Look Who Is On Our Side
1 Tim. 6:13-16
By Paul Robison

There's an old spiritual with these words:
“Ride on King Jesus!  No man can hinder Him!
Ride on King Jesus!  No man can hinder Him!
Jesus rides on a milk white horse; no man can hinder Him!
The river Jordan He did cross; no man can hinder Him
If you want to find your way to God; no man can hinder me!
The gospel highway must be trod; no man can hinder me!
I was young when I begun; no man can hinder me!
But now my race is almost run; no man can hinder me!
Ride on King Jesus!  No man can hinder Him!
Ride on King Jesus!  No man can hinder Him!”
A preacher once told when he was boy; there were several boys in his neighborhood who liked to play baseball at school.  They would chose sides, and the preacher was always one of the last boys chosen since he wasn't very talented.  But one day, one of the good players (they're always the captains) picked him immediately!  Well, that boy did his best in that game and he told everybody when the captain went to bat: “Hey, look who is on my side!”  Guess who is on our side?  Yes, King Jesus is on our side, and no man can hinder Him or us!  Timothy needed a reminder too that Jesus was on his side.  We've seen in our last lessons how Paul stressed spiritual strength, spiritual direction, and spiritual stamina.  With our text today, Paul stresses spiritual assurance by describing Jesus, God, and what the future holds.  There are many truths taught in this passage.  Let's read 1 Tim. 6:13-16: “I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.  Amen.”
 
The first truth of verse 15 is this: God will reveal Jesus when He sees fit. Galatians 4:4 states that Jesus was born at the proper time: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”  1 Timothy 2:6 states that Jesus died and was preached at the proper time: “Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”  And just as surely as Jesus was born and was preached at the proper times, so He will come again at the proper time as our text affirms: “which He will manifest in His own time.”  God will reveal His Son once again at the appointed or proper time.  And when will that be?  Only God Himself knows: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).  God will reveal Jesus when He sees fit.  And it will not be a secret or invisible return as some religious groups preach.  No, He will be very visible.  “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).  “Behold He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7).  You will see Him at that time.  Are you ready to stand before Him?  Do you feel anxious and fearful or happy and hopeful? God will reveal Jesus when He sees fit.
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the blessed King. “He who is the blessed King and only Potentate.”  One commentator said that Paul is not trying to show that Jesus is the object of blessing, but he is emphasizing that Jesus contains all blessedness in Himself and is ready to bestow that blessing on those who His disciples (Kelly).  On that judgment day after you stand before Jesus, you will hear one of two pronouncements: “Then the King will say to those on the left hand: 'Depart from Me, your cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” or “Then the King will say to those on His right hand: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’” (Matthew 25:34 and 41).  Our actions now have eternal consequences for they determine if we will receive Jesus' curse or blessing in that day.  Jesus is the blessed King.
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the only King. “He who is the blessed and only Potentate”.  Our postmodern culture doesn't like to condemn anybody.  So it preaches: “Each person can come up with his own rules, and all actions can't be judged because all behaviors are relative.”  That message is cultural, but, friends, it's not biblical.  Listen to these words of Jesus in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  If you want eternal life, you must know or have a relationship with the only true God and with the only begotten Son whom He sent into the world.  This absolute truth is valid for all people for all ages!  Jesus is the only Savior, and He claims that if we do not abide in Him and His words, we cannot live fulfilled lives (John 15:1-8).  Jesus is the only King.  The word “only” here, according to a Greek dictionary, means “what is predicated may be declared to apply to some one person alone” (Thayer).  What does this sentence mean: “In this audience, Dave Brown is the only man qualified to be a judge at a coon hunting contest”?  Out of all the men in here, the word “only” says that he alone is able to serve as a judge.  Now what does this sentence mean: “Jesus is the only Potentate”?  Jesus is singled out as well, and He alone reigns as Ruler, Monarch, or King.  From the moment of our Lord's birth when he was acclaimed by the wise men until He was nailed up to die under an inscription that cited Him as King of the Jews, Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry was everywhere and always a king.  Isaiah foretold the coming king; John the Baptist preached the approaching king; Paul proclaimed the risen king; and the apostle John extolled the enthroned king.  Have you made the only King the Ruler of your life?  If He does not rule, you will not inherit eternal life.  Jesus is the only King!  Look who is on our side!
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the powerful king. What does the word “Potentate” sound like?  It sounds like “potent” doesn't it?  Now if I said: “That potent drug put me flat on my back”, what kind of a drug am I talking about?  Yes, that was a very strong drug.  In fact, it was so powerful that it hindered my mobility.  Jesus is the only Powerful Ruler! Listen to what Jesus Himself claimed in Matthew 28:18: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Can anybody have more power than that?  And God gave Jesus this authority.  How do we know this?  Because Daniel, an ancient prophet of Israel, foretold it would happen: “He came to the Ancient of Days [that's a title for God], and they brought Him [Jesus] near before Him [God].  Then to Him [Jesus] was given dominion and glory and a kingdom [note the singular there], that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).  Someone made this observation: “[This] great King lifted up the continents from the ocean floor, hurled the suns in space, spread out the heaven above; and, yet His care extends even to the smallest of His creatures, not even a sparrow falling to the ground without His concern (Matthew 10:29; Coffman).”  Jesus is the powerful King, who cares deeply!
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the Supreme King.  Here's a quick grammar lessons?  How do we make a word superlative in English? Yes, we add “est” for an ending.  So, quick becomes quickest and high become highest.  Now in Hebrew, you make the superlative by saying “X of X”. For example, do you remember the part of the tabernacle called “the holy of holies”?  You could also say: “It was the most holy place” where the Ark of the Covenant was.  In the first verse of Song of Solomon, you find these words: “The song of songs, which is Solomon's.”  Song of songs means “the best song” or “the loveliest song”.  So, now notice what the apostle Paul did in this passage.  Jesus is the King of king.  This means that Jesus is the Supreme King!  The Roman Emperor, the President of the United States, the Queen of England, the Prime Minister of Italy, and all other rulers on this earth, with all their powers combined, still fall short of the Supreme King!  “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16).  When you put your faith in Jesus, confess Him to be Son of God before others, and are immersed into His name, just look who is on your side—the Greatest Ruler of all history!  Jesus is the Supreme King!
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the Highest Lord. “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords”.  There's our superlative again, so Jesus is the Highest Lord.  The word “Lord” brought death to many Christians.  The Roman government made it compulsory to worship the Emperor.  Once a year, citizens were asked to come before the magistrates, burn a pinch of incense at the statue of the emperor, and say: “Caesar is Lord.”  Now if a person did this, he was considered loyal to the Empire and could worship any god he liked.  But “this is precisely what Christians would not do.  They would not take the name 'Lord' and give it to anyone else on earth or in heaven.  For them, Jesus was Lord, and nothing would make them confess: 'Caesar is Lord.'  And so, they chose to die for their faith, and they died in the agonies of [crosses, fires, attacks by wild beasts, and tortures].  'Lord' was the one word ... for which Christians were ready to lay down their lives ... [It] is not a word to be taken lightly on thoughtless lips” (Barclay). “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is the Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).  Jesus is the Highest Lord!  Would you die for that truth?
 
The next truth is this: Jesus is the immortal King.  “... who alone has immortality ...” Jesus is not only the only Potentate but also He is the only Immortal Being.  Immortal is used only one other time in the New Testament: “So when this corruption has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory'” (1 Corinthians 15:54). The reality of Jesus' immortality is the guarantee of our immortality as well.  Mohamed, Buddah, Arnold of Brescia, Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Mary Eddy Baker, Joseph Smith, Charles Russell, Thomas Campbell were all religious leaders, but not a one of them was immortal.  Each was human, and each died.  Jesus is the immortal King who lives forever!
 
The next truth is this: Jesus dwells with God. “... the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light ...” The apostle Paul declares in a prayer that God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at His right hand (Eph. 1:20).  Notice what Paul says again in Colossians 3:1: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.”  Hebrews 10:12 affirms: “But this Man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting until His enemies are made His footstool.” What does all this tell us about Jesus?  If Jesus dwells in God's unapproachable light, then Jesus is no mere man, but a Divine Being! Only the Divine Son can dwell with the Divine Father!  Look who is on our side!
 
The next truths are about God. The first is this: God radiates an unapproachable light.  “[Unapproachable light] describes the glory of God's habitation” (Towner).  Psalm 89:15 affirms: “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance,” and Psalm 104:1-2 states: “O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain.” God's radiance is called an unapproachable light.  Remember what happened when King Solomon dedicated the temple to God?  2 Chronicles 7:1-2 reports: “When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.  And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord because the glory the Lord had filled the Lord's house.”  Was God's glory so brilliant that it caused men to withdraw from it?  The apostle John proclaims: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).  God radiates an unapproachable light.
 
The next truth is this: God is a Being that no person can see. “... dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see ...” God told Moses in Exodus 33:20: “You cannot see My face; for no man can see Me and live.”  Now listen to Jesus' words in John 6:46-47: “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” No person can see God and live, but Jesus claims to have seen God.  This again shows us Jesus' divinity.  “No one has seen God at any time.  The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18).  God is a Being that no person can see.
 
The next truth is this: God should be honored. “... dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor ...”  Paul states this same idea earlier in 1 Timothy with these words in 1:17: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”  For all the spiritual blessings that God has provided to us, He should be honored. Isn't that why we are assembled together this morning?  God should be honored.
 
The next truth is this: God has everlasting power. “... dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.  Amen.”  God's power is unlimited.  He can do more than we can imagine or ask.  Don't His miracles show that He has options that are supernatural and defy the laws of nature?  As the saints in Revelation 4:11, let us also praise our great God: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created!”  God has power that will never end.
 
Look who is on our side! 
“I am redeemed, my King of kings,
You carry me on eagles' wings. 
I'm changing by Your grace alone,
The glory of Your plan made known!
Forsaking love of worldly things,
I stand redeemed, my King of kings.
Acknowledging all my iniquities,
It's only You I long to please.
Jesus, my Lord and my Defender,
Bring me to divine surrender.
Keep me redeemed, my King of kings,
And lead me to Your living springs.
To You I turn with all my soul
Relinquishing now complete control.
With joy and gladness my heart sings:
“I’ll live forever with King of kings!” (modified Price).
What spiritual assurance!  Follow the Gospel highway to God by being immersed into Jesus' name.  Ride on, King Jesus!  Let nothing hinder you! Make Him your King of kings!  Look who is on our side!