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Scripture Reading:  Psalm 2:1-7

The King, His Kingdom and You

Intro.

1.  The prophets PROMISED a king (2 Sam. 7:12-13). God would ANOINT His king (Psa. 2:6-7). This king would RULE over an eternal kingdom (Dan. 7:13-14).

2.  Jesus fulfilled prophecies Acts 3:24-26 (Promise kept, anointed, rules today). Jesus is King, not in promise or prospect, but in fact.

3.  Why do people look for a future fulfillment of what has already happened?

  a.  Deceived by false doctrine.

  b.  Misunderstand the nature of the King & his kingdom (Jno. 6:15).

4.  Reinforce faith by reviewing evidence that the King is ruling today & looking at the nature of His rule (kingdom).

 

I.  THE KING IS ON HIS THRONE.

  A.  The Kingdom Exists Today, Mk. 1:15; 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4.

    1.  From Pentecost, the kingdom exists, & one can partake in it (Col. 1:13; Rev. 1:6, 9).

    2.  His church, Matt. 16:18-19.

    3.  Jesus was not a false prophet (Mk. 9:1).

  B.  The King is on His Throne, Acts 2:29-36 (Lk. 1:31-33).

    1.  Exalted: Davidís son on His throne, 2:29-31, 33.

    2.  Reigning: Messiah in His kingdom now, 2:34-36 (Psa. 110:1-2).

  C.  The King Now has All Authority, Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:21-23 (Psa. 2:8-12).

    1.  It must be admitted that if the King is not reigning NOW, He does not have ALL authority NOW.

    2.  Since HE DOES; HE IS.

  D.  The King Will Continue to Rule until the Last Enemy (Death) is Abolished, 1 Cor. 15:24-28.

    1.  2nd coming of Jesus is the END (15:24), not the BEGINNING!

    2.  At His return, kingdom is DELIVERED UP to God the Father, not ESTABLISHED on earth, 15:23-24.

    3.  Reigns until death is subjected, 15:25-26 (resurrection, 15:22).

    4.  With death abolished, God reigns eternally (heaven), 15:28 (24).

 

II. THE NATURE OF CHRISTíS KINGDOM, Dan. 2:34-35, 44-45.

  A.  A Spiritual Kingdom, Jno. 18:36; Lk. 17:20-21.

    1.  Not political (nationalistic); Not ethic (cf. Jews); not militaristic.

    2.  Fills the earth by means of the gospel, not force, Zech. 9:10; Isa. 2:3-4.

  B.  A Kingdom in Which Mercy is Found & Obtained, Isa. 55:3-5.

    1.  Sure mercies of David: Those promised to David & accomplished through his seed, the Christ.

    2.  Fulfilled, Acts 13:32-34. The King offers & gives mercy for the soul (13:38-39) to the people (Jews, Isa. 55:4) & the nations (Gentiles, Isa. 55:5).

  C.  A Kingdom Where Peace and Safety Reigns, Isa. 9:6.

    1.  Fulfilled in salvation of Christ, Isa. 11:6-10; Rom. 15:12.

    2.  Peace with God must first exist if men are to be at peace with each other.

      a.  Peace with God & man, Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:14-18.

      b.  You can enjoy the peace of the kingdom now!

  D.  A Kingdom that is Everlasting, Dan. 2:44 (Lk. 1:33).

    1.  Not 1,000 years, then over.

    2.  We already have such a kingdom, Heb. 12:28 (22-23).

      a.  Its endurance gives us confidence.

      b.  Produces reverent lives of service (Psa. 110:3).

 

Conclusion

1.  Christís kingdom is His church (Matt. 16:18-19).

2.  Christ reigns on His throne with all authority.

3.  When Jesus returns & abolishes death, He will deliver up the kingdom to God the Father as it passes into the eternal realm of existence.

4.  You can have the blessings of His kingdom:  Mercy (salvation), peace, safety & eternal life by obeying the King now.  Matt. 13:44-46