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𝒬 28. Wherein consisteth Christ's exaltation?

𝒜. Christ's exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day,1 in ascending up into heaven,2 in sitting at the right hand of God the Father,3 and in coming to judge the world at the last day.4

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:4

    that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

  2. Psalm 68:18

    You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
    even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

    Acts 1:11

    and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    Ephesians 4:8

    Therefore it says,

    “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.” (ESV)

  3. Psalm 110:1

    110:1 The Lord says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
    until I make your enemies your footstool.”

    Acts 2:33-34

    Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

    “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    Sit at my right hand,

    Hebrews 1:3

    He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (ESV)

  4. Matthew 16:27

    For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

    Acts 17:31

    because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (ESV)

Larger Catechism

𝒬 51. What was the estate of Christ's exaltation?

𝒜. The estate of Christ's exaltation comprehendeth his resurrection,1 ascension,2 sitting at the right hand of the Father,3 and his coming again to judge the world.4

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:4

    that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

  2. Psalm 68:18

    You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
    even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

    Acts 1:11

    and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    Ephesians 4:8

    Therefore it says,

    “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.” (ESV)

  3. Ephesians 1:20

    that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

    Psalm 110:1

    110:1 The Lord says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
    until I make your enemies your footstool.”

    Acts 2:33-34

    Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

    “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    Sit at my right hand,

    Hebrews 1:3

    He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (ESV)

  4. Acts 1:11

    and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    Acts 17:31

    because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

    Matthew 16:27

    For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. (ESV)


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