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Crown-rights of Jesus the King of Men

In the name of your own interests I plead with you; in the name of your treasure-houses and barns, of your rich farms and cities, of your accumulations in the past and your hopes in the future,—I charge you, you never will be secure if you do not faithfully maintain all the crown-rights of Jesus the King of men.

And if Christ is really King, exercising original and immediate jurisdiction over the State as really as he does over the Church, it follows necessarily that the general denial or neglect of his rightful lordship, any prevalent refusal to obey that Bible which is the open lawbook of his kingdom, must be followed by political and social as well as by moral and religious ruin.

If professing Christians are unfaithful to the authority of their Lord in their capacity as citizens of the State, they cannot expect to be blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in their capacity as members of the Church. The kingdom of Christ is one, and cannot be divided in life or in death. If the Church languishes, the State cannot be in health, and if the State rebels against its Lord and King, the Church cannot enjoy his favor.

If the Holy Ghost is withdrawn from the Church, he is not present in the State; and if he, the only “Lord, the Giver of life,” be absent, then all order is impossible and the elements of society lapse backward to primeval night and chaos.

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In the name of your own interests I plead with you; in the name of your treasure-houses and barns, of your rich farms and cities, of your accumulations in the past and your hopes in the future,—I charge you, you never will be secure if you do not faithfully maintain all the crown-rights of Jesus the King of men.

In the name of your children and their inheritance of the precious Christian civilization you in turn have received from your sires; in the name of the Christian Church,—I charge you that its sacred franchise, religious liberty, cannot be retained by men who in civil matters deny their allegiance to the King.

In the name of your own soul and its salvation; in the name of the adorable Victim of that bloody and agonizing sacrifice whence you draw all your hopes of salvation; by Gethsemane and Calvary,—I charge you, citizens of the United States, afloat on your wide wild sea of politics, THERE IS ANOTHER KING, ONE JESUS: THE SAFETY OF THE STATE CAN BE SECURED ONLY IN THE WAY OF HUMBLE AND WHOLE-SOULED LOYALTY TO HIS PERSON AND OF OBEDIENCE TO HIS LAW.

—A. A. Hodge (Principal of Princeton University, 1878 – 1886)
Popular Lectures on Theological Themes (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1887) 285–287.

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Obedience to the King

Christ is not received and entertained as Lord and King, but where His laws are obeyed

If you receive Him as Lord and King, so also obey Him. In the Lord’s Prayer, first, we say, “Thy kingdom come,” then we add, “Thy will be done.” We do but prattle on the Lord’s Prayer, and say it with our lips only, until we are resolved to do what God would have us to do-to love and hate, fear and rejoice, as God directs. Until we are brought to this frame, we do not in good earnest say, “Thy kingdom come.”

An earthly king will do according to his will. So Christ stands upon His will in His law. If you have taken God for your God, and Jesus Christ for your King, then say, with David, “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God” (Ps 143:10).

It is a universal maxim, “His servants you are whom you do obey”

Where is your obedience? If you are subjects of grace, then every thought will be brought into subjection (2 Cor 10:5). You will watch not only against your irregular actions, but every thought which lifts up itself against the obedience of Christ.

There will be a greater tenderness upon us not to break any of the holy laws which belong to Christ’s government. Hereby you may know whether you come under another king.

—Thomas Manton, 1620-1677

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