Jesus Reigns Now!

SYNOPSIS - His reign has not been postponed; it began with his exaltation to God’s throne following his Death and Resurrection – Psalms 110:1

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The Apostle Paul links the exaltation and enthronement of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, and consistently so. He achieved the right to rule by his faithful obedience unto death. God vindicated his obedience by raising him from the dead and seating him to reign supreme over the Cosmos “at His right hand” - (Hebrews 1:1-14). - [Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash].

Even now, Jesus is implementing His Father’s kingdom and 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 resurrection from the dead and the New Creation:
  • (1 Corinthians 15:20-28) – “But now hath Christ been raised from among the dead, — a firstfruit of them who have fallen asleep; For since, indeed, through a man came death, through a man also cometh 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: — A firstfruit, Christ, after that they who are the Christ’s in his presence, Afterwards the end — whensoever he delivereth up the kingdom unto his God and Father, whensoever he shall bring to nought 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 unto him the all things, then the Son himself [also] shall be put in subjection unto him who put in subjection unto him the all things, — that God may be all things in all.” – (The Emphasized Bible).
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 sitteth in the heavens will laugh, — My Lord will mock at them: Then will he speak unto 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 hath said unto me, My son thou art, I, to-day, have begotten thee: Ask of me and let me give nations as thine inheritance, and as thy possession the ends of the earth” – (See – 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” - (See - 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, Ephesians 1:22, Philippians 2:9-11).
The Old Testament prophets foresaw the reign of the Messiah over the nations commencing upon his arrival and enthronement.

The Apostle Paul, for example, never referred to this scriptural expectation as a delayed promise; instead, he declared it a present reality. Jesus has full authority, therefore, he reigns already 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 energised 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, Paul 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, humbled himself, becoming obedient as far as death, yea, death upon a cross. Wherefore also, God uplifted him far on high and favoured 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 unto the glory of God the Father.” – (The Emphasized Bible).
  • (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 on the earth, or delayed until some future point. Note well how in the preceding passages Paul applied the messianic promises from the Hebrew Bible to his present status.

Jesus Reigns
In short, Jesus reigns now - His sovereignty began following his resurrection and exaltation to God’s “right hand.” Ever since he has been subjugating all his enemies, just as Yahweh promised in the Psalm - (“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 the “arrival” or parousia of Jesus at the “end of the age.” The final defeat of death will mean nothing less than the resurrection of the righteous and the transformation of the saints, as well as the arrival of the New Creation - (1 Corinthians 15:51-57Romans 8:18-23, 2 Peter 3:3-14).

The messianic reign of Jesus has not been postponed until some future event - It began when God responded to his “faithful obedience unto death” by elevating him to reign at His “right hand.”

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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