The Glorified King

Today's Bible reading: Ephesians 1:18-23

One of the Old Testament texts most referred to in the New Testament is Psalm 110:1: “The Lord says to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool’.”  The early church, on the basis of this text, saw the return of Christ to the Father as His enthronement in glory, the heavenly coronation of the King after His earthly coronation on the cross!  And every time this event is referred to, there is the mention of Christ’s victory for us, and the gifts He has showered on us through His victory.  It is the risen and exalted Lord who pours out His Spirit on the church.  All the powers of evil have been placed under His feet, with the promise that the last power - death itself - will also one day be destroyed.  His ascension and heavenly enthronement are the prelude to His showering of the church with gifts for ministry and service.  Again, Christ’s ascension is not His absence, but a new presence!

Prayer: Oh God, on the day of Pentecost You taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the life of Your Holy Spirit.  Grant that by the same Spirit we may have right judgment in all things and always rejoice in His holy strengthening; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.