Christ the King

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of His dear Son.”

— Colossians 1:13

There are those whose theology does not allow them to admit that Jesus Christ has a kingdom today. They believe that His kingdom is not to be established until He returns a second time. Therefore, they cannot allow that the stone cut out without hands landed upon the Roman Empire (in Daniel 2:34-35), and that it depicted Christ coming to establish His kingdom. They cannot allow that it is a picture of Christ coming to establish His kingdom in the midst of the Roman Empire, and which brought down the empire. They have to see it as something in the future.

Now they give a number of theological reasons for their views, but none of them allow that Christ already has a kingdom. In fact, I have heard people refer to Christ as our Prophet, Priest and soon coming King. But according to the Reformers and the Reformed churches in general, He is King.

So does Jesus Christ have a kingdom today? That is a question worth asking. When Paul wrote the sentence above to the Colossians, it says that He transferred us—past tense. It is an accomplished fact. We have been translated/transferred into the kingdom of His dear Son. I am thoroughly convinced that Jesus Christ is presently a King, that His kingdom is already established. Of course, the day is yet to come, when the world will see the fullness of His kingdom. Regardless of our theological differences, there is no doubt that it is Jesus who is the King of kings and Lord of lords and no one else.

Our Father in heaven, give us strength and wisdom today to read Your Word correctly. Thank You that You are a king, Lord Jesus—not only a king, but the King of kings—the eternal King of Your kingdom in which You have placed us. Thank You that You have set us in Your kingdom of light…