Torrey - Christ -7.2- The manner of Christ's Exaltation

II. THE MANNER OF THE ASCENSION OR EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST. Luke 24:51 — "And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." Acts 1:9 — "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ was carried up into Heaven while the disciples were looking. John 17:5 — "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

Second Proposition: The Father has glorified Jesus Christ with the glory Jesus had with God before the world was. Hebrews 7:26 — -"For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ has been made higher than the heavens. (Compare to Hebrews 4:14 RV, "passed through the heavens.") Ephesians 1:20 — "Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places." Colossians 3:1 — "If ye then be raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."

Fourth Proposition: Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of God.

QUESTION: Is this to be taken literally of location, or figuratively of power?

ANSWER: Acts 7:55-56 — "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." Though God is in a sense everywhere, there is a place where He peculiarly manifests Himself and His glory — a place where He can be said to dwell in a sense that He dwells nowhere else. Jesus Christ is at God's right hand in that place. Ephesians 1:21 — "Far above all principalities, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come."

Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ has been exalted far above all principalities, power, might, and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (Compare to Ephesians 6:12 AV and RV with the Greek. The RV is inconsistent in its translation in these two passages.) Acts 5:31 — "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."

Sixth Proposition: God the Father exalted Jesus Christ with His right hand. (Compare to Ephesians 1:19-20.)