Christ’s Present Work

            One sometimes gets the impression that Christian’s think that when Christ left this world by way of the cross he ceased to work. Certainly he had completed the work that He had come to do on the earth (John 17:4) including the work of atonement (John 19:28-30). Having completed this work He: “set himself down on the right hand of the greatness on high” (Hebrews 1:3). However, this does not mean that for the last two thousand years he has been idle as one will seek to show. A passage like Psalm 110:1 taken on its own may leave the impression that Christ is now inactive, but this is far from the truth.

            If we turn to John 14:1-3 we find that when Christ left this earth He was going to prepare a place for his disciples. Then we find that Christ is preparing his bride for presentation to Himself (Ephesians 5:25-27). Further, we know that He lives to intercede for us (Romans 8:34 and Hebrews 7:25). He is our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and our Patron (1 John 2:1/2). The former is for seasonable help and the latter is if we should sin (Hebrews 4:16 and 1 John 2:1). Further we know that Christ communicated things to Paul (1 Corinthians 11:23) and Peter (2 Peter 1:14). He is also seen walking in the midst of the seven golden lamps in Revelation (chapter 2:1).

            If we go back to creation at the beginning of Genesis we find that after it was finished God rested and was refreshed (Exodus 31:17). However, after sin came in God became very active. Consider Genesis 7:16; 18:19-21 and Exodus 3:7/8. Further, from then on including Christ’s time here on earth God was active (John 5:17). Before Genesis 1 we know that God had counselled and purposed (Job 15:8; Acts 2:23 and Ephesians 1:9) and no doubt He was active in doing things beyond our ken (Deuteronomy 29:29).

            When we reach the end of Revelation in chapter 22:3 verse we find that God has servants that serve Him. Things are happening. Eternity will not be a condition of death for God’s people. A dead state is much more likely to be the condition of the wicked (Revelation 21:8). Ezekiel 47:1-12 speaks of waters that were life giving. However the pools and the marshes that were given up to salt were not. Consider also Ecclesiastes 9:10.

                        One would mention here that Michael Servetus did not think that because Christ is at God’s right hand that he exists today in a fixed place in the heavens. He is above all heavens. To think of him as being in a fixed place is a carnal understanding (Christianity Restored, pages 397/398). This I believe is correct.

                        We also know that when we speak of our Queen as being on the throne, we do not mean that she is inactive, but that being on the throne is her status which she has until she dies, resigns or is deposed.


March 2013.