“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.” (Acts 2:29-31).
Do not miss the point in reference. It is God raising up a promised Seed to SIT UPON DAVID’S THRONE. David received this commitment from the Lord, and believed it! “And it shall come to pass . . . I will raise up thy seed after . . . and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever” (1 Chron 17:11-12). “The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne” (Psa 132:11).
Peter, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, who “searches all things, yea the deep things of God” (1 Cor 2:10), relates this prophecy to the resurrection of Christ. He does not associate the prophecy with a coming kingdom, a future golden age, the second coming of Christ, or the removal of the church from the earth. Neither Peter nor any of the other apostles related Jesus sitting on David’s throne to the confrontation and destruction of the Antichrist, the conclusion of a great tribulation, a conclusive battle waged in the flesh, or the longevity of life in the flesh. Those views are the interpretations, and are often treasured highly, just as though they were clearly affirmed in Scripture.
In order to embrace such views, the Word of God must be passed through the filter of religious tradition. Consequently, they are all to be abandoned in favor of the commentary of the Holy Spirit. In this text, Peter does not point to Solomon and the building of the temple as a fulfillment of the promise, although the original promise was phrased as though that was the full meaning. The apostle declared One who was “greater than Solomon.” Thus, Jesus is called “the Seed of David”(John 7:42; Rom 1:3; 2 Tim 2:8), and He is he One who fulfilled the promise made to David.
Isaiah also prophesied of the coming Seed who would be exalted to David’s throne. He related it to the BIRTH of a Child, not the coming of a glorified Christ. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder . . . Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isa 9:7).
Isaiah’s prophecy is associated with Christ’s incarnation, not when He appears “the second time,” as some suppose. Scripture presents the enfleshment of Jesus as commencing with Him volunteering to “come” to do God’s redemptive will (Heb 10:5-10). His exaltation to heaven effectualizes our salvation: i.e., we are being saved “by His life” (Rom 5:9-10) – i.e. His heavenly ministry Peter relates this exaltation with the Davidic promise. Elsewhere, the Spirit relates it to the current intercession of Christ in heaven. “Wherefore He is able also to SAVE them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25). This is an essential facet of Christ’s ministry that is rarely mentioned in our time. The enthronement and reign of Jesus consistently has to do with effecting salvation, and is always so represented (Acts 2:33; 45:31; Rom 5:10; 8:34; Phil 2:9; Heb 7:25; 1 Pet 3:22).
The throne to which Jesus has been exalted is NOT upon earth. Thrones here cannot be forever, and God promised an eternal throne. The earth, however, is destined for destruction by fire, as Peter himself clearly teaches (2 Pet 3:10-13). The “new earth” that will ensue will not be occupied by sinners who will be forcibly subjected to the reign of the glorified Christ. Further, the very notion of a glorified Christ taking up residence in a temporal world that requires subduing is so utterly foolish, it approximates a miracle when anyone believes such an absurdity. To have an army of flesh and blood fighting against a glorified Christ is nothing less than a “strong delusion.” Paul speaks of the most significant enemy of Christ in relation to second coming, declaring his demise will occur at the appearance of Jesus in glory, not by means of a battle. “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING” (2 Thess 2:8). No enemy of Jesus can confront the revelation of the glorified Christ!
The Word of God is clear on this subject: Jesus is currently glorified, or exalted, and that exaltation is related to the promised Seed for David’s throne! “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne . . . spake of the resurrection of Christ” (Acts 2:30-31). The promise given to David by the Holy Spirit was claimed by Jesus when He sat down on the right hand of God. “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit . . . “ (Acts 2:33).
Peter boldly announces that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promised King and Seed of David. He, and He alone, is the exalted Ruler, and One appointed to execute the salvational purpose of God. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God HATH MADE that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). The reason for circumstance ought to be obvious: this is the king of Savior that is required to save the people and bring them safely to glory. It has never been necessary to have a glorified and exalted Man to conquer the enemies of God and His people. Scripture contains the record of supernatural victories that did not require any warfare (Gen 11:4-8; 19:24; Josh 10:11; 2 Kgs 19:35; 2 Chron 20:17). It does, however, require a glorified Man with all power in heaven and earth to accomplish the salvation of God.
PRAYER POINT: Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for a reigning Savior who is bringing many sons to glory, to whom all foes are presently subject.