A King Now or a Coming King?

crownIf Jesus Christ has all power and authority at this moment, and if He sits on the throne of Heaven as God Almighty, how is it that the world is still so painfully overrun with evil and corruption? Such a thought has lead Futurists to believe that Jesus will someday return to destroy all the evil powers that and then establish His power over all the earth. This idea has a major flaw in that it ignores the fact that Jesus already said He has “all power in Heaven and in earth” (see Matthew 28:18). Thus, Jesus is omnipotent, not satan…and that is not a “coming thing,” but one that is a reality right now.

Where men get confused about this subject is when they use the world’s stability or instability to gauge whether or not Jesus is currently in control. This is the same reasoning used by the religious establishment of Jesus’ day. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the Jew’s King; but because they did not see Jesus exercising the authority they thought He should over their current Roman oppression, they rejected His leadership. What they missed with their eyes was that Jesus was not trying to establish an earthly kingdom with palaces and armies and general population of citizens; He was instead trying to conquer one heart at a time, and therein establish His kingdom. This simply means Jesus was conquering one sinner at a time by establishing His Kingship over their life. Why this empowerment is not enough for some is beyond me. Maybe it’s because being led by the true King, necessitates the forfeiture of one’s kingdom over to Jesus Christ. This only happens if a man or woman is willing to die to their own will in favor of following God’s will.

Jesus said He is a KING…

Matthew 21:33-45
(33) Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
(34) And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

He OWNED, PLANTED, and was to take its PROFITS. WHY?? Because HE was ITS OWNER!

(35) And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
(36) Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
(37) But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
(38) But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
(39) And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

Remember, it says this lord owned this property. Those wounding and killing his servants and son were only tenants on HIS property.

(40) When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
(41) They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

Why can HE judge so harshly?? Because HE, as lord of the land, has that AUTHORITY!

(42) Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

This speaks of this parable’s mentioned SON—JESUS!

(43) Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

But wait…how is HE a KING when those in this story were rebelling against HIS authority? Answer: since when does God need a sinner’s approval to BE or DO anything? The Almighty God is KING simply because in His sovereignty He says so! This means that neither a person’s rebellion against nor his obedience to God’s authority diminishes or adds one iota to His already omnipotent power! Just because a man or woman disagrees with the President of the United States, does this remove him from office? What if this critic were a United States citizen? Would his anti-president sentiment remove the President’s authority over him? Of course the answer is, “No.” A US citizen’s belief or unbelief in his President neither adds to nor diminish his executive authority. Since this is the situation for a political leader, how much truer should it be for the One who has all power in heaven and in earth – Jesus Christ? This is especially obvious when one remembers that God is not restricted by the limits of an office term, for His sovereignty is over an everlasting Kingdom!

(44) And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
(45) And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

He spoke of them because they were (willing or not) subject to this King’s Will in regards to this coming judgment! He took that kingdom from them and gave it to another because He as its King could do as He willed!

Jesus has ALL power in Heaven and in earth—right now. “All power” means exactly that, “all power.” Only a King with complete authority could make such a claim. Jesus said He had such authority at the time of the Great Commission. That makes this not a ‘coming’ kingship, but a ‘was’ and ‘is’ kingship right now!

At His trial, Jesus said that at that time His kingdom was “NOT OF THIS WORLD,” but He also added, “NOW is my kingdom not from hence.” This confirmed He planned to someday afterward return to establish and reign in His Kingdom. This promise did not take long to be fulfilled because Jesus already did return and did just that. Remember Jesus said that He had “all power….”

Matthew 28:18
(18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH.

Jesus said this right after His resurrection. On this fulfillment Paul wrote:

Romans 14:9
(9) For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, THAT HE MIGHT BE LORD BOTH OF THE DEAD AND LIVING.

Concerning the phrase, “That he might be Lord,” Barnes Notes states the following:

“That he might ‘rule over.’ The Greek word used here implies the idea of his being ‘proprietor’ or ‘owner’ as well as ‘ruler.’ It means that he might exercise entire dominion over all, as the sovereign Lawgiver and Lord.”

The Bible states emphatically that Jesus does rule through the Spirit!

1 Corinthians 15:23-25
(23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
(24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
(25) For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

This passage does not say Jesus rules AFTER He conquers all His enemies, but that He rules TILL [until] He puts all His enemies under His feet. Since Jesus’ Kingdom is everlasting, we can see that His rule will remain for all time.

Numerous sources state that THE HOLY OF HOLIES WAS VIEWED AS THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD ON EARTH. Jesus’ sacrifice was to allow mankind a “new” and “living” access into His presence which abides, in a Spiritual sense, within this room’s heavenly realm. This agrees with what the next verses say:

Ephesians 1:20-23
(20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and Set Him At His Own Right Hand IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES,
(21) Far ABOVE ALL PRINCIPALITY, AND POWER, AND MIGHT, AND DOMINION, AND EVERY NAME THAT IS NAMED, NOT ONLY IN THIS WORLD, BUT ALSO IN THAT WHICH IS TO COME:
(22) And HATH PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, and GAVE HIM TO BE THE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH,
(23) Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Jesus has ALL power in heaven and earth (See Matthew 28:18). This makes Him King of kings and Lord of lords, and because so, He has ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET RIGHT NOW. Verse 22 refers to His footstool enemies of Hebrews 10:13. This same thought carries on into Ephesians 2.

Ephesians 2:1-6
(1) AND YOU hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins
(2) Wherein in time past ye WALKED ACCORDING TO THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
(3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
(4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
(5) Even WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN SINS, HATH QUICKENED US TOGETHER WITH CHRIST, by (grace ye are saved; )
(6) And HATH RAISED US UP TOGETHER, AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS:

Notice it says Jesus “HATH made us ALIVE together,” and He “RAISED US UP” to “SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES”! This is the enthronement of Jesus’ body of believers coming through their joint death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

In our unredeemed, unregenerated state we walked according to our “natural” or “Adamic” ways. What does the Bible say about the meaning of “earth?” “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” (Isaiah 66:1 & Acts 7:49) So, where is God’s footstool and enemies found? “Earth” or “this world.” And where is His throne? “Heaven!” Jesus confirms this and more in the next verses:

Matthew 5:34-35
(34) But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by HEAVEN; FOR IT IS GOD’S THRONE:
(35) Nor by the EARTH; FOR IT IS HIS FOOTSTOOL: neither by JERUSALEM; FOR IT IS THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.

So, where is Jesus’ throne? “Heaven.” Where is His footstool? The “earth.” And where did He say the city of the “Great King” was? “Jerusalem!” In the New Covenant, this city is the New Jerusalem—the Church. Remember, THE NEW JERUSALEM IS THE HEAVENLY CITY where Jesus is described as the one sitting on her throne (See Revelation 4:2). Also, the New Jerusalem is the city where outside her gates are gathered the “worldly” who are not welcomed within her “heavenly” borders; but since she is the Church, we know through other scriptures that when these sinners are born again of the water and the Spirit, then they are welcome to enter this Kingdom (See Revelation 22:14-15; John 3:3, 5).

THIS ENTHRONEMENT OF JESUS LITERALLY HAPPENS AS MEN DIE TO THEIR SINS, IS BAPTIZED IN JESUS’ NAME, AND RECEIVES HIS HOLY GHOST (See Acts 2:38). This obedience to the Gospel message allows access to Jesus to enter that believer’s life and makes his body the new Temple of God. HE LITERALLY TAKES RESIDENCE IN THEIR LIFE, THUS MAKING THE BELIEVER THE TEMPLE OF GOD, AND ENTHRONING JESUS AS THEIR KING (See 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). But those who reject the New Covenant, born again experience, remain in their earthly, sinful ways. James’ reference to this “worldliness” correlates with what the Bible said about Jesus’ footstool enemies.

James 4:4
(4) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Enemies of God are those who remain in their natural “worldly” existence. This is viewed by God as rebellion against Jesus establishing a throne in their life. So when Jesus is enthroned in a believer, they are raised up to sit with Him, and His “footstool” is made up of those who remain in their “earthly” rebellion against Jesus’ New Covenant and against the city from which He reins, the New Jerusalem – the Church.

Revelation 3:11-12
(11) Behold, I come quickly: HOLD THAT FAST WHICH THOU HAST, THAT NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN.
(12) Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and THE NAME OF THE CITY OF MY GOD, WHICH IS NEW JERUSALEM, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

A man could only take your crown in this life, not in the next. This shows that RIGHT NOW we have the authority mentioned in these passages!

From these conclusions we see the issue is not whether Jesus is sitting on His throne, or even if we are sitting there with Him, for both are clearly taught in Scripture as a present reality through the New Covenant. This leaves the real issue as being WHETHER OR NOT A PERSON ALLOWS JESUS TO SIT ON THE THRONE OF THEIR LIFE, and WHETHER OR NOT THEY ALLOW JESUS’ LORDSHIP TO REIGN THROUGH THEM.

 

Copyright © 2008 TK Burk. All Rights Reserved.
www.tkburk.com

, , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply