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New City Catechism - Question 49
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Posted by Taryl Jasper, Cornerstone elder

 

New City Catechism - Question 49

 

Q49: Where is Christ now?

 

A: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

KIDS’ ANSWER: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

 

SCRIPTURE TO MEMORIZE:

Ephesians 1:20-21

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.

 

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES TO READ:

Acts 2:24; 1 Peter 3:22; Mark 14:62; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:24-25; John 5:28-29; 2 Peter 3:13

 

LIFE APPLICATION:

“Where is Jesus now?” was a question that I remember my first and second grade Sunday school class asking. While the Bible is clear that Jesus is presently in heaven, the profound implications of that may not yet be clear to a first or second-grade student of the Scriptures.

 

Christ's disciples witnessed his ascension into heaven in his post-resurrection body (Acts 1:9-11). Jesus did not shed his glorified flesh or change into a spirit.   He simply moved from our vicinity on the earth where we can physically perceive him, to take his place of authority at the right side of the Father. He is alive today. He is an active agent in history. He is executing his on-going role in our redemption.

 

Psalm 110 descriptively paints the picture of Jesus presently anticipating his return while the Father brings his plans for human history to their fulfillment. "The LORD says to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool" (Psalm 110:1). The believer takes great confidence in this assurance. The Father's word and power are bringing all things to their final realization. Soon Jesus will visibly return to this planet with total victory over all evil, rebellion, misery, and death.

 

While sitting at the Father's right hand, Jesus is not idly awaiting his return. He is engaged in our redemption. Jesus works as our mediator. Scripture says that we cannot be condemned because he is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1) Jesus is our priest and our advocate, not by continuing sacrifice, but by pointing to his sacrifice. To the Father, he says that we must go free because he has paid the price for us.

 

No Christian should think that Jesus just got this thing started and then abandoned us to continue his work on this earth alone. Jesus continues his work in heaven, and he is also now with us. He is present with us through his Holy Spirit. Jesus said that when he leaves, he would then send the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7; Acts 1:4-5) It is the Spirit that it the certain, present, and active agent of Jesus in the Christian's life. Jesus is in Heaven and Jesus is present with us.

 

 

CONNECTION TO CORNERSTONE’S STATEMENT OF FAITH: 

JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He who knew no sin died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures.  Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.  (Is. 7:14Mt. 1:18-25;  Lk. 1:26-36;  Col. 2:9;  1 Jn. 5:20;  Mk. 10:45;  Heb. 2:9;  Lk. 24:23-40;  1 Cor. 15;  Acts 1:1-111 Pet. 3:221 Jn. 2:2Heb. 4:167:25)

 

RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe in the personal, premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.   (Mt. 24:44; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 5:1-8; Titus 2:13; Rev. 19:17-20, 10)

 

RESURRECTION

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (Jn. 5:25-29; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15)

 

 

 



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