|Question||How doth Christ execute the office of king?|
|Answer||Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, 1 in ruling, 2 and defending us, 3 and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies. 4|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is Christ a King?
There is another King, one Jesus,
Doth Christ execute the kingly office?
The government shall be upon his shoulder,
And is he duly qualified so to do?
He is the Lamb with seven horns, and seven eyes,
Is he King as Mediator?
He hath authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man,
And is his mediatorial government founded upon the performance of his mediatorial engagements?
Because he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, therefore God hath highly exalted him,
Is Christ a powerful king?
All power is given to him both in heaven and earth,
Is he a merciful king?
He is meek and having salvation,
Is he a universal king?
He is Governor among the nations,
Is he a righteous king?
A king shall reign in righteousness,
And is he a rightful one?
Unto him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
Should we then submit to his authority?
Take my yoke upon you,
Is Christ in an especial manner the King of saints?
Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints,
Are such naturally the subjects of another kingdom?
Other Lords besides thee have had the dominion over us,
But are they in due time rescued and delivered?
Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered,
And doth Christ govern those whom he hath thus subdued?
For out of thee shall come a governor that shall rule my people Israel,
Is Christ king over the church?
Is not the Lord in Zion, is not the King in her,
Doth he enact laws there?
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,
Doth he commission officers?
He gave some apostles and some prophets,
And does he resent the introduction of any thing without his authority?
In their setting their threshold by my threshold, and their post by my post, they have defiled my holy name,
Doth Christ as a King preserve his subjects?
We are preserved in Christ Jesus,
And protect them?
As birds flying so he defends Jerusalem,
And punish their faults?
Whom he loveth he chasteneth,
And reward their faithful services?
His reward is with him,
Doth Christ exercise his kingly power in restraining his enemies?
I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips,
And in subduing them?
He hath spoiled principalities and powers,
And in destroying them?
He will break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel,
Will the conquest of the saints’ enemies be gradual?
I will drive them out by little and little,
But will it be total?
For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet,
1 Corinthians 15:25
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||How doth Christ execute the office of a king?|
|Answer||Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself, 1 and giving them officers, 2 laws, 3 and censures, by which he visibly governs them; 4 in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, 5 rewarding their obedience, 6 and correcting them for their sins, 7 preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, 8 restraining and overcoming all their enemies, 9 and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, 10 and their good; 11 and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel. 12|