Exaltation

Hallelujah!  Jesus Christ is exalted to the right hand of the Father in heaven where He makes intercession for us.  I would like to share the many verses from the Scriptures that teach this glorious doctrine.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father, we are promised in God’s Word that we will share in His glory.  We can endure the fiery trials while we look to our Savior!

1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3Who 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; 4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  Hebrews 1:1-4

 God’s amazing revelation of Himself is given to us in His Son, who is the express image of His person.  After He purged us of our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Father on high because it was His rightful position because of Who He is, God.

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:5-11

 Jesus Christ humbled Himself on our behalf to the glory of God the Father.  Jesus Christ became a man, taking on our nature, and died in obedience to the Father for our salvation to God’s glory.  Jesus Christ died the ignoble death of a criminal, the Righteous One nailed to the cross for our reconciliation to God, all for the praise of the Father and our salvation.  Jesus Christ conquered sin, death, and Satan, giving us victory over the grave to the excellence of praise to God our Father.  Jesus Christ is exalted to the right hand of the Majesty on High for God’s glory and for Christ’s praise as Lord by all.  Jesus Christ is the exalted One!

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  1 Timothy 3:16

Who can compare to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior?  He is God in the flesh; His work was completed in the power of the Holy Spirit; the angels rejoiced over Him, He was preached to the Gentiles and believed on in the world and received up into glory to the right hand of our Father in heaven.  Praise our God and Savior Jesus Christ!  This was the plan of God from the foundation of the world for His Son Jesus Christ and for His glorious church, the elect from every nation, tribe and tongue.  Jesus Christ looked forward to His return to glory as He completed His work for God’s glory and the salvation of the elect.

1These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gave me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gave me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gave them me; and they have kept thy word. 7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8For I have given unto them the words which thou gave me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.   John 17:1-11

Jesus Christ came into the world from the Father to do the work that was given to Him.  This work is to give eternal life to all whom the Father has given to Him.  The work that Jesus Christ completed for the Father on behalf of sinners has brought and will continue to bring glory to the Father as the redeemed come to know God their Father and rejoice in their Savior and their salvation.  Jesus Christ spoke the words of life to His men who then were sent by Him to extend the gospel message of reconciliation with Holy God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf and His resurrection from the dead that all who believe should be saved.  Jesus Christ completed this great work of salvation and has returned to His Father in glory.  The truth of the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth, His obedient work done to the glory of the Father and for the salvation of the elect, and His resurrection and exaltation to the right hand of the Father in heaven, has tremendous power in the lives of His redeemed ones, His elect.

13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory. 15Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,19And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, 20Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.  1And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 1:13-2:10

 The fact of Christ Jesus coming to this earth as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world has brought from death to life those who were children of wrath under the control of the enemy as they repent of their sin and put their faith in Him.  Being sealed with the Holy Spirit we have His power indwelling us and the power of God on our behalf, the same power that He exercised when resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead and giving Him dominion over all powers and principalities as He sits at the Father’s right hand.  Christ rules over all for His church.  Is there any reason that we cannot fulfill the good works prepared beforehand for us that we should walk in them?  God gives us all we need to live for His glory, the good of the church, exhibiting the life of God in us.

 1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him: 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  Colossians 3:1-17

As we focus upon Christ, His victory over sin, death and the devil on our behalf, and the fact that we are seated with Him in the heavenly places, we can live for His glory.  We can turn away from the works of the flesh and walk in the life of the Spirit.  We can put off the old man and put on new man renewed in the image of our God and Savior through our knowledge of Him.  We can focus on living for Jesus Christ doing all for Him because of His great love for us and His amazing accomplishment for us.  Christ is exalted!  May we keep our minds and hearts centered on Him Who is our life, for His praise and glory!

 

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2 Responses to Exaltation

  1. Eliza, I really enjoyed this post. And I didn’t have a way to contact you directly. I took down the post and our comment thread, because after stepping away from it and coming back and reading through I felt that we were in essential agreement, but misunderstood what each other was saying. I really thought you were saying that repentance was a requirement that preceded faith (Which would make it a work of the flesh), rather than a fruit of faith. there is a big difference. I believe the internet environment can make us defensive, and for that I apologize. there are a couple of minor points that we have a different view about, but for the most part after reading the thread I felt like it wasn’t healthy to leave it up for other readers.

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  2. Eliza says:

    Repentance is a work of the Spirit in our hearts and indicates our genuine faith in the Savior for His glory. If there is no repentance, how can we have a real consciousness of sins as we are commanded in 1 John chapter 1? The problem isn’t preaching repentance, the problem is with the work of the flesh in spurious “conversions” to Christ that don’t bear the fruit of repentance the Holy Spirit has generated in the hearts of all those genuinely called to faith in Christ. God bless you:)

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