Our Treasure: The King & His Kingdom

23 Jan

Throughout the New Testament there are passages that serve to highlight the surpassing worth of Christ, and the treasure that He and His reign are for us.  To begin, Christ is the image of the invisible God, the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, through whom and for whom all things were created.[1]  He is the enthroned king, with all authority in heaven and on earth.[2]  Jesus is the good shepherd, watching over His flock, the church, and our high priest, making intercession for us before the Father.[3]  Jesus is the bread of life, living water and the light of the world.[4]  Finally, Christ is the founder and perfecter of our faith[5], through whom we receive redemption and all the blessings that come through that redemption.[6]

In addition to all these, Christ’s reign is of surpassing worth because of its present realities, and the hope we have in the future fullness of the kingdom that is yet to come.  Presently, the kingdom is manifested in the works of Christ’s people on earth as they seek to live in obedience to their King.[7]  Many of these are chronicled in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, as well as in the Great Commission of Matthew 28.  One day, Christ will return to consummate His kingdom.  Zephaniah 3:14-20 paints a beautiful picture of what this will look like:

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel!

Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;

he has cleared away your enemies.

The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;

you shall never again fear evil. (v. 14-15)
The Lord your God is in your midst,

a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing. (v. 17)
Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors.

And I will save the lame and gather the outcast,

And I will change their shame into praise

and renown in all the earth.

At that time I will bring you in,

At the time when I gather you together. (19-20a)

God’s people will rejoice.  The Lord will vanquish His enemies, and free His people from their oppressors.  Jesus will commune with, and dwell in the midst of, His gathered people in the New Jerusalem. Finally, all things will be restored to the way God intended them to be, to His glory and the joy of His people.  These are the future treasures of the kingdom Christians have to look forward to.

There is nothing comparable to the treasure of Christ and His Kingdom.

This is an excerpt from a longer work currently being written about the Gospel of Matthew

[1] Col. 1:15-16, Heb. 1:3 (Respectively)

[2] Matt. 28:18

[3] John 10:11, Heb. 4:14-5:10 (Respectively)

[4] John 6:33 (48-51), John 8:12 (Respectively)

[5] Heb. 12:2

[6] This includes adoption, sanctification, perseverance, union with Christ, and glorification.

[7] Eph. 2:10


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