What Benefit And Comfort Do Believers Receive From The Doctrine Of The Kingdom?

Question:  What benefit and comfort do believers receive from this doctrine of the kingdom of Christ, of which the additional name “Christ” is a reminder?

Heidelberg ChurchAnswer: Those who believe and trust in Christ and are baptized into His name know that in this life they are in the Kingdom of Christ and not in the kingdom or dominion of the Devil. They have been redeemed from the power of the Devil and inserted into the Kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13)

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

and they are united with Christ their King in such a way that they are members of His body. Many people fret when they are not sure who their lord is, Christ or the Evil One, or whether they might now be under one lord but soon be under another. On the other hand, there is great joy and benefit when a person is certain that whoever believes in Christ from the heart (which is the internal anointing of the Holy Spirit) and bears the physical sign of the covenant, holy baptism, is under Christ the King and is translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Christ. As Paul says in Colossians 1:13, 14

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Indeed, in such a heart the Kingdom of God has already begun; such a heart has the Kingdom within, as Christ says, “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).

The first benefit that each and every citizen of this kingdom receives is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). These gifts are received, even in this life, by all who place their trust in this King, Christ, and are baptized into Him. For the King promised them in John 8:36, “You shall be free indeed, if the Son makes you free.” Also John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:16, 17 “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth.” John 16:33 “In Me you should have peace.” To be sure, Christ rules not for His own benefit but for ours. For from eternity He shared a common honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus we should take comfort from what is stated in Revelation 5:10 “You have made us kings and priests to our God.”

Caspar Olevianus, A Firm Foundation, p. 38

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