In a previous blog I presented an overview of the biblical data on the Kingdom of Christ. Let’s consider now the theological significance of this kingdom. Christ’s authority to rule in the kingdom is given to him by the Father because He is victorious in the conflict: “His
All authority is given to Christ by divine election. The Lord said, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth” (Isaiah 42:1). It is an authority given to Christ by divine anointing. Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach …; to bind up …, to proclaim liberty” (Isaiah 61:1). He was given authority to rule because He was given ability to redeem by the attendant Spirit of God. With the power of the Spirit of God, our Redeemer then is given authority by divine reward. The prophet said it was contingent on victory in the atoning work of Calvary: “When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed” (Isaiah 53:10, emphasis added). Paul shows us that this reward was not given to Christ in “the form of God” (Philippians 2:6) but because He humbled Himself and took upon Himself the “form of a servant” (verse 7). Finally, this authority is given to Christ by divine pleasure. “He received from God the Father honour and glory,” and He said of this Son and our Saviour, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (2 Peter 1:17).
This article first appeared in the LTBS Quarterly, December 2013, under the title; Jesus: A Mediator With Authority.