« ZurückWeiter »
Quest. 26. How doth Christ execute the Office of a King ?
Ans. Christ executeth the Office of a King, in subduing us to himself, in raling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our Enemies.
EXPLICATION. Christ harh a twofold Kingdom ; namely, an essential Kingdom, as he is God; and a mediatory Kingdom, as he is our Redeemer. His effential Kingdom is the whole Creation : Col. i. 15. 16.
Who [the Son] is the image of the invisible « God, the fift-born of every creature : for by
him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by
him, and for him.' His mediatory Kingdom is the Church : Col. i, 18. ' And he is the head of " the body, the church : who is the beginning,
the first-born from the dead ; that in all things
he might have the pre-eminence.' Zech. ix. 9. • Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion; thout, o
daughter of Jerusalem : behold, thy King co• meth unto thee.' Now, it is his mediatory Kingdom that his kingly Office relates to.
The Office of Kings, whom God anointed and fet over his ancient People, was, to save them by Strength of Hand from their Enemies, and to rule them as their Head: 2 Sam. iii. 17. 18. And
Abner had communication with the elders of Ifrael, saying, Ye fought for David in times paft to be king over you. Now then do it; for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand
of my fervant David I will save my people Israel < out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the
hand of all their enemies.' 1 Chron. xi. 1. 2. * Then all Israel gathered themselves to David un
to Hebron, saying, In time past, even when • Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and ' broughtest in Israel : and the Lord thy God said
unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, • and thou shalt be ruler over my people Ifrael.' And Christ, as our Redeemer, is such a King: H. xxxiii. 22. The Lord is our King, he will
fave us.' Zech. vi. 13. Even he [the Branch] • thall fit and rule upon his throne.' The Difference betwixt Christ and these other Kings lay here, that their Kingdom was but a temporal Kingdom, for the temporal Safety of their People ; Christ's Kingdom is a spiritual and eternal Kingdom, for the eternal Salvation of his : John xviii. 36. ' Je' sus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: * if my kingdom were of this world, then would my iervants fight, that I should not be delivered
to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from · • hence.' Luke i. 33. ' And he [the Son of the
Highest] hall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.' If. xlv. 17. ' Israel shall be saved in the Lord with
an everlasting lalvation. Our Redeemer was qualified for such a Kingdom, by his infinite Wifdom and Power, and the Father's committing the Kingdom of Providence throughout the whole World into his Hand: IT. ix. 6. ' For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his thoulder: and his
name shall be called Counseller, The mighty • God- Eph. i. 22. God hath put all things • under his feet, and gave him to be the head o
ver all things to the church. I Cor. xi. 3. • The head of every man is Christ.' Matth. xxviii. 18. ' All power is given unto me in heaven and • in earth. Compared with vers. 19. Go ye
therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them ' in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost.' John v. 22. 23.
Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all " judgment unto the Son: that all men should ho
nour the Son, even as they honour the Father.' Compared with it. xliii. 14. 15.' Thus faith the - Lord your redeemer, the holy One of Israel,
For your fake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans,
whose cry is in the ships. I am the Lord, your • holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.' Compare 2 Sam. viii. 1. 2. And after this it
came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, i and subdued them: and David took Metheg
ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. And 'he smote Moab, and measured them with a line,
casting them down to the ground: even with
two lines measured he, to put to death ; and • with one full line, to keep alive : and so the • Moabites became David's fervants, and brought
gifts.' vers. 6. Then David put garrisons in • Syria of Damascus : and the Syrians became • fervants to David, and brought gifts: and the ' Lord preserved David whitherfoever he went.' verf. 14. 15. And he put garrisons in Edom;
throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all
they of Edom became David's servants : and the ' Lord preserved David whithersoever he went. • And David reigned over all Ifrael, and David
executed judgment and justice unto all his peo. ple.' And Psal. xviii. 43. Thou hast deliver
ed me from the strivings of the people : and thou " hast made me the head of the heathen : a people
whom I have not knowii, shall serve me.' Christ had a Right to his mediatory Kingdom, by his own Purchase, and his Father's Grant : AEZs xx. 28. 'Feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.' Psal. ii. 6. " Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of « Zion.
The Office of a King belongs to our Redeemer, as a Redeemer by Power : Psal. xlv. i. ' I speak
of the things which I have made touching the king. verf. 3. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh,
O moft mighty: with thy glory and thy majesty.' And in it he redeems or rescues by Strength of Hand: 1. xl. 10. Behold, the Lord God will
come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule • for him.' Pfal. xxiv. 8. Who is this King of glory? the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord
mighty in battle.' Those whom he redeems or rescues by Strength of Hand, are they whom he hath redeemed by the Price of his Blood : Zech. ix. 11. 'As for thee also, by the blood of thy' co
venant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of - the pit wherein is no water.' He redeems or rescues them from all his and their Enemies : Luke i. 69. ' The Lord hath raised up an horn of falva« tion for us, in the house of his servant David ;' « That we should be saved from our e
nemies, and from the hand of all that hate us. His and our Enemies are Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World: Heb. xii. 4. 'Ye have not yet ' refifted unto blood, striving against fin.? I Cor. xv. 26. “ The last enemy that shall be destroyed, I is death. Matth. xiii. 39. The enemy that < fowed them, is the devil. James iv. 4.
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? ( whosoever therefore will be a friend of the
world, is the enemy of God. These are Chrift's Enemies, in that they are opposite to his King. dom, though they can hurt him no more. They are our Enemies, in that they tend to our Destruction.
He begins our Rescue from them, rescuing us from their Bondage and Dominion: Col. i. 13. « The Father hath delivered us from the power of
darkness,' &c. We are by Nature under the Bondage and Dominion of Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World: Rom. v. 21. Sin hath reigned runto death. verf. 17. By one man's offence,
death reigned by one.' Acts xxvi. 18. Το open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan un
to God.' i John v. 4. 5. Whatsoever is born " of God, overcometh the world : and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our « faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, • but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of ..God ? He rescues us from their Bondage and Dominion, by subduing us to himself: Acts xv. 14. Simeon hath declared how God at the first • did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a peo..
ple for his name.' Psal. cx. 3. ' Thy people