In a culture marked by rap music, texting, and e-mail, the art of language is being reduced to short symbols, quick concepts, and melodic tones. As communicators, we are not using the power of language to shape the culture as was accomplished in much earlier cultures. In The Language of Kings, author E. James Logan examines the language spoken in the Bible and makes parallels to today's world.
Using biblical quotations and follow-up examples, The Language of Kings analyzes the role of language between those favored by God and those who were disfavored. Bishop Logan shows how kings spoke diﬀerently than tyrants and dictators and describes the impact of those words on others.
The Language of Kings explores the possibility of reincarnating the faith-ﬁlled language spoken by kings during the time of the Bible in order to bring about a more civilized, polite, and caring world. Bishop Logan advocates using kinder, gentler language that strengthens, encourages, and teaches the power of the spoken word.
"By speaking the language of kings one to another; we will release, share and impart our love to each other. By doing so, people will know that Christ has disciplined us ... taught us to again speak the language of Kings!" (EJL)
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The Language of KINGS
By E. James Logan
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Chapter OneThe Origin of Language
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (KJV)
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (KJV)
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (KJV)
Here we see in Genesis that when God created things, He "spoke" them into existence. God is recorded as the first speaker in history. In order to speak, one must have words to say, and those words must be understood in order for them to be carried out.
The word language comes from the Latin word lingua, meaning tongue. Language therefore is what is spoken or talked about. Language is usually applied to a nation or people group. So a language is a specific way of speaking by a people group.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines language as "a body or system of words and phrases used by a large community or by a people, a nation, or a group of nations." Language is what ties humanity into social groups. People who speak the same language seem to flock together; language makes this possible. There are common languages of nations and people groups such as Spanish, French, and German. Each of these people groups (nations) has a language that is named after the nation where it is spoken.
Wherever there is human society, there is language. Most forms of human activity depend on the cooperation of two or more people. A common language enables human beings to work together in an infinite variety of ways. Language has made possible the development of advanced, technological civilization. Without language for communication, there would be little or no science, religion, commerce, government, art, literature, and philosophy.
"All languages have certain things in common. These include (1) sound patterns, (2) words, (3) grammatical structure, and (4) syntax and morphology."
A sound pattern refers to sounds that the human speech organs can utter; there are twenty to sixty such patterns.
Words are sounds that have a meaning; they represent objects, actions, or ideas.
Grammatical structure is the manner in which certain elements of language are related to others in forming larger, meaningful units such as sentences; there are two aspects of grammatical structure, called syntax and morphology.
Syntax involves arrangement of words in a particular orderstructure.
Morphology deals with elements that serve as building blocks for words. It uses a variation in the form of a word to show the function of the word in a group.
No one knows all the reasons that languages change, but they continue to do so as long as people speak them. In a few cases, the changes can be explained. For example, words are added to a vocabulary to refer to new ideas or objects. Contacts between speakers of different languages may cause words from one language to enter another language.
Most language changes occur for unknown reasons. Languages do not become better or worse, only different. The change is very slow.
Only when a language loses all its speakers does it stop changing completely. "A language that is no longer spoken is called a dead language."
Such languages include:
Etruscan and Gothic
The [language of kings] had all but died until Jesus came to earth and as the King of Kings who single-handedly reinstated a language that had not been totally embraced for thousands of years.
19 Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. (NAS)
Slang is a language that is used by certain smaller people groups. It is a type of sub-language to the normal language of the times spoken by the major people group. This language is a way of communicating that is specifically and uniquely important to each group. Doctors, attorneys, coaches—all use their own language called slang.
Communication is the act of releasing, sharing, and imparting an idea or thought once exclusive, making it common to others. Thus the language of kings must be totally restored before Jesus comes again.
The word language also means discourse, which means to discuss. In order to have discussion, people must speak the same language. Language also communicates emotions. Love is most communicated by language. Jesus says:
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (KJV)
In essence, Jesus is saying that, by speaking the language of kings one to another we will release, share, and impart our love to each other. By doing so, people will know that Christ has disciplined us ... taught us how to speak again the language of kings.
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (KJV)
We are also told to speak the truth in love. This is the language of kings.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: [in: or, into] [stature: or, age]
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (KJV)
The five-fold ministry gifts are supposed to teach how to speak the language of kings ... to talk the way God talks. This is called spiritual maturity—agreeing with God in word and deed.
James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. (KJV)
Now that we understand some of the specifics of language, let's turn our attention again to Genesis, Chapter 1. God is the first speaker in history. As such, He must have had a language that was spoken and understood by everyone and everything.
In fact, when God wanted to make man, the scriptures says God said let us make man in our image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). The Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit already had a language they all understood. In order to have a conversation with one another, all parties must understand a common language.
So God is the author of language.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (KJV)
Jesus Christ is the divine expression of God to mankind on the Earth. The first expression on the planet was that of the divine creator. Man is merely an echo of the divine expression of God; therefore, all man's words are to reflect the awesome brilliance and omnipotence of God.
Language is communication; communication means imparting or transmitting thought. Words are the most common form of communication. Communication is the act of sharing, imparting information, and making common to others what was once exclusive to you.
Transmitting is causing something to pass from one place to another.
In Genesis, Chapters 1 and 2, the words and God said ... and it was so are seen in one form or another at least eight times during the telling of how He reshaped the Earth and created the galaxies, plants, and animals.
God was communicating or transmitting what had once been inside Him to the outside world. So God creates by communication ... by speaking! He transmits from one place to another and sees the desired results!
Who taught Adam how to talk? God did. God taught Adam how to speak; this is how Adam exercised the dominion God gave him over the Earth—by speaking. Adam named all the animals by speaking to them ... by communicating out loud so they all would know who had dominion!
How else would Noah and his sons get all the animals, insects, and birds onto the ark? By speaking, they called them into the ark, and they obeyed!
The whole earth had one language and one way of speaking or communicating.
Genesis 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (KJV)
This is how thoughts were transmitted into reality. And everything they said came to pass just as God's words had. So God mixed their language so they could no longer transmit to one another!
So the [language of kings] is a mixture of seventy languages including the language of the angels.
Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High assigned lands to the nations, when he divided up the human race, he established the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of angelic beings. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [the language of kings], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (KJV)
Until Jesus came, man could speak only the language of men or angels, or men and angels, but not the language of kings. Remember, God taught the first Adam. Now the last Adam comes to restore what the first Adam lost!
Chapter TwoThe Origin of Kings
A king by definition is the sovereign of a nation; a man invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe, or country—a prince, a ruler, or a monarch.
The language of kings then is a specific way in which sovereigns-people with supreme authority—speak and communicate with those they rule over and their peers.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (KJV)
Dominion is rulership—it is supreme authority. In essence, God made man king over the earth.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (KJV)
Notice also, that, after God created man, He blessed them! [To bless means to praise, salute, and speak well of.] In order for Adam to know he was blessed, he had to hear and understand what God was speaking to him. Adam could not take dominion without first knowing God gave him dominion, so Adam had to understand the words His God spoke to him in order to take dominion.
Notice also that the scriptures say God blessed them, and God said. Emphasizing the fact that God spoke to Adam because He blessed them by saying or speaking. So Adam heard and understood the words God spoke to him,—why? Because God taught Adam how to talk—how to speak the language of kings, so that there could be conversation between one sovereign being and another!
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (KJV)
Adam exercised the language of kings by naming (shem in Hebrew). Adam gave every living thing its name, nature character, and reputation. The name is also symbolic of the glory of a thing. Adam gave every living thing its glory by speaking. This is the language ability of a sovereign being.
Language is powerful, and to have the ability to name a thing gives the right to rule over it. Adam had this power as king in the earth. Everything was subject to Adam, whatever he said was law. There was complete subjection. In fact, there was no one around to object; no one else had this sovereign ability to speak but God and Adam! God and Adam spoke the same language! There was no one else on the level of Adam, no one else who could understand him as a sovereign being.
So God would come down everyday in the cool of the day and communicate with Adam. They would speak in the language of kings!
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: (KJV)
Upon closer study of Genesis, we note that there are only three characters who communicate in the Garden of Eden. God and Adam speak the language of kings while the serpent speaks the language of angels with Eve. As a fallen angel, Satan communicated on a lower level through the serpent to Eve.
But equally interesting is the fact that scripture does not record the serpent speaking to Adam. Could it be that the serpent knew he had no authority to address Adam since Adam was king of the garden and the Earth? Every subject needs permission to speak to a king; the serpent was never granted that permission.
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)
Scripture tells us that everyone must submit to higher governing authorities, even Satan!
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. (KJV)
Job tells us there was a day (a time or season) the angels came before God and Satan came also. Genesis 1:14 tells us that days are for signs, seasons, days, and years. I believe the angels could not appear before God at any time of their choosing—there was a specific time they were to come.
No one can appear before a king whenever he or she chooses. Esther 4:11 clearly reminds us that approaching a king without being invited meant certain death! The serpent could not just approach Adam at his leisure. No, he had to be invited into the presence of a king, and he had no such invitation, so he approached Eve.
Satan, from his beginning, was never a king; neither was he ever given king status. Adam was, and Satan has been jealous ever since and has desired the kingly status that God gave Adam. Part of his diabolical plan was to overthrow Adam (mankind) and assume the throne as king of the Earth.
Scripture (Ephesians 2:2) tells us that Satan is only the prince of the power of the air. He is never referred to as a king—only a prince. Princes have authority, but only under the king. And a prince's authority can be taken away by the king.
There are only two legal ways to be come a king. One is by overthrowing the kingdom of another king and taking his seat. The other is to be born of royal blood and inherit the kingdom of one's father.
The devil had no legal right to become the prince of the power of the air. He did so by trickery and thievery.
John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (KJV)
Mankind was king by birthright until Satan stole the kingdom from man. As king, Satan's word carried much power. He dominated man for centuries reducing mankind to slaves of his perverted and twisted will.
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)
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Table of Contents
ContentsChapter 1. The Origin of Language....................1
Chapter 2. The Origin of Kings....................9
Chapter 3. The Heart of a King....................17
Chapter 4. The Power of Kings....................21
Chapter 5. The Language of Kings....................27
Chapter 6. The Dominion of Kings....................41