“When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” – 2 Samuel 7:12-16
The writer of Hebrews applies the words of our text (specifically verse 14) to Jesus. In Luke 1:32-33, the angel Gabriel explains to Mary that her son, the Messiah, would reign on the throne of David.
That makes it pretty plain that this section – while applicable to Solomon – is really about the Christ. Peter also makes it clear that Jesus currently sits on David‘s throne – see Acts 2:36-38. So, from that, we understand the kingdom about which Jesus preached was in fact brought into being on that Pentecost Sunday.
This helps us to understand our place. We are not waiting for a kingdom, nor are we waiting for Jesus to ―do something. Of course, we‘re expecting the Lord to return and take His church home, but our job is not to await the kingdom because it is here.
Since we are part of the kingdom and since Jesus has commanded His servants to go and preach the gospel, we need to be about the king‘s business. That means preaching and teaching around the world. Wherever Christians went in the first century, they preached the gospel of Christ and brought people into the kingdom.
They weren’t simply concerned with being nice folks or just doing right. The church of the first century was a militant organization – proclaiming the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, even as they were themselves being judicially murdered.
Of course, they did right (and most of them were probably nice folks) but their mission was in the message – Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of Lords.
That should be our message as well.
Jay Kelly, Austin St. church of Christ, Levelland, TX