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Excerpt from the book Walking on the King's Highway:

Chapter 7

WALKING ON THE KING'S HIGHWAY

We will go by the king's highway,
we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left,
until we have passed thy borders.
(Numbers 20:17b)

 

No matter how far you have gone with the things of God, no matter how far you have left to go, with every step you take, you choose to either go backward or forward.

Jeremiah 7:23-24:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Step by step, precept by precept, Christians will either walk closer to God or away from Him, according to their acceptance or rejection of His Word.

Isaiah 28:9-11:
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

God speaks to His people, making His desire known. To all who hearken to His Word, that Word brings rest and refreshing.

Isaiah 28:12a:
To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:

But this same Word will break all who reject it.

Isaiah 28:12b-13:
... yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

To refuse His voice is to choose to walk in the ways of darkness.

Proverbs 2:13-15:
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

John 3:19-20:
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

By the revelation of truth, God makes known both the way of life and the way of death.

Jeremiah 21:8:
And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

God’s way is the way of righteousness and everlasting life.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Proverbs 12:28:
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

But there is another path that opens wide to receive all who reject Him.

Proverbs 14:12:
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Forward or backward; in the way of life, or the way of death, every man must choose the way in which he shall walk.

Deuteronomy 30:19:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

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There is a way of life that is open to every Christian. It is a lighted pathway, illuminated by the revelation of God’s Holy Word.

Psalm 119:105:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

This path is the King’s Highway. Only the King and his royal household can travel on it.

Numbers 20:17:
Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's highway, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

God protects all travelers on His Royal Road. So long as His people stay on the Highway, they have no reason to fear, for though the enemy is on every side, his sword is powerless against them.

Jeremiah 6:25:
Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

Great and precious are the promises of God to all who travel by the King’s Highway.

Deuteronomy 28:9:
The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

Jeremiah 7:23:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Psalm 84:11:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

When God’s people begin to stray, He calls them back to His highway.

Isaiah 30:21:
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Still, it remains a particular challenge for the people of God to keep to the King’s highway, that is, to avoid straying to the left or right. For this reason, God exhorts His people frequently and repeatedly:

Deuteronomy 5:32:
Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Joshua 1:7:
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Proverbs 4:27:
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

1 Samuel 12:21:
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

The King’s Highway enters at the straight gate and runs along a narrow way.

Matthew 7:13a, 14:
Enter ye in at the strait gate:... Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The further one travels on the King’s Highway, the narrower the path becomes, until finally he is following in the footsteps of the Master. This is not at all true concerning the way that leads to destruction.

Matthew 7:13b:
For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

To quote a popular song from the 1960’s, "They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway." Neon lights shine best in the darkness, not to illuminate but to cast their eerie, hallucinogenic glow. For a truth, the neon lights are bright on the "broad way" that leads to destruction.

To walk in the narrow way, you must walk in balance, without leaning to the left or to the right. Walking in balance is essential to walking in a straight line. If Christians are to walk along the King’s Highway, they must be centered on the Word of God.

Habakkuk 3:19a:
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

One of the glaring weaknesses of the Church of Jesus Christ is that she fails to walk in balance. It is rare to meet anyone who is not extreme. Most denominations were conceived simply due to favoring one portion of Scripture over another. Fanaticism was born on the side of the road. Fanaticism was born of Extremism.

When Martin Luther led the Reformation of the Christian Church away from the authority of Papal Rome, and to the truth that is according to the divine authority of Holy Scripture, fanatics threatened to dismantle the entire movement. Fanaticism always hampers - if not entirely destroys - genuine Revival.

The following is from the book The Great Controversy:

"Thomas Munzer, the most active of the fanatics, was a man of considerable ability, which, rightly directed, would have enabled him to do good; but he had not learned the first principles of true religion. He imagined himself ordained of God to reform the world, forgetting, like many other enthusiasts, that the reform should begin with himself. He was ambitious to obtain position and influence, and was unwilling to be second, even to Luther. He declared that the reformers, in substituting the authority of the Scripture for that of the pope, were only establishing a different form of popery. He himself, he claimed, had been divinely commissioned to introduce the true reform. 'He who hath the Spirit,' said Munzer, 'hath true faith, although he should never once in all his life see the Holy Scriptures.'
The fanatical teachers gave themselves up to be governed by impressions, regarding every thought and impulse as the voice of God; consequently, they went to great extremes. Some even burned their Bibles, exclaiming, 'The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.' Munzer’s teaching appealed to men’s desire for the marvelous, while it gratified their pride by virtually placing human ideas and opinions above the Word of God."

Truth is never found in Extremism. Truth is found in the balance of Holy Scripture and the Spirit of God. That which is made known by God’s Spirit will conform to His Word. His Word will be confirmed by His Spirit. This is because God, His Word and His Spirit are ONE.

1 John 5:7:
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

God reveals Himself in the double witness of His Word and His Spirit.

Proverbs 1:23b:
Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

All true men of the faith have been men of the Spirit and of the Scriptures, relying on the confirmation of truth to keep them walking in balance.

Such a man was Martin Luther, who wrote:

"We cannot attain to the understanding of Scriptures either by study or by strength of intellect. Therefore, your first duty must be to begin with prayer. Entreat the Lord to deign to grant you, in his rich mercy, rightly to understand his Word. There is no other interpreter of the Word but the Author of that Word himself. Even he has said, 'They shall all be taught of God.' Hope nothing from your study and the strength of your intellect; but simply put your trust in God, and in the guidance of his Spirit. Believe one who has made trial of this matter."

So too was the Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli, who said:

"The Scriptures come from God, not from man. Even that God who enlightens will give thee to understand that the speech comes from God. The Word of God ... cannot fail. It is bright, it teaches itself, discloses itself, illumines the soul with all salvation and grace, comforts it in God, humbles it, so that it loses and even forfeits itself, and embraces God... When I began to give myself wholly up to the Holy Scriptures, philosophy and theology would always keep suggesting quarrels to me. At last I came to this, that I thought, 'Thou must let all that lie, and learn the meaning of God purely out of his own simple Word.' Then I began to ask God for his light, and the Scriptures began to be much easier to me."

Christians will walk in balance as they walk according to the standard of God’s revealed Word, turning neither to the left hand nor to the right. God demands parity; He requires balance.

Christians are to hear and do His sayings.

Luke 6:47-48:
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

Christians are to be known by their faith and their works.

James 2:26:
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

The presentation of the Gospel message is to be in word and power.

1 Thessalonians 1:5:
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Followers of Christ are likewise to be mighty in word and deed.

Luke 24:19b:
... Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

And especially so in their love:

1 John 3:18:
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

The Christian who desires to walk on the King’s Highway must walk in balance, avoiding extremism. Yet extremism is rampant in the Church today, and especially so in the category of Christian conduct. On one side of the road, legalists would have you believe that you can never be sure of your Salvation. They claim that your ticket to Heaven must be validated by your good works. Exactly what constitutes 'good works' differs from one group to the next. One thing for sure - the works in question will be ones the legislators are assured they themselves are doing. No man will condemn himself to hell.

On the other side of the road are those who teach that Grace is license to Sin. To them, the blood of Jesus Christ is little more than a free pass from hell. It is people like this who almost seem to justify the merciless stance of the legalists. However, both legalism and license are wrong; they are out of balance. Neither are found on the King’s Highway.

There is a secret to walking on the King’s Highway, to staying on the course of the narrow way. This too is a matter of balance. Christians must balance their lives according to the two-fold ministry of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour. Understanding these two aspects of His ministry will help us walk in accord with Him.

2 Peter 3:18a:
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

To travel on the King’s Highway, you must know that His is a way of grace. That you are traveling on this road has nothing to do with your goodness. The only accounting for salvation is God’s great love.

2 Timothy 1:9:
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Ephesians 2:8:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

The King’s Highway is for those who "believed through grace" (Acts 18:27) and are "established with grace" (Heb. 13:9). It is for those who are "strong in the grace" (2 Tim. 2:1) and "continue in the grace" (Acts 13:43).

There is no surer "exit" off the King’s Highway than self-righteousness. Self-righteousness is certain to lead you astray, to the left hand or to the right.

1 Corinthians 4:7:
For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

The only difference between you and all the Christ-rejecters in the world is that God gave you faith to believe.

Romans 5:6-8:
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Until the Saviour made you righteous, you could do no works of righteousness.

Titus 3:5-6:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

2 Corinthians 5:21:
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

To belittle the certainty of Salvation by Grace is to disparage the precious blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for the sins of the world.

1 Peter 1:18-21:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

The blood of Christ was not only enough to pay the price for your sins, but for the sins of the whole world as well.

1 John 2:2:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

By making provision for our sins even after we are saved, He has saved us to the uttermost.

Hebrews 7:25:
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

1 John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world.

1 John 4:14:
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

Jesus Christ, in Whom God dwells, is the Saviour of all men. He died for the sins of the whole world.

1 Timothy 4:10:
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

Christ is the Saviour of all men. He gave His life for all men, even though not all men will believe on His name. Therefore, He is Saviour specially of those who believe. For the rest, there is no other saviour.

Isaiah 43:11:
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

John 4:42b:
... This is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

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There is more to walking on the King’s Highway than acknowledging Christ as your Saviour. You must also know Him as your Lord.

"The Lord Jesus Christ" is not a title. He is not "Sir Jesus of the Cross." Implicit in the acknowledgment of Christ’s Lordship is the awareness that because He is Lord, He is to be served and obeyed.

John 13:13:
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Luke 6:46:
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

How terrible to be included amongst those of whom the Lord must warn His people, saying:

Matthew 23:3:
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Romans 16:18:
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

If we say that He is Lord, our deeds should reflect our confession.

Romans 6:19:
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and not just of them that believe. His kingdom is above all.

1 Chronicles 29:11:
Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Romans 14:11:
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Philippians 2:11:
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The confession of Christ as Lord is intrinsic to salvation. However, the confessor does not "make" Christ his Lord. He acknowledges that Christ is Lord, whether or not anyone believes it.

Romans 10::
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.

True believers serve the Lord Jesus with reverence, rejoicing and gladness.

Psalm 2:11:
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 100:2:
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

The day will come when even His enemies bow down before His Majesty and Power, in humble acknowledgment that He alone is King of kings and Lord of lords.

1 Timothy 6:15:
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Psalm 110:1:
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Psalm 102:15:
So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

Zephaniah 2:11:
The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

Either way, whether in faith or fear, He will be served.

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Matthew 7:21:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

The day will come when all the world will cry out "Lord! Lord!" However, only those who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour will enter His kingdom. This is the balanced walk of the Christian - to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and to obey Him as your Lord.

We believe on Jesus Christ as our Saviour.

John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Acts 16:30b-31:
Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

We serve Him because He is Lord.

1 John 3:16:
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

2 Corinthians 5:15:
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

You are placed on the King’s Highway by an act of God’s saving grace.

Isaiah 35:8:
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

You stay on the King’s Highway by your obedience to your Lord.

Proverbs 16:17:
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

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2 Peter 3:11b:
... What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?

The answer is found in walking on the King’s Highway, turning neither to the left nor to the right. Those who know Jesus only as their Lord will not walk in grace. Those who know Him only as their Saviour will not walk in obedience. But it is this walk in grace and obedience that keeps us on the King’s Highway, walking with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 2:5:
O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Come ye, Christian, and walk in the light of the Lord. Set your heart toward the King’s Highway, the royal road set aside for all who know Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and obey Him as their Lord.

Set thine heart toward the highway.
(Jeremiah 31:21b)