The Present Work of Christ Part II: The Present Universal Lordship of Christ -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 121:482 (Apr 1964)
Article: The Present Work of Christ Part II: The Present Universal Lordship of Christ
Author: John F. Walvoord


The Present Work of Christ
Part II:
The Present Universal Lordship of Christ

John F. Walvoord

The lordship of Christ in the present age is revealed in two distinct areas; (1) His lordship over creation in general; (2) His lordship over the church as its Head. In this study, attention will be directed to the first of these two aspects as the other will properly be considered in discussion of His work for the church.

The difference of point of view in regard to eschatology has had an unfortunate effect upon the proper statement of the present lordship of Christ. If amillennialism and postmilliennialism are correct that Christ must, in the present age, fulfill promises of universal rule over the earth by means of the church and the preaching of the gospel, they would contradict the concept that He is now seated at the Father’s throne waiting for that future time when He will return to earth in power and glory to set up His earthly rule. The premillennial position is fully in harmony with the Scriptural revelation given concerning the present universal lordship of Christ and relieves much of the confusion that is brought in when attempts are made to fulfill millennial prophecies in the present age.

A study of the passages dealing with the lordship of Christ provides additional evidence for the validity of the premillennial interpretation. Scriptures pertaining to this subject reveal a threefold division of the subject: (1) the present position of Christ at the right hand of the Father; (2) the extent of His present authority; and (3) the expectation of

Christ as revealed in Scriptures which anticipate a future aspect of His Lordship, which will be discussed in connection with Christ’s reign on earth.

The Present Position of Christ

There has been a tendency to neglect what the Scritpures actually say concerning the present position of Christ at the right hand of the Father, mentioned in many Scriptures (Ps 110:1; Matt 22:44; Mark 12:36; 16:19; Luke 20:42–43; 22:69; Rom 8:34; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3–13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2;

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