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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 19

June 16, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"Hebrews 1 tells us that after making purification for sins, Jesus 'sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high, having become as much more superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs' (vv.3-4). It's striking imagery if you think about it. Picture an attorney making his closing arguments to the jury, and then after a cresendo of rhetoric, he says 'I rest my case' and sits down next to his notes."

"It's thrilling to think that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. His work is finished. He accomplished all that was needed for our salvation. And having shown Himself to be the victor over sin, death, and the devil, it is given to Him to sit, not in any old place but at the place of honor and exaltation at God's right hand. All things have been placed under His feet (Ephesians 1:20-22). All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18)." Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 99.

 

Question 50: Why the next words: "and is seated at the right hand of God"?

Answer: Christ ascended to heaven, there to show that He is head of His church, and that the Father rules all things through Him.

 

Question 51: How does this glory our Christ our Head benefit us?

Answer: First, through His Holy Spirit He pours out His gifts from Heaven upon us as members. Second, by His power He defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies.

 

Question 52: How does Christ return "to judge the living and the dead" comfort you?

Answer: In all my distress and persecution I turn my eyes to the heavens and confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me. All His enemies and mine He will condemn to everlasting punishment: but me and all His chosen ones He will take along with Him into the joy and the glory of heaven.

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