Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Our Lord’s Position in Heaven

Minister:
Date: AM
Text: Psalm 72; Lord's Day 19
Psalters: 264, 332, 124, 199
  1. What it is.
    1. This is a figurative expression, describing a position of authority and power.
      1. It speaks to the possession of the greatest authority and power (God’s) and to the exercise of that authority and power.
      2. The position is subject to God; the one in this position is servant of God, doing His will (by Him “the Father governs all…”).
    2. Jesus Christ, according to His human nature, is given this position (nothing can be given to Him in His divine nature).
    3. The purpose of our Savior’s exaltation to this position.
      1. This position enables Jesus to complete His work of salvation.
      2. Ultimately, it is so Jesus might subject all things to the Father, so God might be all in all (I Cor. 15:27,28).
  2. The reign of Christ at God’s right hand is universal, “all power is given unto me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:20).
    1. It is executive authority and power, i.e., the power to rule, to carry out God’s council.
    2. He rules as King over His kingdom.
    3. And Jesus rules as the Head of the church, gathering, defending, and preserving it in the midst of the world.
      1. The church is the spiritual rule of His grace over the elect as His Body.
      2. This is where He rules by the power of His grace in the hearts of each of the elect.
  3. What this of Christ means for us.
    1. The rule of our Savior and Lord assures us of the unceasing flow of His blessings.
    2. By His Holy Spirit He pours out heavenly graces on us His members, making us conscious of His relationship of love.
    3. We exercise our position of victors in various ways.