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figurative one. It surely denotes some real dominion
manifestations and developments, and its ultimate Cor. xv. 24–28. issue and consummation. He must reign, we are
told, till He hath put all his enemies under his
Now the first point, and one carefully to be noted,
upon Him. Thus, for instance, just before his Matt. s.rviii. 18. ascension, Christ said to his disciples, “All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth. “Him,
A ts v. 31.
E, h. i. 17–23.
to know the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and made Him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, above all rule and authority and power and lordship, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.
The dominion of Christ, then, it seems clear from these and kindred passages, is one conferred upon Him ; it is a dominion that as Christ He had not before. Hence some have sought to raise an argument upon this, prejudicial to the deity of Christ. It is argued that exaltation implies previous inferiority to and dependence on Him who confers it; that if Christ were truly God He could not be exalted, or receive what He had not before. But this will be no difficulty to those who have a clear apprehension of the Incarnation of the Son of God, and of its mediatorial purpose. To be the mediator between God and man, and to effect the redemption of man, the Son of God became Man; uniting in
l his one person, as the Christ, two whole and perfect natures, the Godhead and the Manhood. In this his mediatorial person and capacity, He subordinated Himself to the will of his father for a special work, receiving for that work special qualifications, and earning by its accomplishment a specific reward. My meat,' He said unto his disciples, 'is to do the will of Him that sent me, John iv. 34.
Isa. ri. 2.
Isa. Iiri. 1-3.
and to finish his work.' To qualify Him for this
this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Phil, ü, 5–11. who, though He was in the form of God, regarded
not the being equal with God a thing to be grasped
Luke cxix, 26.
the name which is above every name, in order that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.'
The foregoing passage leads us on to a further truth concerning the kingdom. It tells us that the great end and purpose of Christ's exaltation was the glory of God the Father, in the homage and submission to be rendered in the name of Jesus by all things in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and in their acknowledgment of the sovereignty of the Saviour King. And with this agree numerous other passages, which speak of the kingdom and its design. • Unto us a Child is born, unto 1so. ic. 6, 7. us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.' 'Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will Jer. xxiii. 6, 7. raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth ; and this is his name, whereby He shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one Dun. vii. 13, 14. like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.. And there was given Him
dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all people,
of Christ, in order that all things may be brought 1 Cor. xv. 24–28. into subjection to Him ; that his reign must last,
until every enemy has been done away; that when
A further truth concerning the kingdom is dis-
name is The Branch : and He shall grow up out of