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What does this note mean? Does it say Christ is a King and also a Kingdom?

Note a next to Matthew 2:2 in the King James Scofield Study Bible is as follows: Magi came to Bethlehem..

Saying, Where is he that is born aKing of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

a - Kingdom (Mt 2:6 Lk 1:31-33, 1Cor 15:24)


Referred verses:

Matthew 2:6

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Luke 1:31-33

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

1 Corinthians 15:24

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.


Possibly (but probably not) related question below about:

1 Corinthians 15

23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

What does "he delivers the kingdom to God the Father" mean in 1 Corinthians 15:24?

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  • Serfdom has been obliterated: does that mean that all serfs perished, or that serfdom has been abolished ? Same for kingdom, denoting both the quality of being a ruler, as well as the domain over which it is exerted; alternately, think of dominion, meaning both rule and realm.
    – Lucian
    Sep 15, 2021 at 0:05

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Here are the simple facts:

  • In Matt 2:2, the operative word is βασιλεύς = "king"
  • In Luke 1:33 and 1 Cor 15:24, the operative word is βασιλεία = "kingdom, sovereignty, royal power".

There are a variety of cognate words available in Greek including:

  • βασίλειον = "palace" (noun)
  • βασίλειος = "royal" (adjective)
  • βασιλεύω = "reign over" (verb)
  • βασιλικός = "royal" (adjective)
  • βασίλισσα = "queen" (noun)

However, in Matt 2:2, we have "king". I presume that the note in the Scofield Bible is to references that define what kingdom Jesus were rule over, namely, the "kingdom of heaven/God" as distinct from any earthly kingdom.

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  • Thanks. I guess it doesnt mean anything profound, just saying he has a kingdom or something awkward and imperfectly expressed. Or convention within an ongoing list and style that I haven’t picked up on. No deep, special meaning. || Royal power and sovereignty are not synonymous with “kingdom” imo.
    – Al Brown
    Sep 14, 2021 at 23:30

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