Order the book Thy Kingdom Comes Thy Kingdom Comes
by Gregory Thomas Williams d HHC
Minister of His Holy Church
March 15, 1994.
Revised August 31, 2005
A King is Born
2 What is Redemption?
is deliverance from the power of an alien dominion and the enjoyment
of the resulting freedom. It involves the idea of restoration to one
who possesses a more fundamental right or interest. The best example
of redemption in the Old Testament was the deliverance of the
children of Israel from bondage, from the dominion of the alien power
Abraham parted with many souls
from his Father’s city-state of Haran. Moses was born a slave,
but adopted at three months of age to be heir to the house of
Pharaoh. Jesus was adopted by Joseph while in the womb of Joseph's
betrothed and was born king of God’s Kingdom. Like the
Israelites in the bondage of Egypt, the people of Judea again needed
redemption, but a more everlasting one. It was this cause that
brought Jesus into the world of Rome.
bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake,
He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
To many, John the Baptist was the high
priest and prophet of God. Jesus was his holy cousin which John had
designated to be his successor.2
Later, when John was in prison, he needed assurance that Jesus was
also the One to be the King. As the anointed King and High Priest, he
would have the power and authority of Moses and, with those two
offices, He could take the Kingdom away and appoint it to another, as
He said He was going to do.
therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou
sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. John 18:37
The people’s bondage was the
result of looking to the Fathers of Rome and was based in their
desire to decide for themselves what was good and what was evil, to
make law and to covet. They had set up their own form of government,
elected men to exercise authority over their neighbor and be
their benefactor. Now trapped in bondage, they needed a king
who would do what Rehoboam would not do. They needed a king who would
forgive their sloth and greed. They needed a king who would set them
Judea remained the remnant of God’s
Kingdom and Jesus was its King. He was the King who came to serve and
to set the captives free so that they could walk in God’s ways.
He was setting them free from the apostate kings and priests of God’s
once godly kingdom. As the righteous king and high priest of Judea
and, therefore, of Israel, he took the Kingdom from usurpers and
appointed it to His faithful disciples.
say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given
to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Matthew 21:43
The people no longer lived in a godly
republic, free from the treaties of their rulers. By covetous
participation, they had become enfranchised citizens. The government
of Judea could now make treaties, covenants, and alliances for the
people with the gentiles. This was legal because the people were now
bond as human resources through their application and acceptance of
the entitlements of the king’s table. The people came under
Both king and people had sinned against the words of Moses and God.
It was time to repent.
Jesus was setting them free in spirit
and truth. He would not appeal to the world of Rome nor apply for
their protection. He had come to teach us about freedom under the
precepts of His Kingdom of God and to set us free indeed.
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.... If the
Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.4
Allegiance to Christ made you free
indeed, but you had to repent and change your ways. You had to live
by faith in Him and the Father who sent Him. You had to apply to your
Father in the Kingdom of Heaven and stop coveting your neighbor's
goods and ruling over your neighbor in the democratic kingdoms of the
gentiles. The people had to learn to come together in voluntary love
and charity, seeking the ways of the kingdom of God.
no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and
worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not
seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head,
from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment
ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.