"I agree. Jesus was exalted high above all, and placed on the throne, per the New Testament.
"Let's go a little further... He's still on the throne. He IS still, presently, the king over this world. He is not absent. He is here, among His people.
"I do not understand how so many can acknowledge Jesus as The King, and in the next breath intimate that He is completely ineffectual as a king."
Well said, Jarrod. If I might add, He now sits on “David’s throne” [Acts 2:30] in heaven as King over God’s new nation or kingdom, the community of the saints. Jesus’ throne in heaven typifies David’s reignship over old Israel. David reigned as king over old Israel; Jesus now reigns as King over new Israel, the family of believers.
As I noted earlier, Paul affirms the saints at Colosse had been “rescued from the dominion [kingdom] of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the Son He loves” [Col. 1:13]. As saints, we are in God’s kingdom today, just as the Colossians were. Again, the eternal kingdom in heaven is an extension our of current kingdom.
As there can be no body without a head, or a kingdom without a king, we conclude that since the believers at Colosse were citizens of God’s kingdom, Jesus must have been their King! He is now King, and has been for over 2,000 years.
The Jews in Jesus’ day failed to envision His reign as spiritual because they were looking for an earthly kingdom with all of the political trimmings that accompany earthly kingdoms. Today’s earthly enthusiasts are making the same mistake. They’re looking for a “glorified kingdom” with all of the “glorified trimmings” that accompany “glorified kingdoms.”
In the meantime, they fail to understand that such a kingdom or reign has existed since the very moment Jesus was “exalted [enthroned] to the right hand of God” [Acts 2:33]. His kingdom is not earthly, palpable, and tangible now or in the future. It is spiritual in that its King reigns from heaven and in the hearts of His subjects.