Sunday, January 20, 2013

how god establishes his kingdom

To possess such a kingdom God had to:

  1. prepare a body for the Son to be hypostatically united to (Heb. 10:5)
  2. anoint Him with the Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34) in order to furnish Him with the requisite endowments for being a godly king (Isa. 11:3)
  3. publicly declare that Christ is King (Matt. 3:17; 17:5)
  4. give Him a sceptre of righteousness, put a sword in His mouth, and enable Him (as a Prophet-King) to reveal the will of God to mankind
  5. honor Christ with ambassadors and servants (Eph.4:11-12; 2 Cor. 5:20)
  6. grant to Christ the souls of men, not just Jews but Gentiles also (Ps. 2:8; John 17:6)
  7. give Him power to regulate the church according to divine law (Matt. 5; Col. 2:14)
  8. provide Him with power to judge and condemn His enemies (John 5:27)
  9. empower Christ to pardon sins (Matt. 9:6)

These privileges are give to the Son are given to Him as the God-man.

- Edward Reynolds, An Explication of the Hundred and Tenth Psalm


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