Will Christ Give Up His Reign?
That question is not brought up often but when it is brought up, you’ll find there are a multitude of answers. As we know there will only be one right answer and we will all find out the absolute answer one day. But for now, I want to address it and you can examine what I write and compare this to the scriptures.
Let’s look at what 1st Corinthians chapter 15, Matthew 28, Luke 1, and Daniel chapter 2 says concerning Jesus, His authority, what His authority is or is not limited to, and where He got His authority.
In Daniel chapter 2 Daniel is interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and he explained to the king his dream represented 4 kingdoms and out of the fourth, God would set up a kingdom that would never be destroyed. In verse 44 Daniel says this;
“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
That verse is clear right? In the days of the kings of that fourth kingdom God will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Now let’s look at Luke chapter 1 verses 32 and 33 where the angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her this.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son and shall call His name JESUS.
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end”.
We can see that Daniel and Gabriel are talking about the same throne and kingdom because Daniel had stated that this eternal kingdom that God would raise would break and consume all these kingdoms and it would stand forever. So, when Gabriel says the son of the Highest would reign over the house of Jacob forever, we know by necessary inference these are one and the same. Now let’s look at Matthew 28 verses18 through 20. This is after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and He is talking to His disciples and giving them their instructions of what to do.
And Jesus came and spoke to, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
The Hyper-Preterists claim “end of the age” is referring to the Old Covenant age and that the end of that age came in A.D.70. They make that claim because Daniel and the angel Gabriel said the kingdom of Christ has no end, so Jesus had to be referring to the Old Covenant age. Yet at the same time Jesus would be limiting His presence with them because He said, “even to the end of the age”. This is like how these Hyper-preterists talk about the Lord’s Supper. Remember Paul tells the church at Corinth that as often as they observe the Lord’s Supper, they “remember His death until He comes”. If Jesus returned in A.D 70, then the Lord’s Supper is no longer to be observed. And so, if He will be with them until the end of the age and that age ended in A.D.70 then His reign ended and the Hyper-Preterists have created for themselves one more contradiction to go with all the other contradictions they have developed over the past 30 years.
As we have read from Daniel and Luke and Matthew Jesus promises His throne and His Kingdom is eternal. Yet we read in 1 Corinthians 15 when the end comes, He will deliver the Kingdom to the Father and be subject to Him. The Father who gave the Son all the authority to rule over all principalities and powers. We can read in Ephesians 3 verses 9 through 11 that God’s purpose all along was to manifest His wisdom to the church through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3: 9-11
“and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;
to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”
One of God’s purposes from the beginning was for us as Christians to access to Him through our faith in His Son. I think of the triune Godhead in this context. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father sent the Son, the Son sent the Holy Spirit to teach and save our souls through the gospel.