OVERVIEW – Jesus received all authority to reign over the Cosmos following his Death and Resurrection.
At the height of his power, the absolute monarch of Babylon – Nebuchadnezzar – boasted before heaven and earth, “Is not this Babylon the great and exceptional kingdom that I built by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” His presumptuous words received an immediate response from an angelic figure.
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SYNOPSIS – Peter explained what God had accomplished in Jesus to a confused crowd in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:16-36.
When the Day of Pentecost had “fully come,” the Spirit of God descended onto the assembly of disciples accompanied by audible and visual manifestations. As the disciples were “filled with the Spirit,” they began to “speak in other tongues as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” This caused a great commotion among many Jewish pilgrims who witnessed the event. Some were confused; others accused the disciples of drunkenness. It was to this crowd that Peter addressed the first “sermon” of the new age of the Spirit.
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SYNOPSIS – Jesus is the promised Messiah, the King who reigns on David’s throne, and the anointed Son of God – Psalm 2:1-9.
The second Psalm is a messianic prophecy about the ideal king of Israel who is destined to sit on the throne of David. The Psalmist identified him as “Yahweh’s anointed.” He is also called, “My king upon holy Zion,” and, “my son.” His enthronement marks “the day Yahweh has begotten you.” This “anointed one” is the appointed ruler and son of Yahweh.
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The salutations from the throne to the churches highlight key themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus – Revelation 1:4-8.
Next, the book presents greetings to the “churches” from the “throne,” from God, Jesus, and the “Seven Spirits.” It stresses Christ’s present over the political powers of the earth, and his sovereignty is based on his Death and Resurrection. The recipients of the book are identified, the “seven churches” in Asia .
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SYNOPSIS – The New Testament applies the plans of the rulers of the nations to destroy the Son to the conspiracy to slay Jesus – Psalm 2:1-6.
The second Psalm is a key messianic prophecy applied frequently and consistently to Jesus by the New Testament. But according to its authors, precisely when did he fulfill the predictions from the Psalm? Has the Messiah been installed already on the throne of David or is this prediction still waiting for a future fulfillment? What about the “rage” of the nations against Yahweh’s “anointed one”? Is it a prediction about a yet future assault against Jesus or his people?
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In Revelation, Jesus began his Messianic Reign on the Throne of God following his Death and Resurrection – Revelation 5:6-10.
The book of Revelation assures the beleaguered congregations of Asia that Jesus is reigning now and has events firmly under his control, despite appearances and hostility from the surrounding society. His exaltation and kingly authority are based on his past Death and Resurrection, which marked the commencement of his reign from the messianic “throne.”
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