<420211> Luke 2:11 ? ?born to you...a Savior, who is Christ the Lord?; 19:38 ? ?Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord?; <431836>John 18:36, 37 ? ?My kingdom is not of this world...Thou sayest it, for I am a king...Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice?; <490122>Ephesians 1:22 ? ?he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all?, <580105>Hebrews 1:5 ? ?of the Son he saith Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.?
Dorner, Glaubenslehre. 2:677 (Syst. Doct., 4:142, 143) ? ?All great men can be said to have an after-influence (Nachwirkung) after their death, but only of Christ can it be said that he has an after-activity ( Fortwirkung ). The sending of the Spirit is part of Christ?s work as King.? P. S. Moxom, Bap. Quar. Rev., Jan. 1886:25-56 ? ?Preeminence of Christ, as source of the church?s being, ground of the church?s unity, source of the church?s law, mould of the church?s life.? A. J. Gordon: ?As the church endures hardness and humiliation as united to him who was on the cross, so she should exhibit something of supernatural energy as united with him who is on the throne.? Luther: ?We tell our Lord God, that if he will have his church, he must look after it himself. We cannot sustain it, and, if we could, we should become the proudest asses under heaven...If it had been possible for pope, priest or minister to destroy the church of Jesus Christ, it would have been destroyed long ago.? Luther, watching the proceedings of the Diet of Augsburg, made a noteworthy discovery. He saw the stars bestud the canopy of the sky and, though there were no pillars to hold them up, they kept their place and the sky fell not. The business of holding up the sky and its stars has been on the minds of men in all ages. But we do not need to provide props to hold on the sky. God will look after his church and after Christian doctrine. For of Christ it has been written in
<461525> 1 Corinthians 15:25 ? ?For he must rein, till he hath out all his enemies under his feet.?
?Thrice blessed is he to whom is given The instinct that can tell That God is in the field when he Is most invisible.? Since Christ is King, it is a duty never to despair of church or of the world. Dr. E. G. Robinson declared that Christian character was never more complete than now nor more nearly approaching the ideal man. We may add that modern education, modern commerce, modern invention, modern civilization, are to be regarded as revelations of Christ, the Light of the world and the Rules of the nations. All progress of knowledge, government, society, is progress of his truth and a prophecy of the complete establishment of his kingdom.
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