For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end. – Isaiah 9:6-7a
Every time we say the words “Jesus Christ,” we are proclaiming a King who has a Kingdom. The Bible refers to it alternately as the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. Christ’s Kingdom is the rule and reign of a holy God, an “anointed one.” He is not just King of my heart, or even King of the world. He is King of the universe. There is a cosmic reality far greater than us.
The Kingdom of Heaven has an army. The Hebrew term usually translated as “hosts” in the Bible (as in, “Lord of Hosts”) more accurately means “army.” Ours is a warrior King who fights for us in the supernatural realm.
The one who is in charge of our army, who is fighting for our territory, who has dominion over our Kingdom, is a God of love, justice, mercy and peace. He can be trusted even in the battle because God is on the side of people. God loves people.
The King who is for us is with us.
He is a sovereign King. What does it mean when we say God is sovereign? We’re saying, basically, that God is God. King of Kings! Lord of Lords! God Almighty. He is enough.
Here’s what the fact of God’s sovereignty means for you and me:
- God has the power to do what he wants, where he wants, when he wants.
- God has given himself one limit: he has chosen to let us come to him freely. Our Father has chosen to make our relationship with him a free choice. Free will is a mark of God’s sovereignty, not God’s limits.
- God is not a bully. His decisions are compelled by love, not power (which means we are saved by love, not power). At the cross, we (humans) experienced the full extent of God’s love; Satan experienced the full extent of God’s power.
- God does not control us; he empowers us. What he asks of us, he empowers us to do. That’s the point of the Holy Spirit. This is precisely why we seek the filling of the Holy Spirit.
- God gives us the right to make decisions and our decisions matter. In fact, they have eternal consequences.
This is God’s sovereignty at work. God is compelled by love to exercise his power. Because he loves us, he uses his power to overcome every obstacle that threatens to keep his children from the Kingdom. He uses his power to fight for us. And in the end, we are assured that this love — the love of a merciful, just God — wins.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, our Father is enough. All by himself, he is enough.