Class Notes: 12/1/2021
The book of Romans part 18; the doctrine of the Royalty of Christ
We are in a verse by verse study of the book of Romans and got through verses 1 and 2 with the expanded translation:
v1 "Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called an apostle, through having been appointed because of the Gospel from God."
v2 Which (This Gospel) He (God) promised in advance through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures or writings"
v3 Concerning His (God's) Son who was born from the seed of David according to the flesh.
Last time we looked at the doctrine of the Deity of Christ as God's Son and the doctrine of the attributes of God's essence.
Today we will look at the doctrine of the Royalty of Christ. The adjective royal means kingly, pertaining to a crown. It's used to describe a king as the sovereign ruler of people. The noun royalty connotes the regal quality or nature of a king.
This concept is described in both of the original languages of the Bible. The Hebrew word used is "melek" the Greek word is "basileus." Both words are used in connection with our Lord Jesus Christ and in other relationships.
The Bible not only recognizes the legitimacy of various concepts and categories of royalty, but favors it. At the present time our Lord Jesus Christ now possesses three categories of royalty.
The first category is the product of His eternal and infinite being as God, He bears the royalty of His deity.
The second category of royalty is the product of His true humanity, that is the result of His virgin birth and His incarnation in His First Advent.
His third category of royalty is the product of the royalty of His Hypostatic Union and His strategic victory of the first Advent.
His divine royalty is predicated on the fact that He is eternal and infinite God, possessing all the attributes of divine essence. This is Christ's eternal and infinite relationship with the Godhead. Jesus Christ is eternal God.
He has all the attributes of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is coequal and coeternal with them. As the manifest person of the Trinity, our Lord wears the crown of divine royalty, John 1:18; John 6:46;
1Tim 6:16; 1John 4:12; The title for His divine royal patent is Son of God. This royalty has no beginning and no end. All Bible doctrine comes from His divine royalty.
The royal title of our Lord's humanity is Son of Man. The Jewish royal title of our Lord is Son of David. The virgin birth introduces the humanity of Christ to the world. The royal patent of our Lord's humanity is the virgin birth, resulting in His humanity.
At the point of His virgin birth, our Lord Jesus Christ became Jewish royalty as a direct descendant of King David in the tribe of Judah, the family of Jesse. Mary is descendant from their son Nathan.
As Jewish royalty, our Lord fulfilled the Davidic covenant. In resurrection body in Hypostatic Union, Jesus Christ will reign forever as the Son of David. Mary became pregnant because God the Holy Spirit provided the male chromosomes for her pregnancy.
Our Lord's promise of the Davidic covenant is found in Psa 89:33-37, "But I will not break off My unfailing love from him, Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful. Selah."
2Chr 21:7; "Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever."
Acts 13:22b-23; "I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart who will do My will." We fail God, but the integrity of God never fails us. "From the descendants of this man, on the basis of the promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus."
This is the fulfillment of the royal law. Our Lord's hypostatic union royalty is based upon His strategic victory during the first Advent, when He defeated Satan during His thirty- three years of executing the prototype spiritual life for the Church.
By living in the prototype spiritual power system, our Lord was qualified by impeccability to go to the cross and be judged for the sins of humanity.
That judgment is the beginning of the strategic victory of our Lord. It was followed by His resurrection, ascension and session at the right hand of the Father. The cross was the greatest battlefield in history!
This royalty makes Jesus Christ the ruler of elect angels and regenerate mankind, Col 2:14; Heb 2:14.
The hypostatic union royalty was given to our Lord Jesus Christ as a verbal commission, Psa 110:1,4, "The Lord [God the Father] says to my Lord [the Lord Jesus Christ]: "Sit down at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.
v4 The Lord has made a solemn promise and will not change His mind, `You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'"
There is a complete disconnect from Israel in His hypostatic union royalty. In His hypostatic union Jesus Christ is a king-priest. The royal priesthood is formed in the dispensation of the Church Age and every Church Age believer is a royal priest, 1 Pet 2:5,9; Rev 1:6.
This is a royal family that is not born into a royal line it is a family that is "born again" into a royal line. His hypostatic union royal family does not come from physical birth it comes from the new spiritual birth that creates the church.
Church Age believers have the same royal life to fulfill the royal law as our Lord Jesus Christ had on the Cross to fulfill the royal law (Jam 2:8). The royal high priesthood of Jesus Christ is confirmed in Heb 5:5-6; Heb 6:19-20; Heb 7:15-28;
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