Will Christ Give Up His Reign? Part 3
This is the third and final piece I will write on the question. It is based almost solely on 1 Corinthians 15: 24 through 28.
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says, “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Notice the underlined portion. That statement is fatal to the Hyper-preterist’s doctrine and that is why they deny it means what it says. And the reason they deny it means what it says is because their doctrine requires full carnalism in believing this creation will never end and Christ will always be king of this creation that has no end, regardless of 2 Peter 3.
So, what does it mean, the Son Himself will be subject to the Father? It goes all the way back to the beginning. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. After the very first verse notice it references God over and over with “God said”, “God made”, “God saw” and so on. Then we come to verse 26 and it begins with “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”. God went from being used in the singular to the plural in one word, “Us”. Most of us have been taught and learned what “Us” refers to and that there is a Godhead. The Apostle Paul himself used the term Godhead to refer to God. For example, Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
And then again in Colossians 2:8 through 10
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
So far, I’m sure the Hyper-preterists wouldn’t disagree, but I’m not sure. I have gotten hints from Preston that he thinks the concept of the Trinity is not scriptural, but I could be wrong. The thing is with them is they are stuck in an infinite loop on their eschatology doctrine and have left the gospel of Christ behind. Anyway, we can how Paul has helped us see what the plural term of “Us” instead of God means in Genesis 1:26 and why it was used. There are more verses like John 17:24 where Jesus is praying to the Father and saying to Him,
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world
Also, Ephesians 1:3 through 4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Notice God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. The Godhead said “Let Us” in Genesis 1:26 knowing that in Christ the Son we would be chosen for this Kingdom that at that time was yet to come. Now we are in that kingdom as Colossians 1:13 tells us,
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
We see then from Genesis 1 until the time of Paul’s ministry Jesus was before the creation, is of the Godhead, and is over all creation and was made manifest in the flesh just as mankind is flesh. John chapter 1 also confirms that. Keep in mind Jesus prayed to God the Father Himself and taught us how to pray. And in Matthew 28 18 Jesus says, “All authority has been given unto Me”. Compare that to 1 Corinthians 15: 27 where we are told all things were put under Him, but the one who put all things under Him is excepted. God the Father put all things under Him, and all His authority covers everything except the Father.