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At the Right Hand of God

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

The resurrection of Christ, in importance to his saving work, goes hand-in-hand with his ascension into heaven. Without his ascension, he would not now be sitting at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:11–12) interceding for us (Hebrews 7:23–25).


The Father raised Jesus from the dead to seat him at his right hand. This seat represents the place of supreme authority over the entire creation. The largest star and the unseen atom come under the rule of Jesus Christ. Every throne on earth, every king in authority, every power in the cosmos, submits to the reign of the One who conquered the grave.

The seating of Christ at the right hand of God underlines Christ’s present reign and his continuing work on behalf of believers. The risen and exalted Christ is Prophet, Priest, and King. As our Great High Priest, he intercedes for believers before the Father. He is eternally and perfectly our Mediator before the Father. As we read in Hebrews 7:25, “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” As much as we needed Christ’s substitutionary atonement on the cross, we also need his intercession before the Father. Our salvation depends upon his faithfulness as our Mediator and Great High Priest—sitting at the right hand of the Father.

Paul also wrote of Christ’s exaltation in his rich christological hymn found in Philippians 2:9–11. In that passage Paul wrote that God has “highly exalted” Jesus. His exaltation contains such power that even the proclamation of his name prostrates all creation before his glory and his throne. One day, every tongue, every tribe, every nation, will resound in unity to declare the lordship of Jesus Christ. The ascension of Christ, therefore, serves as a cosmic coronation whereby God the Father confirms Christ’s sacrifice and subjects the universe to his rule.

Without the ascension Jesus would not be ruling right now at the right hand of God the Father. After Jesus completed his work and obeyed the will of his Father, even unto death, the heavenly courts welcomed him home in celestial beauty. The Father exalted his Son and seated him on the throne that is above every throne. Jesus declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and the Father then raised him from the dead and received him back. This truth establishes the hope of every follower of Jesus Christ. Without his ascension, exaltation, and coronation, Jesus would possess no authority to rule, and ultimately, to reconcile all things to himself (Col. 1:18–20). In short there would be no gospel to proclaim.

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), 107–108.

Posted 2020·03·05 by David Kjos
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