Kingdom of God
- 1 Corinthians 15:25
- "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet."
- It is argued by the Church of Christ since Christ is to put all things under his feet,
he must now be reigning in his kingdom. When Christ returns, it is asserted, he comes to
give the kingdom back to God, and not to receive it.
- The text does not read: "he is reigning," but rather "he must
reign." The time of the commencement of the reigning is not stated in verse 25, but
this can be inferred from the context: "in Christ shall all be made alive . . . at
his coming." (vs. 22,23 cf. 2 Tim. 4:1). The end of the reign is indicated by
the abolition of death (vs. 26). This period is designated by Jesus himself to be 1,000
years. (Rev. 20:4-6). Proof that death will not cease at Christ's second coming is
indicated by the existence of mortal nations subsequent to his return. (See Zech.
14:4,9,12-19; cf. Isa. 65:17-20). The saints, however, will be immortal, having received
their reward (Rev. 3:21; 2:26,27; 22:12).
- That this is the correct interpretation of 1 Cor. 15, is indicated by Psalm 110:2,5,6 in
which the Messiah is depicted as ruling in the midst of his enemies. The kingly
reign emanates from Zion, not from heaven, (vs. 2).