(c) With respect to his church triumphant it is a kingdom of glory. He rewards his redeemed people with the full revelation of himself, upon the completion of his kingdom in the resurrection and the judgment.
<431724> John 17:24 ? ?Father, that which thou hast given me, I desire that where I am, they also may be with me, that they may behold my glory?;
<600321> 1 Peter 3:21, 22 ? ?Jesus Christ; who is on the right hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him?; <610111>2 Peter 1:11 ? ?thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.? See Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer, preface, vi ? ? <660106>Revelation 1:6 ? ?made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father.? Both in the king and the priest, the chief thing is power, influence, and blessing. In the King, it is the power coming downward, in the priest, it is the power rising upward and prevailing with God. As in Christ, so in us, the kingly power is founded on the priestly. <580725> Hebrews 7:25 ? ?able to save to the uttermost... seeing he ever liveth to make intercession.?
Watts, New Apologetic, preface, ix ? ?We cannot have Christ as King without having him also as Priest. It is as the Lamb that he sits upon the throne in the Apocalypse, as the Lamb that he conducts his conflict with the kings of the earth. It is from the throne of God on which the Lamb appears that the water of life flows forth that carries refreshing throughout the Paradise of God.?
Luther: ?Now Christ reigns, not in visible, public manner, but through the word, just as we see the sun through a cloud. We see the light, but not the sun itself. But when the clouds are gone, then we see at the same time both light and sun.? We may close our consideration of Christ?s Kingship with two practical remarks:
1. We never can think too much of the cross but we may think too little of the throne.
2. We can not have Christ as our Prophet or our Priest unless we take him also as our King. On Christ?s Kingship, see Philippi, Glaubenslehre, iv, 2:342-351; Van Oosterzee, Dogmatics, 586 sq ; Garbett, Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King, 2:243-438; J. M. Mason Sermon on Messiah?s Throne, in Works, 3:241-275.
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