- “Is Christ already king apart from His mediatorship?
Yes. As sharing in the Divine Being, He also possesses from eternity the royal power over all creation that belongs to God. This continues with His true deity through all that befalls Him. In a strict sense, however, one cannot speak of this as a munus regium, a ‘kingly office.’ After all , an office always presupposes delegated authority exercised in the name of another. Divine kingly power is absolute. Hence one was accustomed to speak of a regnum essentiale, an ‘essential rule,’ and place next to it the regnum personale, the ‘personal rule.’ The latter, then, which means the official kingship of the Mediator.”
- Geerhardus, Vos. (2014) Reformed Dogmatics. Bellingham, WA 98225: Lexham Press.