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Thursday, March 10, 2016

#24 Jesus' Exaltation: Four Glorious Steps

Wesley L. Duewel: "The death of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross marked the end of His humiliation and suffering, the completion of God's provision of atonement, and crushing defeat of Satan. 

Jesus' exaltation then began in four glorious steps. First, Jesus went to the unseen world of spirits and announced his complete triumph over Satan (1 Peter 3:19).

Second came His triumphant resurrection, which announced to the universe that His atoning sacrifice was accepted by God the father, that all His claims to be the Son of God were validated (Rom. 14:9), and that all His own would themselves one day be resurrected just as He was resurrected (Cor. 15:20; 2 Cor. 4:14).

Third, Jesus visibly and victoriously ascended to the Father 
in heaven. He went through the heavens (Heb. 4:14) and was escorted and received up into glory (1 Tim. 3:16).

This triumphal procession into the gates of heaven is probably described in Psalm 24:7-10.

As the glorified Son of Man, He is now officially resident with God the Father and is preparing a place for us (John 4:2). 

This is a blessed mystery, the full significance and result of which we shall one day realize.

Fourth, Jesus is now enthroned at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19). He Himself foretold this event when He quoted the prophecy of David, 

"The Lord [God the father] said to my Lord [God the Son]: 'Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet' " (Matt. 22:44; Ps. 110:1).

In His trial before the Sanhedrin Jesus announced, 

"I say to all of you [ the entire world of saved and unsaved]: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty one" (Matt. 26:64).

This enthronement of Jesus is already an accomplished fact:

1) He is already exalted to the place of highest honor and majesty and is given the name above every name in heaven, on earth and under the earth (ie., over every satanic and demonic power; Phil. 2;9).

2) He is already actively involved in the government of the universe (Heb. 1:4). He is seated, which shows His sovereignty is an accomplished fact. He is at the right hand of God the Father—the place of supreme authority and highest honor. His reign is cosmic, over the whole universe.

The glorious Father says Paul, has 

"seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under hes feet and appointed him to be head over everything: (Eph. 1:20-22).

3) His reign is priestly. He is our High Priest-Sovereign. His throne involves both kingship and priesthood. He is still the Messiah—the Anointed One—our Prophet, Priest, and King the three classes of people who were anointed in the Old Testament times.).

He is the "high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven" (Heb. 8:1).

As High Priest, He offered Himself as the supreme and final sacrifice on the cross. When He "had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God" (10:12).

If His sacrificing activity is already completed forever, then in what way does He now serve as our High Priest? In the other major activity of the priesthood—intercession for others.

"Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood....He always  lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need" (Heb. 7:24-26).

Christ is today the interceding Sovereign of the universe. His throne is one of intercession. One day He will rule by the rod—by His almighty power.

Today He rules by His uplifted and extended hand—by prayer. His intercession is not symbolic but real, as real as it was when He interceded on earth. He is on the throne interceding for us and waiting for us to join Him as intercessors.

(Google image and my emphases added)

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana
#24 Jesus' Exaltation: Four Glorious Steps
by Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 41-43) Zondervan 

 Father, as prayer is so important, help me set 
a time to actually do it, and with 
enthusiasm and passion. 
Thank You, that Jesus lives forever, and that 
He has a permanent priesthood....
He'll always  live to intercede for us.
I want to join Him on His throne of 
intercession, where His  concern for me 
and those around me, is a reality.
May I become more faithful in my praying 
for others, as well as my own needs.
I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.   

Today’s Bible verse: 2 Peter 1:2 "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."

Today’s quote: "Take courage! Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work, as God's messengers, be intercession; in it, we secure the presence and power of God to go with us." (Taken from p. 40 of The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murry)

Our special link today: 500 high school choir students sing the U.S. National anthem in a 18 high-rise hotel:

Our question today: Is your dedication to your country strong? and are you going to be willing to get out and vote for the men and women of integrity that are running for offices? 

I hope so! May God be glorified in what we say, do and think this election year!

      Upcoming posts:

Where Can We Go?
12th- Saturday’s post by Jean Oathout

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
13th- Sunday evening's post by Toni Campbell

#25 Your Welcome to the Throne
15th- Tuesday's post by Wesley L. Duewel

#26 How to Further Approach the Throne
17th- Thursday's post by Wesley L. Duewel

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The husband and wife are to be in submission one to the other out of reverence for their Lord. 

The husband is instructed to love his wife just as Christ loves the church..."

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