6/23/17, Part 7

The Righteous and Just Rule of the King

45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Scepter of righteousness. This is a "two edged sword." If mankind will seek and obey His way of righteousness, God will supply all of His needs as well as bless him beyond measure. Matt. 5 and 6, Lk. 6 and 8 and many more. If mankind ignores His righteousness and fails to glorify God as God then nothing but death and destruction waits for him Ecc. 8:11, Ps. 37 Rom. 1:21, Gal. 6:9 and many more.

"Rod of iron right now?" Yes, in the sense that no man shall escape the results of righteousness no matter to where he might flee. Either the good results of "kissing the son" and seeking to obey what the scepter of righteousness represents (His Law) or trying to overthrow the Lord and His Anointed, and trying to get away from the scepter of righteousness. Either way, He rules, and MAN WILL NOT ESCAPE HIS RULE no matter where he might hide. A lone nation on a island in the South Pacific will not avoid the results of sin. That lone island will also reap the results of righteousness. Every individual will be judged by the same standard, Ps. 139:7-13, Rom. 2.

"But I thought He is a God of mercy and grace." He has always been. Let the wicked forsake his wicked ways and he will find abundant mercy. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. His grace to the humble restores man to the place from which Adam fell.

His sovereignly given grace enables the elect to do what Adam failed to do. His free grace allows the elect to inherit the promises of God. His grace is available only through Jesus Christ our Lord. My, how blessed we are today to have this free access to the throne of grace---the access which men only heard about for 4,000 years. We can know grace in its fullness in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

The author of Hebrews clearly tells the Hebrews (and all of the elect) that the resurrected Son even now is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high where He now exercises all power in heaven, on earth and under the earth. Nothing escapes His rule and power. He tells them that they now have a righteous King upon His throne with all of creation being ruled by His Word.

He warns them against apostatizing, and going back to the “Jewish religion” from which they were delivered by Christ. He tells them that the Son has fulfilled everything prophesied in the Law, Prophets and the Psalms.

When I associated with the non-reformed crowd, I commonly heard of churches having a Jewish religious leader come in and show the people how the Jews worship. The carnal nature has a fascination with lengthy rituals.

Is it any wonder that many try to place King Solomon in Psalms 45, except vv. 6, 7 which is put into a future dispensation.

Christ is King now, and regardless of what faithless men believe and teach, every atom of creation is accomplishing His predetermined plan for world history.

Psalms 45:6 is a right scepter... Hebrews 1:8, a scepter of righteousness... No one will ever be able to accuse this King of not doing the right thing. We often we hear of Him being accused of being unfair.

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?)

Another thing here: we are so controlled by time that we feel if justice is not rendered today, that the guilty have escaped. (Ecc 8:11) Not so with our King. His mercy holds back the just reward for man’s guilt, giving the chance to return to Him. When the results do come, they will be righteous. He has no ego to uphold and no threats to His power to deal with. He is beyond all human emotion of malice and envy; therefore, He can and does judge with righteousness judgment. (Rom 2:1-11)

One more thing before leaving this verse. Plumer says (pg. 516) "This verse and the next are quoted entirely by Paul in Heb. 1:8, 9, for the purpose of establishing the divinity of Jesus Christ. We may rely with infallible certainty upon the interpretation there given. The true and proper divinity of Christ is plainly and beyond all question here asserted."

Spurgeon says of Ps. 45:7, "Christ Jesus is not neutral in the great contest between right and wrong: as warmly as he loves the one he abhors the other. What qualifications for a sovereign! What grounds of confidence for a people! The whole of our Lord's life on earth proved the truth of these words; his death to put away sin and bring in the reign of righteousness, sealed the fact beyond all question; his providence by which he rules from his mediatorial throne, when rightly understood, reveals the same; and his final assize will proclaim it before all worlds. We should imitate him both in his love and hate; they are both needful to complete a righteous character."

Now, let's consider something here. He is righteousness. Therefore, His Kingdom is a Kingdom of righteousness. He is both the King and the Kingdom because by Him do all things consist and have their being. (Heb 2:9, 10)

Hence, John the Baptist could preach "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". Christ was at hand. (Matt 3:2)

Christ's total purpose here was to do the will of the Father. (Jn. 4:34, 5:30, 6:38) He found his strength in His perfect obedience to His Father. He was the perfect light in a dark world. As we do the Father’s revealed will, we also will shine as a light on a hill in a sin-dark world. Even one very dim light, a simple glowing flax can be seen for a mile. (Mat 12:20) Moreover, it is not knowing His will that produces happiness, but doing His will. (John 13:17) In His light we see light. (Ps 36:9)

In “boot camp”, we were warned that the glow of a cigarette could be seen for a mile. I notice that marketers of expensive flashlights say that the light can be seen for a mile. They do not say that the light will enable you to see for a mile.

(Compare Ps 45:6, 7 with Phil 2:8-11)

Psalms 45:7. The King of this chapter delights in, viz. pleasing the Father. He abhorred all things that displeases the Father from His very birth. Even as a twelve-year old, His consuming desire was to please His Father. (Heb 10:7-9, Ps 40:7-17) The result was the anointing of the Holy Spirit in His fullness. (Lk. 2:49, Isa. 61:1)

In this anointing, we see the custom of anointing honored guests at feasts.

Oil of gladness…

Jesus as Mediatorowned God as his God, to whom, being found in fashion as a man, hebecame obedient. On account of our Lord’s perfect life he is nowrewarded with superior joy. Others there are to whom grace has givena sacred fellowship with him, but by their universal consent and hisown merit, he is prince among them, the gladdest of all because thecause of all their gladness. At Oriental feasts oil was poured on theheads of distinguished and very welcome guests; God himself anointsthe man Christ Jesus, as he sits at the heavenly feasts, anoints himas a reward for his work, with higher and fuller joy than any else canknow; thus is the Son of man honoured and rewarded for all his pains.Observe the indisputable testimony to Messiah’s Deity in verse six,and to his manhood in the present verse. Of whom could this bewritten but of Jesus of Nazareth? Our Christ is our Elohim. Jesus isGod with us.(CHS)

..above thy fellows... United, associate, companion--as is used in Ecc. 4:10, "The one will lift up his fellow:" or Jud. 20:11, "knit together as one man." This word "fellows" also refers to one of like rank. Referring to the redeemed, the joint heirs with Christ. We are his fellow brethren, but he is anointed above us by the Father because of His work. In this we see the dignity of the saints as well as--

John Flavel said, "in this we see the dignity of the saints as well as the preeminence of Christ. We have both of these thoughts summed up in II Pet. 1:4, "--that by these (promises) ye might be partakers of the divine nature," also in I Jn. 4:17 "--because as he is so are we in this world." Whatever we find in scripture that He has, we have access to it also. We are heirs to all Christ is and with humility we can claim what we need to please the Father, the same as Christ could."

Christ is above all of us who claim His name, but we can lay claim to all He is and all He has by faith. Our hope is in what He is, not in what we are, other than that we are an obedient child of God. We are His co-partners, but even as co-partners we find all of our strength only in Him. (1 Cor 3:9)

Athanasius says here: "--And, therefore, he is here "anointed," not that he may become God, for he was so even before; nor that he may become king, for he had the kingdom eternally, existing as God's image, as the sacred oracles shows; but in our behalf is this written, as before." (p. 330, Treasury of David)

V. 8 thy garments.. Spurgeon said here "all his garments are thus fragrant; not some of them, but all; we delight as much in his purple of dominion as in the white linen of his priesthood, his mantle as our prophet is as dear to us as his seamless coat as our friend. All his dress is fragrant with all sweetness."

The sweet smell that rose to the Father out of the old rites and rituals of the Jewish religion was replaced by the sweet odor of the King’s perfect obedience to the Father, obedience to the death, even the death of the cross.

We have two points before us here:

First. Here we see that His perfect obedience to the Father resulted in his anointing with this delightful oil that is very pleasant to the senses. We are partakers in this "oil" by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ—we are covered with His robe of righteousness before the Father:

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (See Is 49:18, Ez 16:8, 9, Rom 13:14, Php 3:9, Rev 7:9, &c.)

Second. The lives of His people are to have a sweet savor before the Father the same way Christ's did; that is by pleasing the Father in all of our words, thoughts and deeds. (1 Cor 10:31)

2 Corinthian 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Matthew Pool:

Ver. 15. For the God whom we serve doth not judge of us, nor will reward us, according to our success, but according to our faithfulness and diligence in his work. We give unto all a good savour by our doctrine; and our labours are a sweet savour in the nostrils of God, whatever effects they have upon souls. God accepteth of our labours as to good men, to whom we are instruments of eternallife and salvation; and though others despise the gospel, and refuse the sweet sound of it, yet as to them also we are a sweet savour in the nostrils of God: Though Israel be not saved, (saith the prophet, #Isa 49:5), yet I shall be glorified. It is not for any neglect in us, as to our duty, if any perish, but from their own willfulness and perverseness.

I know v. 15 is a little out of the way of our study here, but I found Pool’s comment encouraging, so I pass it along. The Word of God is clear: our responsibility is to faithfully walk the path He has ordained for us.

Note that even in those who perish in their own willfulness and perverseness, we still offer a sweet savour to the Father when we faithfully do our duty toward them. (See Eph 5:2, Php 4:18)

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

We will not be held accountable for results. Our sweet savour to the Father is faithfully walking the path on which God has established through the power of Christ in us, Who is our hope of glory.

Is our life offering up a sweet savor to the Father? Is our life offered on the altar of obedience to Him as was Jesus Christ's? If it is, we also can have an offering which is pleasing to the Father.

People who walk in their own way after their own thoughts, are a smoke in His nose; there are many “Christian” hypocrites. (Isa 65:1-5)

Humility and submission to the Lord of Glory offers up a beautiful savour to the Father. (1 Sam 15:22) Though the Lord is above us, He is the mark which we are to press toward. (Php 3:14) His life of obedience to the Father was perfect, and the call of our life is to be holy as He is Holy. (Lev 20:7, 1 Pet 1:15, 16)

His call to holiness is above our natural ability, but not above the ability of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

V. 13 tells us that the Lord only allows temptations according to the measure of grace we have to stand up to that temptation.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Years ago, Flip Wilson (showing my age here) wore a T-shirt on is TV series that said, “The Devil made me do it.” However, the Word tells us that our own lusts move us to yield to that evil that was within the boundaries established by God by in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Knowing our fallen nature, He made provision through the Saviour to restore fellowship with Himself. (Pro 28:13, 14, 1 Jn 1:9) Paul assures us that all things work together for the good of the elect. The purpose of those “things” is to develop in those he did predestinate the image of his Son. (Rom 8:27, 28)

Both past and present history tell us that He equips some of His people with more grace than He does others. In our day, look at what the followers of Mohammad are doing to Christians, and those Christians do not back down.

He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet He sinned not. He set our example, and His same Spirit is active in His people.

What kind of a savour do we offer up to the Father with our lives? O, that we might have the sweetness of Christ in our offering.

End pt 7