“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the
operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Col.2:12).
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth
on the right hand of God” (Col.3:1).
3. Christ has been exalted for us. He is our exalted Lord. He sits face to face with God at His right hand. This gives two
assurances to the believer.
a. The believer shall also be exalted into the presence of God. Just as Christ lives face to face with God, the
believer shall also live face to face with God throughout all eternity. (See note, pt.2—Ro.8:29 for discussion.
See DEEPER STUDY # 1—Ro.3:23 for more discussion.)
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection” (Ro.6:5).
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: knowing
that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over
him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God”
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised
up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if
children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with
him, that we may be also glorified together” (Ro.8:16-17).
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (Jn.14:2-3).
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that
they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the founda-
tion of the world” (Jn.17:24).
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory”
b. The Lord Jesus Christ is exalted as the Sovereign and majestic Lord of the universe. He is the Ruler who
reigns and rules over all, who possesses all might and power and is full of all wisdom and truth. He is the
One who is going to destroy and utterly eliminate sin and evil in the world. He is the One who is going to
establish a kingdom of righteousness, justice, love, and truth in the new heavens and earth.
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own
right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and do-
minion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above
every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things
in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Ph.2:9-11).
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and uphold-
ing all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on
the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb.1:3).
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and
powers being made subject unto him” (1 Pt.3:22).
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall
pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also
and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be
dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire
shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according
to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also over-
came, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Rev.3:21.)
Note: it is Jesus Christ (and not another) who rules and reigns over the universe. This stirs enormous
assurance in the hearts of genuine believers. Why? Because Jesus Christ has demonstrated His glorious
love and care for the world. He not only can, but He will look after us and work all things out for good until
He returns (v.28). The control of evil in the world and our lives are under His care. He is working all things
out for good to those of us who truly love Him and are called according to His purpose (v.28).
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