How God Establishes His Kingdom

Timmy Brister:

“To possess such a kingdom God had to

(1) prepare a body for the Son to be hypostatically united to (Heb. 10:5)

(2) anoint Him with the Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34) in order to furnish Him with the requisite endowments for being a godly king (Isa. 11:3)

(3) publicly declare that Christ is King (Matt. 3:17; 17:5)

(4) give Him a sceptre of righteousness, put a sword in His mouth, and enable Him (as a Prophet-King) to reveal the will of God to mankind

(5) honor Christ with ambassadors and servants (Eph.4:11-12; 2 Cor. 5:20)

(6) grant to Christ the souls of men, not just Jews but Gentiles also (Ps. 2:8; John 17:6)

(7) give Him power to regulate the church according to divine law (Matt. 5; Col. 2:14)

(8) provide Him with power to judge and condemn His enemies (John 5:27)

(9) empower Christ to pardon sins (Matt. 9:6).

These privileges are given to the Son, are given to Him as the God-man.”

– Edward Reynolds, An Explication of the Hundred and Tenth Psalm (London: Religious Tract Society, 1656), 6-7. Excerpted in A Purtitan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Kindle edition), Loc 13792-13806.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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