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Email Correspondence: Does Christ Surrender The Kingdom At His Coming?

We received the following question from one of our visitors. We truly appreciate the good question. See my response below the question.
Don K

Could you please explain the scripture then comes the end when he shall deliver up the kingdom to his father, that end can’t be

70 ad because that would mean he is not reigning now. That would mean he only reigned for 30 yrears.  I’am a preterist, it’s just that

Scripture I don’t know how to fit it in.

HELP

My response:
Dear >>>>>, my sincere apologies for the delay in response. I have been travelling and am preparing to go to France for a seminar. Just hectically busy!
Let me offer just a few thoughts in response to your good question.
The problem that most people have with the text that you cite is in believing that it speaks of Christ surrendering / abdicating his throne. Wayne Jackson (amillennialist) says that Christ would cease to reign at his coming. This is not justified linguistically or Biblically, at all.
The word translated as “deliver” is paradidomi. It can, but does not at all demand, mean, to surrender or to give up. Notice that the identical word is used in 1 Corinthians 15:2 where Paul says he had delivered the gospel to the Corinthians. (Same word). Now, this clearly does not mean that Paul had surrendered or abdicated his authority over the gospel!
Furthermore, when one considers that in every single other text that describes Christ’s relationship to the kingdom at his coming, it presents major– insurmountable– problems for the “surrender the kingdom” view of 1 Corinthians 15.
Notice Matthew 25:31– At his coming, it says “then shall he sit on the throne of his glory.” As William Bell notes, “Then shall he sit, not quit, the throne!” This clearly is not an abdication of his throne, it is when his sovereignty would be fully established and he would exercise that sovereignty!
Luke 19– A certain man (Christ, of course) went into a far country to receive a kingdom, and to return. Now, after receiving that kingdom, did that king abdicate his throne upon his return, or did he begin to fully exercise that kingly authority?
Notice the imagery of the Wedding. According to Ephesians 5:25f, Christ would present the church to himself at his parousia! Now, according to the “surrender the kingdom at his coming” view of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul should have said that at his coming, Christ would divorce his betrothed bride! Or, he should have said that Christ would give his wife to his Father!
In Revelation, 19-21, Christ takes the betrothed church to be his bride ‘the time of the marriage (not divorce!, DKP) has come!” (19:6f). He does not surrender her to the Father!
This is the way it is in every other text that describes Christ’s relationship to the church at his parousia. Clearly, there is something wrong with the “surrender the kingdom at his coming” view of 1 Corinthians 15.
I hope this has helped just a bit. Thanks so much for contacting me!
Make your plans to be with us July 14-16, in Ardmore, Ok for our Preterist Pilgrim Weekend 2011!
We will have at least two new speakers, in addition to our regulars.
Our theme will be When Did the Law of Moses Pass Away: At the Cross or AD 70?
Make your plans now to be with us!
For His Truth, and In His Grace,
Don K. Preston

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