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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Real You, continued
"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:64—NIV)
When the Lord Jesus returns in His glory He still will be at the right hand of God, "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."
He will return to earth while He is seated at the right hand of God, and people will be able to see Him in His majesty.
The Lord Jesus always dwells at the side of God, leaning on Him just as the Apostle John leaned on Jesus.
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. (John 1:18—NIV)
Notice carefully the tense of the verb: "who is at the Father's side." Thus the Lord is always at the Father's side even though He performs works among us.
This same multiple presence is to be true of us. We always are to be hidden with Christ in God even though we are on earth, or, as we said previously, in the spirit realm among our loved ones and friends, having fallen asleep as to our life on earth.
Made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:5,6—NIV)
Notice the tense of the verbs. It is clear we already have been raised with Christ and are seated with Christ in the heavenlies.
Another related passage is as follows:
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, (Hebrews 12:22—NIV)
We already have come to Mount Zion. If our spiritual eyes were opened we would notice we are surrounded with saints and spirits.
The Lord Jesus had finished His work on earth and then was waiting to go through the agony of His crucifixion.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. (John 17:11—NIV)
Notice that even though the Lord Jesus never left the side of the Father, yet He says, "I am coming to you, Holy Father." This remark concerning His Presence in Heaven and on the earth at the same time is important. It reveals He actually was on the earth at one time. We must never fall into the trap of regarding our present life on the earth as an illusion or of no consequence. What we do on earth, even though we already are present with Jesus in the Father, is of the greatest significance.
To be continued.