Centuries of Prophecy told about the Messiah to come. It told of a Messiah who would be both priest and king. This is perfectly fulfilled in the person of Jesus.

ROBERT >> Will Jesus establish an earthly kingdom, ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem that will last for a thousand years? We began talking about that last week, and we want to continue to talk about today. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,

speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Last week we learned that the Bible has a lot to say about the kingdom of Christ. The Old Testament prophets spoke of the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. We learned how it would begin at Jerusalem in the latter, or the last days when the word of the Lord would go forth; that it would begin in the days of the Roman kings; it would begin at the ascension of Christ; that it would begin when the Holy Spirit would be poured out; and whoever would call on the name of the Lord should be saved. And we also learned that Christ’s kingdom was announced just before it began. It was at hand. It was going to come with power while some of the twelve apostles were still alive. When Jesus and his apostles walked on the earth, the time was fulfilled for the coming of the kingdom according to Mark 1:15. It was to be after the resurrection of Christ when power would be given to the apostles, and repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name beginning at Jerusalem. It was to be not many days after the ascension of Christ when the apostles would receive power to bear witness to him. And so when we go to the book of Acts chapter 2, as we did last week, we see the beginning of Christ’s kingdom recorded for us there. There it was just as it had been prophesied, just as it had been announced.

It began in the days of the Roman kings, about ten days after the ascension of Christ.

It began while eleven of the original twelve apostles were still alive. It began at Jerusalem.

It began when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles, and they received power to speak the word of the Lord and to bear witness to Christ.

It began in the last days, when whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

It began when repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name. It is his church.

We read all about that last week, and we also saw how that Christ’s kingdom has now come, his church.

Read with me in Colossians 1:13-14, where we want to review this point. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Yes, the kingdom of Christ has come. People were being translated into that kingdom in the first century, and God continues to bring people into his kingdom as they obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s note that Christ will continue to reign as king in his kingdom until he comes again, as we learned last week from 1 Corinthians 15:23-24. But let’s look a little bit further at Christ’s kingdom today, and let’s note that Christ’s kingdom is not an earthly, but a heavenly, spiritual kingdom.

Luke 17:20-21, let’s read it together about the kingdom of Christ. Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or, See there!”

For indeed the kingdom of God is within you. That’s right. The kingdom of God is a spiritual rule, the rule of Christ in our hearts. It’s not a physical, military, political kingdom, but a spiritual kingdom.

Look with me in John 18:36-37. We learn something about the nature of the kingdom of Christ when Jesus stood before Pilate, the governor.

Here the Bible says in John 18:36, Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

“Pilate therefore said to Him, Are you a king, then?

And Jesus answered, You say rightly that I am a king. “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

So we see here that Jesus Christ rules in our hearts, that he’s the king of truth, and that his kingdom is made up of those who are of the truth. I want you to notice what the Hebrew writer said about the kingdom of Christ in Hebrews the 12th chapter.

Hebrews chapter 12, if you’ll begin reading with me in verse 22, where the Bible says, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.”

What we see here is that Jesus Christ, our king, rules from the heavenly Jerusalem; not a physical, earthly Jerusalem, but a heavenly Jerusalem. He rules in the church that’s registered in heaven. He rules by the new covenant of which Jesus Christ is the mediator.

And notice what it says down in Hebrews 12:28-29. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

We see from these verses that yes, right now in the present time we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Christ does rule from the heavenly Jerusalem in that church registered in heaven by the new covenant in the kingdom that cannot be shaken.

But what about the prophets?

Do not the prophets teach us that Christ was to sit on David’s throne? Well, we go back to 2 Samuel chapter 7, and look at verses 12 through 16. Here it says in verse 12, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.”

So we see that God did promise David’s son would sit upon his throne.

And you see in verse 16 where he says, “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”

So it is true that one of David’s sons would sit upon his throne in an everlasting kingdom. Isaiah spoke of this same thing.

Look in Isaiah 9:6-7, where he speaks of the coming Messiah, the Christ. And he describes him this way: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace will there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever, the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

So again we see this one who is coming to sit upon David’s throne to establish his kingdom. And then let us turn to Luke chapter 1, where we read about the birth of the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus our savior.

Luke 1:32-33, where the angel speaks to Mary about this child. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

So we see how all of these words come together and point to Jesus the Christ, the Messiah sitting upon David’s throne. But now let’s notice, though Christ was to sit on David’s throne and rule in his everlasting kingdom, it would not be on the earth. Go with me to another prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah 22:28-30.

Jeremiah 22, beginning in verse 28, “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol, a vessel in which is no pleasure? Why are they cast out, he and his descendants, and cast into a land which they do not know? O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord, Write this man down as childless, a man who shall not prosper in his days; for none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.”

This king of Israel, of God’s people, the Jewish people, Coniah, he was not to be followed on the throne. That is, none of his descendants would sit and prosper on the throne of David and rule anymore in Judah.

The Bible tells us that in fact, Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ, was a descendant of Coniah, Jesus both legally and by blood a descendant of Coniah. We see this in Jesus’ genealogy recorded in Matthew 1:12 and also in Luke 3:27.

We see in these passages where we read about the genealogy of Jesus through his father Joseph, how he legally was a descendant of Coniah, and we also see how that Jesus was through his mother Mary a blood descendant of Coniah. And therefore we understand that Jesus could not sit upon David’s throne on the earth and rule and prosper in Judah, according to Jeremiah 22.

Let’s notice that in fact, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, sits upon David’s throne in heaven.

Go back to the Psalms, Psalm 89:35-37. This is a great Psalm concerning the one who is to come, his kingdom, and his rule in that kingdom. And notice this passage, Psalm 89:35, “Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; it shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.”

This would be a heavenly reign, just like we see the sun and the moon, a faithful witness in the sky. That this is so can be found from Acts 2:29-36. After Jesus was raised from the dead and he ascended into heaven, the apostle Peter tells us what all of this means.

He says in Acts chapter 2 beginning in verse 29, “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, that his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies your footstool. And therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

So Peter explains that yes, God would fulfill his promise to raise up David’s seed to sit upon his throne, but he also explains that this was fulfilled in the resurrection and the ascension of Christ when he came to sit at God’s right hand. Let’s notice that yes, today Jesus rules from David’s throne in heaven. He has the key, the authority, the power of David, as recorded in Isaiah 22:22 and in Revelation 3:7. In fact, let me read the Revelation in regards to this.

In Revelation 3:7, the Bible says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. Jesus was at this time when the Revelation was written actually wielding the power, the authority of the throne of David from heaven at God’s right hand.”

And so yes, he would sit upon David’s throne, but not on the earth, in the heavens; and he is now ruling and reigning from that throne. Notice also that the prophets tell us that when the Messiah would rule on his throne, that he would also serve as a priest on his throne. Go back to Psalm 110.

In the book of Psalms here in chapter 110, he speaks of both of these, the reign of Christ as king on his throne, but also it speaks of him serving as a priest among his people in his kingdom.

Psalm 110, let’s read it together beginning with verse 1. Here it says, “The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

You remember we just read how that Peter quoted that in Acts 2 to refer to the resurrection and ascension of Christ at God’s right hand.

But then notice verse 4 of Psalm 110. “The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. So this one who’s reigning as king at God’s right hand would also serve as priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Zechariah also puts these things together in his prophecy. Go to the end of the Old Testament here, to the book of Zechariah, and let’s take a look at one of his visions in Zechariah 6:12-13. Here it says, “Then speak to him, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord; yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

So when Christ comes and establishes God’s temple, his church, the spiritual temple of God today, his kingdom on this earth, he would reign from heaven at God’s right hand, and he would serve as priest.

So let us notice that he is priest on his throne, but he is a priest in heaven. And of course we read often about this in the New Testament scriptures.

Look at Hebrews the 3rd chapter, and let us see how we are blessed not only to have a wonderful king who sits upon the throne, Jesus our Lord, over his church, over his kingdom, but also he serves as our priest.

In Hebrews 3:1 it says, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ.”

What does that mean?

Look in Hebrews 4:14. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

And read further. Look in Hebrews 5:6, “As He also says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

There’s a quote from Psalm 110. So these prophecies concerning Christ sitting on his throne, David’s throne in heaven at God’s right hand serving as a priest have all been fulfilled. He’s now reigning from that throne, serving as our priest. Let me read a few more passages from Hebrews.

Hebrews 7:17 again quotes Psalm 110 in reference to the priesthood of Christ, but then explains in verse 21 and following, “For they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him, The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Another quote from Psalm 110. “By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”

For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

And then finally I want to read in Hebrews chapter 8. In Hebrews 8:1, “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”

So he is priest on his throne, but he cannot be a priest on the earth. It’s at God’s right hand in the heavens.

Look at Hebrews 8:4. “For if He were on the earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law. Therefore, his throne is in heaven, not on the earth.”

Well, we’ll have much more to say about this in lessons to follow, and so I hope that you will continue to tune in here at The Truth In Love in the weeks to come. But in the meantime, I hope that you’ll let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you fully trusting in his grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you washed in the blood,
in the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
and be washed in the blood of the lamb.
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.
Oh, be washed in the blood of the lamb.
Are you washed in the blood,
in the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

SINGING>> Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways.
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find, in deeper reverence praise.
Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace. < Amen

SINING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly
and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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