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Authority Over Nations
(Revelation 2.26-29)
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"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," and remains faithful until the end, they will rule over Christ's enemies and reign with Jesus as he judges evil. The person who "does my will," says Jesus, is literally the one "who keeps my works." Christ is given authority over the nations according to Psalm 2.7b-9 where "He (Almighty God) 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, you will dash them to pieces like pottery."Where the Psalmist says, "You will break them with a rod of iron" this might equally mean, "will rule them with an iron scepter."

Morning Star

morning starIn Jewish belief, the end times look towards a conquering Messiah who would destroy the heathen and extend the rule of Israel to the ends of the earth. But Revelation 2 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 of this verse is the promise of "the morning star." It has been taken as a promise of the first resurrection. As "the morning star" rises after the night, so the Christian will rise in resurrection after the night of death.✞

"Authority Over Nations"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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