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The Eternal Reign of Christ

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Since Christ’s kingdom never ends, His kingship never ends; and His everlasting Fatherhood never is gofng to end. The church is His bride (His wife), and it would be ridiculous to think that when He meets His bride He will give her away to someone else. The eternal Spirit will do the last work on the kingdom, and that kingdom is the church, the body of Christ.

By D. L. Welch

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Christ’s kingdom or His reign as God will be eternal. I Corinthians 15:24-28 acknowledges that all eternal life for every child of God will come by the omnipresent, omnipotent Spirit who is God, that God may be all in all. This does not mean that Christ, one person, will give the kingdom to God, another person, and that Christ’s kingdom will end. To the contrary, the Lord speaks about His manifestation in flesh (God about the Son): “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and, ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom”

(Hebrews 1 :8).

 

In Psalm 45:6-7 we see that the throne of Christ, the reign of Christ as Lord and as God, never ends. The explanation of this is simple: the eternal Spirit first resurrected the man Christ as an eternal being-that is the man who died at Calvary. He could die! The Spirit of God cannot die and did not die. But the man Christ did die. He was “put to death in the flesh” (I Peter 3:18), which shows that the fleshly veil of the eternal Spirit did die. The eternal Spirit glorified the humanity of Christ so that the man Christ would live forever, with hair, eyes, feet, and hands.

The eternal Spirit was the life within Him.

 

Since Christ was the “firstfruits of them that slept” (I Corinthians 15:20), the same thing will happen to each individual saint when the church is resurrected. The same eternal Spirit will give us eternal life that God may be all in all.

 

Christ’s Reign Is Eternal

 

Let us look again at Ephesians 4:6, which says that there is “one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all,” showing that God is a Spirit. The last work upon the kingdom will be to change mortal beings into immortal, and this work will be done by the eternal Spirit. There is no denying the everlasting fatherhood and everlasting kingship of Jesus Christ.

 

Some seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the Holy Ghost moved Isaiah to say these words:

 

For unto ‘US a child is born, unto ‘US a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

 

He is the everlasting Father because the indwelling eternal Spirit made Him that. The eternal Spirit in the child that was born is the mighty God. By glorifying this man with Himself, the Spirit made Christ the visible personification of the invisible God. He will always be recognized as that, and He will rule always as that. Even though we will be heirs and jofnt heirs with Him, we will always recognize that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He was born for that.

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