Torrey - Christ -7.4- Results of Christ's Exaltation

IV. THE RESULTS OF THE EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST. Ephesians 1:18-20 — "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places."

First Proposition: In the exaltation of Jesus Christ, as in His resurrection, the exceeding greatness of God's power toward us is seen. Hebrews 4:14-16 RV — "Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need."

Second Proposition: Through the exaltation of Jesus Christ we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens; thus, we can hold fast our confession and draw near with boldness to the throne of grace.

If we have any hesitation or fear in our approach to God, all we need to do is to remember our ascended Savior, our great high priest in the presence of God, at the very "right hand of the throne, the Majesty in the heavens" ( Hebrews 8:1). Acts 2:33 — "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear."

Third Proposition: Because of His exaltation, Jesus Christ has received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit and poured the Spirit forth upon His believing and obedient disciples.

It is the ascended Christ who baptizes with the Holy Spirit ( John 7:39; 16:7; Acts 1:5). John 14:12 — "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

Fourth Proposition: Because of the exaltation of Jesus Christ, those who believe on Him will do greater works than He Himself wrought during the days of His humiliation. Hebrews 2:9 — "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

Fifth Proposition: Because of His exaltation, Jesus Christ is seen clothed with glory and honor. Hebrews 1:3-4 "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding 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; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."

Sixth Proposition: By His exaltation, Jesus Christ is made better than (exalted above) the angels. Philippians 2:9 RV — "Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name."

Seventh Proposition: By His exaltation, Jesus Christ has been given the name which is above every name. 1 Peter 3:22 — "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."

Eighth Proposition: By the exaltation of Jesus Christ, angels and authorities and powers have been made subject to him. Ephesians 1:22 RV — "And he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church."

Ninth Proposition: By the exaltation of Jesus Christ, (a) all things have been put in subjection under His feet, and (b ) He has been made head over all things to the church. Philippians 2:9-11 — "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." (See RV) Tenth Proposition: Because of the exaltation of Jesus Christ, in the name of Jesus every knee shall ultimately bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.