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God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace: 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 justice, from henceforth, even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts, will perform this."
Thus the prophet, having set forth Christ, in his essential, personal, mediatorial, and relative glories, and by an aggregate of names and titles, set forth the matchless Saviour's glory; he closes the subject with an account of his throne and kingdom, with the increase, peace, and duration thereof; "Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end." This proclaims the blessings and permanency of it: "Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it, with judgment and justice from henceforth, even for ever.*' This shews that the Lord Jesus, the king of Zion, will reign for ever and ever. Christ, as king and governor in Zion, was foreshadowed by David, who was king of Judah and Israel.
Jehovah declared, "Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne." Psalm cxxxii. II. This promise had a two-fold meaning: it related to Solomon in type and shadow, and to Christ in truth and substance; that it belongs to Messiah, the prince, we have Peter's authority in Acts ii. 30. " David 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," &c.
David's throne and kingdom was a typical representation of Christ, the antitypical and true eon of David, of whom the prophet hath been speaking.
In the testament times, and to old testament saints, Jerusalem was a type of the church, as surrounded by the Lord's protection, and blessed with the Lord's presence and peace.
David was a type of Christ, as being the anointed of Jehovah, crowned with victory, and placed triumphantly on the sacred hill of Zion, as expressed in the second psalm; which, as expressed there, shews the whole was divinely prophetical of the exaltation and enthronization of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence the application of it to him in the new testament, Acts iv. 25.
Christ's throne and kingdom indeed is not of this world, it is a spiritual one, it is by his Fa, ther's appointment and delegation, according to the counsel and covenant, which obtained between the Three in Jehovah, before the world was: in consequence of which, Christ, Godman, is king mediator.
His throne is a throne of grace. To set op a church, is to set up Christ a throne.
His kingdom is in his church; it is set up by him in the hearts of his people: he displays bis throne and kingdom, in his word and ordinances: he exercises it, by sending his Holy Spirit with his word to convince of sin, to correct the judgment where it erred from the truth, to govern the hearts, lives, and conversations of the true citizens of Zion, who have their conversation in heaven, and who walk in all his commandments and ordinances blameless.
"Of the increase and peace of Christ's kingdom and throne, there shall be no end." He is exalted on it, and established in it, by the counsel and oath of the eternal Three.
And being thus established on it, and the kingdom put into his hand, he will order and establish it with justice and judgment. His gospel shall be preached; his ordinances continued; his church continued; his Spirit sent, and given to make a willing people in the day of his power: the called people of the Lord, through their knowledge of him, and out of love to him, and as gathered into orderly, organized, settled churches and communities, shall enjoy the blessings of his presence, love, and peace; their understandings shall be further illuminated; their lives and conversations more regulated; their love to him, and faith in him, more increased.
All opposition to his person, throce, and kingdom, shall in the end finally fall, and for ever cease. He will be Jesus, the everlasting Conqueror: he shall live and reign for ever and ever: all his subjects shall find everlasting life, increasing joy, unspeakable delight, and endless uninterrupted peace in him : he will, as the great prophet over the house of God, in whom all fulness dwells; as the great high priest over the house of God, who lives in heaven to bestow an everlasting blessing; as the King of kings, and Lord of lords, rule, defend, and protect his church; he will rule in the hearts of his people, over their persons, and all their concerns, spiritual and temporal, through all successive generations, even unto the end of the world: he will reign personally with them in the new Jerusalem state, where the increase of his government and peace shall be fully exercised and enjoyed a thousand years; and he will reign with them in the ultimate state of bliss, to all eternity.
"The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this:" which is the seal of God, set to what the prophet had declared concerning the birth, gift, names, throne, and kingdom of Messiah, of the increase and peace of his rule and reign, and principality of grace.
May the Lord accompany what hath been delivered on this subject, with the grace and energy of his Spirit to your hearts. Amen.
THE ESSENTIAL WORD INCARNATE; OR GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH: OR IMMANUEL GOD WITH US.
John i. 14.
M And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth."
THE personality and essential deity of the Son of God, his incarnation, whereby he became Immanuel, God manifested in the flesh, are most sublime and important truths revealed in, and testified of, by the inspired volume; in .which, next to the nature of the incomprehensible essence, and the personalities in the infinite and incommunicable Godhead, there is not a greater mystery recorded in it, than the incarnation of the essential Word, the only begotten Son of God.