10. The Warrior King
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Warrior King
(Only in Luke 14:31-35).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here.
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
Life is a type of warfare. It requires keeping our guard up, being faithful and committed. Paul speaks of us “Continuing in the faith and being rooted and grounded, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel’ (Col 1:23). This is our warfare. Most of us don’t fight a physical type of war. My article on JOSHUA, in the Old Testament is a good one to read on this (it’s in the group of studies on this site called “Old Testament Prediction.”
Like the unfinished tower we should not engage in reckless building in the flesh, or in reckless warfare in the flesh. All of life is spiritual. There is no secular vs. spiritual. The gospel is meant to be our spiritual mindset, and we should approach everything in life from the basis of gospel truth and reality.
The online dictionary Wikipedia even speaks of spiritual warfare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_warfare.
My Old Testament article on Joshua also speaks to this too: http://wp.me/P1cSU4-H1
The gospel prepares us for battle. Ephesians 3:10
says to speak to Satan (his principalities and powers).
We should make the manifold wisdom of God
known to him (gospel truth and reality).
The best warfare is just preaching the gospel to Satan.
He avoids gospel believers. They give him nightmares.
Satan knows the truth and trembles.
God is the Warrior King, and we have HIS armor on (Eph 6:11). In God’s armor, Satan doesn’t know if it’s God or us inside there. “As Jesus is, so are we in this world” (I John 4:17).
Good warfare is having faith and a good conscience (I Tim 1:18-19). Faith is a direct reference to gospel belief, and a good conscience is only ours in gospel belief of Christ’s finished work.
Also really see this! In Acts 19 is a story about both converted Jews and Gentiles trying to control a demon. The demon laughed at them, beat them up and sent them running off. He yelled, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?”
We know why the demon said Jesus, but why did he say Paul? Paul was just the new kid on the block. He was still ‘wet behind the ears’ compared to the other apostles. Why didn’t the demon say Peter, John, or James? They were the ‘pillars of the early church,’ according to Galatians 2. It seems strange he said Paul, doesn’t it?
But the fact is Paul was given revelation of the gospel truth, as we’ve seen. He knew the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth. He knew who he was in Christ because of the gospel: “As Jesus is, so am I in this world.” The demon knew Paul’s authority due to the gospel, and he knew Paul had total authority over him. Here the men didn’t know their authority because they used ‘the name of Jesus —whom PAUL preaches (Acts 19:13). It wasn’t personal to them!
If you know the gospel, and your authority in the gospel, then demons will say:
“I know Jesus, and I know Paul, and I know YOU too!”
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
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