He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and
only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords"
(1 Timothy 6:15, NKJV).
lofty appellation occurs only once in the Bible. It is one
of those great titles that exalt Jesus for His unique role
in the plan of redemption. The title, "Potentate,"
is of Latin origin and describes one who is all powerful--a
sovereign or monarch.
solemn charge to young Timothy, the apostle Paul appeals to
him to rely on God for spiritual strength in his ministry.
He urges the aspiring minister to be ever cognizant of God's
presence and power as he fights "the good fight of faith"
(1 Timothy 6:12). He further urges Timothy to live a blameless
and irreproachable life as he awaits the coming of the Lord.
He then concludes his charge with a moving doxology chant
that exalts Jesus as the all-powerful One who is ruler over
title is a powerful description of the all-sufficient Christ.
It is simply another way of dramatizing the supremacy of our
wonderful Lord and Saviour. Like Paul, all God's children
can rest assured that their lives are ultimately in the secure
and powerful hands of the supreme Ruler of the universe.
memorable parting message, Jesus Himself reminded His disciples
of the instant and constant availability of divine power.
"All authority," He said, "in heaven and on
earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18, NIV). It
is an authority that is limitless and absolute. In all things
pertaining to the word of redemption, the all-powerful One
has unlimited authority. This is prelude to the ushering in
of the everlasting kingdom of glory in which Christ, the undisputed
Potentate will reign as King of kings. In preparation for
that momentous event may we "never swerve from allegiance
to the blessed and only Potentate."--(See Fundamentals
of Christian Education, p. 483).
Prayer Today: Lord, hasten the great day when the
blessed and only Potentate will reign forever. Amen.