Grace Protestant Reformed Church

I Believe Jesus Sitteth and Shall Come Again

Date: AM
Text: Revelation 5; Lord's Day 19
Psalters: 1, 329, 129, 200
Series: Heidelberg Catechism
  1. He sits at God’s right hand.
    1. Jesus ascended in His glorified human nature to the position of “God’s right hand.”
      1. This is the position of exercising the authority and power of the throne.
      2. That Jesus “sitteth” indicates He finished an important and vital part of His work.
      3. In this position Christ, on God’s behalf, carries out God’s plan for the new dispensation (Rev.5:2-7).
    2. The extent of Jesus rule is universal, but two-fold.
      1. By His Spirit and grace He rules over His Church – made subject to Him willingly.
      2. By His power He rules over the devil and the ungodly – made subject to Him unwillingly.
    3. We know great comfort from His wide dominion.
  2. Jesus will come again in order to judge.
    1. The return of Jesus will be with great power and glory (Matt. 24:30,31; II Thess. 1:7).
      1. His return will be literal, an actual event (final) in the history of this world, with all personally confronted by Christ.
      2. It is a “revelation,” “an unveiling or uncovering” of something too wonderful for us to see now (I Cor. 2:9).
    2. The chief purpose of Jesus’ return is to Judge all (Psalm 86.13; 98:9; John 5:22,27; II Cor. 5:10; I Peter 4:5, “ready to judge”).
      1. The purpose is the theodicy, the justification of God in the consciousness of all moral creatures.
      2. It will show that God is perfectly just in sending the wicked to everlasting torment.
      3. It will show the amazing power of Christ’s blood to make full and perfect payment for ALL the sins of the elect.
    3. Christ’s return is “most desirable and comfortable to the righteous” (Belgic Conf., Art. 37).
    4. Therefore, we anticipate His return “with uplifted head.”