Grace Protestant Reformed Church

I Believe in Christ as King

Date: AM
Text: Revelation 1; Lord's Day 12
Psalters: 227, 40, 124, 193
Series: Heidelberg Catechism
  1. The concept.
    1. God created Adam as the first king of the earthly creation, “have dominion” (Gen. 1:28).
    2. The fall into sin changed man’s ability to function in this office.
    3. However, all the plots of men do not resist God’s will, which carries creation on to fulfill His purpose.
  2. The Anointed One came as THE King.
    1. Consider all the promises God gave about the Messiah’s kingship which redeems and establishes His kingdom.
    2. On earth Christ exercised His kingship by fighting and defeating the powers of darkness.
      1. For this spiritual battle, the King came meek and lowly (Matt. 21:5), with the weapon of obedience to and love for God.
      2. He is the mighty Conqueror, the Lord strong and mighty, the King of kings (Isa. 55:3,4; Acts 5:31; I Cor. 15:25).
    3. In heaven Christ continues as our King, but with all power in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).
      1. He is exalted in order to give repentance and forgiveness (Acts 5:31).
      2. He governs His people by His Word and Spirit, with the power of grace, not the power of the sword.
      3. He defends and preserves His own in their salvation.
  3. The office of king is manifest in His church institute.
    1. In the Old Dispensation it was the kings of Israel and Judah who ruled in a theocracy under God and in God’s name.
    2. In the New Dispensation this office is in the elders.
  4. Those who are in Christ are partakers of His anointing and thus are kings.
    1. In this life we manfully fight against sin and Satan.
    2. We fight now in the hope that we will reign with Him in eternity.