The New Testament quotes from Psalm 110 more than from any other Old Testament passage. This apostolic emphasis deserves more attention than it has so far received. In the New Testament references to this passage we find the determinant keys to Eschatology, or the doctrine of the future. The resulting ideas we glean from how Peter, Paul, and others apply Psalm 110 overturn much of the popular understanding of prophecy and “end times” teaching. A more consistent understanding will help modern Christians see through popular doom and gloom, through maniacal apocalyptic hysteria, and instead apprehend an optimism and goal-oriented Christian life many have not even yet considered.
Last week I presented Paul’s view of the Ascended, Reigning Christ as seen in his private encounters and revealed in his letter to the Ephesians. This article expands and builds on that teaching to show some of the theological themes in the passages as well as the importance of those themes for the Christian life.