Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Christ's Kingdom Lies in the Spirit

Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559) - John Calvin
Book 2 - God the Redeemer
Chapter 15 - To Know the purpose for which Christ was sent by the Father and what He conferred upon us, we must look at Him as prophet, king and priest

Sections 3-5 - Christ as king
Section 3 - The eternity of Christ's dominion
His kingship is spiritual.
He will protect and defend His Church, through His power given His Son.
Dan 2:44; Luke 1:33; Psalm 2:1-6; 110:1.
We wait for the full fruit of the better life in the coming age - John 18:36.

Section 4 - The blessing of Christ's kingly office for us
We fight throughout life, "under the cross."
Our happiness is from heaven, not of earthly circumstance.
We are content: whatever we need our King will give until we're called home.

Section 5 - His Kingship is spiritual: sovereignty of Christ and of the Father
The oil of gladness Christ received was the Spirit - Isa 11:2; Ps 45:7
His Kingdom lies in the Spirit, not earthly pomp.
John 3:34; 1:16; Eph 4:7.
We see this in His baptism, by the Spirit - John 1:32; Luke 3:22
Our anointing is from the Spirit - 1 John 2:20, 27.
Without the Spirit, we have "not one drop of vigor."
While we wander from God in this age, Christ is given to lead us to Him.
When this age is over, Christ's duty of defense will be over.
1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:20-23; Phil 2:9-11.
Jesus is a gentle ruler to the obedient; He has a rod of iron for the stubborn.
Ps 2:9; 110:6.

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