“I Have Set My King upon My Holy Hill of Zion”
(Ps. 2:6) By Michael Zaucha
The Good News of the Gospel. The gospel declares that there are manifested benefits to us-ward who believe in the name of the Son of God and they are occurring in "the last days." These benefits which the people of God do partake of are directly attributed to the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was buried and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures (I Cor. 15:3-4).
Ordained by God from the foundations of the world, the "last days" are the time of Christ Jesus’ preeminence in all things especially to them that believe. To them that believe that Jesus is the Christ of God are endless blessings promised. Hear of these blessings that the Apostle John recorded for us, revealed to him by Jesus Himself for our benefit: “whosoever believeth in Me should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:15); “he that heareth My word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (Jn. 5:24); “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” (Jn. 6:35); “he that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (Jn. 7:38); “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and he that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (Jn. 11:25-26); “he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to My Father” (Jn. 14:12). Jesus has made it known that because God has set Him as king in the heavenly places, these things are occurring now to them that believe in Christ Jesus.
According to the Good Pleasure of God. The purpose of God which He purposed before the foundations of the world is coming to pass during “these last days." They are centralized in Christ Jesus, "who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (I Pet. 1:20).
By the grace of God, as we continue to consider Jesus in the light of the Scripture - in all His revealed glory and power which He currently has – emphasis that Jesus currently has - this very truth concerning Christ Jesus’ current reign is not only life giving but also life sustaining - even unto your enduring to the end. Therefore the gospel will continue to declare and affirm to you that these things are not only being revealed of Jesus by God through the Scripture, but also that Jesus is The One who is bringing the purpose of God to full fruition. It is vital for us to have this revealed proper knowledge and understanding of Jesus for by it we have knowledge of who God truly is and what God is doing, and that is eternal life (Jn. 17:3).
God Has Set His King in Zion. The reign of the Lord Jesus Christ is directly joined with the purpose of God and they are inseparable. From the highest view, that is why Jesus is reigning - in order to do, to accomplish, and to fulfill the eternal purpose of God which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 3:11). Jesus is the chosen One of God, His anointed One (Isa. 42:1; Jn. 1:33), His empowered king to bring to pass God's so-great salvation, and Jesus has total authority to do so (Mt. 28:18).
God's purpose concerning man is to save him to the uttermost. That saving has to do from that which occurred in the fall - sin. Everything revealed about Jesus is associated with the accomplishing of that purpose. The Scripture reveals the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us for that reason: speaking of Mary, His mother, "she will bear a Son, and shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins" (Mt. 1:21). The reason Jesus went around doing good was to heal "all who were oppressed by the devil" (Acts 10:38).
According to the good pleasure of God, Jesus died to reconcile men to God, (Col. 1:19-22), and was raised again for our justification (Rom. 4:25). And the good news continues to be proclaimed that Jesus ascended into heaven and was set down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb. 1:3) to "save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us" (Heb. 7:25). Jesus will finally hear from the Father "it is done" when He will appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28).
To Do Thy Will O God. All that Jesus is, and all that Jesus is doing is unto the fulfilling of God's purpose, and it is necessary for Him to have the power and authority to do so. If Jesus is to give eternal life to as many as God has given Him, He must have power over all flesh – and He does now! (Jn. 17:2). If there are mighty and strong adversaries that will war against them that shall be heirs of salvation, then Jesus must have a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and things under the earth – and He does now! (Phil. 2:9-10). And if men are to have victory over sin, they will need a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, who is ministering succor – to help, to aid and to give strength to resist the devil - to them that are tempted (Heb. 2:17-18) – and we now have such an high priest who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. This reality concerning Christ Jesus’ current reign is the sum of the declaration! (Heb. 8:1). It is for these reasons and all the more that Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of the Throne of God and is reigning in the midst of His enemies, precisely as God said He would (Ps. 110:2), even to give needful and necessary gifts unto His people (Eph. 4:8-11).
Manifested to Men. The truth of Christ’s current reign was demonstrated on the day of Pentecost when the reality of His rule was manifested in the earth to His people. As Peter was ministering to the devout Jews in the city of Jerusalem, he testified of Jesus' current reign and that the promised benefits had come: "therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear" (Acts 2:33).
That which God had purposed for us aforetime, Jesus was bringing to pass having been exalted to the right hand of God to do so by God Himself - and it is marvelous in our eyes! The king that God has set upon His holy hill of Zion, and His current reign is associated with God Himself, unto the fulfilling of His eternal purpose which He spoke of through His holy prophets: thus saith the Lord: “yet, I have set My king upon My holy hill of Zion” (Ps. 2:6). “Also, I will make Him My firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth” (Ps. 89:27). And “of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (Isa. 9:7). And I will give Him “dominion, and glory, and as kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:14). Jesus is God’s king whom He has set in the place of all power, authority, and judgment to accomplish and to fulfill that which God had purposed.
Jesus’ Testimony of the Truth. When Jesus was brought before Pilate in “the judgment hall,” the truth as to who He is was sought for, and Jesus being in control of the situation, even to the point of turning the tables as He began questioning Pilate. Through this interchange in “the judgment hall” came forth the glorious truth concerning the reign of Christ Jesus. This truth had to be made known to men concerning Himself and Jesus was the only One who was able to do so: “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth” (Jn. 18:33-37).
The Apostle’s Affirmation. The proclamation of the truth Jesus’ current reign would be affirmed by the Apostle Peter in that selfsame day the Holy Spirit was given unto men. What the Apostle Peter declared was evidence of Christ’s exaltation for the king and the kingdom was being opened to men. (Acts 2:25-36).
The Apostle Peter is declaring that the Lord which David “foresaw” and wrote of in the Psalms was Jesus. God was faithful to His promise to David to perform His promise made to him: “Behold, the days come saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:5-6).
Peter’s proclamation is that Jesus – “this Jesus hath God raised up” (Acts 2:32) - is this promised One of God who is seated in David’s throne, Jesus being anointed as king by God in fulfillment of the promise. “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).
Truly as King, having a kingdom, and power, and dominion, and might and riches, the Apostles would have much to reveal and remind the people of God about concerning Jesus. Peter declared to the Jews in the temple: Jesus is “the Prince” – ruler, authority, author – “of Life” (Acts 3:15). Unto the council, Peter said of Jesus: “Him God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). Unto Cornelius Peter declared: “He is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). And to the strangers – strangers in this weary land – scattered throughout Pontius, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, he had a word of encouragement concerning Jesus that they might endure their journey: Jesus has “gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities made subject unto Him” (I Pet. 3:22). The Apostle Peter was well acquainted in that which would sustain and keep and increase the people of God on their way, and he never did hold back from declaring this truth unto them. As did the Apostle Paul, who declared this to the Roman believers: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). The Apostle Paul was able to speak in this manner because of His knowledge of truth of the exalted Christ who is currently reigning until His enemies be put under His feet (I Cor. 15:25). Conclusion. The testimony of the Scripture reveals the reality of Christ’s reign now and that the reign of Christ is directly associated with the fulfillment of the purpose of God in His so-great salvation, even unto the bringing of many sons to glory.