The Origin of Jesus’ Body

Question #1 – How was Jesus the “seed” of David?

A pure lineage was needed to confirm the rightful heir to the throne of David. In the next verse, Paul states that Jesus is that heir because He was of the “seed” of David.

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

This “seed” is defined as follows:

sperma (G4690): From G4687; something sown, that is, seed (including the male “sperm”); by implication offspring; specifically a remnant (figuratively as if kept over for planting): – issue, seed.

Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

And as…

1) from which a plant germinates 1a) the seed, i.e. the grain or kernel which contains within itself the germ of the future plants 1a1) of the grains or kernels sown 1b) metaphorically a seed, i.e. a residue, or a few survivors reserved as the germ of the next generation (just as seed is kept from the harvest for the sowing)
2) the semen virile 2a) the product of this semen, seed, children, offspring, progeny 2b) family, tribe, posterity 2c) whatever possesses vital force or life giving power 2c1) of divine energy of the Holy Spirit operating within the soul by which we are regenerated

Thayer’s Greek Definitions

Thus, both Strong’s and Thayer’s define the Greek word “sperma” as a natural seed, which refers to a human’s biological offspring. Paul’s usage of sperma, within the context of his statement, has him defining Jesus as a man born from the “seed” of David. Or, in other words, Paul said that Jesus was a biological descendant of David. This interpretation aligns perfectly with the next scriptures. These foretold of a time when the “seed” or “lineage” of David would sit upon David’s throne. This promised “seed” isn’t to be a reincarnated David (though that idea, as ludicrous as it sounds, has been suggested), but is instead to be a man that is an incarnate descendant of David.

Psalms 89:3-4 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto DAVID MY SERVANT, (4) THY SEED will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

Psalms 89:35-36 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto DAVID. (36) HIS SEED shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

Psalms 132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; OF THE FRUIT OF THY BODY will I set upon thy throne.

2 Samuel 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out OF THY BOWELS, and I will establish his kingdom.

The ESV Bible translates this last passage as follows:

2 Samuel 7:12-13 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall COME FROM YOUR BODY, and I will establish his kingdom. (13) He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

There are two genealogies concerning Jesus’ lineage. Matthew gives the lineage of Joseph, and Luke lists the lineage of Mary (see Matthew 1; Luke 3). We know Jesus could not be of the “seed” of David through Joseph since he was Jesus’ “supposed” father (see Luke 3:23). Therefore, Jesus’ lineage to David must come through His mother, Mary. Concerning Mary being the link to David’s “seed,” consider the following reference:

“Matthew gives Joseph’s genealogy—Luke gives Mary’s. Luke does not say Heli ‘begat’ Joseph. Joseph was his son-in-law. If Jesus was the son of Joseph, as some claim, He is forever barred from the throne, being a descendant of Coniah who was cursed, that none of his line might have the throne. Jesus was accordingly conceived by the Holy Ghost in Mary, Mary’s father being a descendant of David through another line.”

Summarized Bible

Therefore, this promise could not fall to any descendant of Coniah (see Jeremiah 22:28-30). Though it is true that Jesus’ mother, Mary, is biblically of David’s lineage (more on this later); she did not meet all the Messianic prophecies and was thus disqualified from being this prophesied “seed.” Therefore, someone else who was to be born – physically – from the “seed “of” David’s body had to fulfill that promise.” Luke 3:23-38 gives the physical lineage of Jesus. This lineage proves Jesus descended from David’s “seed.” It also proves that His lineage is not traced through the rejected lineage of Coniah. However, to literally be of David’s “seed” and his “lineage,” Jesus would need to have inherited Mary’s flesh. The Bible lists Jesus’ lineage in Matthew 1 and Luke 3. The lineage in Matthew follows Joseph, which would be Jesus’ legal lineage to David. The lineage in Luke follows Mary, which would be Jesus’ natural lineage to Adam. Dr. Henry Morris explains the genealogy in Luke as follows:

“Joseph was clearly the son of Jacob (Matthew 1:16, so this verse [Luke 3:23—says “son of Heli”] should be understood to mean “son-in-law of Heli.” Thus, the genealogy of Christ in Luke is actually the genealogy of Mary, while Matthew gives that of Joseph. Actually, the word “son” is not in the original, so it would be legitimate to supply either “son” or “son-in-law” in this context. Since Matthew and Luke clearly record much common material, it is certain that neither one could unknowingly incorporate such a flagrant apparent mistake as the wrong genealogy in his record. As it is, however, the two genealogies show that both parents were descendants of David—Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David, and Mary through Nathan (Luke 3:23-31), her line thus carrying the seed of David, since Solomon’s line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah’s sin.”

Dr. Henry M. Morris, The Defender’s Study Bible, note for Luke 3:23, Iowa Falls, Iowa: World Publishing, Inc., 1995

Luke’s lineage gives evidence that Jesus was biologically related to both Mary and to her forefather, David. The Bible further agrees with that Jesus did fulfill these stipulations, and as a result, became the rightful heir of the throne of David. This point is the focus of these next verses:

Acts 2:30-31 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, (31) he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of THE CHRIST, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love FOR DAVID.

Acts 13:34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings OF DAVID.’

John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ COMETH OF THE SEED OF DAVID, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, THAT OF THE FRUIT OF HIS LOINS, ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. (23) OF THIS MAN’S SEED hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was MADE OF THE SEED OF DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH;

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that JESUS CHRIST OF THE SEED OF DAVID was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

It is the consistent testimony of Scripture that Jesus is a son of David:

Mark 10:46-48 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. (47) And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou SON OF DAVID, have mercy on me. (48) And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Acts 2:25-31 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: (26) Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (27) Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (28) Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. (29) Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. (30) Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that OF THE FRUIT OF HIS LOINS, ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; (31) He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ OF THE SEED OF DAVID was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

Upon hearing that some Christians believe Jesus was not a human descendant of David, one Rabbi commented: “I would love to debate such people on the subject of Jesus being the true Messiah. If they say he is not human, then I could destroy their argument that says he was the true Messiah.” This Rabbi knew that the scriptures teach—without question—the necessity of the Messiah being from the human lineage of David. Without this lineage, Jesus would be a false Messiah.

The Throne of David

Not only was this “seed” prophesied to come from David’s physical body, but it was also to establish David’s throne forever. Some of the verses that speak of this enthronement include:

Psalms 132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

Isaiah 9:7 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. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

Why this point cannot be overlooked is that if David’s throne is not yet reestablished then one could rightly argue that David’s seed has not yet arrived. However, since we can know that David’s “seed” (sperma/physical descendant) is Jesus Christ, we can also know that Jesus thereby currently resides on David’s throne.

I have encountered believers who think David’s throne speaks of the actual chair David sat on when ruling as king. Like the children’s game “King of the Hill”, they have a person occupying a special position, which thereby places them in control. The big difference about this is in their version the person sitting on David’s chair controls the entire world, not just a single hill. What these folks fail to realize is that the Bible uses David’s throne as a symbolic message speaking of the position of David’s authority. This meaning is very similar to the statements where Jesus is said to be “on the right hand of God” (see Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; Acts 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:12; 1 Peter 3:22). One God standing on the right side of a second God cannot be taken literally since the Bible declares there is only one true God. As a result, there isn’t a 33½-year-old “God the son” positioned on the right side of “God the Father.” Besides, how can an omnipresent God that is a “Spirit” have a literal “right side” anyway? Instead, this “right side” position is biblical imagery that speaks of Jesus’ divine position of power. Men and women who serve in an important capacity are often referred to as being someone’s “right-hand man.” Thus, this phrase acts as a symbolic image that points to them being granted certain powers to act as a special representative. James and John asked Jesus for this same type position (see Mark 10:35-37). They thought sitting at Jesus’ left side and right side would grant them a special status in what they believed would be a physical kingdom of God. They later discovered they were in error.

Saying that Jesus is at “God’s right hand” is tantamount to saying “Jesus is the power of God.” This agrees with the prophecies that have God’s “own arm” bringing salvation (Isaiah 59:16). God’s “right hand” and His “arm” were to be the agents that brought God’s children spiritual victory (See Psalms 44:3). Of course, a Spirit needs no hand or arm. Thus, the usage of these limbs in prophetic language is symbolic of the power and authority that was to bring mankind salvation. This prophecy is now fulfilled through God’s “right-hand man,” Jesus Christ (see Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 1:24; 1 Corinthians 2:5; 2 Corinthians 13:4; 2 Timothy 1:8).

rophetic imagery of power and authority are also found in passages that speak of David’s throne. The authority of David’s throne was promised exclusively to his rightful heir, and since Jesus states He has “all power” in both the physical and the spiritual realms (see Matthew 28:18), and since He is a physical descendant of David, He is thereby the one who sits on the throne of David.

If we had no verses to support what I am saying, then my comments would be at best my opinion. However, the Bible gives ample support for Jesus receiving the authority of David’s throne, which lends credence to Jesus being the prophesied “seed” (sperma) of King David. The Book of Revelation is the first place we’ll look to prove this. John opens his prophetic work by stating its subject matter it is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” The following verse is doing exactly that when it reveals that Jesus has “the key of David.”

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

The “key of David” is a metaphorical reference to Jesus having full authority over the domain or government of the house of David. Thus, the one having David’s key also was the King of Israel who received all of David’s regal power. Biblically, David’s house is a reference to the New Jerusalem, which is the Church. This same conclusion is found in the following commentary:

“The holy one, the true one – Two great and glorious names He that hath the key of David – A master of a family, or a prince, has one or more keys, wherewith he can open and shut all the doors of his house or palace. So had David a key, a token of right and sovereignty, which was afterward adjudged to Eliakim, Isaiah 22:22. Much more has Christ, the Son of David, the key of the spiritual city of David, the New Jerusalem; the supreme right, power, and authority, as in his own house. He openeth this to all that overcome, and none shutteth: he shutteth it against all the fearful, and none openeth. Likewise when he openeth a door on earth for his works or his servants, none can shut; and when he shutteth against whatever would hurt or defile, none can open.”

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

More importantly, this interpretation is found in the Bible. The next verses are often used when teaching on the miraculous birth of Jesus. However, that it is not their only purpose, for they also prophesied of the power that the then coming Messiah would.

Isaiah 9:6-7 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. (7) 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. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Of course we know the “child” and “son” here is speaking of Jesus Christ. But, please note that Jesus was to have a specific “government” placed upon “his shoulder.” This “government” is the Hebrew word “miśrâh” (H4951). In the entirety of the Bible, this word is only found in these two verses of Isaiah 9. Miśrâh speaks of “rule” or “dominion.” Verse seven then says that this government is accompanied by peace, and that both this government and accompanying peace will increase without limit. This promise is then tied to the “throne of David” and to David’s “kingdom.” Thus, the “child” that was to be “born,” and the “son” that was to be “given,” was also to sit upon “David’s throne” to “order” and “establish” David’s “kingdom” “for ever.” To better understand what was being placed “upon his shoulder,” we need to look at Isaiah 22.

Isaiah 22:21-23 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. (22) And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. (23) And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.

Here Isaiah has a “key” being laid upon the then coming Messiah’s “shoulder.” Such a key would act as an ensign of David’s government. This key could be an object like a scepter, a sword, or a similar object. It would act as a symbol of the King’s authority. A good example of this is when King Ahasuerus extended his golden scepter to Esther to grant her permission to approach his throne (see Esther 5:2). Regardless of the object used, the one holding it would hold great power over the Kingdom He ruled. The Apostle Peter was also given keys. Like in Isaiah, Peter’s keys also“opened” and “closed” things, which, for Peter meant, accessing things within the kingdom of Heaven (compare Isaiah 22:22 with Matthew 16:19). When Peter received these keys, he did not get a literal set of celestial keys. Instead, this reference to “keys” symbolically represented an authority Peter was given for the purpose of advancing God’s kingdom. He first used these keys when he preached the gospel to the diaspora Jews on the Day of Pentecost (see Acts 2). Afterward, Peter used these keys to preach the gospel to the Gentiles (see Acts 10). With each usage the result was the same; Peter’s keys unlocked the shackles of sin for those who were received Peter’s message of being Born Again in Jesus’ name.

The prophecies of Isaiah 9 and Isaiah 22 were both written around 100 years before Israel went into Babylonian captivity. This means their message was around for almost 600 years before the birth of Jesus. So, it’s little wonder that the early Church believed Jesus had this government placed on His shoulders, which served as a confirmation that Jesus had the authority to rule in David’s stead. Therefore, Jesus did (metaphorically) sit upon David’s throne (literally) ruling and reigning as King.

Zechariah 14:9 prophecies of a day when “the LORD shall be king over all the earth.” This is also to be the day when “there will be one LORD” and when “His name alone will be worshiped.” In the following verses, the apostle Paul confirmed that this day had arrived and was fulfilled through Jesus Christ:

1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Ephesians 4:5-6 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, (6) and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.

Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In context, Isaiah 9 is a rebuttal against those who oppressed Israel. Isaiah speaks of the “yoke of burden and the staff” that had been placed upon the shoulders of his people (Isaiah 9:4). Isaiah 9:6-7 then acts as a promise to break that oppression and to set Isaiah’s people free. Sin is the true oppressor of mankind. Having one’s sins removed through Jesus ushers that person into Jesus’ kingdom and His peace. Thus, Born Again children of God are made “more than conquerors” through Jesus and are thereby made “free indeed” (see Romans 8:37; John 8:36).

Some claim it is impossible for Jesus to currently have the powers of a King since the entire world has yet to accept His authority. To say this is to miss the point of how His authority is to come. Jesus does not require everyone to agree that He is their King before being their King. This is what God meant when He influenced Isaiah to write: “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7). Thus, mankind does not grant Jesus His authority. Instead, God gives Him His authority. This is the same approach God took when anointing David as King. Samuel looked among Jesse’s sons for one that looked like a King, but he did not find him. He then asked Jesse if he had another son. Jesse had not included David with his other sons at first, and he did not consider him as a possible choice for King until Samuel insisted to see him. Thus we find, God crowning David as King was not dependent on man’s choice but was instead a choice made solely by God. So, whether a person accepts Jesus’ Kingship or they deny it, their opinion does not change the fact that God gave Jesus that power. If Jesus was wrong about Him having all the power in Heaven and in the earth, wouldn’t that disqualify Himself from being the true Messiah (see Matthew 28:18)? Since the Bible nowhere speaks of such an error, He must have been telling the truth and is thereby the prophesied King sitting on David’s throne.

Jesus’ authority isn’t about conquering this physical world—after all, God already owns the earth and everything it contains (Psalms 50:12). Instead, Jesus came to overcome the sin found in the hearts and minds of His people (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10). The redeemed in Christ are His true kingdom, for the Bible says that the “kingdom of God” is “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (see Romans 14:17; Luke 17:21). This transformation is what brings the peace Isaiah 9:6 promised would accompany Jesus’ kingdom.

The location of David’s throne can be found by examining verses such as these:

Hebrews 10:11-20 (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) BUT THIS MAN, AFTER HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, SAT DOWN on the right hand of God;

Where did this man sit, seeing that neither the Tabernacle nor the Temple had any such furniture? Keep reading until this section’s conclusion…

(13) From henceforth EXPECTING TILL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE HIS FOOTSTOOL. (14) For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. (15) Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, (16) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (18) NOW WHERE REMISSION OF THESE IS, THERE IS NO MORE OFFERING FOR SIN.

When the sins of a Saint of God is remitted, they enter into that place where Jesus is enthroned. This happens through the power of Jesus’ gospel. The Bible states that this power is available right now.

(19) HAVING THEREFORE, brethren, boldness to ENTER INTO THE HOLIEST by the blood of Jesus, (20) By a NEW AND LIVING WAY, WHICH HE HATH CONSECRATED FOR US, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Because a child of God is saved from their sins, their conscious is made clear. This emboldens them to freely access that place of Jesus’ enthronement.

Numerous sources will state that the Holy of Holies was a representation of the throne room of God on earth. Jesus’ sacrifice was to allow mankind a “new” and “living” access into God’s presence, which, in a spiritual sense, abides within God’s heavenly realm. This agrees with the message contained in these next verses:

Ephesians 1:20-23 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 having ALL power in physical and spiritual realms makes Him the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Because of this, the Bible says He “HATH PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET” (see Ephesians 1:2). “Hath” is past tense, not future. In other words, His is not a coming victory but is one that has already taken place, which is to continue on forever. Verse 22 refers to the ‘footstool enemies’ mentioned in Hebrews 10:13. This same thought carries on into Ephesians 2.

Ephesians 2:1-6 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 into the body of believers. This is where Jesus “sits down,” as mentioned in Hebrews 10:12.

Mankind, in their unredeemed, unregenerate state, walk in their “earthly” ways like fallen Adam. 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 His 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 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 would be the New Jerusalem – the Church. Remember, the New Jerusalem is the Heavenly city where Jesus is described as being 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” that are not welcomed within her “heavenly” borders. However, since the New Jerusalem is the Church, we know that when a person is Born Again of the water and the Spirit in Jesus’ name, they thereby enter into this Kingdom (see Revelation 22:14-15; John 3:3, 5).

This enthronement of Jesus literally happens as men and women are baptized in Jesus’ name and receive His Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). This obedience to the Gospel’s message allows Jesus to enter into a believer’s life and make their body His flesh and bone body (see 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 6:16, 2 Corinthians 13:5; John 14:16-20; Galatians 4:6; Colossians 1:24, Colossians 1:27; 1 John 4:4; Ephesians 4:12, Ephesians 5:30-32). Through His indwelling Spirit, Jesus literally takes residence a Born Again believer’s life. This makes them the new Temple of God, thus enthroning Jesus as their King (see 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). But for those who reject the Born Again experience of Jesus’ New Covenant, they remain in their earthly, sinful ways. James references this “worldliness” and how it correlates with what the Bible said about Jesus’ “footstool” enemies.

James 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 “worldly.” This is tantamount to them rebelling against Jesus establishing His throne in their life.

So, the Bible says that Jesus is currently sitting enthroned in Heavenly places, that His believers are already raised up to sit where Jesus sits, that Jesus’ “footstool” is those who remain in their “earthly” rebellion against His New Covenant, and that the city from which Jesus reigns is the New Jerusalem. These all speak of both the promised “throne of David” and the “key” to his kingdom being fulfilled—right now—through Jesus Christ.

From these points, we can conclude the issue is not whether Jesus is sitting on His throne, for that is clearly taught in Scripture as being a present reality through the New Covenant. This leaves the real question being whether or not a person allows Jesus to sit on their life’s throne, and whether or not they allow Jesus’ Lordship to reign over them. No wonder Paul wrote the next verse:

1 Corinthians 12:3 AMP Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the [Holy] Spirit of God can [ever] say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit.

So, those who have obeyed Acts 2:38, when they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, they receive the Spirit of Jesus, the prophesied “seed” of David. Thus, to fully recognize Jesus as “my Lord” involves seeing Him on David’s throne ruling over “my life.” Such a vision is indeed very glorious!

Note: Any UPPERCASE, bold, or [bracket] areas in Scripture is added for emphasis.

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The next part of this study will explore question #2: How was Jesus the “seed” of promise?