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Psalms 110:1 « A Psalm of David. » The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.(Mat 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, Heb 1:13, 10:13)
Psalms 145 tells us how the enemies of Christ will be subdued under his "footstool". This Psalm says that it is from His heavenly throne that His enemies shall be subdued. (vv. 3, 4, 5.) We see Him going forth to war, describes His weapons, and His manner of conquest.
When did this war start against His enemies?
Hebrews 1:8 with Psalms 45:5, tells us that this war commenced when He was "blessed-forever" or exalted to the right hand of all power and authority. That is, His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father, and from there the victorious war is carried out.
Psalms 45 clearly presents Christ as a man of war, and warlike terms describe Him.
Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
V. 1 refers to Christs relationship to the Father. Thus, the arrow in Psalms 45:5 must be the Spirit of Christ, the Word of God.
Furthermore, Christ's mouth is called a sharp sword in Isaiah 49:2, and Psalms 45 clearly presents the enthroned Christ as a terrible man of war, as warlike terms are used to describe Him. Elsewhere we are told what these terms mean. We must understand them in the light of the Holy Scriptures, or we will find ourselves false teachers.
Though Isaiah 49 should settle the issue, hear what some godly men of the past have said:
Plumer (1856, Psalms, p. 516):
"No arrows pierce so deep as the arrows of truth. They produce the most pungent convictions, pricking men in the heart, making them cry aloud for mercy, Acts 2:37; 16:29; I Cor. 14:24, 25. There are two ways in which the wicked fall before Christ; one is to ask and receive mercy; the other is to sink under the weight of his wrath. If men despise his grace, they shall be crushed by his power, Isa. 8:14, 15; Lk. 2:34. He is "a king, against whom there is no rising up." All his incorrigible foes must perish, for he is God."
Notice in Acts 5:33 that the wicked were cut to the heart..., so much so that they killed Stephen. The word of God will have an effect. We need to be confident in its power.
V. 5 in action:
1 I must here instance a very solemn and extraordinary out-letting of the Spirit, which about the year 1625, and thereafter was in the west of Scotland, whilst the persecution of the church there was hot from the prelatic party; this by the profane rabble of that time was called the Stewarton-sickness, for in that parish first, but after through much of that country, particularly at Irvine, under the ministry of famous Mr. Dickson, it was most remarkable, where it can be said (which divers ministers and Christians yet alive can witness) that for a considerable time, few sabbaths did pass without some evidently converted, and some convincing proofs of the power of God accompanying his Word; yea, that many were so choaked and taken by the heart, that through terror the Spirit in such a measure convincing them of sin, in hearing of the Word they have been made to fall over, and thus carried out of the church, who after proved most solid and lively Christians. . . . Truly, this great spring-tide, which I may so call of the gospel, was not of a short time, but for some years' continuance, yea, thus like a spreading moor-burn the power of godliness did advance from one place to another, which put a marvellous lustre on these parts of the country, the savour whereof brought many from other parts of the land to see the truth of the same.'" (The Puritan Hope, Iain Murray, pp 27, 28)
2The counsel brought a turning point in Glendinnings
ministry; he moved to Oldstone, near the town of Antrui, and ,
amidst a people characterized by their licence and indifference,
he preached the law of God and the terror of the divine wrath.
Glendinning's limitations were now unnoticed by a people who could
only think of the message they heard. Andrew Stewart, a contemporary
who witnessed what happened at Oldstone, later wrote with amazement
of the change which was wrought:
`Behold the success ! For the hearers finding themselves condemned by the mouth of God speaking in His Word, fell into such anxiety and terror of conscience that they looked on themselves as altogether lost and damned; and this work appeared not in one single person or two, but multitudes were brought to understand their way, and to cry out, Men and brethren, what shall we do to be saved ? I have seen them myself stricken into a swoon with the Word; yea, a dozen in one day carried out of doors as dead, so marvellous was the power of God smiting their hearts for sin, condemning and killing. And of these were none of the weaker sex or spirit, but indeed some of the boldest spirits, who formerly feared not with their swords to put a whole market-town in a fray; yet in defence of their stubbornness cared not to lie in prison and in the stocks, and being incorrigible, were as ready to do the like the next day.'16 [16. From a manuscript narrative by Andrew Stewart, whose father, another Scot, apparently crossed to Ireland in 1627. It was evidently the father, Andrew Stewart, Senior, who reported what he saw at Oldstone. The best consecutive account of this awakening in Ireland will be found in history of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, James S Reed, new edition 1867, vol. I. The quote from Stewart is given on p. 110] (Ibid, p. 30.)
The Pulpit Commentary (Vol. 8, pg. 351) says "All the enemies of Messiah shall one day be chastised, and fall before him." Thus, the P.C. places v. 5 to be fulfilled yet in the future in a marvelous way.
We can easily see that v. 5 is not completely fulfilled at the present:
Psalms 110:1, &c, the Fathers promise to the Son is that all His enemies shall be placed under His authority.
V. 6 is quoted in Hebrews 8.
Spurgeon says of v. 5:
"Our king is master of all weapons: he can strike those who are near and those afar off with equal force. "Are sharp". Nothing that Jesus does is ill done, he uses no blunted shafts, no pointless darts, "in the heart of the king's enemies". Our captain aims at men's hearts rather than their heads, and he hits them too; point-blank are his shots, and they enter deep into the vital part of man's' nature. Whether for love or vengeance, Christ never misses aim, and when his arrows stick, they cause a smart not soon forgotten, a wound which only he can heal. Jesus arrows of conviction are sharp in the quiver of his word, and sharp when on the bow of his ministers, but they are most known to be so when they find a way into careless hearts. They are his arrows, he made them, he shoots them, he makes them sharp, and he makes them enter the heart. May none of us ever fall under the darts of his judgment, for none kill so surely as they. "Whereby the people fall under thee." "On either side the slain of the Lord are many when Jesus leads on the war. Nations tremble and turn to him when he shoots abroad his truth. Under his power and presence, men are stricken down as though pricked in the heart. There is no standing against the Son of God when his bow of might is in his hands. Terrible will be the hour when his bow shall be made quite naked, and bolts of devouring fire shall be hurled upon his adversaries: Then shall princes fall and nations perish."
Are our modern day plagues of various diseases, plagues and addictions part of His "bolts of devouring fire?"
45:5, the Holy Spirit is striking in the hearts of the enemies of God, i.e. the unregenerate. (Rom 5:10, 3:10-12.) The arrows are sent by the Son into the heart of those He will. (Rom 9)
The vast portion of modern Biblical Theology sees the world completely out of control, and can only be subdued by the kind of bloody warfare as recorded in Joshua. Our natural eye sees everything around us pointing to the defeat of the Kingdom of God, and the victory of the kingdom of Darkness.
Who can know Gods timetable? Many today are so dogmatic in their defeated attitude that one would think they had been God's counselor as He determined His everlasting counsel for the ages. (Isa 40:13-15 and Rom. 11, which is a most discussed and disagreed upon passage.) Only He knows the end from the beginning. However, He has assured us many times that though we see the wicked prosper, the time of their destruction shall come. (Ps 37, 73) Those who refuse to glorify Him as God will face His terrible Judgment.
45:5, when God intervenes by His mercy and grace, and opens the eyes of men so they can see Him whom they crucified, they will gladly fall under thee. (2 Cor 4:6) Scripture is clear as to what happens to the nations that forget God, and to those who hate Him. (Ps. 9:17, 50:22, Prov. 8:36. God did not give us His Word to satisfy man's desire for knowledge, but to instruct man how to please Him, 1 Cor 13:12.)
Ones view of the future will greatly influence his actions in the present. Those who follow the modern defeated view of world history have their only hope in a warring and bloody King Jesus. Logically, they must sit back, and let it get worse and worse, and maybe even help it reach this state of no return. Because the sooner it gets beyond hope, the sooner Christ will return to slaughter His enemies. Where is the motive there to place all things under His footstool? (I had a man at a wedding tell me just that.)
Who controls history?
Since Noah, sinful men have sought to control the future through any means possible, e.g. war. We see that fallen desire to control history for the glory of fallen man very evident in the education system, and Christians participate in that effort by supporting that system.
On the other hand, the Redeemed are commanded to control the future for the glory of God by educating according to Gods Command-Word.
There are many passages that indicate the hopeless mess man makes out of everything he touches. The Holy Men of Old saw the hand of God moving at His appointed time to bring all things into subjection under the King. The New Testament authors show us that He accomplishes that subjection through the power of the Resurrection working in the Elect. There are tremendous scholars on both sides, victory vs defeat, good men who love God and are called according to His purpose, but both cannot be right. Both sides think the other side is being misled by the legions of false teaching spirits who have gone out worldwide.
The Angel of Light is hard at work. Every 'gift' mentioned in Romans 12, as well as Ephesians 4, has an impostor. Every work of the Holy Spirit of Galatians 5 has an imitation. 2 Corinthians 10, tells us that these false spirits and their works are so close to the genuine, that only the spirit of God in conjunction with the Word of God can divide the error from the truth.
Our adversary is a liar and a deceiver. His power and victory lies in deception, and for his deception to work it must resemble the truth so much that even many of God's people will not take time to check it out.
What is the answer? Are we left to the 'mercy' of these false teaching spirits?
We don't believe so. God's people can and must stand against them. There are many passages that show us the victory in Christ against false teaching and teachers. All of Ephesians, Colossians and 2 Corinthians 4 talks about renouncing (that is, disown) the hidden things of dishonesty. Every Christian needs to "renounce" or disown any influence by any false teaching spirit in order to guard against "handling the Word of God deceitfully." Along with willfully renouncing false spirits, is the call to stand against any imitation works of spirits as they imitate the work of the Holy Spirit. Our warfare is spiritual, so we must stand in the victory of Christ against ANYTHING that would come to us or influence us by any other way than the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God's people, by a choice of the will provided by God, must choose which spirit of influence they will follow. The false spirits offer love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, as well teaching, apart from the Cross. Paul warns of another Jesus; a jesus apart from the Cross. The warfare is spiritual. The enemy is an expert at camouflaging himself behind "good works, as an angel of light. But his devices have been exposed. There is no reason for God's people to fall for his wiles and devices. (2 Cor. 2:11, 10:4, 11)
Thus, Psalms 45:5, in its New Testament context tells us that the King is even now on His throne. The Holy Spirit is present among men, convincing, convicting them of sin and converting them as He works out His predetermined, good purpose in their lives. He will remain seated on His throne until all His enemies are subdued. (Ps 110:1, Matt 22:44, 1 Cor 15:24-25, Heb 1:13, 10:13)
V. 5, as He rides, His arrows go out in all directions. They are sharp, and are aimed at the hearts of men. When His well directed arrow strikes in the heart of a man, that man falls under Him. This verse speaks of the victorious King---a conquering King. There are numerous New Testament verses that could speak of His victorious ride among His enemies. (1 Cor. 1:19, 2 Cor. 2:14, Gal. 6:9, Eph. 3:9-10, 6:10-18, Phil. 4:13, Col. 1:13, Heb. 12:22-23, Col. 2:9-10, &c.)
We must understand that we are the servants of a conquering King. We are to have no taste for the violence of physical conflicts of any kind. His kingdoms victory is not based upon carnal weapons, for that victory lays in the heavens with our risen Lord and Saviour. Now we only see a shadow of His glorious, total, complete victory, but one day it will be fully realized.
V. 5, Arrows: "1) Arrows of judicial wrath are sharp. 2) Arrows of providential goodness are sharper still. 3) Arrows of subduing grace are sharpest of all. The quiver of the almighty is full of these arrows"--He has arrows for every occasion.
O my, how wonderful it would be to see Him shoot the arrows of His grace into the hearts of His people. How? By commanding the light to shine out of darkness. In this light, if His people could only see the ONE that their sins pierced, there would be a tremendous turning to Him in loving obedience. With this obedience would come blessings beyond belief.