Ephesians 1:18-20, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know…..what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”
We continue with the confession of our faith in the exaltation of Christ. God raised Him from the dead, by that power He ascended into heaven, and now being in heaven, He sits at the right hand of God.
This event was included in prophecy. Psa, 110:1, “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
Jesus used this language when he spoke to Pilate, “…nevertheless, I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Matt 26:64.
The language is figurative and we immediately think of the days of kings who sat on thrones and had men at their right hand. Each king trusted his right-hand man most and commissioned him to do all his business on his behalf.
Now picture the Lord Jesus in this position in heaven. The throne of God is revealed in glory, Rev 4 and 5. In that vision, God has in His right hand the book which represents all His counsel for things that must take place in history in order to complete the gathering of the church in glory. Christ takes His place at God’s right hand and is qualified to open the book and realize its contents. He is the exalted Lamb that had been slain.
In Eph 1 quoted above, God wants us to understand that Christ is exalted at His right hand in heavenly places.
We express this every time we recite the Articles of Faith. We do this by faith. We cannot see Christ in heaven but we know He is there because the Holy Spirit testifies in our hearts that this is true.
What an exaltation that is for Christ. Here on earth He came under the curse of the law for us; now He carries out the will of God for us, for our final deliverance from sins.
May God open the eyes of our understanding.
- Date: 7-May
Rev Jason Kortering (Wife: Jeannette)
Ordained: September 1960
Pastorates: Hull, IA - 1960; Hope, Walker, MI - 1966; Hull, IA - 1970; Hope, Redlands, CA - 1976; Loveland, CO - 1979; Grandville, MI - 1984; Minister-on-Loan (Hope PRC, Walker, MI), Singapore - 1992
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