The Names Of Je­sus In The Book Of Rev­e­la­tion (41)

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“Kin­gofk­ings”

would serve. His do­min­ion is ev­er­last­ing and shall never pass away. His king­dom shall never be de­stroyed (Dan. 7:13-14). When Je­sus Christ was born, His birth was an­nounced in th­ese cat­e­gories. His earthly min­istry then am­pli­fied th­ese themes (Matt. 4: 17; Luke 1:32-33). Sim­i­larly, John the Bap­tist pro­claimed the pres­ence of God’s king­dom in the com­ing of Je­sus (Matt. 3). The theme of Je­sus as King, Ruler, or Lord dom­i­nates the NT from be­gin­ning to end. We find the cul­mi­na­tion of this theme with the Lord seated on a throne, His en­e­mies be­ing made sub­ject to Him and a new name given: “On His robe and on His thigh He has a name writ­ten, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).

The ques­tion arises nat­u­rally, in what sense is Christ’s king­ship re­ally op­er­at­ing in to­day’s world?

If He is king, how is it that the world is so lit­tle changed and His king­ship so lit­tle ac­knowl­edged? Some would an­swer that Je­sus king­ship is com­pletely fu­ture. That fails to han­dle Christ’s own state­ment that the king­dom of God is “in your midst” (Luke 17:21), “among you” (NRSV), or “within you” (KJV, NIV).

Christ’s king­ship is thus present yet still fu­ture, al­ready here and still yet to come, spir­i­tual and uni­ver­sal. The present king­ship of Christ is His royal rule over His peo­ple (Col. 1:13,18).

NT Ful­fil­ment con­firm­ing Je­sus as King Je­suswas­bornk­ing “Nowafter­je­suswas­born­in­beth­le­he­mofjudeainthe­days ofherodthek­ing,be­hold,wise­men­fromtheeast­cameto Jerusalem “Whereishe­who­has­been­bornkingof the­jews?for­we­haveseen­hisstarintheea­s­tand­have come­towor­shiphim.”

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