| || |The Berean Expositor
Volume 27 - Page 150 of 212 Index | Zoom | |
"Where Christ sitteth" (Col. 3: 1).
pp. 121 - 124
It is not only our duty but also our privilege to obey the exhortation of Col. 3: 1, 2 to
set out minds on things above. In the course of our ministry, we often pass this
exhortation on to others and have it passed on by others to us. While the Word preached,
just as it is written, is full of power, yet there is in it such fullness that always there is
room for exposition and application. This enables faith to be exercised with intelligence
and the truth of the particular passage to be perceived with a measure of comprehension.
In this series it is therefore our endeavour to direct attention to what the Scriptures
mean when they speak of "things above".
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. 3: 1).
Following the lead of the passage itself, our attention is first drawn to the fact that
"things above" are expanded by the apostle himself as "where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God". To obtain some idea of "things above", therefore, we must learn from the
Word what are the answers to the questions:
Where is Christ now sitting?
What is implied by the fact that He is seated?
What is involved in this position on the right hand of God?
The Scriptures contain ample evidence that the Lord Jesus Christ is now "far above all
heavens" (Eph. 4: 10). The original reads huperano panton ton ouranon, about the
translation of which there is no controversy. Huperano occurs only three times in the
N.T., as follows: Eph. 1: 21; 4: 10; and Heb. 9: 5. Concerning the heavens
themselves we can have no opinion that is of weight, but we have no difficulty in
understanding the reference to the ark and the cherubims:
"The ark . . . . . and over it (huperano) the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy
seat" (Heb. 9: 4, 5).
The instruction to Moses were:
"Thou shalt put the mercyseat above upon the ark" (Exod. 25: 21).
The cherubims were made "of the matter of the mercyseat" (Exod. 25: 19 margin),
and as the mercyseat is said to be above the ark, so the cherubims are said to be over the
mercyseat. We find upon further examination that whereas the church of the One Body is
blessed in heavenly places, en tois epouraniois, "in the over heavens", Christ, their
exalted Head, is said to have ascended above all heavens, or, as we read in Heb. 4: 14,