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 1st TIMOTHY 6:14-16




Join us for a verse-by-verse study of one of Paul's greatest descriptions of Jesus.

Here is described the Biblical Jesus!

Today some are preaching "another" Jesus.

Paul told us that would happen!



"... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

 1st Timothy 6:14-16



Paul five times mentions the "appearing" of our Lord Jesus Christ, always using the very same Greek noun. By this term he of course is referring to Jesus' Second Appearance!

Also five times the Apostle talks about the "coming" of Jesus, again in the sense of His Second Advent! However, in Paul's phrase "the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" he uses two different Greek nouns.

In 1st Corinthians 1:7 he writes: "So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Here he employs the word "apokalupsis," which means an unveiling of something or someone. ("Krupto" means to conceal! "Apo" means away! Blend them ... to take away the veil, to remove that which conceals!)

But in 1st Thessalonians 2:19 and 3:13 and 5:23 and again in 2nd Thessalonians 2:1 the "coming" of the Lord is translated from the noun "parousia," which means the very presence of the Lord! ("Para" means right beside someone! And "eimi" means I am! Hence, Jesus being right alongside us!)

All this introduction is to point you to one of Paul's greatest Passages of Scripture concerning Jesus!

He begins the Text by talking about Jesus' appearing, His "epiphaneia." Here it is: "... Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." 1st Timothy 6:14-16

Jesus' appearing!

Epiphaneia fuses "epi" which means "upon" and "phaino" which means "to shine!" This is our English word epiphany!

Paul believes and preaches that Jesus' literal Second Coming will embody a bold and brilliant flash of Light, the "Glory of God" kind of Light!

Why would Paul not believe this. He "saw" Jesus on the Damascus Road the day he got saved! That Light blinded him for three days!

Let me stop long enough today to guarantee you that Jesus is coming again! He has so promised again and again!

In our chaotic world of contradiction and doubt and irreverence it is good to have a God, a Saviour, Who is firm on His resolve to come to earth again!

Jesus, Who will yet flash the light of God's grace and power and glory across the whole globe!

And when it occurs ... to God be the Glory!

Grace, Grace to Him even now!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




There are several times in Scripture where God is said to put some things on "display," to "show" them to mankind!

Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy gives us one example. Speaking of the "appearing" of Jesus, His Second Coming, Paul assures us that this great Event will be "shown" to all the world ... in due time! When Jesus comes back to earth, "every eye shall see Him" declares Revelation 1:7.

Read with me these words: "... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his times He shall show ...." 1st Timothy 6:14-15

The Return of Jesus to earth will include a glorious manifestation of His Power and Essence!

In fact, you will remember that the Greek noun for "appearing" is "epiphaneia" and contains the idea of a bright and awesome sight, filled with glory!

And "in His times," or at just the right moment, the Lord will reveal Himself! It's as if it were an "unveiling" ceremony at an exquisite art gallery, except Jesus is more precious than any work of art.

The noun "times" is spelled "kairos" (not "chronos" which suggests days and hours and minutes) and means "opportunities" of time!

And the Lord's Second Coming as a "Display" or an "Exhibition" is clearly taught by the verb "deiknuo." It means to paint something on a sign, to placard it, to publicly display it! If you will take this definition reverently, it means to "advertise" it! One Text says "to exhibit!"

On that coming great Day, we shall see and hear and learn much about our dear Saviour!

In a respectful kind of way I say this; God the Father, at Jesus' Second Coming, is going to reveal and show and exhibit His Son and all His Glory in a grand and holy demonstration of power and victory!

No wonder Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy Kingdom come!"

Amen, Lord Jesus!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

P. S. --- Here are some things God puts on display! In Colossians 2:15 God openly made a show of the demons of hell and the devil their leader! This happened when Jesus died victoriously on the Cross! In Ephesians 3:10 the Church will be on display through all the future ages! And in Romans 3:25 Jesus is God's Trophy of Grace shown to all creation for all eternity ... because He provided soul salvation through His precious shed Blood! And one more, in Revelation 1:1 Jesus is able to show John, then us, future things "which must shortly come to pass." Coming events ... in preview!




The world today is filled with false doctrine.

There is even another Jesus being preached!

I mean other than the Jesus of the Gospels!

Paul said this would happen!

In the Galatian Churches some had begun to follow "another Gospel!"

Yes, even now another Jesus is being promoted by the media, liberal theologians and even the devil himself!

He is called by some the Cosmic Christ, others term Him a Gnostic Saviour, while a few just call Him a good teacher or healer or maybe even a political rebel!

Who is the real Biblical Jesus?

How can He be described?

Again we consult Paul the Apostle. He attributes to Jesus these traits: "Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." 1st Timothy 6:15-16

For those who believe in a Jesus who was powerless before the Romans and for those who say he really could not work miracles and to those whose Jesus was ignorant and backward ... let me say this:

The Real Jesus, the Bible Jesus is "the blessed and only Potentate!"

That noun is spelled "dunastes" in Greek and has at its base the well-known word for power, "dunamis."  It means a Prince! One with High Authority! A Royal Minister!  The word is only used 3 times in the whole Bible! In Luke 1:52 God demotes the "mighty" rulers of the world, putting humble folks in their places! In Acts 8:27 the Ethiopian eunuch was the treasurer of his country and had "great authority!"  And then our Text uses "dunastes" of Jesus God's Son, the great Potentate! One Who is in a position to command! A Ruler! A Sovereign! 

Jesus Himself said to His Disciples in Matthew 28:18 --- "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

All power!

Then He is a Potentate!

Jesus was not a spineless cowardly social worker!

He was not the husband of Mary Magdalene!

He fathered no physical children!

He was no pawn in the hands of political dignitaries.

He was no ghost on the Cross!

He was no spirit on the Day of His Resurrection either!

But ... He is a Potentate!

He is the Potentate!

He is the Potentate of potentates!

Shout it from the street corners!

The modern Jesus lacks power and authority!

The Bible Jesus is Almighty!

We thank Thee, our great Lord and Saviour and Potentate, for being Who Thou art ... eternally!


                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Not only did Paul once call Jesus the "Potentate," but he qualified that Name by saying that Jesus is "the blessed and only Potentate!"

He wrote in 1st Timothy 6:15-16 of our Lord: "Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

Potentate means the Powerful One!

Yet these two adjectives make a tremendous difference in the overall impact of the phrase.

Jesus is "blessed!"

"Makarios" generally means something like "happy!"

It historically was a term the Greeks used only of deity.

Paul is likely saying to us two things. First, Jesus is God, very God of very God! Fully Divine! Then Jesus is perfectly content, completely joyful, altogether fulfilled and eternally incapable of being upset! Happy, in the best sense of that word!

Next, Jesus is the "only" Potentate.

There is no other!

I realize that "potentate" is not a commonly used word anymore. As far as I know it has passed out of use in the general American vocabulary. But let me hasten to ask this. Who would want to be called "potentate" ... especially after we've just been told that Jesus is the only Potentate?

To be called such would be "usurping" the Lord's glory and honor! Stealing His exclusivity!

Many Preachers prefer not to be called "reverend" for that same reason. The adjective is used but once in Scripture, Psalm 111:9. There it refers to God Himself! "He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His Name." If only God is reverend ("yare" in Hebrew) ... what man would want to be called by that holy name? "Yare" means "to be feared, to be respected, to cause astonishment and awe" or obviously, "to be revered!"

In like manner the Scriptures choose to use "potentate" particularly for God the Son!

Thank God today for the one Potentate!

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God!

He alone is blessed and powerful to that exalted degree!

This awesome Saviour is NOT the Jesus many are preaching today. Jesus has been stripped of His power and glory by many, some even  in the religious world!

But the Jesus of the Bible is indeed ... "the blessed and only Potentate."


                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Lord Jesus is described in glorious detail in 1st Timothy 6:14-16. He is the One Who will yet appear again, His Second Coming! He is the blessed and only Potentate too! Then ... He is called "the King of kings!"

What an expression!

The first word for "King" is a noun.

The second "king" is a participle, a verb acting like an adjective.

We are literally being told that Jesus is the premier King of all those who are kings themselves!

He is the uttermost King!

This expression, "King of kings," is found six times in the Bible.

Three times it is used of heathen kings.

Then three times it refers to Jesus!

Once of Artaxerxes, a Persian Monarch, it is employed. The unique thing is that Artaxerxes uses the accolade for himself!  "Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time." Ezra 7:12

Twice it is used of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. Here God calls him such a powerful name! "For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people." Ezekiel 26:7

Then next is Daniel 2:27. "Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory." This is pretty hefty praise, again for Nebuchadnezzar.

But then comes Jesus!

And in keeping with His preeminence, we must note these references.

Our Text here, 1st Timothy 6:14 says of our dear Lord ... "Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords."

That's Jesus!

Then John adds ... "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." Revelation 17:14

But, best of all, when Jesus returns to earth, we are told: "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:16

Written on His clothes and his thigh!

"King of kings!"

Glory to His Name!

One more time, let's go back to the grammar of our phrase "King of kings." He is the supreme Ruler of those who are ruling!

The King of those who are already reigning!

Jesus is the Subject, the Focus here.

"King," the noun, is the nominative masculine singular of "basileus."

But "kings," the object ("of kings"), is a present participle active voice in the genitive case and plural number.

It means anyone who is currently ruling, anywhere!

Now, think of this.

Not only is Jesus Victor and Conqueror over every mighty Monarch of this world, every President and Premier and Prime Minister and Chancellor ... but He is also the King of every Believer too!

For, according to Revelation 1:5, Jesus is the "Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

He has made us "kings" and priests unto God!

Therefore we, being kings, Jesus is our King too!

Yes, the great King of all us lesser rulers (kings) in the coming Millennial Age on this earth.

Jesus ..."King of kings!"


Many today tell us that Jesus is merely a spirit, a principle or emanation from God!

No, He's the King of all the earth!

Others say He merely rules over hearts or over spiritual spheres.

No, He has now in Heaven and will have yet on earth a literal Throne!

He must ... to be King of kings!

I must close this Bible Study.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Revelation 12:5

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Revelation 19:15

He was born to be King!

And He will be King!

For ever!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




I have been told that one way the Hebrew language expresses its superlatives is by using the _______ of _______ formula.

The greatest holy place would be called the "Holy of Holies!"

The greatest king would be the "King of Kings!"

The greatest God would be the "God of Gods," Which Moses calls Jehovah in Deuteronomy 10:17.

And in reference to today's Text, the greatest lord would be the "Lord of lords!"

Paul, in 1st Timothy 6:14-16, calls Jesus many wonderful things. One of Which is just that, "Lord of lords."

Some tell us that Jesus is merely a teacher, or a miracle worker, or a philanthropist, or even a political agitator or just a good human being!

But, no!

He is Lord!

He is the supreme Lord!

He is the Lord God Almighty!

And He also is the Lord of all those who are in any way lords!

In the Bible I can find five times our God is called this awesome Name.

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 --- "For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment." This "Lord of lords" is just and fair and caring, even to the poor and needy!

Psalm 136:3 --- "O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever." This "Lord of lords" is great in mercy, as His earthly Ministry so proved!

Then, in the very middle, comes our Text, 1st Timothy 6:14-16. "... the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." This "Lord of lords" is unique and singularly exalted! There is none like Him!

Revelation 17:14 --- "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." Here the "King" and Lord" Titles are reversed! This "Lord of lords" is the Ultimate Victor in this cosmic conflict between good and evil!

Lastly, Revelation 19:16 --- "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." This Name or Title is so precious to Jesus that it has been written on His very clothing! He adorns the Name when He returns to earth to rule and reign!

The Greek noun "lord" translates "kurios" which means master, owner, sir or even boss!

What authority is vested in Jesus!

He is so much more than most people today admit!

Is He your Lord?

Of course Jesus warned us: "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:22-23

It is obviously possible to call Him Lord in a vain and empty way!

But then Paul adds: "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1st Corinthians 12:3

To call Jesus Lord, with real meaning and understanding, can only be done through the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit of God!

Now ... Brethren and Sisters, say it with all the conviction and faith you have: Jesus is Lord!

Jesus is Lord of lords!


                                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Greek word is used but three times in the whole Bible!

It's really a blend of the noun for death, spelled "thanatos," and the "alpha" prefix "a" which here just reverses the meaning of its root. Hence, "athanasia."

It therefore means "without death" or better yet, "incapable of death!"

All three times in our New Testaments it is translated "immortality!"

In 1st Corinthians 15:53-54 Paul writes: "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." He's here talking about our glorified resurrected bodies, folks! We shall enjoy immortality forevermore! This precise event will occur when Jesus comes again! I means when He comes to catch us away ... into His Presence!

But how is this possible?

The third use of "athanasia" explains it all! Speaking of Jesus, Paul in 1st Timothy 6:16 writes: "Who only hath immortality."

We shall never die ... because Jesus has conquered death! By means of His literal Resurrection from the grave!

Four words!

"Who only hath immortality."

The adverb "only" translates "mono." It here means "alone" or "by One's self!" Jesus, and no other, has immortality!

When all is said and done, the gods of this world will not last eternally, none of them!

But Jesus is immortal!

The verb "hath" is "echo" and means "to possess" or "to hold on to" or even "to wear!" Jesus is clothed, draped in "immortality!"

"Echo" is here expressed as a present participle. Jesus constantly has immortality!

He now exists in the state of "no death!"

Praise the Lord!

See today's lesson?

Because Jesus possesses immortality, we shall ourselves live in immortality!

Or ... because He lives, we shall live also!

That's exactly what the Lord Jesus said in John 14:19. "Because I live, ye shall live also."


His immortality has made possible our immortality!


That's a good thought for Memorial Day!

Jesus' Death made possible our eternal life!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell


P. S. --- In our King James Bibles "immortality" occurs two more times, using another Greek word, a synonym!

Romans 2:7 --- "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life."

2nd Timothy 2:10 --- "But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."

The word is "aphtharsia." It means NOT ("a") TO WITHER OR WILT OR BE RUINED OR ROT OR DECAY ("phtheiro"). Twice in the Bible it is translated "incorruption!" For example, still talking about our future glorified bodies: "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption." 1st Corinthians 15:42

And again I say, we shall eternally enjoy incorruptibility and immortality because of Jesus our dear Saviour!




Last night I preached about the Glory of the Lord. Beholding His Glory, says Paul, can change us Christians into His image!

Now, in 2nd Timothy 6:14, Paul considers this same Subject yet again.

He says that Jesus is ... "dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto."

The Greek word for "light" is "phos," from which we get photographs, photography and for that matter, phosphorus! The verb "phao" means "to shine" or "to make manifest."

This noun "light" is a synonym for the Glory of God!

One Preacher says that in the very word GLO-ry you can see the GLOw! The Glory of God, being the sum total of all His attributes, surely must shine more brightly than anything we could imagine!

Paul knows about this glory!

He was overwhelmed by It on the Damascus Road, really by Him! Acts 9:3 describes it: "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven." Now read Acts 22:6 --- "And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me." Finally, Acts 26:13 adds: "At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Three times Paul told his story! Each time the light got brighter too!

Now we see that Paul says Jesus dwells in such Light, unapproachable Light!

Furthermore, Paul has been "caught up" to the third heaven! And he lived to tell about it! "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities." (2nd Corinthians 12:2-5) Here for sure yet again Paul would have beheld that Glory!

And Paul of course knew Peter too. Peter saw that Glory! In person! He says, referring to Jesus' Transfiguration, that he was an "eyewitness" of the Lord's Majesty! "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount." 2nd Peter 1:16-18

Each time Jesus' Transfiguration is described in Scripture, the adjectives vary beautifully!  "And He was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light," says Matthew 17:2. Then Mark 9:3 adds: "And His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them." Then Luke 9:28 preaches "And as He prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering."

All these Passages depict Jesus ... in association with Light!

Now back to our Text, 1st Timothy 6:16, where Jesus is ... "dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto."

The verb "dwelling" is really a present participle. "Oikeo" means "to live in" and carries the idea of permanence! Jesus is not sojourning in the Light! He's at home there!

Also notice this Light, this Glory, is so bright that "no man can approach it!" This term, unapproachable, is spelled "aprositos." The "a" negates the word's definition. And the heart of the word is "pros," which means "to" or "toward" someone, especially their face! It indicates: not able to be face to face!

Now listen to Moses and God in dialogue, "And Moses said, I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory. And God said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And He said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live." Exodus 33:18-20


My point today is simply this!

Jesus is no ordinary man. Not just a teacher or miracle worker or philosopher or politician or zealot!

He is God!

He is Glorious!

And He, apart from Grace and Mercy and His precious shed Blood, is absolutely unapproachable!

Yet, because of Calvary, this glorious Lord invites us to: "Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

And even Paul elsewhere strongly suggests that we "with open face behold as in a glass the Glory of the Lord," consequently being "changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."


That's what Jesus says!

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Words like that, from a Saviour Who dwells in the Light, must be counted precious indeed!

Today spend some time thinking about His Glory!

                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

Furthermore, as Albert Einstein sought to prove and as has now been scientifically demonstrated ... there is a direct relationship between light and time! If you could hitch a ride on a beam of light, traveling at 186,000 miles per second, time would cease to exist! That's hard to comprehend, but apparently it is so! Physics!

All I'm saying today is this. If God is Light, and He is, the speed with which he can move is immeasurable! No Christian will disagree with that statement. God is omnipotent anyway! And for that matter, omnipresent! Therefore, if God exists as Light, at least that divine Attribute includes the speed of light too, God is timeless! Eternal! With God there is no aging or deterioration or death! Forevermore timeless!

Sometimes science can help!




When Scripture speaks of Jesus as "He Whom no man hath seen, nor can see," we must pay special attention!

In these last days of apostasy the Virgin Birth must be vehemently defended and the literal body of Christ often emphasized. John preached that "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Yet in spite of such verses many still believe Jesus was just spirit, no flesh whatsoever! For example, such error lies at the very heart of today's Gnostic resurgence!

But we must preach the Word, all the Word, the whole counsel of God!

Yes, Jesus was physical!

But also Spiritual!

And since Paul in 1st Timothy 6:16 said that Jesus dwelt in the Light which no man could approach and since He had never been seen, nor could be ... we must address that fact too.

I believe the Apostle is describing the Lord in all His Glory! In His resurrected state! In His form as He exists in Heaven right now!

What bright glory must emanate from the Lord Jesus!

Although here we almost have a problem ... when applying these words to Jesus. Again, "Whom no man hath seen, nor can see."

That sounds like God the Father!

But so does Isaiah 9:6 "mix" terms about Jesus and the Father! There He is both the Child born to us ... and the Everlasting Father too! Plus the Prince of Peace and the Counsellor and the Wonderful One and the Mighty God!

Jesus plainly told the Jews: "I and My Father are One!" John 10:30 (Explain that!)

And to Philip he said: "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." John 14:9

So, yes ... Jesus has a Body, a physical one.

So too does He live in glorious ineffable Light!

And yes, thousands saw Him in His literal Body!

But in Glory, in Heaven, many already know Him to be the very Brightness of the Glory of God too!

Yes, He's the Lamb!

Yes, He's the Lion!

Yes, He's the Glory!

I may not understand all that, but I delight and rejoice in it anyway!

Jesus is certainly more than we can comprehend with our present minds!

In the meanwhile I shall worship the One Who saved me and now dwells in Heavenly Light!  Jesus ... on Whom no man can gaze, at least not yet!

Glory to His Name!

                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus is due great "honour!"

Paul, in 1st Timothy 6:16, reverently says of our Lord: "to Whom be honour!"

The noun for "honour" is spelled "time" in Greek and is pronounced tee-may'.

In the King James New Testament it is translated as honour (35 times) and price (8 times) and sum (1 time) and precious (1 time).

The noun means "value" or "esteem." It can actually represent the "great price" one might pay for something of extreme value!

It is thought to be derived from the root verb "tino," which means "to pay a price!" It often is used even in a punitive sense too, to pay a penalty! This very definition may have a veiled reference to the Cross of Calvary where Jesus paid the ultimate price. In fact, The first time "time" is used in the New Testament, Matthew 27:6, the "price" of blood is being discussed!

We often say "Glory to God!"

Now we can say "Honour to Him also!"

After all, God the Father has crowned Jesus with honour! "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands." Hebrews 2:7

And Peter, using our word "time" or "honour," writes of Jesus: "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious." 1st Peter 2:7

Jesus also was honored on the Mount of Transfiguration. Again, Peter is talking: "For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 2nd Peter 1:17

But in Heaven, according to John's Book of Revelation, honour upon honour will be pronounced upon Jesus!

Revelation 4:9, describing those four lovely creatures around the Throne, reports: "And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever."

The twenty four elders do the same! "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

And get this: "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation 5:11-13

Then again the angels in Heaven chime: "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:12

Next the whole saved crowd in Glory: "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God." Revelation 19:1

Honored is our glorious Lord!

Hallowed be His Name!

He is ... priceless!

He is ... precious!

Sometime today, be sure to honour Jesus!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Jesus has power!

Jesus IS Power!

He Himself even said: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18

Many of the New Testament's Benedictions and Doxologies ascribe to Jesus power!

For example, Paul in 1st Timothy 6:15-16 says of our Saviour: "King of kings and Lord of lords ... to whom be power everlasting. Amen."

Then Jude adds: "To the only wise God our Saviour, be ... power, both now and ever. Amen."

Peter too, translating "power" as "dominion," declares: "To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 1st Peter 5:11

But John most frequently writes words like these. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive ... power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

And ... "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power ...." Revelation 5:12

Again just one verse later: " ... Power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation 5:13

Hear this too: "Power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 7:12

Revelation 19:1 also records: "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia ... Power, unto the Lord our God."

The occultists of our day speak of the Force or the Power or the Presence that backs their faith!

Poor folks!

They know not Jesus, the omnipotent (read as "all powerful") God!

By the way, the word "power" back in 1st Timothy 6:15-16 ("King of kings and Lord of lords ... to whom be power everlasting. Amen.") is derived from the Greek noun "kratos" which means strength or might, usually indicating "manifested" power! It's root, "kra," may even be the basis for our word Creator!

There is nothing Jesus can't do!

Surprisingly "kratos" occurs only 12 times in the 260 chapters of the New Testament! I will underline  "kratos" in a few of these.

Luke 1:51 --- "He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts."

Acts 19:20 --- "So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed."

Ephesians 1:19 --- "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."

Ephesians 6:10 --- "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."

Colossians 1:11 --- "Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulnes."

Hebrews 2:14 --- "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil."

Revelation 1:6 --- "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Then I wondered, "Is there a hymn that celebrates our Lord's Power?" Seems like He brought this one to mind:

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.

Or even:

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

And now we can all say a hearty "amen!"

                                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The thought is astounding!

Paul, in 1st Timothy 6:16, closes his great doxology of Jesus by saying: "To Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

Think of that!

It's one thing for someone to have honour. But it's another situation altogether if they have honour "everlasting!"

And power?

Whoever heard of someone having power "forever?"

The Kings of history have nearly all had honour, at least to some degree and for some time.

But no earthly King has ever had honour eternally!

And the Presidents and Prime Ministers and Premiers and Chancellors of world government have all had power, some more than others of course.

But none has had power everlasting!

But ... Jesus has both!

Both honour and power!

Both eternally!

The Greek word used here for "everlasting" is spelled "aionios." It's root, "aion," means an age or an epoch of time. Its connotation now denotes perpetuity! That which is unending!

Of its 71 appearances in the Bible, the King James Version renders it "eternal" 42 times, more than half! And "everlasting" 25 more times! And "for ever" 1 more time.

Mankind has made some great power packs, from long lasting batteries to nuclear engines ... but eventually they all lose power!

Even the sun, 93 million miles away, will ultimately run out of fuel we are told!

But Jesus!


And He lives in me!

Saved friend, in you too!


                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Or I could just say the real Jesus versus the made-up Jesus the liberals have fabricated!

The Bible Jesus worships the Father, His Father, Who is in Heaven! The modern Jesus worships some goddess! That's because they say our Father God is evil, having created this world and all its matter!

The Bible Jesus is King! He has a Kingdom. It exists now in some sense in the hearts of saved men and women, the Kingdom of God. But it will come to earth some future day when Jesus rules here for a thousand  glorious years, the Kingdom of Heaven! The newly invented Jesus only has a mental or spiritual Kingdom, known and experienced by mystical illumination!

The new Jesus has no physical body, being spiritual only! The Biblical Jesus was human as well as divine! He ate and slept and rested and loved and died for us sinners!

The Bible Jesus is also God, God the Son! The new Jesus is only divine in the sense that all humans are!

The Bible Jesus lived in the power of the Holy Spirit of God, the third Person of the Triune Godhead. The liberal's Jesus depends on spirits of all kinds, whatever and whomever are immediately present! They draw  no distinction between holy and unholy!

The Jesus we know and love was sinless when it came to sensuality and sex. I believe He never even had a dirty thought. The Gnostic Jesus, the New Age Jesus, was married and bore children and satisfied all such passions freely!

The Biblical Jesus preached forgiveness! The new one does not, there being no need for such! If there is no sin ... there is no guilt or need for cleansing! To them there is no judgment coming at all!

The Bible Jesus died a literal excruciating physical death, vicariously offering Himself for the sins of the world! The progressive Jesus never died at all, death being merely an illusion anyway!

And needless to say, the new Jesus was never raised from the dead! Our Jesus was! Paul's Jesus was! The Jesus of the Gospels was! And people must believe so ... or they will die unsaved and go to hell eternally! "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9

Paul could best close this dreary Lesson by warning all: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." And just in case you didn't get that: "As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8-9

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell





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