2015-06

Dear Friends,

Is it all over or is it just beginning? May 7th saw responsible citizens voting and by May 8th the country was reeling with the shock of a single party majority government being formed. Shortly after midday David Cameron made the journey to Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth formally asked him to form a new government. A constitutional monarchy means that we have a system of democracy that includes a monarchy, the idea being that no one person in our country can gain absolute sovereignty.

May 14th probably passed unnoticed for the majority of us, because we no longer see the need to observe a religious calendar, but for some churches they would have held specific services to remember the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Having died, been buried and risen from the dead Jesus then ascended to heaven, not to exercise a constitutional monarchy, but with the Godhead to reign in absolute sovereignty. Just as Jesus was God and man on earth, so he remains God and Man in heaven. His sovereign reign therefore is for the good of His people.

A number of NT passages tell us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, but in Eph 1:19,20 we are told that not only was God’s power used to raise Christ, but it was also demonstrated the fact that God gave Christ the seat of authority:
“and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places”.

This position of authority is not simply the exercise of a heartless control, but rather it is a place of continuing care. We are told in no less than two places in the NT that Jesus continues to exercise an involved care for his people, by praying for us:
“… Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
In Hebrews 7:25 we are told that that intercession is not some pointless hope, but is an assured and powerful care:
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
Take time to consider the power and desire of Christ – “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him”.

People wonder what will happen with our country under a new government, but we do not need to worry about that with the government of heaven. We have the double assurance that the sovereign of heaven is able to keep His promises. He is able to save convincingly, because:
1. He has promised and He cannot lie
2. History gives clear testimony to the fact that where God’s people give themselves to prayer then God provides the immediate means for people to be saved.

As we move on with a new government and a new opportunity in ministry I call every member of the church to a renewed ministry that reflects the ongoing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ – making intercession for the transgressors. Do not let the voice of prayer be silent, because we have the direction of God through both our Lord and the Apostle Paul:
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Lk 18:1)
“pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17)
“Finally, brothers,pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured,as happened among you” (2 Thess 3:1)

As one grateful for intercession,

Bernard Lewis June 2015

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