Posted On February 26, 2016

Thoughts from The Theocratic Kingdom: Proposition 53

by | Feb 26, 2016 | Apologetics, Biblical Worldview, Contending

In Proposition 53, George Peters states:

“The genealogies of our Lord form an important link in the comprehension of this Kingdom.”

Ahh…those genealogies. Raise your hand if you skip past those sections of Scripture. I admit my hand is raised (at least after I typed this sentence). The fact is nothing in Scripture is mere fluff or filler to round out a chapter. Those seemingly endless list of hard to pronounce names have a distinct purpose, especially when they connect the Messiah with the line of King David. Pay attention to the various genealogies for they establish the right of the Messiah to sit on the throne of David.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 53 is the following:

“Without entering into a discussion of the genealogies, which is ably performed by others, it is sufficient to confine ourselves to the fact, fully admitted, that Jesus, according to Matthew, is a legal successor to the throne of David. Lord Hervey and others show this; for His descent is traced through a line of kings or their legal descendants, whilst Luke’s table proceeds more on the principle of tracing His descent through progenitors who were the paternal stem of Him who was their heir. By this, and other considerations, the anomalies of the two pedigrees are fully explained. Now, seeing that the promise has been so literally fulfilled in Christ’s descent, in His being the legal Heir to the throne and Kingdom, we hold that such a fulfillment gives us the strongest assurance that the remainder of the promise will likewise, in God’s ordering and time, be realized.”

The Messiah is indeed the legal heir to the throne. The genealogies clearly establish that as a literal fact. Thus, based on those literal genealogies and the literal heir being identified to the throne, it is quite reasonable to establish the statement that the future Kingdom will be literal with a literal heir (the Messiah) occupying the very throne which is his to sit upon by right of his genealogy being connected to David. This thus will literally fulfill the Davidic covenant.

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