“All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen” 1 Timothy 1:17 NLT

For centuries human kings and kingdoms have distorted our understanding of both leadership and authority. So too, has the church held false notions about God. The history of the church reveals a heavily distorted human model of what was intended to be a heavenly way of God’s reign.

Long years back various powerful agendas, disguised as religion, instituted priests and the church as the spiritual authority. They declared that only the spiritually elite had the authority to forgive sins, only they had the relationship with God, and that all others must go through them for forgiveness and for salvation.

The church assumed this kind of power because it was joined to kings (what became state religion) who were corrupt and power-hungry and were all too eager to take advantage of people’s spiritual needs of peace and relationship with God. By this corruption, these kings (priests too) habitually put themselves above both the principles of scripture and then also above the laws of the land, the countries in which they ruled.

During this time, in Scotland during the 1600’s, there lived a man named Samuel Rutherford. He saw that kings were sovereigns but with little integrity. He clearly perceived that they created law for others but did not follow these laws themselves — that they believed themselves above the law. He saw that kings did what they wanted, when they wanted, and in the way they wanted. They ruled in capriciousness 4 with little regard for how others may be impacted. This resulted in tyranny, dictatorship, and injustice.

Samuel Rutherford gave this way of ruling a name, ‘King is Law’ (from the latin – rex lex; rex meaning king, lex meaning law), and he wrote a paper exposing this as the tyranny that it was. 5

Basically, what he explained is this. In a system where King is law there might be laws but the king is not subject to those laws, rather the King is over or above the law. When a king believes himself over the law he may often do whatever he wants, with little to no accountability for how he rules. Tyranny and injustice are often the result; such is our understanding of bad leadership.

Rex Lex – King is Law

  • king was over law
  • ruled how s/he wanted
  • no accountability
  • much tyranny and injustice

Rather than King as Law (rex lex), Samuel Rutherford asserted that God had established Law as King (lex rex). In this, Samuel Rutherford gave testimony to God’s true manner of being and the basis upon which all governments should run. Law as King means that even a king cannot go against or above the law. Law as king puts all people on the same equal ground with every ruler also subject to the same laws.
In this sort of a system where Law is king, all people, rulers and followers alike, are subject to the laws of the land. In a system where Law is king we have (more) protection from tyranny, for even kings must follow the same laws. Rather than a kingdom being ruled by the whims and folly of one ruler, societies that last (and thrive) are those that base their governing on the principle that law is king.

Lex Rex – Law is King

  • everyone is held to the same laws, even kings
  • checks and balances are in place to avoid tyranny
  • a king is in place to uphold the law
  • justice is upheld when law is king

Today we call this the ‘rule of law’ and we can see the effects of either law as king or king as law throughout time. Many of the problems that we find in our nations stem from governments that operate more as King is Law, than Law is King. Where King is Law there is often a lack of civil rights, little freedom of speech, considerable amounts of corruption and tyranny, with rulers often grandstanding to remain in power much longer than advisable or right.

Countries rarely flourish under King is Law. Note, this holds true in families and organizations, in businesses and churches. Wherever there is one or more person above the law (above what is right) there is resulting abuse and distortion across all kinds of relationships and systems.

On the other hand, countries, governments, and leaders that abide by Law is King, flourish and grow (as do families, relationships, churches, organizations). The standard of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable holds everyone to the same account. Generally speaking, there is less room for tyranny, injustice, or corruption, because everyone answers to the same laws, the understanding of what is right.

Glancing at ancient civilizations as we read in scripture, we see, for instance, that the Medes and Persians ran on Law is King. Take a few minutes to read the book of Daniel Chapter 6. Here we read about King Darius being tricked into making a law that stated, ‘Anyone who worshipped any other god but the king must be thrown into the lion’s den.’

Read Daniel 6

This law was a trick suggested to the king by jealous wise-men, for the purpose of getting rid of Daniel. When King Darius realized that he had been tricked (by his own ego into establishing that law) and that Daniel was going to pay the price for his mistake, we see that the king did not have the ability to undo the law he had made or to go back on his word. The law he had put into place held.

We see that regardless of how upset King Darius was or how much he loved Daniel as his own son, King Darius could not remove Daniel from the danger, Daniel 6:16-20. The king therefore spent a night in prayer and fasting and deep grief and sorrow. He could not revoke his own law. Law was king.

In the book of Esther we see something similar. Here, a trick was played on King Xerxes to put into place a law that allowed the killing of the Jews.

Read these passages:

  • Esther 3:12-14 :: Esther 8:8 :: Esther 8:11

We see that once the law had been established that Jews could be destroyed, the king could not go back and undo the law, Esther 8:8. Yet, a new law declaring that the Jews were able to defend themselves, was put into place, Esther 8:11.

This gives a bit of a picture of our own reality in this world. Before the beginning of time, laws of how the spirit realm and our natural world work, were set in place for our blessings and our flourishing.

These spiritual laws are in fact the outflow of God himself as creator for the created has his fingerprints and DNA. These laws represent God. They are God manifested, so to speak, in all of life. Therefore God himself does not undo these spiritual laws. Law is King because God cannot go back on himself.

FIRST: We must understand that God is not capricious. He does not act one way today, and another way tomorrow. God remains the same. Because of this, we can count on him. We need not be afraid of him. For we can learn to work and have our being within his Kingdom, based on the solid principles of God.

In this we know that God is a god of order. Things do not happen because ‘god is unhappy with me today’, or because ‘we’ve not pleased him’. This is not the God of the Bible. The one true living God, creator of all things, is a God of order and of constancy. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God has set things into place and abides by these things the same as us.

Consider these verses and what we learn from them (look up each verse):

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
1 Peter 1:25a – But the word of the Lord remains forever.
Psalm 102:27 – You are the same, and your years have no end.
Exodus 15:18 – The Lord will reign forever and ever.
1 Chronicles 16:34 – Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalms 9:7a – But the Lord sits enthroned forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 – I perceived that whatever God does endures forever.
Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
1 Timothy 1:17 – To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

SECOND: Stewardship of this earth was originally given to mankind, as we read in Genesis 1:27-28. Yet, not too long after this we read that Adam and Eve gave over this responsibility and privilege by coming into agreement with the rebelliousness of Satan. By agreeing with Satan in accusation about God’s goodness, both Adam and Eve came out of trust with God. This brought rebellion (sin and lawlessness) to spread throughout the earth and to take hold of all mankind. Genesis 3:4-7

“Yet even then, John insists, the darkness could not overcome this Light of love and life, John 1:5. Sure, the religious-political establishment could reject divine Love and kill the Christ, but they could not take his life, John 10:18. Rather, Christ lays down his life as a revelation and an act of God’s love, then takes is up again to distribute to the world.” 6

  • Humanly speaking we are under the law of sin and death, (not because death is what God wants, but because death is what naturally occurs when we agree with Satan)
  • But as we come under the law of life and grace and love, (as authorized and established by the work of Christ in death, resurrection and ascension)
  • We are able to go after, and come into, life. (we come out from under the law of sin and death and come into the law of grace and of love)

Old WAY: When we sin death is the result. “For the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23a
New WAY: Come into agreement with the work of Christ and find life. “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23b

Because of the love of Christ, that overrides death, that we have the privilege to rest in life just as the Jews in Esther’s day:

Old Law: Those who refuse to obey the law of the king must be destroyed. Esther 3:8-11
New Law: You have authority to rise up, to unite, and to go after life. Esther 8:11

The Jews at the time of Esther were subject to two laws. One that called for their death, and one that authorized them to life. Each Jew was compelled, and left to their own, to decide which law s/he would stand under. This exactly mirrors our same choice. Will we rest in the gospel of Jesus Christ where life overcomes death? Or will be strive for life in our own way? The good news is that there is a restored way (Jesus is the way) that banishes the assignments of the law of death—love always conquers death.

THIRD: Christ came and in Him we have:

  1. The fulfillment of a final sacrifice that put sin’s death demands to an end. Once and for all.
    Hebrews 7:27; Romans 5:8; Romans 8:3-4
  2. A (sinless) human taking back any authority or ‘say’ given to Satan. Once and for all.
    Colossians 2:13-15; Hebrews 2:14; Hebrews 9:11-12
  3. A King establishing his WAY of life and love, that overrides death forevermore. Once and for all.
    Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 8:13; Romans 7:6

The authority of earth has always been the Lords, Psalm 24.

The old way of sin and death may still be at work in this earth (for a limited time), but a new way, the way of grace and love, the life of God, Romans 4:13, was established through the co-suffering, self-emptying, vast love of God through Jesus Christ. 7 John 12:31-32

Jesus Christ secured life, for the whole world. 1 John 2:2. This is the good news, the gospel preached to us and through the prophets and the apostles. Jesus Christ has established us in the Father, just as he is in the Father. His faith becomes our faith. 8 The law of sin and death is overtaken by the law of Love.
Our response is therefore important. Will be look unto Jesus and be healed? Which law are we living by? As in Esther’s day, do we agree to the law calling for our death. Or do we live in the law of love and of eternal life, Jesus Christ himself, who has secured for us, life. 1 John 1:1-2

Because of Jesus the Christ, we know that the laws of sin and death no longer have any authority over us. Rather, we now live in Jesus himself, John 14:6, by which we experience the fullness of God in our lives; the WAY of love calls us into life.

How succinctly and beautifully, author and theologian, Brad Jersak, puts it, “If Adam’s sin infected the whole of humanity, how much more would Christ’s life-giving blood cleanse them!” Romans 5:18 9

FOURTH: This becomes super practical for us. Let me give an example. One of the foundational principles (laws) set into place at the creation of the world (as an expression of God himself) is the law of multiplication, or perhaps more commonly known as the law of sowing and reaping.

Consider this: if you sow one seed of corn you will reap one-hundred kernels of corn. If you sow one seed of wheat you will receive back one-hundred kernels of wheat. This we know.

In our lives it works out this same way. When you sow one act of love (or humility, or generosity, or faithfulness, etc) you will receive back a hundred-fold of love. When you sow honor you will receive back unto yourself honor, multiplied over and over. When you live in generosity with your time and heart and resources you will receive back a hundred-fold of time, heart, and resources back to yourself.

This is the heart and intention of our Lord and the way the world was formed and intended; all of creation as an exponential outflow of the beauty of God and for our future and hope. But then, sin entered the world. And now the law of sowing of reaping, this law of multiplication, not only applies to grace and love and honour and more, but also to hatred, chaos, dishonour, sin, and more.

In other words, if you dishonour someone you will receive dishonour back unto yourself, multiplied over. If you are intent on hating and unforgiveness, you will find yourself hated and unforgiven. We all receive back unto us whatever we are sowing. What we plant is what we will harvest. 10

Because Law is King. Because God cannot go back on himself. Multiplication of sowing was always intended for our best harvest. Now, sin takes advantage of this law and reaps in us things of death. We must become wise to reject and resist the enemy and to live in God’s ways from deep inside ourselves.

Yet, we see that even though the stewardship of earth and the authority of our lives was squandered in mistrust and accusation against God, even though sin and death took hold of our lives, this could not remove from God who God is—God still has our future and a hope in mind for us. God’s good intentions have not changed, his bounty over us has not shifted. His love has not diminished.

And so, we learn to look unto the Lord as he ushers us into the kingdom of God (even as we live on earth that often goes by satan’s priorities). By the grace of God we are being restored into the priorities of The King of Kings and into the experience of His Kingdom even here on earth this day. We come to this by the faith of Jesus Christ and none other, for only by Christ are we established in the Father. 11

Our confessions, therefore, shifts from being about our sin to a confession about the goodness of God. We lay down our sin agreements, we turn from a dominion of death and we step once more back into the Kingdom of God and into the ways of life and of love that we were originally designed for.

  • We find this once and for all as we behold Christ as Savior and Lord. Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9
  • Practically we find this bit by bit, thought by thought, deed by deed, attitude by attitude, and emotion by emotion as we grow in Christ. Philippians 1:9-11; 2 Peter 1:3-9

Because of Jesus we have a new WAY of grace, forgiveness, restoration, healing, wholeness, and life. It is now ours to declare life where there has been death, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and where there are the lame to ensure they walk again. Isaiah 42:1-7; Isaiah 49:9-11. It is in the context of this new freedom and this new way of grace and restoration, the law of Love, that this course is written.

In a nutshell, Christ came in bodily form, co-suffering with us in our sin, revealing to us God that loves beyond measure, to capture us back into himself, to claim us as God’s own, belonging, restored, forgiven.

This, the Love of God, Jesus himself, is our life.

“Even when we were dead in our trespasses, he made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:5-7 ESV

APPLICATION

As part of the provisions found in this new way of God that overrides death, we find in Ezekiel God promising to remove from his people a heart of stone and to give to them a heart of flesh.

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

What an amazing thing to be established in God by God. Instead of being stuck with our hard hearts that have known so much loss and bitterness, with disillusionment and disappointments and more, we simply agree to a heart of flesh.

In this, in God, we have the ability to live and laugh and breath and know grace and joy and peace from deep inside. We become able to weep with others when they weep and able to rejoice with others when good things happen to them; we easily experience and distribute the Love of God.

As a healing prayer minister I have led many people praying agreement to the removal of their heart of stone and agreement to receiving this heart of flesh as the Lord promises. We do this today. You know the prayer process. 12 I will write out here, the prayer for agreement to a heart of flesh. If this is something you want then pray with me, out-loud, declaring and agreeing to this promise of God.

Prayer for Removing a Heart of Stone and Receiving a Heart of Flesh

“Today God we come before in the name and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We take this time and space and ourselves and we declare we are covered in the name and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we come in this prayer time we declare that all lying, deceiving and confusing spirits must be silenced by the power of the one true Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. God lead me today as I pray.

I confess in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ that I have had a heart of stone. Deep inside of myself I have a hard time knowing and really trusting your light and life God. I am sorry. Yet, you tell me that you will remove from me my heart of stone and give to me a heart of flesh, I would like this.

And so, in the name and power of my living Lord Jesus Christ I reach back into my past and I lift out that heart of stone from where it first began for me. I say ‘NO MORE’ to this heart of stone and I bring it to the cross of my Lord Jesus Christ and I leave it there, declaring it covered and washed away by the name and the blood of my Lord Jesus Christ.

I cancel the authority, the assignments, and the curses of the enemy that have been in and over and through my life because of my heart of stone. Today I say ‘NO MORE’ and I declare that all things of the enemy associated with this heart of stone must go to the place where the true Lord Jesus chooses to send them. I unwind the chains of this heart of stone from around me, heart, mind, spirit, and soul, and I declare these chains and their links severed by the power of my Lord Jesus Christ.

Today, I take on the new heart of my God. I say yes and amen and I receive the heart of flesh that you God have promised to your people. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ I receive this new heart. Thank-you Lord, thank-you Father, thank-you Holy Spirit. With all glory and honor to you God. Amen and Amen.”

SUMMARY – LEX REX

God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. James 1:17
Adam was given stewardship over earth. Genesis 1:26-30
Sin entered the world by the first Adam. Romans 5:12
Yet, God remains the same. Isaiah 40:28
Love is the fulfilment of all law. Romans 13:8-10
Christ has restored our relationship and right standing with God. Galatians 4:1-5
We now drink of the Lord. John 6:53-56
Life is ours. John 4:13-14

DECLARATION

Do you (insert your name), take this day the heart and actions of Jesus Christ that identified with your sin, bearing the burden on your behalf, renouncing the shame, so that you may be free?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), rest in the love and the faith of Jesus Christ this day?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), welcome the embrace, the welcome, the restoring of God with you, for you, in you, and through you this day?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), say yes and amen to the goodness of God poured out and into your life, and everything and everyone that pertains to you?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), receive the recompense, the healing, restoration, and the wholeness of God over every part of your life and being this day?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), abide in mercy, stand in grace, rest in the faith of Jesus Christ, extending forgiveness to yourself and others?

I do.

Do you (insert your name), live in participation of God great heart for all people and things?

I do.

Be in the peace of God this day and forevermore. Amen

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4 definition of capriciousness: an adjective to describe a person or thing that’s impulsive and unpredictable
5 Lex Rex original document can be found at http://www.portagepub.com/dl/caa/sr-lexrex17.pdf?; Information about Samuel Rutherford https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Rutherford
6 Why Did Jesus Die? By Brad Jersak, https://www.ptm.org/why-did-jesus-die
7 per Brad Jersak
8 per C. Baxter Kruger. http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/articles/faith_of_christ.shtml
9 Why Did Jesus Die? By Brad Jersak, https://www.ptm.org/why-did-jesus-die
10 But always through active mercy and grace. God’s hand holds back the very worst of evil to be sure.
11 The Faith of Christ, by C. Baxter Kruger, PHD, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/articles/faith_of_christ.shtml
12 Healing Prayer Model, Module One, Chapter 6, FREEDOM, pages 30-33, Module Two, APPENDIX, page 180

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