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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 


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“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Mt 4: 4.)



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Nov 16

Written by: Andries
Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:14:44 PM  RssIcon

We know that the kings of Israel failed to live up to God’s standard. Yet the true believers continued to trust in the Messianic promise of a just and righteous king. This promise helps our understanding of Christ as king. Whereas no human being was ever completely able to fulfil the expectations of a king (or government) that ruled justly, for Christians “Christ the King” is the fulfilment of all the prophecies.
It is a good tradition to celebrate “Christ the King” on the last Sunday of the Christian calendar, the Sunday before the first Advent celebrated 4 weeks before Christmas.  The final conclusion of preaching, teaching and celebrations is this:  Christ the King is the fulfilment of God’s promises and the ultimate outcome of the gospel.
Christ is not going to overthrow earthly rule. His kingdom is not one of swords and military or economic might or of corporate and organizational power.
His sovereign power comes from bearing the truth: The truth of salvation, the truth of love, righteousness, justice and eternal life that finally is the only power that is sustainable and lasts eternally.
But if Jesus is King and Lord, why are so many things still wrong, impure and painful in this world? If the Messianic Kingdom, promised in the Old and New Testaments, came about when Jesus went to heaven to be crowned King of the universe, of heaven and earth, and if he is in control of everything, how must we understand the experience that so much of our lives is still about injustice, sadness, sin and death?
The answer simply is: Until Jesus comes again there are both goats and sheep in the world. Christ leads and guides his sheep amidst the reality of us knowing that the sheep and goats have not yet been separated. Jesus tends his sheep today and leads them to his new heaven and earth and his glorious dominion, in spite of the fact that they follow him while the enemy is all around:   influential and seemingly winning far too often.
In faith follow the Good Shepherd, do his works of love and mercy that God has prepared for you to do, and receive the eternal kingdom God has given to you too.  (Matthew 25:31-46.)
So how do we understand this relationship of faith and works when it comes to the judgment day? 
Faith alone saves by grace, but the faith never stands alone. It is always accompanied by the works of the Kingdom of the King that saved us. Saving faith will produce Kingdom works. So the works are the evidence and the proof, that a living faith was indeed present in the believer.
Faith works.
Like a good tree, it bears good fruit for Christ the King.


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