Blessed Assurance: The Story and Song of Romans 8:33-34

As the outline of Romans 8:33-34 comes to a close we see the ascension of Christ to the right hand of the Father where he lives to make intercession for believers.

  1. Ascension: Who is at the right hand of God…We know, from Acts 1:9-11 that Jesus ascended into heaven.
    1. Acceptance: The sacrifice that Christ offered was pleasing and acceptable to God. There were no seats in the temple because the offering of sacrifices was always necessary, but Christ’s work was faithful and final and there is no longer a need to offer sacrifices for sin. Read Hebrews 9:7-12; 10:11-13. It was reminiscent of his Father after creation was established. What did God do on day 7? He rested. Why? Was he tired? No, the work was finished. Christ is seated, first of all, because the work is finished.
    2. Authority: The right hand is also a position of authority. Jesus sits as the reigning Lord over the universe at the right hand of God. “…and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:19-23 ESV)
  2. Advocate: Who indeed is interceding for us. Look at the priestly perfection of Christ: Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:23-25. The reigning king also performs his priestly duty by reconciling man to God and then interceding on behalf of man that he might be made holy even as he has declared them holy.
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