Vol. 8, No. 9
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Jesus does not have to wait until some indefinite time in the future to be crowned King since he, the seed of David, is already reigning on his throne from heaven. The prophet Gabriel told Mary, "Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:30-33).
John, the forerunner of Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb, was sent of God to prepare the people's hearts to receive Jesus, the Son of God, and enter into his eternal kingdom.
Like John before him, Jesus preached the message of repentance: "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). The kingdom was soon to appear for the benefit of "Israel" as Jesus declared: "Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power" (Mark 9:1). The kingdom came with power according to the plan of God on the first Pentecost day after the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus when he had taken his seat to reign at the Father's right hand (cf. Acts 2:22-36).
The kingdom of heaven is an expression that is used interchangeably with "the church" in Holy Scripture. Having promised to build his church, Jesus indicated he would give unto Peter the "keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:18-19). A short time after Jesus' return to the Father, Peter began to use "the keys" to give obedient believers access into the kingdom. Peter and the other apostles preached the Gospel of the kingdom and those that gladly received his word were baptized and added to the church (Acts 2:41, 47).
Jesus, thus, is presently reigning as King over his kingdom. In his dominion he exercises authority in our hearts and in every aspect of our lives we are to yield ourselves to him.
The church, that is, the kingdom of heaven is not a democracy. Those who are truly born again and in the church Jesus established are under a form of government called a "monarchy." All power, all authority, all sovereignty rests upon his shoulders as the prophet Isaiah prophesied: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever" (Isaiah 9:6-7; cf. Matthew 28:18).
The "denominational concept of Christianity" is at odds with the form of government God established for the church. The churches of men prefer the democratic form of government where the people's voice can be heard and so doctrines and practices can be altered accordingly to change with the changes of culture. A "convention" can come together to discuss a matter, debate and vote and they can leave with the position of the denomination being different so that what was considered wrong before the convention is now right and good.
Under the government of Christ, he holds the power of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. What is "bound" upon the earth consists of that which has been bound in heaven, and that which is "loosed" upon earth consists of that which has been loosed in heaven. This has all been revealed to us within the pages of the New Testament of Jesus Christ. There is no individual or group of men living today who have been given legislative privileges. The doctrine of Christ and his apostles is unchanging, and we will be judged according to his Word (cf. John 12:48).
Is Jesus your Lord and King? Submit to him now before it is too late (Philippians 2:9-11).