Jesus Reigns Now

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OVERVIEW
 - His reign began with his exaltation to the throne of God following his Death and Resurrection – Psalms 110:1

The New Testament links the exaltation and enthronement of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, and consistently so. He achieved the right to rule through his faithful obedience unto death. God vindicated His Son by raising him from the dead and seating him “at His right hand” to reign supreme over the Cosmos - [Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash].

Even now, Jesus is implementing His Father’s kingdom, subjugating His enemies to his rule. This process will continue until the “end” of the present age when the “Son” arrives in glory and defeats the “last enemy, death.” That day will mean nothing less than the resurrection of the righteous and the New Creation:
  • (1 Corinthians 15:20-28) – “But now has Christ been raised from among the dead, a first-fruit of them who have fallen asleep; For since, indeed, through a man came death, through a man also comes the raising of the dead; For just as in the Adam all die, so also in the Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own rank: Christ, a first-fruit, after that, they who are the Christ’s at his arrival. Afterwards the end, whensoever he delivers up the kingdom to his God and Father, whensoever he shall bring to nothing all rule and all authority and power; for he must needs reign until he shall put all his enemies under his feet. As a last enemy, death is to be destroyed; for He put all things in subjection under his feet. But whensoever it shall be said, all things are in subjection, it is evident that it means except him who did put into subjection unto him the all things. But whensoever have been put into subjection to him the all things, then the Son himself also shall be put in subjection to him who put in subjection to him the all things, that God may be all things in all.
This sequence of events leaves no room for further victories after his return. His “arrival” means the overthrow of the “last enemy – death” and the culmination of God’s redemptive plan for the ages.

The New Testament employs several messianic passages to portray the exaltation of Jesus, especially--:
  • (Psalm 2:4-8) – “He that is sitting in the heavens will laugh, My Lord will mock at them. Then will he speak to them in his anger, and in his wrath confound them. Yet I have installed my king, on Zion, my holy mountain. Let me tell of a decree, Yahweh has said to me, You are My son. I, this day, have begotten you. Ask of me and let me give nations as your inheritance, and as your possession the ends of the earth” – (Hebrews 1:1-14, Revelation 1:4-6, 12:1-5).
  • (Psalms 110:1) - “The declaration of Yahweh to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I make your foes your footstool.”
The Old Testament prophets foresaw the reign of the Messiah commencing upon his arrival and enthronement. Paul, for example, presented his reign as a present reality. Jesus has full authority, therefore, he reigns over all the powers and principalities, whether hostile to him or not:
  • (Ephesians 1:17-22) – “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, would give you a Spirit of wisdom and understanding in gaining a personal knowledge of him, the eyes of your heart having been enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the surpassing greatness of his power unto us who believe, according to the energy of the grasp of his might which he energized in the Christ when he raised him from among the dead, and seated him at his right hand in the heavenlies, over-above all principality, authority, and power, and lordship, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the coming one, And did put all things in subjection beneath his feet” - (See also - Colossians 1:12-20, 2:10-15).
In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle described how Jesus submitted to a shameful and undeserved death on a Roman cross. In response, his Father exalted him highly:
  • (Philippians 2:8-11) – “And in fashion being found as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient as far as death, yea, death upon a cross. Wherefore also, God uplifted him far on high and favored him with the name which is above every name, in order that, in the name of Jesus every knee might bow, of beings in heaven and on earth and underground, and every tongue might openly confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord for the glory of God the Father.
  • (Romans 14:9-11) - “To this end Christ both died and rose, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living…As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Far above” means that Jesus already possesses the highest authority. His sovereignty is not limited to heaven, restricted to the earth, or delayed until some future point. And in these passages Paul applied the messianic promises to his present status.

In short, Jesus reigns now. His sovereignty commenced with his resurrection and exaltation to God’s “right hand.” Ever since, he has been subjugating all his enemies, just as Yahweh promised - (“He must reign until he has put all enemies under his feet” – Psalm 110:1, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

This reign will continue until he overthrows the final enemy, death. The consummation of all things will coincide with his “arrival” or parousia at the “end of the age.” The final defeat of death will mean nothing less than the bodily resurrection of the righteous, as well as the arrival of the New Creation - (1 Corinthians 15:51-57Romans 8:18-23, 2 Peter 3:3-14).

Satan and his forces remain active in the world; however, their powers have been curtailed since the exaltation of Jesus - Already, all the “powers and principalities and world rulers” are subject to his universal lordship.




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