May 20


"Which 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).

This 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.

In a 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 all.

This 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.

In His 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).

My Prayer Today: Lord, hasten the great day when the blessed and only Potentate will reign forever. Amen.