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“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” – I Timothy 1:17
As I began to study each word written in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in verse seventeen, I am overjoyed to see that King, in an ordinary online dictionary source, recognizes and defines King as God or Christ!
Eternal, is without beginning or end; lasting forever. This is clearly intentionally and perfectly paired with King.
Immortal is defined as: not subject to death. God’s immortality was so clearly demonstrated when He sent His Son, Jesus, who despite being crucified on a cross, rose again to live and reign forever at the right hand of God. Death cannot and will not destroy the deity of our mighty Deliverer.
Invisible is explained as: not perceptible by the eye; hidden. Though He is not seen by our eyes, He is held, as we house His Holy Spirit in our hearts.
The only God, the one Supreme Being, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, speaks for itself.
Be honor, is to give credit or distinction; to give the highest respect and reverence unto Him.
Glory, is to give adoring praise or worshipful thanks; which is altogether an appropriate attitude and posture to hold toward our awesome and glorious God.
Forever and ever – is without ever ending; eternally. That is our hope in Him, that we will one day dwell in His presence for all eternity.
Amen means: it is so. (definitions provided by dictionary.com)
This is a most wonderful time of the year to indeed give all credit and worship to our Creator and King, who is without beginning or end, is beyond being subject to death, is known in our hearts rather than seen with our eyes; who is all things forever; IT IS SO!!!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are. You are so much more than mere words might mention. Forgive us for not giving proper praise and honor to You – both our Creator and our King. Teach us to trust You with all that we are, as You alone are so much more than we can imagine. May we spend our days living and loving to give You praise. Let our delight this season be sought in You, and may our joy be evident to others as we live in the light of Your love. Lead the lost to Your love, and use us as extensions of Your hands. Amen. May it be so!
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present