The position and deity of Jesus
Have you ever wondered what it means when we hear the words ‘‘in the name of Jesus we pray’’ or ‘’by the authority given to me’’? What is it about Jesus that is so powerful? What’s the big deal about the authority and access He gives us?
Think for a moment about the holiness and perfection of God. The bible shows that nothing we do – even our very, very best – would make us good enough to approach Him. And rightly so! But God the Father made the perfect plan – sending Jesus who was without sin to pay the price. The result? In accepting Jesus and through His death and resurrection, we have access – entry – to the very Presence of God.
Let’s unpack what it means when we then say that through Jesus, we have access to our Father in Heaven. In this first part of the blog, let’s consider Jesus’ position and deity and how that relates to us.
Jesus’ present position and deity – where is He now and what does that mean for us?
Reflect on these powerful verses for a moment:
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him”.
1 Peter 3:22
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”.
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us – who was raised to life for us! – is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way”!
Romans 8: 31-34
Right now, Jesus is positioned at the right hand of God our Father, representing and interceding for us. When we talk about His deity, we are referring to the divine nature of Jesus. Deity comes from the Latin word “dues”, which means “god”. As explained in the Athanasian Creed: “The Father is made of none, neither created not begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten”. Jesus Christ is uniquely, divinely, and wholly God’s only begotten Son. His huge sacrifice and victory enable us to (in a sense), live in and from the Presence of God. This means we get to tangibly experience the intimacy, peace, joy and victory of the Throneroom of God! This has to affect our day-to-day lives – because in Him we get to live, and move and have our being.
What does this look like? It looks like His children, filled with His life, joy and hope. It looks like a generation of God-lovers and Heaven-ambassadors who are determined to represent the goodness of God on the earth as they share His amazing redemptive plan!
And there’s more! Galatians 2:20 makes it clear that once we have accepted Jesus as our saviour, He lives in us. God the Father has given God the Son all authority and placed ALL things under His feet… and now He invites us to carry and exercise that authority.
“…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church’’.
By understanding Jesus’ position and deity, and subjecting ourselves to His authority, we are made holy and we are seated with Him in heavenly places as sons and daughters – heirs in God’s Kingdom.