I am a regent trainee. My king is Jesus Christ. His kingdom is the kingdom of heaven (kingdom of God). Following are some thoughts concerning what a regent in training will learn and do.
Regent – a person appointed to administer a kingdom because the monarch is a minor or is absent or incapacitated. The regent acts in place of the King and has full authority to implement all the resources of the kingdom on the King’s behalf. You and I (all true believers) have the responsibility and authority as if we were regents in the kingdom of God while we are here on this earth. We must learn to execute our office as Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated.
Since regent is an appointed position, and carries all the power and authority of the king (but is only a temporary appointment) I like to use its connotations to guide my development as I begin to act as the king and priest that the bible says I am.
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Advancing the Kingdom
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am growing and learning how to behave as Jesus himself would. I take my responsibility seriously. Following examples he gave us during his life before his crucifixion, I am beginning to take forceful measures to advance the kingdom of God.
Matthew 11:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Since the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom at this time, it can only exist where believers have influence. So I make it a point to demand that my spiritual influence continue to extend outwardly from myself and that Satan has no power over me or those I love. When believers all over the world do this, you will see a massive transformation in world events making the world more heavenly.
The great commission
Jesus gave instructions to his disciples as he ascended into heaven.
Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Every Christian has this mandate to expand the kingdom of God as God’s representative on earth.
This great commission has been interpreted to mean that Christians are to make converts and establish political entities that follow along with Biblical teachings. However, the exact words say to make disciples and teach them to obey. So believers must get past the simple teachings and learn obedience of faith and their authority as believers so they will be good stewards of the power given to them by Jesus Christ.
In the footsteps of Abraham
Abraham as the father of many nations was the first regent trainee of the kingdom of God. He has become my role model to show how I should act and believe. Abraham walked with God. Abraham saw Jesus’ day. As the prototype Hebrew and Christian, I long to walk in his footsteps. My training as a future regent begins with the questions, “What did Abraham do?” What would Abraham do?”
Two thousand years of history since the great commission have distorted the primary message of Christ. In fact, ever since the death of Abraham, there are few people who understood their authority and mandate as regent trainees. Will you follow in the footsteps of Abraham as a regent trainee with me and learn to advance the kingdom of God?