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Whose right hand?

Submitted: 10/17/2007
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Question: In Hebrews 1:4 Jesus is said to be superior to the angels, and in verse 13 God says, 'Sit at my right hand.' Who is speaking to whom?

Answer: The eternal Spirit is speaking to His humanity. The term 'right hand' is a Hebrew idiomatic expression referring to power and authority. In this verse, the Spirit is placing His humanity in the position of power and authority. It is through His humanity that He will rule mankind. This is why Jesus could say, 'I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne' (Revelation 3:21). This is telling us that the Spirit now exercises His authority through His humanity. This is why, speaking as a Man, Jesus could also say, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth' (Matthew 28:18). In His grace, God rules us as one of us, not as the eternal Spirit. This enables us to believe that our heavenly Lord can actually relate to our struggles as human beings.