2007-02-04 - The Glory of Christ
Psalm 110:1, "The Lord says to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
This verse clearly concerns the exaltation of Christ. David, in the Spirit, prophetically speaks from the Father addressed to the Son: from Jehovah to Messiah. This was the One that was to come after David and be one of his offspring. To this One it is said, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." The Father says to the Son, "You have completed your task on earth. You have glorified Me. You have redeemed a people to Yourself. Now take Your rightful place and reign. All will submit to You. All will honor You, even Your enemies."
This is the verse that Christ quotes to the Pharisees, saying it prophetically speaks of him in Matthew 22:44. There is a lot we could say about this verse, but it really centers on the glory of Jesus Christ, and I would like to simply narrow our glance into this verse in that direction.
In Acts 7:56, '"Look," he said, "I see Heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."' There is found more than part of the account of the stoning to death of Stephen. It is a lesson to us for meditation. Here this man, about to die, is granted a taste of Heaven before he goes, and Christ is there exalted. Christ's glory is something that the Saints will eternally make their occupation in Heaven. We are given a taste of our being with Him in John 17:24, where Christ wishes that those who the Father had given unto Him could see His glory. One day we will, and it is good for us to meditate and think on these things even now.
Christ is said to be in Romans 9:5, "God over all, forever praised." In Colossians 2:9 we are told, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form." 1 Corinthians 15:25, is almost another repeating of Psalm 110:1, "For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet." Examples could be multiplied greatly and I will give you just a taste by listing five more: Philippians 2:9-11, Psalm 47:6-9, Psalm 2:8, Hebrews 1:3, and Matthew 28:18.
My friends, Christ is the one with whom we have to do, both in this life and in the life to come. I would urge you to make His glory a priority now and to seek His face now, if for no other reason than as a preparation for Heaven. The angels in Heaven both worship Him and are at his command (Hebrews 1:6, Revelation 1:1). When we rejoice in Christ's glories, we join the Heavenly chorus. Just taking one example, to meditate upon the glory of Christ in His love to sinners will stir us up to love more and more one another. The one brings about the other. Christ is seated in glory. Let us worship and honor Him, as He is worthy to receive all honor and blessings.
Soli Deo Gloria,