This is to be distinguished from the sovereignty, which Christ originally possessed in virtue of his divine nature. Christ?s kingship is the sovereignty of the divine-human Redeemer, which belonged to him right from the moment of his birth, but which was fully exercised only from the time of his entrance upon the state of exaltation. By virtue of this kingly office, Christ rules all things in heaven and earth, for the glory of God and the execution of God?s purpose of salvation.
(a) With respect to the universe at large, Christ?s kingdom is a kingdom of power; he upholds, governs and judges the world.
<190206> Psalm 2:6-8 ? ?I have set my king...Thou art my son...uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession?; 8:6 ? ?madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet?; cf.
<580208> Hebrews 2:8, 9 ? ?we see not yet all things subjected to him. But we behold...Jesus...crowned with glory and honor?; <402531>Matthew 25:31, 32 ? ?when the Son of man shall come in his glory...then shall he sit on the throne of his glory and before him shall be gathered all the nations?; 28:18 ? ?All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth?; <580103>Hebrews 1:3 ? ?upholding all things by the word of his power?; Revelations 19:15, 16 ? ?smite the nations...rule them with a rod of iron...King of Kings and Lord of Lords.?
Julius Muller. Proof-texts, 34, says incorrectly (or so we think) that ?the regnum naturu of the theory is unsupported. There are only the regnum gratiu and the regnum gloriu. ? A. J. Gordon: ?Christ is now creation?s scepter bearer, as he was once creations burden bearer.?
(b) With respect to his militant church, it is a kingdom of grace. He rounds, legislates for, administers, defends and augments his church on earth.
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