King of Kings and Lord of Lords
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
In the book of Deuteronomy 10:17 and Psalm 136:3 we find two passages where God is referred to as the Lord of Lords.
Deut 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Psa 136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
But when we read Revelation 17:14 & 19:16 we find that these passages are talking about Jesus Christ as being both Lord and King.
Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb (Jesus), and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Rev 19:16 And he (Jesus) hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
So does that indicate that Jesus is God? No!
There are those who claim Jesus is God because they have this misconception that the phrase “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords” were titles that could only be applied to God. But scripture shows us that this is not correct.
The Lord of Lord
This phrase “Lord of Lords” should not be that challenging to accept, especially considering the following scriptures. Of course, Jesus was appointed to be Lord over all of God’s creation.
Php 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (master), to the glory of God the Father.
Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord (master), and Christ. (See also: Are There Two Lords? Prove It! (Jude 1:4) )
The King of Kings
A second misconception is referring to God, instead of a man, as being the “King of Kings”
(Although it could be said, the fact is, God was NEVER called the “King of Kings“)
In Ezra 7:11-12 we read about a man (named Artaxerxes) who is referred to as, King of Kings,
11 “Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest,………….. 12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of Heaven…..”)
We certainly don’t believe Artaxerxes was God simply because he’s called the king of kings.
In Ezekiel 26:7, God is telling Nebuchadnezzar that he’s going to bring a king (a man) from the north his way and also called him a king of kings.
Eze 26:7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.
Dan 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Kings were referred to as King of Kings because it was about their prominence in the land, their wealth and power, often displayed by their horses, chariots, horsemen, companies and much people.
It Was All God Arranged or God Allowed
All things are either God allowed or God arranged. God gave King Nebuchadnezzar his wealth, in that God caused it to take place. We can see the same parallel took place with Christ, the power and authority Jesus had as both King and Lord all came about in his life because of God.
Act 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he (Jesus) which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
*See Footnote <1>There is also a youtube presentation on this subject I recommend/ Ref: Decoding Precepts of Oneness Theology -Part 3
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