Is Jesus the “Coming King” or the “King Who Is Coming”?

The Question

Based on misreadings of the Book of Revelation and misunderstandings of some other passages in the New Testament, many believe that Jesus has not yet ascended His Kingly Throne, that He will be crowned only when He comes for His Church and begins His reign on earth during a thousand-year millennium.

Some even teach that God intended Jesus to become King and reign from Jerusalem at His first coming, but since the Jews rejected Him, God had to change His plans.  Consequently, Jesus will only become king after His second coming, and He finally begins His reign on Earth, again from Jerusalem.  

It should be noted first, however, that when questioned by Pontius Pilate, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and when asked if He were truly a king, Jesus said, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18:36-7). 

Furthermore, Jesus also said before His ascension that He had begun His reign having been crowned immediately after His resurrection.  If you will recall, he told Mary Magdalene not to touch Him for He had not yet ascended to His Father.

Just before His ascension a few weeks later, He made this remarkable statement to His gathered disciples:   “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:19).

A number of other passages in the New Testament also declare that Jesus ascended the throne after His resurrection:

  • Here is what the writer to the Hebrews wrote: “When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they(Hebrews 1:3-4).
  • And this passage at the beginning of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:19-22).

Quoting from the Old Testament, the writer to the Hebrews also wrote:

But of the Son He says,Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom  (Hebrews 1:8).

Clearly, Jesus is King of Kings, the Lord of Lords!  He is the King who is coming!

The Mystery

Paul states in the Letter to the Ephesians what we have received from Christ’s life, resurrection, and redemption of humankind from the penalty for sin, which is death.  We now have new have life in Him.  We are new creatures in Christ (a whole new species of being); old things have passed away and all things have become new.  Paul says this plan of God was a “mystery,” or secret, which He has generously made known to us:

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.

Conclusion

We must read accurately all passages that relate to these mysteries in order to understand God’s plans for us.  A single misreading may initiate the raising of a whole structure of ideas that ultimately may prove to be false, all because of that first card in the “house” we have built.  It all collapses once the single false teaching has been pulled away.

 

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