The Berean Expositor
Volume 27 - Page 152 of 212
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We learn not only by positive statement, but by comparison. For example: if David
had said "Wash me and I shall be white", that would have been a true statement. But
how much more forceful are his actual words, "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than
snow". Thus, from Ephesians we learn the high calling of the church, but such positive
teaching is enhanced by comparing it with that which relates to the heavenly calling of
Hebrews. In both epistles Christ is the exalted and seated One. To the Hebrews, as High
Priest, He is within heaven's holiest of all, a sphere which is above them. But to the
Ephesians, as Head over all things to the church, He is not seated there alone, for the
church is seated there, too. The nature of this revelation of love and grace is such that it
is no matter for surprise to find it questioned and combated. But, while nothing but
revelation could justify such a statement, the poverty of our appreciation of
superabounding grace is no warrant for lowering heaven's greatest of all blessings.
When Abraham "looked for a city which hath foundations", or when he and his
children "desired a heavenly country" (Heb. 11: 10, 16), they certainly "sought" and
"set their mind" on things above and in so doing exemplified the principle of the
"seek . . . . . set" exhortation of Col. 3: 1, 2; but neither Abraham nor any of his seed
could ever look away, above all heavens, to the seated Christ, and know that where He
sat in that supernal glory, there was the sphere of all their blessing and hope. Such a
prospect was never put before them. It was hidden with the mystery from the ages and
generations that preceded the testimony of the Lord's prisoner. Here then is one great
fact that we must keep to the fore when, by faith, we endeavour to follow out the
injunction of the apostle to "seek those things that are above". We will remember that it
is "where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God".
"Where Christ sitteth" (Col. 3: 1).
pp. 161, 162
Having seen where Christ sits, there follows the next consideration: Why is He
seated? The apostle does not say: "seek those things which are above where Christ is",
or "where Christ standeth", or "where Christ intercedeth", but "where Christ sitteth".
In the figures of the O.T. a seated posture is associated, among other things, with a
king, a judge, and a refiner. While every reference will afford contributory light, the
most illuminating passage is found in Zech. 6: 13:
"He shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne."
This speaks of Christ as the "King-Priest", the Priest after the Order of Melchisedec,
and points once again to the Epistle to the Hebrews. It was the fact that Christ is seated
that appeared to the apostle to be the most important fact in the presentation of the truths
brought out in Hebrews, for, the moment he states the glorious fact that the Saviour
"purged our sins", he passes straight on to the climax, namely, that