The Expository Files

A King - Therefore, A Kingdom


From the very beginning of the Hebrew epistle the writer repeatedly states that Jesus Christ has become king. Not that he was a king; not that he will become king someday. The gospel truth is, Jesus Christ has become king. Peter announced this on the day of Pentecost and it remains true today. Jesus Christ is the King, seated at the right hand of God (Acts 2:29-37). Notice:

Heb. 1:8 -- to the Son God said: "your throne, o God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom."
Heb. 2:9 -- Jesus is said to be "crowned with glory and honor."
Heb. 3:6 -- Jesus is "a son over his own house, whose house are we ..."
Heb. 12:2 -- after Jesus endured the cross, he "sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."


Now it doesn't require great scholarly judgment for us to see this. If Jesus has been made the king; If He ascended into heaven to the right hand of God, to rule as king - there is a present kingdom, over which He rules!

Indeed, there is a kingdom that presently exists and Heb. 12:28 declares this is "a kingdom which cannot be shaken." The old Jewish system had been shaken. The Jewish theocracy had been shaken. The devil was shaken (Heb. 2:14). The writer says to his Hebrew brethren: you are part of something that cannot be shaken! (Think about what a statement of encouragement this must have been to those persecuted Jewish Christians who took this.)

Here is the kingdom Daniel prophesied of in Dan. 2:44 when he spoke of a "kingdom which will never be destroyed... It will itself endure forever..." Those who obey the gospel are delivered from the darkness of sin, and "translated ...into the kingdom of the son," (Col. 1:13). Have you obeyed the gospel? Are you a citizen in this eternal kingdom?

By Warren Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 6.6; June 1999
 

 

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