Being a Knight in Shining Armor

 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world-forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”                                                                                                                                                   (Eph 6:11-12).

In recent posts, we have been asking the question, “What Shall I Wear Today?, about our position as royalty in Christ.

To look at it in another way, we are knights at the King’s Round Table. We are His royal ambassadors. But it is not all fun and games for those who are royalty. Before we become too heady with the rights and privileges of Throne Life, we need to be aware that both godly and malevolent principalities and powers are also found in heavenly places. Spiritual warfare is part and parcel of Throne Life. Spiritual warfare pioneer John MacMillan cautions, “The heavenlies . . . are also the place of most intense conflict. Let the believer, whose eyes have been opened to the comprehension of his throne rights in Christ, definitely accept his seat and begin to exercise the spiritual authority which it confers upon him. He quickly realizes that he is a marked man.”

Sitting with Christ on the throne of God can be a heady experience. For if we do not maintain humility, we experience the dangers of Throne Life as well as the joys and the privileges. Living Throne Life prepares us for warfare. If we are not living Throne Life, we get defeated. Throne Life does not prevent warfare and subtle deception, but it equips us to face it. Our enemy throws down many challenges to Throne Life.

Maintain Your Throne Authority in Warfare. Ultimately, our victory in times of throne warfare comes by staying alert from our vantage point on the throne, keeping dressed in our heavenly armor from the throne, and standing firm in our position at the throne: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:10-11). This is what A.B. Simpson describes in his song “Living in the Glory”:

I have found a heaven below,

I am living in the glory.

Oh, the joy and strength I know,

Living in the glory of the Lord.

                                            

Storms of sorrow ‘round me fall,

But I’m living in the glory;

I can sing above them all,

Living in the glory of the Lord.

 When we are maintaining the heavenly life in the midst of our earthly life, we can live in the glory of the Lord. Living in the glory does not mean absence of suffering or sorrow. Rather, it means singing above all the storms even while going through the storms. Simpson goes on to show that living in the glory also does not mean exemption from attack of evil powers:

Satan cannot touch my heart

While I’m living in the glory;

This disarms each fiery dart,

Living in the glory of the Lord.

Simpson acknowledges that the fiery darts will come. “Higher Ground,” the old theme song of the Higher Life movement, expresses this same thought:

I want to live above the world

Tho’ Satan’s darts at me are hurled

For faith has caught the joyful sound

The song of saints on higher ground.

 Even above the world in the heavenlies, Satan’s darts are hurled. However, if we are living Throne Life, Satan cannot touch our heart. Even though the flaming arrows are flying all around us, and sometimes even seem to hit us, living Throne Life quenches the fiery darts, preventing them from doing permanent damage. Simpson declares further:

I can triumph over pain

While I’m living in the glory;

I can count each loss a gain,

Living in the glory of the Lord.

 Again, Simpson avers, Throne Life does not mean a painless life. Rather, it means that we can endure and victoriously overcome pain. Every loss is not a permanent loss, but an ultimate gain, when we are living in the glory of Throne Life. Make this your confession in the midst of your throne warfare:

Yes, I’m living in the glory

As He promised in His Word.

I am dwelling in the heavenlies,

Living in the glory of the Lord!

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

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What Shall I Wear Today?

Our Right to Wear the King’s Robe

“What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor? . . . . Let a royal robe be brought . . . that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor.”—Esther 6:6, 8, 9, NKJV

In the Old Testament book of Esther, King Ahasuerus honored Mordecai for foiling the assassination plot against him by giving Mordecai the right to wear the royal robes of the king (Esther 6:6-11). He was treated as royalty.

In a similar way, because of Christ’s work of redemption in identification, as believers we take on the identity of the righteous Christ. Paul declared, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21).

On this basis, and referring to Mordecai in the book of Esther being dressed in kingly attire and given the royal treatment, Andrew Murray applied this in a personal way to every believer: “Believer, abide in Christ as your righteousness. . . . Take time to realize that the King’s own robe has indeed been put on, and that in it you need not fear entering into His presence. It is the token that you are the man whom the King delights to honor. . . . Live your daily life in the full consciousness of being righteous in God’s sight, an object of delight and pleasure in Christ.”  (Abide in Christ).

A.B. Simpson asserted in his book The Self Life or the Christ Life, “We have put off the old man and put on the new man. We have ceased to be paupers and have become princes.  Therefore, we are to put off the rags of the beggar and wear the badge of rank of a prince.”

Speaking of God’s grace to seat us in the heavenly places in Christ, A.W. Tozer writes his book The Knowledge of the Holy, “We benefit eternally by God’s being just what He is. Because He is what He is, He lifts up our heads out of the prison house, changes our prison garments for royal robes, and makes us to eat bread continually before Him all the days of our lives.”  Think of that!—Prison garments to royal robes! In a similar vein, A.B Simpson asserts:

“Do we dare to believe that we are absolutely, utterly, eternally accepted in Jesus Christ, in the same sense as He is accepted, and righteous even as He is righteous? Can we believe that our very name before God is: ‘The Lord Our Righteousness;’ His own name of ineffable holiness (Jer 23:6) given to us (Jer 33:16), even as the bride bears the husband’s name? Now, this all comes by a simple act of believing God’s testimony. God declares it of us simply because we have accepted Christ’s atonement and we believe the declaration; and take the new place assigned us.”

This righteousness is known as imputed righteousness, reckoned to the believer and worn as a garment, not to be confused with imparted righteousness within the believer, which is related to sanctification. We have the right to wear the robe of righteousness, and as we grow in holiness, that righteousness is imparted within us.

Dare to believe that you are accepted at the throne of God.

Dare to believe you are royalty.

Put on the royal robe of righteousness —

The King delights to honor you!

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