Pray that the saints would know Christ as the One who is righteousness and that they would be partners with Him as the One who loves righteousness and hates lawlessness and who reigns in God’s kingdom with the scepter of uprightness (Jer. 23:5-6; Psa. 45:3-7; Heb. 1:8-9).
Jer. 23:5-6 — Indeed, days are coming, / Declares Jehovah, / When I will raise up to David a righteous Shoot; / And He will reign as King and act prudently / And will execute justice and righteousness in the land. / In His days Judah will be saved, / And Israel will dwell securely; / And this is His name by which He will be called: / Jehovah our righteousness.
Psa. 45:3-7 — Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor / And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds. / Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies. / Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. / You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; / Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Heb. 1:8-9—But of the Son, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy above Your partners.”
Psalm 45:4-5 says, “In Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds. / Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.” Christ is victorious wherever He goes, and truth, meekness, and righteousness have much to do with His victory. Christ is victorious because He has truth, meekness, and righteousness. Truth refers to God becoming flesh and being manifested among men; it refers to the God who is manifested in Christ (John 1:14). Meekness refers to His manner of life (Phil. 2:6-8). Righteousness refers to His being right with both God and man. These three points include all the relationships between God and man, and all the relationships among men. Because all His relationships were proper before God, He could defeat His enemies. The Christ portrayed in the four Gospels was such an all-conquering Victor because of truth, meekness, and righteousness.
Psalm 45:6 says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; / The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” As a man, Christ is truth, meekness, and righteousness; but as God, He has an eternal throne and a scepter of uprightness. He is God yet man. It is incredible that the Old Testament saints could know Christ to such an extent. (CWWL, 1956, vol. 1, “Revelations in the Books of Poetry,” pp. 375-376)
The scepter signifies authority. The authority of many of today’s high officials is not upright, but Christ’s authority is altogether upright.
As the King Christ has loved righteousness and hated wickedness (v. 7a; Heb. 1:9a). The more righteous we are, the more authority we have. However, the more we are involved with wickedness, the more we lose our authority.
Psalm 45:7b continues, “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You / With the oil of gladness above Your companions.” The oil of gladness signifies the Spirit of God, and the companions signify the believers of Christ. God the Father has anointed Christ with the Holy Spirit above all His companions, above all His believers. This indicates that Christ’s authority and kingdom are altogether a spiritual matter. He has been anointed for the purpose of the kingdom. Christ’s authority, throne, scepter, and everything related to the kingdom are under the anointing of the Spirit and therefore are spiritual. (Life-study of Psalms, pp. 254-255)
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