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Authority Over Nations (Revelation 2.26-29)

"To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations - that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery' - just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches." (Revelation 2.26-29)✞

Your Heritage

multitudeTo those who are faithful, Christ makes a twofold promise. To the one who "is victorious" or "overcomes," who remain faithful until the end will rule over Christ's enemies and reign with him as he judges evil. The person who "does my will" is literally the one "who keeps my works." Christ gives authority over nations according to Psalm 2.7b-9, "He said to me, 'You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron [or "will rule them with an iron scepter"] you will dash them to pieces like pottery."

Morning Star

morning starIn Jewish belief, Psalm 2 looks towards a conquering Messiah who would destroy the heathen and extend the rule of Israel to the ends of the earth. But it has also been one of the great missionary inspirations for the Christian Church. Many a missionary has claimed the promise, "Ask of me, and I will make "the nations" your heritage." The second part is the promise of "the morning star." It is taken as a promise of the first resurrection. As "the morning star." rises after the night, so the Christian will rise after the night of death in resurrection.✞

"Authority Over Nations"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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