It is not merely theological or academic. It is not abstract and ethereal; it is meant to be experienced. George Peck explains that throne-experience occurs “when the believer’s enlightened faith successfully claims his associated position and privileges with Christ.”The Holy Spirit imparts “to us a consciousness of union with Christ (John 14:20; 1 John 4:13), . . . whereby we realize that we are ‘complete in Him which is the Head of all principality and power’ (Col 2:10).”In other words, the Holy Spirit enlightens us.

Paul further prayed for the Ephesians to receive a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Christ (Eph. 1:16).  They had already received the indwelling and the empowering of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 19:1-9), yet Paul prays that they receive more of the Holy Spirit.  No matter where we are in our walk with God, no matter how long we have been a believer, no matter how high we have gone spiritually, God has something more for us—something, as A.B. Simpson would say, “higher, deeper,  and fuller”:

—  A dimension of the Spirit beyond the indwelling of the Spirit at your conversion.

—  A dimension of the Spirit beyond the sealing, baptism, or filling of the Spirit.

—  Something more God wants you to see.

—  Something more God wants you to know.

—  Something more God wants you to experience.

—  Something more of God Himself.

I recommend that, every day, you begin by personalizing the prayer of the Apostle Paul:

“Father of Glory, I pray that you will impart to me

the Spirit of wisdom and revelation

to open the eyes of my heart—

that I may more fully, deeply, intimately, know Christ,

that I may more fully, deeply, intimately, know the hope of Your calling,

that I may more fully, deeply, intimately, know the riches of Your inheritance for me,

that I may more fully, deeply, intimately, know the exceeding greatness

of Your power and energy in my life.”

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