The Kingdom Of Christ
Psalm 2 focuses on prophecy and records human rebellion. This is a messianic psalm in which nations and kings are warned to serve God because ultimate judgment has been entrusted to Christ. It is applied to Christ at least five times in the New Testament.
Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. He hears the raging of the nations and the plots of the rulers.
What do they want? Freedom from God!
But the way to real freedom is by submission and not by rebellion. To throw off God’s will is to invite bondage and destruction.
The peaceful scene in heaven is quite a contrast to the noisy scene on earth, for God is neither worried nor afraid as puny man rages against Him. He merely laughs in derision. After all, to God, the greatest rulers are but grass to be cut down, and the strongest nations are only drops in the bucket (Isa. 40:6-8, 12-17).
Today, God is speaking to the nations in His grace and calling them to trust His Son, but the day will come when God will speak to them in His wrath and send terrible judgment to the world (Rev. 6-19). If people will not accept God’s judgment of sin at the cross and trust Christ, they will have to accept God’s judgment of themselves and their sins.
The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God’s commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom.
The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavors of his enemies. Christ’s throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.
The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me:
‘You are my son! This very day I have become your father!
and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the ends of the earth as your personal property.
You will break them with an iron scepter;
you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’”
New English Translation (NET)
The enthroned King now speaks and announces what the Father said to Him. “I will announce the LORD’S decree,” informs the rebels that God rules His creation on the basis of sovereign decrees. He doesn’t ask for a consensus or take a vote. God’s decrees are just, and He never makes a mistake.
The Father has promised the Son complete victory over the nations, which means that one day He will reign over all the kingdoms of the world. Satan offered Him this honor in return for His worship, but Jesus refused (Matt. 4:8-11). Christ’s rule will be just but firm, and if they oppose Him, He will smash them like so many clay pots.
Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].
Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
In view of the Father’s decree and promised judgment, and the Son’s victorious enthronement in heaven, the wise thing for people to do is to surrender to Christ and trust Him. Today, the Spirit of God speaks to mankind and pleads with sinners to repent and turn to the Savior.
The Spirit speaks first to the kings and leaders; He addresses “all” and urges them to trust the Son. The Spirit starts his appeal with the world leaders, because they are accountable to God for the way they govern the world (Rom. 13). The people are enraged against God mainly because their leaders have provoked them. They are ignorant because they follow the wisdom of this world and not the wisdom that comes from God (1 Cor. 1:18-31). They are proud of what they think they know, but they really know nothing about eternal truth.
How can they learn?
“Be instructed” from the Word of God. The word also means, “to be warned.” How gracious the Lord is to save sinners before His wrath is revealed!
Once the Spirit has instructed the mind, He then appeals to the will and calls the rebels to serve the Lord and stop serving sin. True believers know what it means to have both fear and joy in their hearts. Love for the Lord casts out sinful fear (1 John 4:18) but perfects godly fear. We love our Father but still respect His authority.
The third appeal is to the heart and calls for submissive love and devotion to the King. In the ancient world, vassal rulers would show their obedience to their king by kissing his hand or cheek. Judas kissed Jesus in the garden, but it meant nothing. This is the kiss of submission and even reconciliation.
The Spirit ends with a word of warning and a word of blessing. The warning is that this loving King can also become angry and reveal His holy wrath suddenly and without warning (1 Thess. 5:1-4). The theme of wrath is connected with the Father and the Son.
It is the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to make those radical changes in the way we talk, live, and think.
Embrace the discipline and correction of the Lord. Know that you will be blessed when you trust in Him.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
My Father laughs when my enemies conspire against me to break loose from the chains by which I have bound them. When they take their stand against me and plan my destruction, the Lord mocks them.
Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in the wake of His wrath. He makes His decree before them that Jesus is Lord and King over my life and that I am not to be harmed.
I have been reborn and recreated as the very brother/sister of Jesus. Every member of Satan’s army is subject to my authority.