A Note from Our Pastor:
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”Ephesians 1:20
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
Sometimes the smallest of details make a tremendous difference. At times we also receive the greatest blessings from the smallest of words.
When Christ was raised from the dead and after appearing to his saints returned to glory, God set him at his own right hand.
Why should we put such emphasis on this small word? What possible difference can it make?
In Acts 7:55 Luke records the stoning of Stephen (at which the Apostle) was present. When Stephen was nearing his death Luke records that he stood looking steadfastly into the heavens. In his sight, Jesus Christ was standing at the right hand of God. In that moment, Christ was performing a very present work as he was making intercession for Stephen. Work was being done and so Christ was standing.
In Hebrews 10:12, we are told that after Christ had offered one complete and perfect sacrifice for sins forever, that he sat down on the right hand of God. In this instance, the work was completed and no work was further required. Instead of standing like in Acts 7 when work was present, Jesus Christ is seated because the work is complete.
Here in Ephesians 1:20, the Apostle implies the same meaning. Having raised Christ from the dead and after his ascension, the work was completed. There was no further work to do and thus Christ was seated next to the father.
This little word tells us a great deal about the difference in the work Christ did for our eternal salvation (which is complete on all accounts) and the work he does for us daily (as he intercedes on our behalf).
As we study the scriptures let us not only capture the large ideas, but let us see the blessings in the details.
Our Prayers are with you daily,