Jesus Christ Is King Part 3

V. Jesus Christ now holds the key of David which key is a symbol of office, in this case the office of David, which is king. REV 3:7. A. key: 1. a. An instrument, usually of iron, for moving the bolt or bolts of a lock... 2. In pregnant sense, with reference to the power of custody, control, admission of others, etc., implied by the possession of the keys of any place; hence as a symbol of office, and fig. the office itself. B. This key was said to be laid upon the shoulder (ISA 22:22), even as Messiah would have the government upon His shoulder. ISA 9:6. C. Christ’s reign by this key (see definition) is accordingly an iron one over the nations. PSA 2:9; REV 2:27. 1. Christ came, died, resurrected and was coronated in the fulness of the time. GAL 4:4. 2. It was the fulness of the time in that the prophetic timeline of the messianic arrival and kingdom was being fulfilled. MAR 1:15. 3. Israel’s abuse of Messiah was the fulness of their rebellion against God by the persecution of the righteous (MAT 23:31-32; 1TH 2:16), which rebellion invoked the iron judgment of DEU 28:23, 48 by the hand of the iron empire, Rome, which was then the fulness of the antichrist world empire system and the Humpty Dumpty which men of ambition have longed to put back together. 4. Israel became the first nation to feel the iron rod rule of Christ. 5. Nations since then have all been obliged to King Jesus and therefore, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little...” (PSA 2:12). 6. Christ’s church in this world is a nation which is especially responsible to kiss Him. 1PE 2:9; 4:17; REV 2:4-5. VI. Christ has been exalted to be a Prince (a sovereign ruler; a monarch, a king) and a Savior. ACT 5:31; REV 1:5. A. Here is a Prince Who saves His people rather than use them, as Saul. 1SAM 8:10-18. B. Our Prince saves men from sin rather than turn them to it by bad policy or bad example. 1KI 13:33; ISA 3:12. C. Those who look to government for salvation should look here first or risk a government that usurps Him to make itself the only solution. DAN 6:6-7. VII. As a king Christ occupies a throne (HEB 1:8), has subjects (1PE 3:22), and sends out ambassadors. 2CO 5:20. VIII. Christ is now a priest-king. HEB 7:1-2, 12-17. A. Christ is the Son of David. MAT 22:41-45. B. PSA 110:1-4 prophesied that the Christ, the Son of David, would also be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. C. He is the only one fit to hold the offices of both dominion and of intercession. 1. Previous attempts in Israel by kings to assume priestly power met with judgment. 1SAM 13:9-14; 2CH 26:16-21. 2. History is littered with vain attempts of synthesizing these powers in sinful men. 3. David came nigh to both offices when he made his own tabernacle for God (1CH 16:1-3) but that double-honour was only fully for the Son of David Who lives forever to reign and make intercession for us. HEB 7:25. Jesus Christ is King 10-2-22 Page 5 D. Christ is a King with power to pardon all past, present and future transgressions, even inward transgressions, and present you holy, blameless, acceptable to God. No other government can do that: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (JOH 1:17). E. You can pour out your heart to this government without fear of exposure, blowback or ridicule! F. You can (and should) confess all your transgressions to this government! 1JO 1:9. IX. The covenant that God made with David is the subject of PSA 89. A. The mercies promised in this Psalm were given to Christ and His children in His resurrection. vs. 1-4; ACT 13:34. 1. Christ was raised NO MORE to return to corruption, i.e., to death which had temporary dominion over Him. ROM 6:9. 2. This secures the promise that David’s seed would be established FOREVER. vs. 4, 29, 36. B. God’s faithfulness in keeping His promise to David becomes an occasion for worship and rejoicing in the church. vs. 5-18. C. Jesus Christ is the One spoken of in v. 19. 1. He is God’s “holy one.” ACT 3:14; 13:35-37. 2. He is “one that is mighty.” ISA 9:6-7; LUK 24:19. 3. He is “one chosen out of the people.” MAT 12:18. D. Christ is anointed with God’s holy oil. v. 20; ACT 10:38. E. Christ’s foes are beaten down before His face. vs. 22-24. 1. This reign of David’s seed commenced when Christ took His seat at God’s right hand. HEB 10:12-13. 2. Christ is now subduing all things unto Himself. 1CO 15:24-28. 3. Christ has already received His rod of iron rule over the nations. PSA 2:6-9; REV 2:26-27. 4. The exalting of the horn symbolizes power over one’s enemies. 1SAM 2:1; LAM 2:3, 17; LUK 1:69-71. F. Christ called God His Father and His God, and cried unto Him for salvation. v. 26; MAT 26:39; JOH 20:17; HEB 5:7. G. God made Jesus His firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. v. 27, COL 1:15; EPH 1:19-23. H. Christ has children who are chastened for their disobedience. vs. 30-33; HEB 2:13; 12:6-8. I. The throne of David, which Christ occupies, is established as a faithful witness IN HEAVEN. vs. 36-37; REV 1:5. 1. This again confirms that Christ’s crown, throne and kingdom were never meant to be of this world. JOH 18:36. 2. “For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law” (HEB 8:4). Without His priesthood, He could not be King to fulfil the order of Melchisedec, a king-priest. 3. If Christ is not presently King on a heavenly throne, neither can He be our priest, since He was to be “...a priest upon his throne...” (ZEC 6:12-13). J. At the time this Psalm was penned, the Davidic monarchy was in ruins; nevertheless the Psalmist acknowledged God’s faithfulness to His covenant with David. vs. 38-52. Jesus Christ is King 10-2-22 Page 6

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