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 Vol. 9, No. 2 

February 2007

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The Reigning King

By Hugo McCord

After Jesus had received "all authority in heaven and on the earth" (Matthew 28:18), "all things written about" him "in Moses' law and the prophets and in the psalms" had not been "fulfilled" (Luke 24:44).

It had been predicted that "the scepter will not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until the Peacemaker comes, and him the peoples will obey" (Genesis 49:10).

Jesus "descended from Judah" (Hebrews 7:14), but while he was on the earth he refused a king's "scepter" ("an ensign of sovereignty," Webster). After he had miraculously fed "about five thousand men, besides the women and children" (Matthew 14:21), those people "were about to come and take him by force, to make him king," he "went into a mountain alone" (John 6:15).

He knew the Scripture that foretold he would have a king's "scepter," but he also knew that the same Scripture stated he would be a "Peacemaker," and another Scripture said that he would be a "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). He would be a king without a physical sword. His sword would be "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17), the "God-breathed" (theopneustos, 2 Timothy 3:16) Scripture with the power to give to everyone who "trusts in" him "perfect peace" (Isaiah 26:3). Jesus assured Governor Pilate that "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).

The Scripture foretelling that Jesus would be a king (Genesis 49:10) was not fulfilled while he was on the earth. However, after he arrived back in heaven, another Scripture was fulfilled as the joyous Father announced Jesus' kingship with a figurative "scepter of uprightness," and figuratively "anointed" him "with the oil of gladness" (Psalm 45:6-7; cf. Hebrews 1:6-7), using the very same word, "scepter," that was in the original prediction.

The Father even called "his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13, KJV) "God," saying to him, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever" (Psalm 45:6; Hebrews 1:8). So, after Jesus returned back to heaven, he became "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Revelation 17:14; 19:16), and will continue reigning in heaven until he "delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father" (1 Corinthians 15:24). He does not come back to the earth to begin reigning, but brings it to a close when he "delivers the kingdom" back "to God, even the Father."

Jesus' kingdom is invisible, "inside (entos) of you," and controlling the lives of all who have been born again of "water and Spirit," a kingdom of "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17; Luke 17:21; John 3:5). His "Gospel" ("good news," euaggelion) has "power" (dunamis) to rescue (hruomai) sinners "from the power of darkness, and" to transfer them "into the kingdom of" the Father's "dear Son" (Colossians 1:13, KJV). The rescued sinners have become Christians (1 Peter 4:16), and "they reign" with Jesus "upon the earth" (Revelation 5:10, ASV), not "will reign upon the earth" (Revelation 5:10, NASB, NIV), not "shall reign upon the earth" (Revelation 5:10, KJV, NKJV). All Christians are "kings [and queens]," (Revelation 1:6; 5:10; KJV, NKJV), who exercise their status as kings and queens by refusing to "let sin reign in" their "mortal bodies" (Romans 6:12).Image

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