Kingdom of God
1 Cor. 15:25
Eph. 1:3; 2:6
1 Peter 2:9
- Jeremiah 22:30
- "Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man [Coniah] childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah."
- It is argued that since Christ is of the seed of Coniah (Matt. 1:1-11) he cannot reign in Jerusalem upon the literal throne of David.
- Coniah, called "Jehoiachin" (2 Kings 24:8) and "Jeconiah" (1 Chron. 3:16; Jer. 24:1), perished in Babylon where he was taken as a captive. (2 Kings 25:27-30). Coniah was a descendant of Solomon, but Jesus was a descendant of Nathan (Luke 3:31), therefore what is affirmed of the seed of Coniah does not refer to Jesus Christ.
- The genealogy of Matthew's gospel is traced through Joseph. To insist that Jesus is a descendant of Coniah, is to likewise insist that Joseph was his real father. The family tree of Jesus through his mother Mary is set out in Luke 3, not Matthew 1.