Where Is Jesus Christ? – And What Is He Doing Today?
Untold millions invoke His name, saying that He has ″into their hearts″—but where has Jesus gone, and what has He been up to over the past 2,000 years, right up to the present day? You may now find out!
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- A little more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ lived an exceptional and contentious life, and he was eventually executed for the message He carried.
- While the vast majority of professing Christians would agree that the historical narrative of His ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection is reliable, many people see a lifeless Jesus when they think of Christ.
Some think He is returning and are eagerly anticipating His return to earth.People who believe in a hidden rapture, in which Christ ″sweeps up″ all faithful Christians to heaven right before tragedy strikes the Earth, are among those who believe in such an occurrence.However, these ideas and theories do not correspond to where Jesus is right now or what He is doing in the world.What has Jesus Christ been up to for the previous 2,000 years, up to and including the present day?
Attempts to aid the underprivileged through charitable organizations or missionary missions are being considered.When individuals entrust their life to Him, does He continue to penetrate their hearts on a regular basis?Evangelizing Christians, according to Jesus, is a means of extending the kingdom of God on earth.What is His method of operation?Is it via all churches that claim Christianity, a handful, or just a few individuals?
- Despite the fact that the issue is not frequently mentioned, there should be no confusion as to where Christ is and what He is doing.
- You will quickly see that He is playing an important role.
- All that is asked of you is that you believe the words of the Bible.
The Right Hand of God
- Begin by considering the stories of Christ’s life and death that are found in the gospels.
- This passage from Luke 22 has a significant prophesy regarding where He went following His resurrection: Then, as soon as it was daylight, the elders of the community, the chief priests, and the scribes gathered together and took Him into their council with the question, ″Are you the Christ?″ Please tell us.
- In response, He stated that they would not believe what He told them, and that if He asked them, they would not respond, nor would they allow Him to go.
- ″In the future, the Son of Man will sit at the right hand of the supreme authority of God″ (vs.
66-69).Christ’s statements are unambiguous.He predicted that He would ascend to the heavenly realms before His death.But did something like this happen?
Is there any other proof in the gospels?Jesus continued to educate and train His disciples after He was risen from the grave, preparing them for the mission that they would carry out in His place after He was gone.After completing His mission, Christ ascended into heaven, according to the story in Mark: ″So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was taken up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God″ (16:19).God exalted Christ to the greatest possible position on earth or in heaven as a result of his supreme sacrifice on the cross.It is important to note that ″when He raised him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,″ He placed Him far above all principality, and power, might, and dominion, and every other name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, and placed all things under His feet (Eph.
- According to the Bible, Christ ″sat down ed the right hand of the Majesty on high″ (Heb.
- This is a totally different picture from what you may be accustomed to seeing in the media.
After completing His mission on earth, Jesus Christ was glorified and exalted to the position of right hand man of God the Father.The fact that Christ is alive and well should be obvious even if we do not have time to go into every reference to Christ’s place at God’s right hand in this discussion.While there is a lot of conversation about Jesus in Protestant churches, there is very little discussion about what Christ is doing at the right hand of God.Now that it has been proven where Christ is, what does He actually accomplish in this situation?
A Living, Active High Priest
- If Jesus has been in heaven for the last 2,000 years—through the collapse of Rome, the horrific Crusades, the Renaissance, World Wars I and II, and the dawning of the Information Age—what has He been doing with His time?
- What has He been doing with His time?
- The answer to this issue can be found in one of the most crucial positions Christ now occupies.
- Jesus Christ is referred to as the High Priest, which is one of several positions and titles that He has, including those of Prince of Peace, Savior, Apostle, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Take notice of this explicit declaration not just concerning Christ’s location, but also about one of His offices: ″Seeing therefore that we have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has been exalted to the right hand of the Majesty on high, let us not waver in our commitment.″ It is for this reason that we don’t have a High Priest who is immune to the feelings of our infirmities; rather, we have one who was ″tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin″ (Heb.4:14-15).Let’s look at some additional evidence for Christ’s central role in history.Considering Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Paul says in Hebrews 3:12: ″Who was faithful to him who appointed Him, and who was exalted in the sight of God.″ God the Father has ordained Jesus Christ to the position of spiritual High Priest, according to the teachings of the Scriptures.
This is the office through which Christ carries out his mission.But what exactly did Christ perform in his capacity as High Priest?It is possible to get the solution by studying the book of Hebrews in greater depth.
- In Hebrews 8, Paul explains Christ’s functions as High Priest in greater detail.
- Our High Priest, who sits on the right hand of the Majesty’s seat in heaven, is a Minister of the sanctuary and a builder of the genuine tabernacle (which was pitched by the Lord and not by men),″ he says.
- Because every high priest is appointed to give gifts and sacrifices,″ says the Bible (vs.
Jesus Christ is referred to be a ″Minister″ in the God’s sanctuary in the Bible.He is engaged in the work of God’s Temple, serving as a sort of intermediary between Christians and the Father.Christians now have direct access to God as a result of his sacrifice.″But now, in Christ Jesus, you who were once a distance away are brought close by the blood of Christ,″ Paul writes in Ephesians 2.
because it is through Him that we both have access to the Father through one Spirit″ (vs.13, 18).It was necessary for Christ to die in order to tear down this barrier of separation.Christians are now able to enter the throne chamber of God, if they pray in the right way (Heb.4:16).
- This is only conceivable because Christ, in His role as active High Priest over His New Testament Church, has taken on the role of High Priest.
- It is His job to bring their spiritual offerings, as well as their petitions, to the attention of the Almighty.
- In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul stated, ″Therefore, Heis able also to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him, knowing that He ever lives to make intercession for them″ (Heb.
Christ continues to live in order to intervene on a Christian’s behalf.The term ″intercede″ refers to ″intervene between parties in order to bring about a resolution of conflicts.″ When properly understood, Christ is referred to as the ″Mediator between God and men″ in I Timothy 2:5.When properly understood, it is clear that Christ plays an important and active role in cooperating with genuine Christians and the Father.
Guiding His Church
- Another obligation Christ bears is the task of establishing, guiding, and protecting the New Testament Church (Matt.
- According to an earlier quoted verse from Ephesians, Christ’s role over the Church is revealed as follows: ″When He raised him from the dead, and established Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places…and placed all things under His feet, and appointed Him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is His body, which is the fullness of Him who fills everything in all″ (1:20, 22-23).
- Jesus operated via His physical body throughout His earthly mission, and He continues to work through His spiritual Body—the Church—in these latter days (I Cor.
12:27).Christ is establishing His Church in order to carry out God’s purpose for humanity.This is how the apostle Peter explains the process: ″You, too, like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ″ (I Pet.2:5).
Human people, on the other hand, are unable to join the Church; instead, God must invite them into Christ’s Body.It is important to note that ″no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him″ (John 6:44; also see verse 65).Ministers are appointed by Christ to serve the Body of Christ in order to instruct, strengthen, counsel, and edify its members (I Cor.12:18-28).
Preparing and Refining a People
Christ has also been training Christians for leadership roles in the soon-to-be-established kingdom of God on the earth.″There are many mansions in My Father’s home,″ Jesus assured His followers, ″and if that were not the case, I would have told you.″ ″I’m going to set up a location for you″ (John 14:2-4).Is it clear what He was getting at with these statements?In the context of ″mansions,″ ″rooms, abode or residence″ refers to a dwelling or a place of business.It was the Levitical priesthood’s responsibility to serve the gods in several rooms in the temple of God, and these rooms signified various levels of power and authority.As a result, ″mansions″ alludes to positions of power.
- In this passage, Christ was referring of His Second Coming, when He will establish the government of God on earth and appoint His adherents to positions of authority.
- King and priest candidates are being taught today to serve as God’s servants under the leadership of Jesus Christ (Rev.
- 1:6; 5:10).
- Remember that the Church is referred to as ″a holy priesthood″ in I Peter 2:5, which is taken from the Bible.
Christ is educating this advance team of leaders to reign under Him in God’s kingdom—a world-ruling supergovernment—and to rule under the authority of the Bible.Nevertheless, God will only place his faith in those who have been properly schooled and demonstrated to be capable of such a responsibility.This brings us to another part of what Christ has been doing for the past two millennia: transforming people’s lives.Remember the word ″perfecting of the saints″ from Ephesians 4:12, which means ″perfecting of the saints.″ Starting at the beginning of the first-century Church, Jesus has also assisted the Father in the refinement of all Christians.
- ″By the will of God, we are cleansed through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all…after He had made one sacrifice for sins forever, He sat down on the right side of God…″, according to Hebrews 10.
- Because He has perfected for all time those who have been sanctified through a single offering″ (vs.
- 10-12, 14).
- ‘Perfected’ is a Greek word that meaning ″to bring to completion, achieve, consummate (in character), consecrate, finish, fulfill, or perfect.″ When this is combined with Jesus’ remark in Matthew 5:48, it becomes evident that the process of becoming more like God—developing holy virtuous character—in order to govern in His kingdom is underway.
- The most important thing God is doing right now is refining His character in real Christians, which is the greatest labor of all.
- In the book of Hebrews, Christ is referred to be the ″Author and Finisher″ of a Christian’s faith (12:2).
- In a way, Jesus Christ is assisting in the completion of Christians.
“Confirming the Word”
By now, you should have a much more complete understanding of what Jesus Christ is up to in the world.Despite the fact that he is currently in paradise, he will not be there for very long (I Thes.4:16-17).Finally, it is necessary to look at one final paragraph in Mark 16 before coming to a conclusion.″After the Lord had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and seated at the right hand of God,″ says the Bible.And they went out into the world and preached everywhere, with the Lord assisting them and confirming the message by signs that followed″ (vs.
- In verse 20, Jesus Christ shows that he collaborated with the first-century disciples on a heavenly level.
- His promise to His Church in Matthew 16:18 was that ″the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.″ This implies that Jesus is actively cooperating with His Church today—but where has it gone missing?
- More information may be found in the article Where Is God’s True Church?
Why does Scripture emphasize the right hand of God?
Answer to the question The Bible has various terms that are translated as ″right,″ and the phrase ″right hand″ is used to refer to everything from a direction to the opposite of wrong, what is just or what adheres to an established norm, and even to a position of honor or power in some cases.For example, when Israel (Jacob) divided Joseph’s blessings among his sons before Joseph died, the right hand or right side came first.In the Bible, the right hand or right side came first in cases of division and appointment (Genesis 48:13-14).Furthermore, when a person of great status places someone on his right hand, he acknowledges that person as having the same dignity and authority as himself and recognizes him as holding the same authority.According to the Apostle Paul, Jesus Christ is like this, as recorded in the book of Ephesians.In light of His mighty strength, which He employed in Christ in raising Him from the dead and seating Him at the right hand of the Majesty on High, far above all principality, authority and power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this world, but also in the age to come, we are awestruck by His surpassing greatness toward us, those who believe (Ephesians 1:19-21).
- God elevates Jesus above all others by placing Him at the right side of the Father, and we witness this in this passage.
- In prophecy, the expression ″God’s right hand″ alludes to the Messiah, to whom God has granted the ability and authority to conquer His adversaries and bring them to heel (Psalm 110:1; Psalm 118:16).
- In Matthew 22:44, we have a quotation from Psalm 110:1, which is considered to be a Messianic Psalm.
- The LORD Jesus Christ claims to be ″the Son of David″ because He is the ″greater son of David,″ also known as the Messiah.
During this section from Matthew 22, Jesus inquires of the Pharisees about their conceptions of who they believe the ″Christ″ or the Messiah to be.″ While the Pharisees were gathered in one place, Jesus approached them and inquired, ″What do you think of Christ?″ Whose kid is He, exactly?His name is referred to as ″the Son of David.″ ″How then does David in spirit address him as Lord, declaring: ″The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make Thine enemies thy footstool?″ he asks.If David addresses Him as Lord, how can He be considered his son?″ (Matthew 22:41-45, King James Version) The Messiah occupies a position of honor at God’s right hand.
- The fact that Jesus Christ is seated at the ″right hand of God″ served as a confirmation to the disciples that Jesus had actually ascended into heaven.
- In John 16:7-15, Jesus tells the disciples that He must leave them and that He would send the Holy Spirit in their place.
- In this way, the appearance of the Holy Spirit in the upper chamber on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13) was conclusive evidence that Jesus was actually in heaven, seated at the right side of the Father, as recorded in the Bible.
- A confirmation of this may be found in Romans 8:34, where the Apostle Paul says that Christ is seated at God’s right hand, interceding on our behalf.
- What we may conclude from this is that the Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ, is ″at God’s right hand,″ and that He shares God’s equality in regard to position of honor, power, and authority (John 1:1-5).
- Specifically, the fact that Christ is ″sitting″ alludes to the fact that His work of redemption has been completed, and that when the fullness of the Gentiles is brought in (Romans 11:25), Christ’s adversaries will be made His footstool.
- When the end of the age arrives, all prophesy will have been fulfilled, and time will be abolished completely.
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Seated at God’s Right Hand
Our examination of Christ’s ascension to the right hand of the Father has thus far underlined the significance of this event in our Savior’s entry into His kingdom.In accordance with the prophecy of Daniel 7:13–14, Jesus promised that, following the end of His earthly career, He would return to the direct presence of His Father and accept the kingdom that had been set for Him (Matt.24:29–30).Beyond Christ’s ascension, a number of other events, including the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, have a strong connection to Christ’s receiving of His kingdom.After the temple and priesthood were destroyed, it served as a tangible, historical proof that the Messiah had arrived and, as the last High Priest, had instituted a new covenant by the spilling of His blood (Hebrews 9:1–10:18; cf.Jesus’ ascension to the right hand of the Father as well as the destruction of Jerusalem are both important aspects of His entry into His kingdom.
- The session, or sitting, of Christ at the right hand of the Father is also significant.
- We must comprehend the enthronement of our King, for the gospel informs us that the kingdom of God has been established.
- The Apostles’ Creed, as a result, confesses to the fact that Jesus is ″sit[ing] at the right hand of God the Father almighty.″ In question and answer 50 of the Heidelberg Catechism, we find an examination of this component of our confession.
- According to the World Lutheran Church’s Q&A 54, the position of God’s right hand represents His ″highest favor with God the Father,″ and the term is used throughout Scripture to denote His authority and sovereignty (Ex.
15:6; Isa.48:13).It is true, as John Calvin explains, that Jesus ″was invested with lordship over heaven and earth,″ and that he ″solemnly entered into possession of the government committed to him″ — and that he ″not only entered into possession once and for all, but continues in it, until he shall come down on the Day of Judgment″ (Institutes 2.16.15).The ″throne of his father David″ refers to Jesus’ position at the right hand of God, where he sits on the ″throne of his father David.″ In fact, he is the Messiah of Israel, ″the highest of the earth’s rulers,″ as well as the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise to preserve David’s line on the throne forever.
- (See Psalm 89:19–37.) We are not waiting for Jesus to ascend to the throne of His messianic kingdom; he is now enjoying it.
- Every one of His adversaries is being crushed under His feet as the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and His kingdom is expanded (1 Cor.
The Lord Jesus Christ continues to reign with His father, David, at God’s right hand till this day.This indicates that He is the supreme ruler over everything, and that the rulers of the world rule only with His express authority as the supreme ruler.As a result, Christ alone is deserving of our deepest devotion, and it is to Him that we must submit, even if this means at times opposing the authorities of this world.Jesus’ kingdom is the only one that will last forever, and His reign will take precedence over all others.
What is Jesus doing right now?
Jesus Christ descended from heaven for only one reason: to carry out God’s purpose by offering His life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins on the cross.He ascended into heaven 40 days after His resurrection, which marked the completion of His primary mission on earth.″He was received into heaven, and he sat at the right hand of the Majesty on high.″ According to the Bible (Mark 16:19).What exactly is Jesus doing right now?It is important that we are thrilled with the response because He is praying for us right now – at this precise time.He is aware of our wants and heartaches; He is also aware of our temptations and uncertainties — and He is interceding for us in prayer.
- He never stops praying for us, no matter what we are going through.
- His position at the right hand of God, as well as his intercession for us, is stated in the Bible (Romans 8:34).
- Is it accurate to say that Christ abandoned our earth when He left it for heaven?
Instead, He has left us here in His place, to continue on His work in the power of His Spirit, as He had done before.It might be a simple act of kindness, or it could include traveling to a remote part of the world to share the good news of Jesus with people.″Anyone who has confidence in me will do what I have been doing,″ Jesus stated.Because I am going to the Father, he will do even greater feats than those listed here″ (John 14:12).
- What is the significance of Jesus Christ in your life?
- Have you made a commitment to Him in your life?
- Give your life to Him in order to be certain of your salvation.
- Then express your gratitude to Him for praying for you, and show your appreciation by living for Him every day.
Jesus Standing at the Right Hand of God
Last month, we looked at the significance of Jesus’ position at the right hand of the Father.As we looked around, we observed that the right hand was a position of equal power, authority, and prestige.Christ is the Son of God.God the Father and God the Son are on an equal footing; none is larger or less than the other.This signifies to us that Jesus has fulfilled His mission.He is now seated.
- He achieved his goal on the cross, and now he is seated in the presence of God in the afterlife.
- Stephen’s death, on the other hand, is accompanied by an unusual sight.
- Stephen had a vision of Jesus standing at the right hand of God as the Jewish council was preparing to stone him (Acts 7:54-55).
The heavens have been opened, and the Son of Man is standing at the right hand of God!″ Stephen exclaimed in wonder.(See Acts 7:56.) Interestingly, this is the only instance in the New Testament in which Jesus is shown as standing alongside of God.Given that Luke was inspired by the Holy Spirit and that he was a physician by profession, it should come as no surprise that he was diligent in his recording of every minute detail.This tale was written in the manner in which Luke did for a reason.
- In this essay, the two most plausible explanations for this will be discussed in detail.
- When royalty takes a position, it is either out of vengeance or out of respect for the person who came before him.
- This remark is supported by the Bible, which says so in multiple places.
- Ahasuerus, the King of Ahasuerus, erupted in rage when Esther disclosed Haman’s intention to destroy the Jewish people (Est.
- Jonathan rose from his seat at the table as he was having a disagreement with his father Saul over David out of rage (1 Sam.
- When the prophet Isaiah was preaching to the people of Judah about their wicked way of life, he represented the Lord as rising up to judge them.
God’s wrath compelled Him to rise up and condemn those who were living in evil at that time (Is.3:8-15).On the other side, when royalty want to honor someone, they will also take a position.
Upon receiving the tidings of Nineveh’s destruction, the Assyrian king got up and prostrated himself before God (Jonah 3:4-10).A covenant was established before the Lord by Josiah when he ordered the Law to be read to all of the inhabitants of Jerusalem.He stood behind one of the temple’s pillars and made his vows before the Lord (2 Kgs.
- These passages demonstrate that royalty stood either out of rage or out of reverence, depending on who was being addressed.
- It’s possible that Jesus’ presence at Stephen’s execution was motivated by both rage and dignity.
- While it is possible that Jesus was enraged by those who stoned Stephen, there is little doubt that their immoral actions would have offended our Savior (Acts 7:57-60).
- It’s possible that Jesus stood as a mark of respect for His devoted victim, who had preached His Gospel without fear for his life (Acts 7:1-53).
Jesus might have stood at Stephen’s death for a second reason: He could have been acting as a witness on Stephen’s behalf.Standing was considered the right stance for a witness; an example of this may be found during Jesus’ trial, when his accusers stood up to offer their false evidence, which was later proven to be false (Mk.14:56-59).
Consequently, Jesus was acting as an advocate before the Father on Stephen’s behalf.Stephen was confessing Jesus in front of his peers, and Jesus was in turn confessing Stephen in front of the Almighty.Those who adhere to this viewpoint might point to a real-life example of Christ fulfilling His promise (Matt.10:32-33).If we confess our sins to Jesus, we have little doubt that he will act as our advocate before the Father (1 John.
- Stephen’s defense by Jesus should warm the Christian’s heart and give him or her hope that Christ would do the same for us if we stand up for Him in this life as we have for Him.
- We will never be able to know for definite why Jesus appeared in Stephen’s vision.
The arguments offered were only hypotheses, not absolutes or guarantees.This essay was prepared to attract attention to how vital it is to pay attention to the minute aspects in everyday life.The act of reading your Bible is useful; but, studying your Bible in depth is far more beneficial.I pray that the Lord would bless you as you continue to read His Word.
–Brandon Foresha, Ph.D.
The Right Hand Of God
God’s Right Hand is referred to as David K.Bernard contributed to this article.Although the Bible teaches that God is an intangible Spirit, it also describes Him in language that are relevant to the human physical body.Many Trinitarians use texts such as these to buttress their beliefs, notably verses that talk of God’s right hand and God’s face, among other things.Consider what the Bible implies by these phrases and how they are used in the text.″God is a Spirit,″ or ″God is spirit,″ according to John 4:24.
- Thus, His everlasting essence is not human or corporeal in the way we understand them.
- God, with the exception of the Incarnation, does not have a corporeal body.
- ″A spirit is not comprised of flesh and bones″ (Luke 24:39).
God the Father is not made of ″flesh and blood″ as some believe (Matthew 16:17).God is incomprehensible to us due to the fact that He is a Spirit.″There has never been a time when a man has seen God″ (John 1:18).″No man hath seen, nor can see″ Him, according to the Bible (I Timothy 6:16).
- Furthermore, the Bible teaches that God is everywhere at the same time: His Spirit permeates the entire cosmos.
- ″Where shall I go from thy spirit?″ I wonder.
- or, alternatively, where shall I run from your presence?
- Even if I go into heaven, thou art present; if I make my bed in hell, thou art present as well.
- It doesn’t matter if I fly away on my wings of the dawn and live in the most remote parts of the sea; even there, thine everlasting arm and thy right hand will guide me (Psalm 139:7-10).
- As a result of these realities about God, we can no longer grasp His bodily descriptions in a manner that is primarily ″letteristic.″ We are to interpret the Bible in accordance with the usual, evident, grammatical, and historical meaning of its words, just as we do with other kinds of speech and writing, including poetry and prose.
- In doing so, we will see that every human communication, including the Bible, makes use of metaphorical language to communicate ideas or convey information.
- The Bible itself does not provide us the right to impose an allegorical interpretation on it, but when the Bible itself suggests that we are to read specific words or sections in a metaphorical fashion, then that is the way we must view them.
When we read of God’s eyes, nose, heart, feet, hands, and wings, it is evident from the rest of Scripture that we are not dealing with a person, a beast, or a fowl, but rather with the attributes of God.Rather of describing a corporeal creature, the Bible use phrases like these to provide us with insight into the nature, character, and characteristics of God.When God declares that ″the heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool,″ this demonstrates His sovereignty (Isaiah 66:1).
″The finger of God″ and ″the blast of thy nostrils″ (Exodus 8:19; 15:8) are two ways in which the Bible describes God’s miraculous power; ″the eyes of the LORD are in every place″ (Proverbs 15:3) is another; ″the shadow of thy wings″ (Psalm 36:7) is another; and ″the sorrow of thy heart″ (Psalm 36:7) is another way in which the Bible describes God’s (Genesis 6:6; see also Genesis 6:7) Because of these verses, it would be ridiculous to assume that God is some sort of giant who stands on the North Pole with His feet propped up, blasts air out of His nostrils, focuses his eyes to see us, uses wings to fly, and has a blood-pumping organ.To the contrary, the Bible makes use of concepts derived from our human experience in order to help us comprehend the attributes of God’s spiritual essence.THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RIGHT HANDWRITER This is especially evident when the Bible speaks of God’s right hand, which is frequently mentioned.
- Because the majority of individuals are right-handed, the right hand is seen as a symbol of power, competence, and dexterity in most civilizations.
- The very term ″dexterity″ derives from the Latin word dexter, which literally translates as ″on the right.″ Back in the day, the most distinguished visitor was sat on the host’s right hand side of the table.
- As a result, the right hand is seen as a symbol of authority and dignity in Hebrew, Greek, and English literature.
- This metaphor is used several times throughout the Bible, both in relation to mankind and in reference to God.
- Of fact, the Bible employs the terms ″right″ and ″right hand″ in their locational meaning in several chapters, in contrast to the terms ″left″ and ″left hand.″ However, the term ″right hand″ is frequently used in a metaphorical sense.
Because God does not have a physical right hand (except from the Incarnation) and is not bound to a physical place, the Bible uses the term ″right hand″ to refer to God’s right hand in a symbolic or metaphorical sense.A study of the ″right hand″ passages in the Bible indicates that the right hand of God signifies His almighty power, His omnipotence, which is notably manifested in the provision of redemption, deliverance, victory, and preservation to those who seek them.″The skies have been spanned by my right hand″ (Isaiah 48:13).
When you stretch out your right hand, the ground swallows them up,’ says the LORD.″Thy right hand, O LORD, has grown magnificent in power: thy right hand, O LORD, has shattered the adversary in pieces″ (Exodus 15:6,12).In the end, it was his right hand, and his holy arm, that brought him victory* (Psalm 98:1).″Thy right hand shall save me,″ says the poet (Psalm 138:7).In the name of my justice, I will sustain thee with my right hand″ (Isaiah 41:10).
- There are countless more instances in the Bible when the ″right hand″ is used as a metaphor for authority.
- In Scripture, the right hand also denotes a position of honor, blessing, and preeminence, as well as a position of authority.
- ″There are joys for all time at thy right hand″ (Psalm 16:11).
″Thy right hand is brimming with righteousness,″ the Bible says.(Psalm 48:10; Isaiah 59:1).″The heart of a smart man is at his right hand, while the heart of a fool is at his left.″ (10:2), according to Ecclesiastes.When Jacob blessed Joseph’s two boys, Joseph requested that he place his right hand on Manasseh, the older son, to signal that he would take precedence over the younger son.
When asked, ″This is the firstborn; place thy right hand upon his head,″ Joseph insisted (Genesis 48:18).According to Jacob, who defied convention by claiming, ″Truly his younger brother shall be greater than him,″ the request was denied (Genesis 48:19).(See Exodus 29:20, Leviticus 8:23, Leviticus 14:14-28, Psalm 45:9, Psalm 110:1, Jeremiah 22:24, and Matthew 25:33-34 for more biblical passages in which the right hand indicates a position of favor or preeminence.) IN THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, WE FIND JESUS.So, when the Lord had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and seated at the right side of the Father, where he continues to sit today (Mark 16:19).A number of verses in the New Testament teach us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Almighty God.
In light of what we have already shown, it would be erroneous to understand this metaphor as implying that Jesus is forever perched on the palm of a large divine hand or at the side of another divine personage.Is it possible to tell which is the right hand of the omnipresent Spirit of God?There is no doubt that the goal of this depiction is to promote the Lord Jesus Christ.
The New Testament informs us that Jesus is not only a man, but He is a man who has been endowed with the almighty power of the indwelling Spirit of God and who has been raised to the greatest place of honor because of His association with the Spirit of God.In light of texts such as Mark 16:19, which refer to Jesus as being ″at the right hand of God,″ some believe that in heaven they will be able to see two divine beings, the Father and the Son, sitting or standing next to one another.The invisible presence of God, on the other hand, has never been seen or can ever be seen (I Timothy 6:16); no one can see God apart from Christ.Furthermore, God has categorically said that there is no one other except from Himself (Isaiah 43:11; 44:6,8).According to Colossians 1:15 and John 14:9, Christ is the visible ″picture of the unseen God,″ and the only way we may see the Father is to be with him (see also Colossians 1:15 and John 14:9).There is only one heavenly throne in heaven, and only one person sits on that throne: the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 4:2; 22:3-4).
A number of New Testament verses make it clear that Jesus is ″at the right side of God,″ which means that he has divine authority and honor, as well as glory and preeminence.When asked about the future, Jesus said, ″Ye shall see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven″ (Matthew 16:64).After that, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the supreme authority of God (Luke 22:69).These statements do not mean that we shall see two divine beings in the clouds or in heaven, but rather that we will see one divine human person who possesses all of the power and splendor of the invisible Spirit of God in his or her person.
Jesus was ″exalted by the right hand of God″ (exalted by the right hand of God) (Acts 2:33).″He has ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, with angels and authorities and powers having been subordinated to him″ (I Peter 1:22).In the words of God, ″he was raised from the dead and seated him at his own right side in the heavenly regions, far beyond all principality, power, might, and dominion, and every name that is lamed, not only in this world, but also in that which is yet to come.″ (See also Ephesians 1:20-21.) When you have been raised with Christ, look up to the things that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1).
In the moments before Stephen was stoned to death, he ″saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand″ (Acts 7:55).He did not see two individuals, but rather the glory of God around Jesus, who was shown to be in a position of great power and authority, as he had previously believed.Jesus looked to be an ordinary man on earth, and He lived with His followers in that capacity, but after His resurrection and ascension, He manifested in visible glory and power as the all-powerful, all-knowing God.Despite the fact that John had been Christ’s closest colleague while He was on earth and had a thorough understanding of Him, when he encountered the risen Christ in a vision, he ″dropped at his feet as if dead,″ according to Revelation 1:17.
In contrast to Christ’s usual appearance on earth, John had the privilege of witnessing Him in His glorious splendour.That is exactly what Stephen witnessed as well.In the end, the only divine person he saw and addressed was Jesus, who was also the only divine person he saw and addressed.
- ″Behold, the heavens have been opened, and the Son of Man is standing at the right hand of God,″ he said in a vision (Arts 7:56).
- ″I died calling upon God and praying, Lord Jesus, welcome my spirit,″ he said before passing away (Acts 7:59).
- Evangelical theologian F.
- Bruce, considered to be one of the most influential evangelical theologians of the twentieth century, emphasized that biblical scholars of the past and present have recognized Christ’s right-hand position as metaphorical rather than physical: According to the Pauline texts, Christ’s current position of supremacy is defined as being ″at the right side of the Father.″ … In speaking of Christ’s elevation in these words, the apostles were fully aware that they were speaking metaphorically; they had no more in mind a literal seat at God’s literal right hand than their twentieth-century successors did….
‘That paradise of the fanatics…with its golden throne and Christ seated at the Father’s side, clad in a choir cope and a golden robe, as the artists prefer to depict him,’ Martin Luther satirizes.Several texts have an additional sense in relation to the Christ’s right-hand position: they use the phrase to denote His current duty as a mediator in the New Testament.″It is Christ who died, and more importantly, who has risen again, who sits at the right side of the Father, who also intercedes for us″ (Romans 8:34).This does not imply that Christ has been on his knees for two thousand years, pleading with some other divinity to hear his prayers.He is no longer required to pray in his human form because he has been exalted.
As God, He never needed to pray and never had anybody to pray to.He also never had anyone to pray to.He also doesn’t need to do anything further in order to complete the Atonement; His one sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to atone for the sins of the entire world.The completion of His atoning work occurred when He stated, ″It is finished,″ and then died (John 19:30).
- He ″made once and for all a sacrifice for sins for all time″ (Hebrews 10:12).
- What Christ’s current intercession implies is that His sacrifice continues to have an impact on our lives on a daily basis.
- His blood is sufficient to atone for our crimes today.
Even if we sin, we still have ″an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous″ to help us through our troubles (I John 2:1).Nobody needs to persuade God to forgive us when we confess our sins to Him; He just looks at the Cross, and that event serves as all of the advocacy we could ever ask for.Christ’s position at the right hand of God serves to remind us that he was a ″actual man who died for our sins and therefore became our advocate, mediator, and high priest,″ and that He is now ″at the right hand of God.″ While at the same time demonstrating the completeness and finality of His work on the cross, the fact that He ″sat down″ on the right hand after completing His mediatorial task is significant.In the end, he sat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having atoned for our sins by himself (Hebrews 1:3).It is said that we have a ″eminent high priest″ who is seated at right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the skies (Hebrews 8:1).
″However, once he had given one sacrifice for sins for all time, this man sat down at the right hand of the Most High″ (Hebrews 10:12).″Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God,″ the Bible says (Hebrews 12:2).It’s worth noting that the Book of Revelation never refers to Jesus as being at the right hand of the Almighty.It looks forward to the day when He will no longer be required to act as a middleman.For all of eternity to come, we will not view Him in the right hand position as an elevated man who acts as our mediator, but we will see Him as the One who sits on the throne, the One who is both God and the Lamb at the same time, the One who is both Lord and Savior (Revelation 22:3- 4).For further information, consult the Wycliffe Bible Commentary, which examines the meaning of Christ’s right-hand position and how it relates to the current age: Christ’s position of power and priestly service is described as follows: For believers, he both reigns and intercedes on their behalf….
The rule of Christ will be established in its entirety.In the meantime, he anxiously awaits the day when his adversaries will finally be defeated.There will be no more opposition to Christ or his authority after that point.
Isaiah 62:8; 63:12; Lamentations 2:3-4; Ezekial 21:22; Habakkuk 2:16; Acts 5:31; Revelation 1:16.Psalm 16:8; 17:7; 18:35; 20:6; 21:8.Deuteronomy 33:2, Job 40:14; Psalm 44:3, 45; 60:5, 73:23; 78:10; 78:54; 80:15 Epistles, pp.132-33 in Bruce.
The passage from Martin Luther comes from Werke, Weimarer Ausgabe 23, page 131 of the Werke collection.Charles Pfeiffer and Everett Harrison edited the Wycliffe Bible Commentary, which includes Robert Ross’ ″The Epistle to the Hebrews,″ which was published by Moody Press in 1962.======================================================================= Brother Bernard is an associate editor in the Editorial Division of the Journal of the Society of Jesus.He also serves as the pastor of New Life United Pentecostal Church in Austin, Texas, which he founded.
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What is the significance of the right hand of God?
It is God’s right hand that we are dealing with here.David K.Bernard contributed to this article.Even though the Bible teaches that God is an intangible Spirit, it also describes Him in terms that are related to the human physical body.Several passages in the Bible, particularly those that speak of God’s right hand and God’s face, are cited by Trinitarians as evidence for their beliefs.Examine what the Bible means by these terms and see where we get from there.
- ″God is a spirit,″ or ″God is spirit,″ according to John 4:24.
- This means that His eternal essence is neither human nor physical.
- He is spiritual rather than physical.
God, with the exception of the Incarnation, does not have a physical manifestation.Spirits do not have flesh and bones, as opposed to physical bodies (Luke 24:39).In other words, God the Father is not made of ″flesh and blood″ (Matthew 16:17).God is incomprehensible to humans because He is a Spirit.
- It has been said that ″no one has ever seen God″ (John 1:18).
- I Timothy 6:16 states that ″no one has seen nor can see″ Him.
- Aside from that, the Bible asserts that God is everywhere at once: Every atom of the universe is filled with His Spirit.
- When I leave thy presence, where shall I go?
- ″ where shall I go in order to avoid thy gaze?
- It doesn’t matter if I ascend into heaven or make my bed in hell; thou art always with me.
- It doesn’t matter if I fly away on my wings of the morning and live in the most remote parts of the sea; even there, thine everlasting arm and thy right hand will lead me and keep me″ (Psalm 139:7-10).
- It is clear from these facts about God that we are unable to comprehend God’s physical characteristics solely on the basis of his written descriptions.
We are to interpret the Bible in accordance with the ordinary, apparent, grammatical, and historical meaning of its words, just as we do with other forms of speech and writing, such as the English language.Consequently, we will recognize that figurative language is used in all human communication, including the Bible.The Bible itself does not grant us the right to impose an allegorical interpretation on it, but when the Bible itself indicates that we are to understand certain phrases or passages in a figurative way, then that is the way they must be understood.
When we read about God’s eyes, nostrils, heart, feet, hands, and wings, it is clear from the rest of Scripture that we are not dealing with a human, a beast, or a fowl, but rather with a divine entity.Rather than describing a physical being, the Bible employs terms like these to provide us with insight into the nature, character, and characteristics of God.When God declares that ″the heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool,″ this demonstrates His absolute authority (Isaiah 66:1).
- ″The finger of God″ and ″the blast of thy nostrils″ (Exodus 8:19; 15:8) are two ways in which the Bible describes God’s miraculous power; ″the eyes of the LORD are in every place″ (Proverbs 15:3) is another; ″the shadow of thy wings″ (Psalm 36:7) is another; and ″the sorrow of thy heart″ (Psalm 36:7) is another.
- Genealogically, this is stated in Genesis 6:6.
- Because of these verses, it would be ridiculous to assume that God is some sort of giant who stands on the North Pole with His feet propped up, blasts air out of His nostrils, focuses his eyes on us, uses wings to fly, and has a blood-pumping organ.
- But rather than using notions from our human experience, the Bible makes use of concepts from God’s spiritual nature in order to help us grasp God’s spiritual nature.
- WHY IS THE RIGHT HAND SO IMPORTANT?
If the Bible talks of God’s right hand, then this premise is especially relevant.The right hand, which is the dominant hand in most cultures, represents power, competence, and dexterity because the majority of individuals are right-handed.It is the Latin term dexter, which means ″on the right side,″ that is used to describe dexterity.
Back in the day, the most distinguished visitor was sat on the host’s right hand, which was considered the highest position.Thus, the right hand is a symbol of authority and dignity in the languages of Hebrew, Greek, and English.Humans and God are both referred to by this metaphor several times in the Bible.Of course, the Bible employs the terms ″right″ and ″right hand″ in their locational meaning in several places, as opposed to the terms ″left″ and ″left hand.″ However, the term ″right hand″ is frequently used in a metaphorical sense..Considering that God does not have a physical right hand (aside from the Incarnation) and is not physically bound to a physical location, it is figurative or metaphorical when the Bible refers to His right hand.
- Study of the ″right hand″ passages in the Bible indicates that God’s right hand signifies His almighty strength, His omnipotence, which is seen most prominently in the provision of redemption, deliverance, triumph, and preservation.
- ″The skies have been spanned by my right hand″ (Isaiah 48:13).
- When you stretch out your right hand, the ground swallows them up,’ says the LORD.
″Thy right hand, O LORD, has grown magnificent in might; thy right hand, O LORD, has shattered the adversary in pieces″ (Exodus 15:6,12).* ″His right hand, as well as his holy arm, has brought him victory*″ (Psalm 98:1).I will be saved by thy right hand (Psalm 138:7).The right hand of my righteousness will sustain you, says the Lord (Isaiah 41:10).
″Right hand″ is used as a metaphor for authority in various other passages in the Bible.Aside from being a symbol of honor, blessing, and preeminence in Scripture, the right hand is also a symbol of authority.There are joys for all time at thy right hand.″ (Psalm 16:11).It is said, ″Thy right hand is overflowing with justice.″ In the book of Psalm 48:10, David says, According to the proverb, ″the heart of a smart man is at his right hand, but the heart of a fool is at his left.″ (10:2), according to the book of Ecclesiastes When Jacob blessed Joseph’s two boys, Joseph requested that he place his right hand on Manasseh, the older son, to signal that he would take precedence over his younger brother.
‘This is the firstborn,’ Joseph affirmed, putting his right palm on the child’s chin (Genesis 48:18).Jacob declined, stating that ″really his younger brother should be greater than he″ in a reversal of the usual practice, saying (Genesis 48:19).) (See Exodus 29:20, Leviticus 8:23, 14:14-28, Psalm 45:9, 110:1, Jeremiah 22:24, and Matthew 25:33-34 for more passages in which the right hand indicates a position of favor or preeminence.) GOD’S RIGHT HAND HAS JESUS IN IT.
The Lord then appeared to them after he had spoken to them, and he was taken up into heaven, where he now sits at God’s right side (Mark 16:19).Jesus is said to be seated at the right hand of God in several instances in the New Testament.In light of what we have already shown, it would be erroneous to understand this metaphor as implying that Jesus sits forever on the palm of a heavenly hand or at the side of another divine figure.How might we tell which hand is the right hand of the omnipresent Spirit of God?In this description, it is clear that the goal is to promote the Lord Jesus Christ.The New Testament informs us that Jesus is not only a man, but He is a man who has been endowed with the almighty power of the indwelling Spirit of God and who has been raised to the greatest place of honor because of His involvement in the work of salvation.
In light of texts such as Mark 16:19, which refer to Jesus as being ″at the right hand of God,″ some believe that in heaven they will be able to see two divine beings, the Father and the Son, sitting or standing next to each other.The invisible presence of God, on the other hand, has never been seen or can be seen by anyone (I Timothy 6:16); no one can see God apart from Jesus Christ.Furthermore, God has clearly said that there is no one other except from Himself (Isaiah 43:11; 44:6,8).According to Colossians 1:15 and John 14:9, Christ is the visible ″picture of the unseen God,″ and the only way we may see the Father is to look at him.
Only One sits on the throne of God in heaven, and only One is the One who sits on that seat (Revelation 4:2; 22:3-4).A number of New Testament verses make it clear that Jesus is ″at the right side of God,″ which means that he has divine authority and honor, as well as glory and preeminence over all other people.According to Jesus himself, ″you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven″ (Matthew 25:31).
(Matthew 16:64).After then, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Almighty (Luke 22:69).Those statements do not indicate that we shall see two divine beings in the clouds or in heaven, but rather one divine human being who possesses all of the power and majesty of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit.God exalted Jesus, who was ″exalted by the right hand of God″ (Acts 2:33).
According to the Bible, Christ ″ascended into heaven and sits at God’s right side; angels, authorities, and powers have been subordinated to him″ (I Peter 1:22).Jesus Christ was ″raised from the dead, and seated him at his own right side in the heavenly realms, far beyond all principality…power…
- and every name that is lamed, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.″ In Ephesians 1:20-21, the Bible says: When you have been raised with Christ, look up to the things that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.
- ″ (Colossians 3:1).
- During his trial, Stephen ″saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,″ according to one account (Acts 7:55).
In fact, he did not see two individuals, but rather the glory of God around Jesus, who was shown to be in a position of great authority and power.Jesus looked to be an average man on earth, and He lived with His followers in that capacity, but after His resurrection and ascension, He appeared in visible majesty and power as the all-powerful Almighty God.John, despite the fact that he had been Christ’s closest colleague while He was on earth and had a thorough understanding of Him, ″dropped at the feet of the risen Christ as dead″ when he encountered Him in a vision.The apostle John beheld Christ in His heavenly splendour, which contrasted with his usual earthly aspect.As Stephen observed, this is also what he observed.In the end, the only divine person he saw and addressed was Jesus, who was the only divine person he saw and addressed himself to.
His words were: ″Behold, the heavens have been opened, and the Son of Man sits at the right side of the Majesty on high″ (Arts 7:56).While dying, he called out to God and begged him to ″Lord Jesus, receive my spirit″ (Acts 7:59).Evangelical theologian F.F.
- Bruce, considered to be one of the most influential evangelical theologians of the twentieth century, emphasized that biblical scholars of the past and present have recognized Christ’s right-hand position as figurative rather than literal: ″At the right hand of God,″ as the Pauline scriptures put it, describes Christ’s current status as supreme ruler.
- … When the apostles talked of Christ’s elevation in these words, they were fully aware that they were employing metaphorical language; they had no more in mind a literal throne at God’s literal right hand than their twentieth-century successors did….
- As Martin Luther puts it: ″that paradise of the fanatics…
with its golden throne and Christ seated at the Father’s side, clad in an ornate choir robe and a golden robe, as the artists prefer to depict him″!There is another sense to the Christ’s right-hand position that is apparent in several passages: they use the phrase to represent His current job as a mediator.″It is Christ who died, and more importantly, who has risen again, who is even at the right side of God, who also intercedes for us″ (Romans 8:34).This does not imply that Christ has been on his knees for two thousand years, pleading with some other deity to accept his sacrifice.Because He has been exalted to the exalted position of a man, He no longer need prayer.
His being God meant that He never needed to pray and that He never had anybody or anything to whom He could express His feelings.He also doesn’t need to do anything further in order to complete the Atonement; His one sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to atone for the sins of the entire world.His atoning work was completed when He said, ″It is finished,″ and then died (John 19:30).It says in Hebrews 10:12 that he ″made once and for all a sacrifice for sins for all of time.″ As a result of Christ’s ongoing intercession, His sacrifice continues to be effective in our lives on a continuous basis.His blood has the ability to cleanse us of our sins in the present time.Even if we sin, we still have ″an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous″ to help us through the situation (I John 2:1).
Nobody needs to persuade God to forgive us when we confess our sins to Him; when He looks at the Cross, that event serves as sufficient advocate for us.The New Testament refers to Christ as being ″at the right hand of God″ to remind us that He was a ″genuine man who died for our sins and therefore became our advocate, mediator, and high priest.″ As it says, He ″sat down″ on the right hand after completing His mediatorial task, it also serves to emphasize the completeness and finality of His work set the cross.In the end, Jesus sat at the right hand of the Majesty on High, having atoned for our sins by himself (Hebrews 1:3).
″We have such a high priest, who has been appointed to sit on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.″ (Hebrews 8:1).″However, once he had given one sacrifice for sins for all time, this man sat down at the right hand of the Most High God″ (Hebrews 10:12).In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is described as being ″seated down at the right hand of God″ (Hebrews 12:2).
It is noteworthy that Jesus is never described as being at the right hand of God in the Book of Revelation.It looks forward to the day when He will no longer be required to act as a middle man.In eternity to come, we will not view Him in the right hand position as an elevated man who acts as our mediator, but we will see Him as the One who sits on the throne, the One who is both God and the Lamb at the same time, the One who is both God and the Lamb (Revelation 22:3- 4).The importance of Christ’s right-hand position and its relation to the current period are explained in the Wycliffe Bible Commentary as follows: Christ’s position of power and priestly service.
He both reigns and intercedes on behalf of Christians….The kingdom of Christ will be established in its fullness….While he waits for the day when his foes will be defeated, he is a patient man.
After then, there will be no more opposition to Christ or his dominion in the world.Deuteronomy 33:2; Job 40:14; Psalm 16:8; 17:7; 18:35; 20:6; 21:8; 44:3; 45:4; 60:5; 63:8; 73:23; 78:10; 78:54; 80:15, 17; 89:13, 25, 42; 138:5; 139:10; Isaiah 62:8; 63:12; Lamentations 2:3-4 Chapters 132-33 of Bruce’s Epistles In Werke, Weimarer Ausgabe 23, 131, Martin Luther penned the quotation.Charles Pfeiffer and Everett Harrison’s Wycliffe Bible Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1962), which includes Robert Ross’ ″The Epistle to the Hebrews,″ has 1419 words.======================================================================= As an assistant editor in the Editorial Division, Brother Bernard is responsible for assisting the chief editor.Aside from that, he serves as the pastor of the New Life United Pentecostal Church in Austin, Texas.This essay was taken and abridged from the book The Oneness View of Jesus Christ, which was released by Word Aflame Press in 2009.
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Where Is Jesus and What Is He Doing Right Now?
What is Jesus up to these days and where has he gone?Would you know what to say if someone came up to you and asked you these questions?It is more probable than ever before that you will be asked these kind of inquiries.For example, dur