Christ reigns by leading us to respond to His reign by the Spirit. We are God’s kingdom people. He has destined us to love, know and see Messiah Jesus as King of the kingdom of the Son. For, we have been born of the Spirit (Jn 3:3; Jn 3:5-8). Christ leads by helping us be changed to be like Him (2 Cor 3:16-18).
Christ reigns at the right hand of God
1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col 3:1-4 KJV
Christ reigns from throne of grace
We can come to the throne of grace by the Spirit (Acts 2). There the Son of God reigns as high priest. He is the high priest for He has offered the perfect sacrifice for our sins, His body on the cross.
14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:14-16 AAT
Christ has the power of grace, for God has placed Him above all.
… far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph 1:22-23 ASV
Christ reigns from Jerusalem that is above
Christ reigns from throne of grace located in the Jerusalem that is above, which is free. Here Christ is known as the Spirit of God’s Son. “And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal 4:6).
In Galatians 4, Paul tells us about the Jerusalem that is above. He begins comparing the status of heirs who are still children. Then extends that to our adoption as sons, God’s children, redeemed from the law.
1But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a bondservant though he is lord of all; 2but is under guardians and stewards until the day appointed of the father. 3So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world: 4but when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7So that thou art no longer a bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Gal 4:1-7 ASV
Paul then exhorts the Galatians to not fall back to weak and beggarly rudiments and be put in bondage again. He concludes his exhortation::
19My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you— 20but I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am perplexed about you. Gal 4:19-20 ASV
Now, Paul exposes the law by an allegory.
One son born of a bondmaid (slave), the other born of a freewoman. He explains this is an allegory: for these women are two covenants, the Old under the law and the New for God’s children, sons, heirs of salvation who have been set free.
21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the freewoman. 23Howbeit the’son by the handmaid is born after the flesh; but the’son by the freewoman [Sarah] is born through promise. 24Which things contain an allegory: for these women are two covenants; one from mount Sinai, bearing children unto bondage, which is Hagar. 25Now this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to the Jerusalem that now is: for she is in bondage with her children. 26But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother.
27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; Break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: For more are the children of the desolate than of her that hath the husband.
28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so also it is now.
30Howbeit what saith the scripture? Cast out the handmaid and her son: for the son of the handmaid shall not inherit with the son of the freewoman.
31Wherefore, brethren, we are not children of a handmaid, but of the freewoman. Gal 4:21-31 ASV
Christ reigns from the heavenly Jerusalem
The God inspired writer of Hebrews helps us see the contrast between the mountain where Moses received the 10 commandments and Mount Zion the setting of the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the city of the living God and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
18For ye are not come unto a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them; 20for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned; 21and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: 22but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.
25See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not when they refused him that warned them on earth, much more’shall not we escape who turn away from him that warneth from heaven: 26whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more will I make to tremble not the earth only, but also the heaven. 27And this word. Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain. 28Wherefore, receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe: 29for our God is a consuming fire. Heb 12:18-29 ASV
Christ reigns as the Good Shepherd
Jesus calling us My sheep reveals we are His. God our Father has given us to Jesus.
My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish— ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one. Jn 10:27-30 HCSB
Think about this. God has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son (Col 1:13 ). God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts (Gal 4:6). The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit (Ro 14:17).