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CHRIST'S SITTING AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND


God is a Spirit. Therefore, sitting at God's "right hand" does not have a literal but a figurative meaning, one which reflected practices of rulers during biblical times.

    "Sitting" testified of three things:

    1. Authority - Kings, judges, teachers, and masters sat. Servants stood to hear and serve them.

    2. Rest - Sitting referred to a position of rest after completing one's labors.

    3. Stability - Sitting testified of being in an undisturbed position for a considerable length of time.

Jesus' sitting at God's right hand testifies of: His kingly authority, His resting from His completed mediatorial work, and the stability of His eternal position.


Sitting at the right hand also had a significant meaning in biblical times. The right hand was considered very valuable and important. Being placed at the right hand of a king or honored person portrayed a special meaning of value and importance. The person was placed in a position of:

    1. Honor - The most honored position was that of being placed at the king's right hand.

    2. Intimacy - The person seated at the king's right hand was placed in a position of close friendship.

    3. Power - Being placed at the king's right hand symbolized reigning with him in his throne.

Christ's sitting at the right hand of God on His heavenly throne signifies Christ's special position of divine honor, divine intimacy, and divine power, which He employs for the benefit of His entire Church.

In His divine nature, Christ is God - He always has been, is, and will be. His being exalted to this position by God speaks of Christ as Mediator, as Head of His Church, as the God-man. It testifies of His human nature being inseparably united with His divine nature in His Person.

    A young convert was once speaking to a more experienced and established child of God. He was very afraid of Satan and his accusations. "And you know," he concluded, "Satan is very powerful and he comes into the

 

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

- Mark 16:19

For He that is entered into His rest, He also hath ceased from His own works, as God did from His.

- Hebrews 4:10

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto My Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand.

- Acts 2:33-34

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

- Romans 8:34

Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places.

- Ephesians 1:20

Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

- Hebrews 1:3

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.

- Hebrews 8:1

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever sat down on the right hand of God;

From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.

- Hebrews 10: 12-13

 

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