A friend asked: “Will Jesus Christ reign in future or is he reigning now?” I response to the question, biblically the Lord Jesus Christ is currently reigning together with the Father in Heaven until the consummation of all things, then after the renewal of all things he will reign eternally (Mathew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 15:25–28; Hebrews 1:3–4; 1 Peter 3:22). Dr. R. C Sproul has summarized Christ kingship well with the following words:
“As a King, Christ fulfills Old Testament prophecies of an eternal kingdom for David and his seed. In Christ the fallen booth of David is restored. The kingdom of God has not been utterly postponed to the future. Though that kingdom has not yet been consummated, it has been inaugurated and it is a present reality. It is now invisible to the world. But Christ has already ascended. He has his coronation and investiture. At this very moment he reigns as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus is enthroned at God’s right hand, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him [Mathew 28:18]. It is a profound political reality that Christ now occupies the supreme seat of cosmic authority. The kings of this world and all secular governments may ignore this reality, but they cannot undo it [Psalm 2:1–12; Acts. 4:25, 26]. The universe is no democracy. It is a monarchy. God himself has appointed his beloved Son as the preeminent King. Jesus does not rule by referendum but by divine right. In the future every knee will bow before him, either willingly or unwillingly [Philippians 2:5–11). Those who refuse to do so will have their knees broken with a rod of iron (R. C Sproul, 1997, p.114)”.
After defeating Satan through his sacrificial redemptive death and triumphant bodily resurrection, he ascended and seat at the right hand of the Father (Colossians 2:15; 1 Peter 3:22). On the right hand of the Father, there Christ is reigning over all until he has put all enemies under his feet (1Corithians 15:25–28). He will come back to judge all the living and the dead, to gather his people to himself, to defeat and destroy all his enemies, to renew all things and to consummate his eternal kingdom and then reign forever and ever (John 5:24–30).
Dear Christian friends, we who by God’s grace have been delivered from the power of darkness and then transferred by God into the kingdom of the Son (Colossians 1:13, 14), those of us who have been made citizens of God’s kingdom (Philippians 3:20), we must serve our King Jesus Christ according to God’s Word and by the enablement of God the Holy Spirit. As citizen of Christ kingdom, we must represent Christ and his kingdom correctly. If Christ is truly our Lord and Savior, we must submit to Christ lordship in our daily Christian lives. Christ before he ascended to heaven has commission us to go make people of all nations his disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that he has commanded us (Matthew 28:18–20). We must fulfill this Great Commission.
As we labour in the strength of the Lord to fulfill the Great Commission in the midst of oppositions and many other challenges of this world (Colossians 1:29), let us always remember that Christ who has commissioned us to make people of all nations his disciples is the sovereign reigning King of the entire universe; he is in charge of the entire creation, and he is over all kings and all authorities of this world. And in addition, he is always with us as he has promised (Mathew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5); nothing will hurt us without God’s permission. In prayers we must ask him to grant us opportunity, grace, and other resources that we need to live godly lives and to fulfill the Great Commission (John. 15:7, 8, 16–17; Acts. 4:23–31; Ephesians 3:20).
Those of you who are not yet saved, be wise; reconcile with God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and for salvation (Psalm 2, Acts, 17:30–31; 2 Corinthians 5:9–21); or lest you will die in your sins and face the judgment and the wrath of God in hell forever (Romans 1:18; John 3:16–18, 36; Revelation 6:12–17; 14:10; 20:15). Bow to the Savior and King Jesus willingly, or you will bow down to him unwillingly in the Day of Judgment (Philippians 2:9–11; John. 5:24–30).
Dear Christian friends, as we are waiting for the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and for the renewal and restoration of all things (Mathew 25:31–46), let us be found with our garments washed in the blood of the Lamb and with saved lives that pursue holiness; we must abide in Christ (John 15:1–8) and be loyal to our King. This is what pleases and glorifies our God; this is the reason God saved us and kept us in this corrupt world for a time being, and this is what we exist for (Titus 2:11–14).
As we face challenges in this life and in ministry, we should never despair; we should always rejoice in the fact that God whom we are worshiping, and God whom we are waiting upon is God who is on the throne reigning above all things. He has the will and all power to fulfill his will; so his plan and promises will never fail. Dear Christians, you who are the true offspring of Abraham and the heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29), take heart, our God reigns!