March 15, 1994.
Revised August 31, 2005
We are all kings
The term “elder” was not an office in the Church. Every man in the congregation of the people who was the eldest leader of a family group was called an elder. It was from these men of experience that the ministers were elected and appointed. This is why you read that elders were appointed or that a man might be addressed as an elder.
In fact, terms like “bishop” and “minister” are not really names, but descriptions of offices or positions, just like the words “mom” or “dad”. Language allows us to capitalize those terms or titles when speaking of a particular Mom or Dad, Bishop or Minister.
All these elders were family men which, as a result, brought their sons, daughters, and wives into the ministry, as well. Almost every minister in the early church was married, with few exceptions. When there was that exception, there was still some family relationship associated with his ministry, such as Paul with the couple, Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. The importance of good character and family amongst these men and women, who ministered to the Kingdom of God by serving the congregations of the people and other ministers, is made clear throughout the Bible.
“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Timothy 3
We are told of these qualifications because each individual, in the Kingdom as a prince in his own house, must choose who he shall accept as minister to his family. He must come into agreement with the other men in his immediate congregation. This idea turns the world upside down. Instead of the voice of the people electing kings, senators, conscripti patri or presidents, and legislatures to make law, extract contributions, and regulate the “altars of civic deities”, in the Kingdom of God, each man comes into agreement as to who will be his personal, public- ministering servant.
This is why, “Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?’”1 You have been given by God the right to choose, but only to choose for yourself and to rule over yourself. You may not rule over your neighbor nor rule over your ministers, but instead you must come into one accord. Systems of humility and service based on liberty give us many opportunities to forgive so that we may be forgiven.
God’s Kingdom was a system of checks and balances where each man must weigh the truth and deeds against the Spirit of God. Without God living in the hearts of each man, this system of God will not work. Such systems are not attractive to men who are void of virtue.
Any system will work in a godly way if those in that system are all virtuous men and women, but not just any system will appeal to men of virtue. Why would a humble, forgiving, and loving man seek power over his neighbor and his neighbors goods and household?
Each minister was chosen because of his virtue, and the evidence of it, in his life. He was not ruled by the people just as those living stones of the ancient altars of Abraham and Moses were not hewn by men. Men chose the living stones, accepting or rejecting them as suitable, for the altars of their own congregation. This draws a certain kind of man to service. The people chose by consensus and support who shall be their individual public servant.
Each minister also needed to be ordained by the existing Church ministers with whom they would work, on behalf of the whole Kingdom of God. The existing ministers of the Church accepted by extending their hands in agreement. This may take some ritual form, such as anointing with oils or laying on of hands, but what is truly an ordination is the daily coming-into-one-accord, or unification. We should not imagine this ordination as men in long robes proceeding through luxurious stained-glassed cathedrals or golden temples.
This was a system where men did not forsake the coming together, but lived under the perfect law of liberty. This was a Kingdom where men and women of love and virtue were bound together daily by charity and hope and voluntary sacrifice. This was the kingdom of God. This is where every man was prince and priest in his own family.
Each family and group of families were altars of clay upon which personal and daily charity was freely given. These families congregated together in faith and hope, love, and charity, choosing living white stones as ministers to the altar of their community. As these men, chosen by the people, gathered together, they formed the altars of God until the men, chosen to represent the nation, stood in the midst of the people, not as rulers, but as true public servants of servants of servants under the constitutional restrictions of God.
“And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all”. Mark 10:44
“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:” Matthew 20:27
“But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. We are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;” Luke 22:26-29
These men were not princes and ruling kings in the traditional sense and thought of modern government. They were ambassadors or leaders of the people through their service. They were appointed by the servant King, Christ, to serve His sheep and all who would seek his Kingdom of liberty under God the Father, rather than men who would be rulers over their brothers and neighbors.
“And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)” Ac 1:15
In Ac 1:15, we see twelve apostles and those 120 names. There should be little doubt, from a study of the prior Biblical text and history which followed, that each apostles represented ten names or families in the Kingdom of Heaven appointed by Christ. This pattern is found throughout the ages in countless free republics where men gather in common fellowships of freedom to survive calamity and catastrophe, dictators and despots.
Table of Contents
of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Peace be to this house,
The Prologue of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
1. The Kingdom of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Is Righteousness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
A Man as King of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
2. Abraham Uncivilized of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The City State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Two kingdoms/ The Merchants of Men of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Hindu Connection of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Abraham and the Legend, The Prodigal Son
Our king and our god? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Code of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Abraham and the Family of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
3. The Altar of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Moses and the Altars of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Altar of Sin of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Sacrifice of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
4. Moses, Moses of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Civil State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Gods Many of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
No Kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Servant Priests of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
5. Joshua’s Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
White Altars of Joshua
King over us of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Adultery of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Fear, Faith and Foolishness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
6. The World of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Of Rome and Judea of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Remarkable History of Israel of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Rome the Believer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Commander in chiefs
A Father’s offer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Hasmonean Appeal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Socialization of Rome
The Love of kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
7. Factions at the Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Pharisees and The Sadducees of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Essenes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Healers of a Nation
8. A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
What is redemption? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Kingdom in Turmoil of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The New Deal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
9. Temples and Churches of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Investing in Diana of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
One Father of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Arts of the Temples of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Temple of Satan of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Royal Treasury of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
10. Two Paths of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
God’s dominion from the Beginning of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The revenue of the wicked
Beams in our eyes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Removing the Beam
These two Kingdoms of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Faith is actions of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The kingdom appointed to Liberty of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
11. Where is the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The kingdom comes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Eating in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Washing in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Where is the Church? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
We are all kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
12. Apostasy of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Ship of State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Allurement of Wolves of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Church of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Separate Church
13. The Kingdom of Heaven of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The State of the Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Seeking the kingdom, The Law of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
What does the Kingdom look like? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Assembling a congregation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Where to start seeking the kingdom of God
Appendix of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 1. Kingdom of Heaven and God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 2. The things He says of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 3. What is Worship? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 4. Who are the Nicolaitans? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 5. Who is a god? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 6. Oaths and Swearing of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Cover of the book, Thy Kingdom Comes
The Elixir of Love.
About the Author of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Covenants of the gods
The Free Church Report