This Day in Presbyterian History:
Do You Know King Jesus?
We have looked at the two offices of prophet and priest which Jesus executes. Now we come, in the absence of anything Presbyterian, to Jesus executing the office of king. Number 25 of the Shorter Catechism reminds us that “Christ executes the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.”
Christ in the past is a king, is One now, and ever will be a king. His kingdom is a spiritual and invisible one. He Himself said in the midst of His arrest to Pilate that “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (NIV – John 18:36). But it is in existence, and we as His people are kingdom-citizens of it. Paul tells us “he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” (NIV – Colossians 1:13)
Jesus executes this office of kingdom by subduing us to Himself. “Thy people,” the Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 110:3 “shall be willing in the day of thy power.” (KJV) He further rules over us. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (KJV – 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) He in addition as king defends us. When God delivered the Psalmist from the hands of his enemies, David broke out in psalm, singing Psalm 18:1, 2 “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (NIV) Last, He restrains and conquers all His and our enemies. In a text which has been quoted by His kingdom-citizens in harrowing days of old, to say nothing of the persecuted brothers and sisters all over this world, John the apostle reminds us that “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (ESV – 1 John 4:4b)
Words to Live By: As king, Christ’s mediatorial activity is performed in both directions — upward in intercession, and downward in applying the benefits of redemption and administering the affairs of His church. As king, Christ meets the problem of man’s weakness and dependence, supplying us with power and protection.
Through the Scriptures: Psalms 55 – 57
Through the Standards: The subject, sphere, and ground of adoption
WLC 74 — “What is adoption?
A. Adoption is an act of the free grace of God, in and for his only Son Jesus Christ, whereby all those that are justified are received into the number of his children, have his name put upon them, the Spirit of his Son given to them, are under his fatherly care and dispensations, admitted to all the liberties and privileges of the sons of God, made heirs of all the promises, and fellow-heirs with Christ in glory.”