Recently, Professor J. R. Daniel Kirk wrote an article in Christianity Today entitled A Resurrection that Matters in which he describes the resurrection of Jesus as His enthronement. According to Kirk, it was only at the resurrection that Jesus became the Messiah. I wouldn’t have known about this article, but TC Robinson at New Leaven (which I read on an almost daily basis) posted it and was agreeing with it. This surprised me because I usually agree with TC on just about every issue.
I decided to post a very brief disagreement and so did a couple of others. One commenter posted that he believed that the enthronement of Jesus was at the ascension, not at the resurrection. He pointed to some verses in Hebrews. I believe that the enthronement of Jesus (on the Davidic throne) will be future and stated so quite bluntly. TC responded asking me to read the article for myself . Professor Kirk himself even came on with a brief comment directed at someone else. So I read the article and you can too at this link here. It’s four pages, but it reads very nicely. It won’t take you long at all.
What occurred after that (at New Leaven) was a question and answer type debate between TC and myself. I’m not going to replicate my insights into Psalm 110, Psalm 2, I Corinthians 15:23-27, and Romans 1:3-4 in this space here. But I am going to ask you to go to TC’s post and read the debate for yourself. Is the enthronement of Jesus a future event? Or is He on the Davidic throne now? Did I prove my point, or is Professor Kirk the one who proved his point in the article published in Christianity today? I will tell you that I am probably in the minority in comparison with mainstream Christianity. The enthronement of Jesus on a spiritual throne right now (as opposed to an earthly throne in the future) is probably the majority view.
Here is a link to TC’s post at New Leaven – debate and all. Follow this link here.
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