DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR
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|You Have Been Raised|
“If then you have been raised with Christ …”
Jesus, our savior, is the beloved Son referred to in Colossians 1:13. Once, He was dead (1:18, 22; 2:20). Now He is alive, because God raised Him from the dead (2:12). Here are three positional things that are declared in Colossians 3:1 about this eternal Son of God and Messiah, who entered into our history, died, and rose from the grave to guarantee our salvation:
1. He Is Above.
Not just above the clouds. And not just above some space, and some stars. He is above all the stars, and all the space. He is not partially above this created order; He is absolutely above creation. Because He is at the right hand of God; and God reigns over His creation.
There is a profound mystery to be explored here, worthy of further thought and deep consideration: as the mystery of the incarnation was the penetration of the divine into the realm of creation, so the mystery of the ascension is the penetration of the creation into the realm of the divine. For Christ is, and will forevermore be, the God-man — entirely God, and, at the exact same time, entirely man.
2. He Is at the Right Hand of God.
Jesus can be found in the place of highest honor, dignity, power, and authority — not below God, and not above Him, but acting as God, and God acting through His Son, as chapter one (verses 15–20) so beautifully describes.
Peter expresses such a profound truth in this way:
“[He] is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.”
1 Peter 3:22:
All the powers of the universe are under Christ. And Paul assures us that this position authorizes Christ to intercede for us:
“[He] is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
3. He Is Seated.
And why is he seated? Because his awesome, decisive, and saving work is finished:
“After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Christ is above,
at the right hand of God.
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