|Is Jesus Ruling Over All The Earth Right Now?
Many think Jesus will rule in the future, and is not doing so right now. And they feel He will return and then begin to rule over the earth. This is incorrect. He is ruling right now over all the world.
Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come : And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Notice in the above scripture all the past tense terms used. God "raised" Jesus from the dead. He "wrought" in Christ. He "hath" put all enemies under His feet. He "gave" Him to be the head. None of these thing are going to occur. They have already occured.
Does this not say that all things are beneath His feet, not only in this world, but also, the world to come?
All Means All
And He is sitting on the throne over it all... right now.
The problem people come up with when they think of Christ ruling now is, "Why is there still evil in the world if Christ is ruling over all?"
Well, we must first realize that we cannot argue with scripture. The Bible plainly says that He is indeed ruling over all the earth, regardless of what our inhibitions in accepting that may be. Secondly, it is a rule whereby He will continue to rule until all enemies are subdued . In other words, the fact that enemies are racing around in the earth is exactly why He is ruling.
Most people think Christ must put down all enemies beneath His feet and then they can say that He will rule at that point. But that is not what the Bible teaches.
Hebrews 10:12-13 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God ; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Notice that we read "from henceforth," which means "from this time forward."
Its so Apostolic a truth that we find this in the very sermon on the day of Pentecost!
Acts 2:34-35 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Before you say "But..." read those words again.
"He must reign until all enemies are beneath His feet."
In other words, He is reigning now .
Church, He is greater and more highly exalted than what many think. He is ruling right now. Over everything !
The fact that there is still death in the world and still enemies racing around does not change the fact that He is on the throne right now!
The Bible teaches us to look at it from the perspective that, right now, sin never abounds greater than grace .
Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.
No weapon formed against us shall prosper.
Life is greater than death.
Notice this point very carefully -- in principle , His rule is over everything. In order for the Bible to say He rules over everything in this present world and also has total dominion over the world to come, and yet there are still enemies racing around that He will subdue, the picture demands we realize that He rules in Principle . And we cannot say that He will rule in principle before all enemies are subdued, and then rule actually at that point, because the Bible clearly says that when all enemies are subdued the Son will give the dominion over to the Father, and God will be all in all. Jesus, as Son, will hand over all rule at that point! He will rule UNTIL all enemies are put under His feet... NOT AFTER all enemies are put under His feet!
So when we realize that His rule of one on the throne until all enemies are beneath His feet, we can see the fallacy of thinking that He is not ruling yet. Rest assured, HE IS ON THE THRONE NOW!
THE THRONE OF DAVID
For David speaketh concerning him,
I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself,
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
(Act 2:25-36 David's prophecy in red)
David knew that Christ would descend from him and sit on David's throne. And when he wrote of his soul not being left in hell, but made to know the ways of life, he was again speaking of Christ's resurrection.
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. (Psa 132:11)
David knew this would occur. He had a promise from God. And Peter said the reference was involved with Christ being rasied from the dead in order to sit on His throne. Christ would not be left in hell, but rather would indeed rise to be able to fulfill the promise to David of sitting on David's throne. So the resurrection is involved with the seating on the throne.
Peter said that Christ indeed did rise form the grave, and is not left in hell. God raised Christ up to which Peter was personal witness. And he noted that Jesus is now at the right hand of God exalted. Jesus is ascended into heaven. And the scripture Peter uses to speak of this present seating says, " The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool." And that is the reason Jesus is Lord. He is on the throne of David!