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July 23, 2010

Doctrine of the Session of Christ

Definition
The Session of Christ pertains to the glorification of our Lord’s humanity at the right hand of God the Father
when our Lord received His third royal title from God the Father as “King of kings and Lord of lords… the bright
morning star.”
Vocabulary
Hupsos (noun), “height, measurable height, a height that is too great to leap over.”
Hupsoo (verb), “to exalt, to raise high, to lift up, to promote.”
Huperupsoo (verb), “to promote to the highest position of authority, rank and power.”
Hupsoma (noun), “height, stronghold, obstacle, exaltation, something elevated.”
Hupsistos (adjective), “the highest, the Most High, highest position, highest of heights.”
Documentation
Psalm 110:1
Daniel 7:13-14
Matt. 22:44; 26:64; 28:18
Mark 12:36; 14:62; 16:19
Luke 20:42; 22:69
Acts 2:25, 33-34; 5:31; 7:55-56
Romans 8:34
1 Corinthians 15:27
Ephesians 1:20; 2:6; 4:9
Philippians 2:9
Colossians 3:1-4
1 Timothy 6:15
Hebrews 1:3, 13; 2:8; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2
1 Peter 3:22
Revelation 3:21; 4:2; 17:14; 19:16
Authority
Our Lord’s Session points to the fact that the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union has been granted authority
by God the Father over the following: (1) Creation (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:15-17; 2:10; 1 Pet. 3:22). (2)
Church as the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14; 19:16). (3) Israel as the Son of David
(Matt. 1:1; 20:30; Mark 10:47-48; Luke 1:32; 2 Tim. 2:8; Rev. 3:7; 5:5; 22:16).
The Session of Christ also denotes that the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union has been granted authority to
conduct the following 5 judgments: (1) Bema Seat: This takes place at the Rapture and is actually an evaluation
rather than a judgment of the Church Age believer’s “works” in order to determine if they were done by means of
divine omnipotence from the use of the 2 power options (Filling of the Spirit and the Word of God) resulting in
divine good and rewards or whether they were accomplished in the power of the old sin nature resulting in loss of
rewards and shame and embarrassment (Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 John 2:24). The believer sins
will not be brought since they were already judged at the Cross. (2) Israel: This will take on earth at the 2nd Advent
of Christ taking place at the end of the Tribulation and its for the purpose of removing unregenerate Israel from the
earth leaving only regenerate Israel to enter the Millennial Kingdom of Christ (Ezek. 20:37-38; Zech. 13:8-9; Mal.
3:2-3, 5; Matt. 25:1-30). (3) Gentiles: This judgment will also take place at the end of the Tribulation at the 2nd
Advent of Christ following the judgment of Israel and preceding the Millennial reign of Christ and is for the purpose
of removing unregenerate, anti-Semitic Gentiles from the earth who lived during the Tribulation from those who
were regenerate and pro-Israel (Matt. 25:31-46). (4) Fallen Angels: This is the judgment of all fallen angels at the
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end of human history by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Church for their rebellion against God in eternity past and
will result in them being cast into the Lake of Fire (1 Cor. 6:3; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 20:10). (5) Great White
Throne: This is the judgment of all unregenerate humanity at the end of human history for their rejection of Jesus
Christ as Savior resulting in them also being cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Their sins will not be
brought up since they were judged at the Cross. These individuals trusted in themselves and their own good works
done in the flesh rather than on the perfect Person and Work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lord
received His third royal title as “King of kings and Lord of lords, the bright morning star” which is a direct
result of His execution of the Father’s Incarnation Plan.
Deity of Christ
Matthew 26:64-65, “But kept silent. And the high priest (Caiaphas) said to Him, ‘I adjure You by the
living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said
it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power,
and coming on the clouds of heaven.’” Our Lord’s response to Caiaphas demand to know whether or not our Lord
was the Son of God indicates that our Lord’s session at the right hand of God the Father is directly related to His
deity. The Lord Jesus Christ as Theanthropos (God-Man) possesses all the attributes of deity by which He was
entitled to divine honor and was qualified to exercise absolute and universal dominion. Philippians 2:5-11,
“Everyone keep on thinking this (according to humility) within yourselves, which was also in (the mind of)
Christ Jesus, Who (Christ Jesus) although existing from eternity past in the essence of God never regarded
existing equally in essence with God an exploitable asset. On the contrary, He denied Himself of the
independent function of His deity by having assumed the essence of a slave when He was born in the likeness
of men. In fact, although He was discovered in outward appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by having
entered into obedience to the point of spiritual death even death on a Cross. For this very reason in fact God
the Father highly exalted Him and granted to Him the title above every title that at the title of Jesus every
knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue will acknowledge that Jesus
Christ is Lord for the glory of God the Father.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is infinite and eternal God (John 1:1-2; John 8:58; 10:30a; Col. 2:9a; Rev. 1:8). The
titles assigned to His deity are as follows: (1) “The Son of God” (Luke 1:35) (2) “The Son of the Most High”
(Luke 1:32) (3) “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6) (4) “Eternal Father” (Isaiah 9:6) (5) “His goings forth are from long
ago, from the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2). (6) “Lord” (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 1:22; Phil. 2:11). (7) “God” (Titus
2:13). He has the same divine essence as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He possesses all the attributes of
deity: (1) Sovereignty (Matt. 28:18a; Col. 2:10b). (2) Perfect righteousness (John 8:46a; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26; 1
Pet. 2:22; 1 John 2:21b). (3) Justice (John 8:16a; 2 Tim. 4:8; Psa. 9:8; Deut. 32:4; Rev. 15:3b). (4) Love (John
13:34; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 3:19; 1 John 4:9-10). (5) Eternal life (1 Tim. 1:17; 1 John 5:11). (6) Omniscience (Luke
11:17; John 2:24-25; 6:64; 21:17). (7) Omnipresence (Matt. 18:20; Prov. 15:3) (8) Omnipotence (John 1:3, 10;
5:21; 1 Cor. 1:23-24; Phil. 3:21; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:8). (9) Immutability (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 1:10-12; 13:8). (10)
Veracity (John 1:14; 14:6a; 1 John 3:16).
He is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (John 1:3, 10; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:3, 10). The Lord Jesus
Christ has authority to forgive sins (Matt. 9:6; Luke 5:24; Col. 3:13). The Lord Jesus Christ has the power to raise
the dead (John 5:21; 6:40; 11:25). All judgment belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor.
5:10; Rev. 20:11-14), and receives worship from both men and angels (Psa. 99:5; Phil. 2:10; Rev. 5:13-14). In His
Deity always occupied a place of equality and fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The Lord
Jesus Christ as God was equal with the Father (John 10:30, 37-38; 14:9; 17:5, 24-25).
Kingship
The Lord Jesus Christ session at the right hand of the Father points to His kingship (Rev. 4:2). Our Lord
acknowledged to Pilate at His 5th trial and 2nd civil trial that He was indeed a king but that His kingdom was not of
this world. John 18:33-37, “Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium and summoned Jesus, and said
to Him, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did
others tell you about Me?’ Pilate answered, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests
delivered You up to me; what have You done?’ Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My
kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the
Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.’ Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’
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Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into
the world, to bear witness (for the Prosecution in the rebuttal phase of Satan’s appeal trial) to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’” When our Lord arrived in heaven and was seated at the right hand
of God the Father He received a new royal warrant, a 3rd royal title as the “King of kings and the Lord of lords”
(1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 19:16). This title has been granted to Him by the Father indicating His rulership over the Church
of which He is the Head. The Tribulation saints in heaven when singing the song of Moses proclaim our Lord as the
“King of the nations” which He will assume at His 2nd Advent.
Fulfillment of Messianic Prophecies
David prophesied in Psalm 110:1 that the Son of God would be seated at His right hand. Our Lord repeated this
prophecy to the Jews in Matt. 22:44. Our fulfilled this prophecy when He was seated at the right hand of God the
Father in heaven. This prophecy is quoted several times in the Scriptures indicating its importance (Acts 2:34; Heb.
1:13; 10:12-13). Our Lord’s present session in heaven thus fulfills the Messianic prophecy of David in Psalm 110:1.
As our Lord stated to the Jews, “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?’” (Matt. 22:45). They could
not answer Him a word. The answer is that David’s descendant would have to be God incarnate in order to fulfill
the Davidic prophecy.
Ascension
The session of Christ also is directly related to our Lord’s 2nd and final ascension (Acts 2:34). There were 2
ascensions that took place: (1) Immediate: On the day He rose from the dead (John 20:17; Luke 24:38-40). (2)
Final: 40 days after the resurrection (Acts 1:8-11). The Scriptures indicate that there was an immediate ascension
of our Lord. The doctrine of an immediate ascension appears when 2 passages of Scripture are compared (John
20:17; Luke 24:38-40). It is recorded in John 20:17 that when Christ came out of the tomb He was met by Mary,
who in ecstatic devotion would have embraced His feet and held her Lord. Christ told her not to touch Him since He
had not yet ascended to present Himself to the Father. Yet in Luke’s account of the resurrection it is asserted that the
same day in which He arose and at evening He not only appeared in the midst of the frightened disciples, but
requested that they touch Him where the nails were driven into His hands and feet. Therefore, a comparison of
Scripture reveals that He ascended to the Father during the day that He arose from the dead.
The ascension for Christ was a glorious triumphal procession into heaven (Col. 2:15). The Ascension of Christ
was the vertical transfer of our Lord’s true humanity from planet earth to the third heaven in a resurrection body.
The ascension of Christ occurred 40 days after His resurrection. He remained on earth for 40 days in order to
confirm the fact that He had indeed risen from the dead as He prophesied many times in His earthly ministry during
His 1st Advent. The ascension of Christ was a visible event and in a public place. It took place on the Mount of
Olives in Jerusalem where He will again return at His 2nd Advent which occurs at the end of the Tribulation period.
Our Lord’s ascension brought to a conclusion His earthly ministry and not the resurrection. The dispensation of the
hypostatic union concludes with the resurrection, ascension and session of Christ. The ascension of Christ is the
visible manifestation that God the Father promoted the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union to the highest position
of power, rank and authority in all of creation. The ascension of the humanity of Christ in hypostatic union declares
His enthronement as cosmic ruler with authority over all creation. The ascension of the humanity of Christ was
another demonstration of divine omnipotence which characterized the dispensation of the hypostatic union.
Eternal Rewards
The session of Christ points to the Church Age believer’s rewards and Escrow Blessings in eternity for
becoming a winner (nikao) and invisible hero in time (Rev. 3:21). The term Escrow Blessings is an analogy based
upon a Bible Doctrine describing what God the Father in eternity past did as the Grantor when He deposited
greater blessings for both time and eternity for every believer with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Depository and
Escrow Officer and the release of these blessings takes place when the believer fulfills the conditions of the Escrow
Contract which is the attainment of spiritual maturity in time. Just as the Father rewarded the humanity of Christ by
promoting Him to the highest position of rank, power and authority in the universe so also will Christ promoted the
believer a position of rank, power and authority in the Millennium and eternal state. The believer will be rewarded
for following in the footsteps of their Savior. Winners will receive the conveyance of their Escrow Blessings at the
Bema Seat Judgment of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). The Bema Seat Judgment of Christ is an evaluation of the believer’s
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works after salvation and does not determine salvation. Losers will suffer loss of their Escrow Blessings due to their
negative volition to Bible Doctrine. The believer who advances to spiritual maturity will have confidence that they
will receive the conveyance of their Escrow Blessings (1 John 2:28; 1 John 4:17). It is their confidence. Only
mature believers receive the conveyance of Escrow Blessings for the eternal state (Rev. 22:12). Losers experience
temporary embarrassment (Rom. 5:5; Phil. 1:20; Phil. 3:18-19; 1 John 2:28). Loss of Escrow Blessings and rewards
for eternal state does not imply loss of salvation (1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Tim. 2:11-13).
Invisible Heroes will receive the “crown of righteousness” (2 Tim. 4:7-8). The Pastor-Teacher who is faithful
in communicating Bible Doctrine will receive a “crown of glory” (1 Pet. 5:4; 1 Thess. 2:19-20; 1 Cor. 9:24-27).
Invisible Heroes will receive the “order of the morning star” which is a translucent uniform of glory over the
resurrection body (Rev. 3:4). Our Lord had this uniform of glory at His Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-13). Invisible
Heroes will receive the order of the new Knighthood. Invisible Heroes will receive a new title in the Lamb’s Book
of Life. They will rule with Christ in the Millennium (Rom. 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 3:21; 2:26). The Invisible
Heroes name will be recorded in the permanent historical record section of heaven (Rev. 3:12). The Invisible Hero
will be remembered forever throughout all of eternity as someone who executed God’s plan for their life while on
planet earth.
Extension of the Great Power Demonstration of the Hypostatic Union
Ephesians 1:19-21 indicates that our Lord’s session is directly related to the extension of the great power
demonstration of the hypostatic union. The same divine omnipotence that our Lord used during His 1st Advent in
order to execute the Father’s Plan for the Incarnation is now available to every Church Age believer through the
Baptism of the Spirit which occurs at the moment of personal faith in Jesus Christ. The believer can now execute
the Plan of God for the Church Age by utilizing the same divine power that the humanity of Christ used in order to
execute the Father’s plan for the incarnation which was to provide salvation for all mankind and defeat Satan in the
angelic conflict. The believer through current positional truth is now seated with Christ at the right hand of God the
Father. Christ is the Head and the Church is His body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:23).
100% divine omnipotence has been made available to every Church Age believer at the moment of salvation
because of our Lord’s session for 10 days after He was seated in heaven, the Church Age began with the Baptism of
Spirit which places the believer in union with Christ forever. The Church Age believer is the beneficiary of 3
categories of sanctification as a result of the Baptism of the Spirit which is a direct result of our Lord’s session: The
3 categories of sanctification are as follows: (1) Positional: The entrance into the Plan of God for the Church Age
resulting in eternal security as well as 2 categories of positional truth (1 Cor. 1:2, 30; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 Thess. 5:23;
Eph. 5:26-27; Heb. 2:11; 10:10; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Rom. 6:3, 8; 2 Thess. 2:13). ) (a) Retroactive: The Church
Age believer’s identification with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:3-11; Col. 2:12). (b) Current: The Church Age
believer’s identification with Christ in His resurrection, ascension and session (Col. 3:1-4). (2) Experiential: The
function of the Church Age believer’s spiritual life in time through the consistent application of the Word of God
resulting in the execution of the Plan of God for the Church Age (John 17:17; Rom. 6:19, 22; 2 Tim. 2:21; 1 Pet.
3:15; 1 Thess. 4:3-4, 7; 1 Tim. 2:15). (3) Ultimate: The perfection of the Church Age believer’s spiritual life at
the exit-resurrection or Rapture of the Church which is the completion of the Plan of God for the Church Age (1
Cor. 15:53-54; Gal. 6:8; 1 Pet. 5:10; John 6:40). The Church Age believer has at their disposal the 2 power options
(Eph. 5:18; John 4:24). They have the indwelling of the Trinity (Eph. 4:6; Rom. 8:11; Col. 1:27). They have been
created a new spiritual species in order to utilize divine power (2 Cor. 5:17). The Church Age believer can now
utilize the operational type spiritual in order to execute the Plan of God for the Church Age whereas the humanity of
Christ utilized the prototype. All of this is a result that the Theanthropos (God-Man), the Lord Jesus Christ is now
seated at the right hand of God the Father.
Positional Truth
The session of Christ is also related to the believer’s position in Christ. At the moment of salvation the believer
is placed in union with Christ through the Baptism of the Spirit. Sanctification is the direct result of the Baptism of
the Spirit. Positional sanctification is defined as the Church Age believer’s eternal union with Christ through the
Baptism of the Spirit which occurs at the moment of salvation. There are 2 categories of positional sanctification:
(1) Retroactive: The Church Age believer’s identification with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:3-11; Col. 2:12). (2)
Current: The Church Age believer’s identification with Christ in His resurrection, ascension and session (Col. 3:1-
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4). The purpose of positional sanctification is for the Church Age believer to execute the Plan of God for the
Church Age (Rom. 6:11-13, 19). The Church Age believer’s identification with Christ in His Resurrection,
Ascension and Session (Col. 3:1-4). The believer is identified with Christ as He is currently seated in heaven. The
believer is now positionally higher than angels (Heb. 1 and 2).
Intercessory Ministry
Romans 8:34 states that our Lord intercesses for the believer as a part of His session at the right hand of God
the Father. He intercedes for the believer in prayer and when Satan accuses the believer of sin (Rom. 8:34; Heb.
7:25). The intercessory ministry of Christ is a part of His Priesthood (Heb. 2:17; 8:1). He is our faithful High Priest
(Heb. 2:17). He is the believer’s High Priest who intercedes for them at the right hand of the Father. This could not
be possible if it were not for the fact that our Lord has now been seated at the right hand of God the Father. Our
Lord’s High Priesthood is permanent (Heb. 7:24). Every Church Age believer has been made a royal priest because
of their union with their High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord holds 3 offices: (1) Prophet (2) Priest (3)
King. His priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood in that He does not have to offer a sacrifice for Himself
since He is impeccable. Instead He offered Himself as a substitute and became the Mediator of a New Covenant
which was based upon His spiritual death on the cross.
Power to Save and Forgive Sin
Peter and the apostles proclaimed to the Sanhedrin in Acts 5:30-31, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus,
Whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the One Whom God the Father has exalted to
His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant a change of mind concerning Christ to Israel (salvation)
and forgiveness of sins.” The session of Christ makes possible for Christ to provide salvation and the forgiveness
sins. Peter again proclaims of Jesus to the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:12, “There is salvation in no one else (Jesus); for
there is no other title under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” God the
Father forgives us sin because of His Son Jesus Christ Who sits at His right hand intercessing for us (1 John 1:9).
Rebound is possible because of our Lord’s session with the Father. Our sins are forgiven because of Jesus Who sits
at the right hand of God the Father intercessing for us. He is our Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1).
Hypostatic Union
Hebrews 1:3 indicates that the session points to the hypostatic union. The Lord Jesus Christ is Theanthropos.
He is undiminished deity and true humanity in 1 Person forever. Our Lord has 2 natures: (1) Human nature (2)
Divine nature. John 1:14, “And the Word (The Lord Jesus Christ) became flesh (a Man), and dwelt
(“tabernacled”) among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only uniquely born One from the Father,
full of grace and truth.” Romans 8:3, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh
(humanity), God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and an offering for sin, He
condemned sin in the flesh (in His humanity).” Philippians 2:6-8, ” Who (Christ Jesus) although existing
from eternity past in the essence of God never regarded existing equally in essence with God an exploitable
asset. On the contrary, He denied Himself of the independent function of His deity by having assumed the
essence of a slave when He was born in the likeness of men. In fact, although He was discovered in outward
appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by having entered into obedience to the point of spiritual death
even death on a Cross.” Colossians 2:9, “For in Him (The Lord Jesus Christ) all the fullness of Deity dwells
in bodily form.” 1 Timothy 3:16, “And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He (The
Lord Jesus Christ) who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, beheld by angels, proclaimed
among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” Hebrews 2:14-15, “Since then the children
share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render
powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of
death were subject to slavery all their lives.” 1 John 1:1-3, “We announce to you what was from eternity
past, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld, and what our hands touched,
regarding the Word of Life and the Life was manifested, and we have seen, and we bear witness, and we
announce to you the Eternal Life which was with the Father, and was manifested to us. We announce to you
what we have seen, and what we have heard, that you also may have fellowship with us and truly our
fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.” He was infinite and eternal God, the 2nd Member
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of the Trinity in eternity past as God the Son and he assumed a human nature through the virgin birth approximately
2000 years ago (Phil. 2:6-8). He is the unique theanthropic Person in the universe. He is different from God in that
He is a human being. He is different human beings in that He is God and does not have an old sin nature due to the
virgin pregnancy. This union is personal. He is 1 Person with 2 natures which are in union with each other. This
union does not compromise the attributes of His humanity nor His deity. He assumed a human nature in order to
execute the Father’s plan for the incarnation which was 2-fold: (1) To provide salvation for all mankind. (2) To
defeat Satan in the angelic conflict. After the God-Man executed the Father’s plan He sat down at the right hand of
God the Father.
High Priesthood
The session of Christ also points to His High Priesthood (Heb. 8:1). He performs His intercessory ministry for
the believer in the Holy of Holies in heaven (Heb. 8:2). Our Lord’s high priesthood is after the order of
Melchizedek (Heb. 5:9-10; 6:20). Our Lord is a high priest forever. He entered into the veil in heaven as High Priest
(Heb. 6:20). His ministry is superior to the Levitical high priests on earth during the dispensation of Israel since He
did not have to offer sacrifices for Himself since He was impeccable (Heb. 7:26). In fact, He offered Himself up as
a substitute for the entire human race as our High Priest (Heb. 7:28). As our High Priest He is a mediator of a
superior covenant for the 1st covenant with Israel under the Law has been abolished and He has replaced it with a
new and superior one. The Levitical conducted their ministry under the Law whereas our Lord’s High Priesthood is
conducted under the policy of grace which is superior to the Law in every respect. Our Lord as High Priest fulfilled
the Mosaic Law in every detail during His incarnation. Our Lord put away sin with His substitutionary spiritual
death on the cross thus laying the foundation for the dispensation of grace called the Church Age (Heb. 9:26). The
Church is a kingdom of priests (1 Pet. 2:6, 9) of which Christ is the High Priest.
Efficacy of His Work on the Cross
The session of Christ also points to the efficacy of our Lord’s substitutionary spiritual death on the cross (Heb.
10:12). He offered Himself as the one and only sacrifice to pay the price for the sins entire of the world. Once the
humanity of Christ in hypostatic union as our High Priest had executed the Father’s plan through His substitutionary
spiritual death on the cross as an impeccable Person He had earned the right to sit at the right hand of God the
Father. His sacrifice was perfect because He was perfect whereas the Levitical offerings could only merely portray
the true sacrifice of Christ since the Levitical priests were sinners themselves. The humanity of Christ in hypostatic
union could not be seated at the right hand of God the Father until He had died a substitutionary spiritual death on
the cross. This qualified Him to sit at the right hand of God the Father. The cross had to come before the crown. The
obedience of the humanity of Christ to the Father’s will earned Him the right to sit at the right of the Father as our
High Priest (Heb. 5:7-10).
Occupation with Christ
The session is related also to the Church Age believer’s occupation with Christ (Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 12:2).
Occupation with Christ is the 10th Problem Solving Device. Occupation with Christ involves understanding the
pertinent doctrines as related to the Great Power Experiment of the Hypostatic Union: Hypostatic Union (John 1:14;
Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3; 1 John 1:1-2); Deity of Christ (John 1:1-2; John 8:58; 10:30a; Col. 2:9a; Rev. 1:8);
Humanity of Christ (John 1:14; Heb. 10:5; 1 John 1:1; 1 John 4:2-3); Virgin Birth (Isa. 9:6-7; Micah 5:2; Luke
1:30-35); Impeccability of Christ (John 8:46a; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5); Kenosis (2 Cor.
8:9; Phil. 2:5-8); Prototype Unique Spiritual Life (Matt. 4:1-11; Phil. 2:5-8); Mediatorship of Christ (1 Tim. 2:5);
Resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:4); Ascension of Christ (Eph. 4:8); Session of Christ (Heb. 1:13; Col. 3:1-4).
Occupation with Christ involves understanding the doctrines as related to His finished work on the Cross: (1)
Redemption (Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19) (2) Unlimited Atonement (2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:10) (3) Expiation (Col.
2:14) (4) Regeneration (John 3:1-18) (5) Imputation (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21) (6) Justification (Rom. 4:1-5; Gal.
2:16) (7) Propitiation (Rom. 3:22-26; 1 John 2:2) (8) Position in Christ (1 Cor. 15:22b; 2 Cor. 5:17) (9) Strategic
Victory over Satan (Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8) (10) Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18; Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 1:20-
21).
Occupation with Christ is the ultimate problem solving device for the Church Age believer. The Lord’s Supper
is a time that the Church Age believer is to be occupied with the unique person of our Lord Jesus Christ and His
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saving work on the Cross. Hebrews 12:2 is a reminder for the believer to not be overcome by adverse circumstances
but to concentrate upon the humanity of Christ Who endured more suffering in human history than any other
member of the human race (spiritual death as a sinless person on behalf of sinners) in order to fulfill the will of the
Father and as a result of His obedience was promoted to the highest position of rank, power and authority in the
universe.
Trip to Hades
Ephesians 4:9 is a reminder that our Lord’s session is a result of His trip to Hades where He released OT saints
in Paradise and proclaimed His death on the cross to the unbelievers in Torments. There are 2 compartments in
Hades: (1) Paradise (Luke 16:19-31; 23:43). (2) Torments (Luke 16:19-31). Paradise is where OT saints resided
before the death of Christ on the cross. Torments is where unbelievers in every dispensation including the Church
Age now reside. Paradise is now empty as a result of our Lord’s trip to Hades which occurred when He voluntarily
died physically on the cross. Our Lord’s death was a unique trichotomous separation: (1) His physical body went to
the grave (Luke 23:50-53). (2) His human spirit went to heaven (Luke 23:46; John 19:30). (3) His human soul went
into Paradise a compartment of Hades (Luke 23:43; Acts 2:27; 2:31; Eph. 4:9).
When His soul went to Hades He proclaimed to those in Torments that He had died in fulfillment of the
Scriptures and He also released the OT saints in Paradise and led them to heaven (Eph. 4:8-10). Those who remain
in Torments will be transferred at the end of human history to the Great White Throne Judgment and then will be
cast into the Lake of Fire forever (Rev. 20:11-15). Those who were in Paradise are now in heaven awaiting the time
at the end of the Tribulation when they will receive their resurrection bodies and will then enter the Millennial reign
of Christ. All this was possible because of our Lord’s trip to Hades.
Strategic Victory Over Satan In The Angelic Conflict
The session of Christ is a public affirmation that our Lord is the victor in the angelic conflict (Heb. 1:13; 2:8).
Colossians 2:15 states that there was a triumphal procession by our Lord in heaven declaring Him publicly as
Victor in the angelic conflict. Satan was publicly shown in heaven to be defeated when the humanity of Christ in
hypostatic union sat down at the right hand of God the Father and was granted the power, rank and authority over
the entire universe as ruler of the cosmos. An impeccable human being defeated the greatest angel ever created by
the hand of God. The humanity of Christ was able to do so because He depended upon the divine omnipotence of
the prototype spiritual life provided by God the Father. Satan lost because he chose to remain independent of God
thus he was defeated. Although the humanity of Christ became inferior to Satan for a little while during the
incarnation, our Lord still was able to defeat him and receive glory and honor as Victor in the angelic conflict (Heb.
2:9). The humanity of Christ did not use His deity to defeat Satan but rather the prototype spiritual life with the
Spirit of God and the Word of God. He functioned under a self-imposed kenosis in order to defeat Satan and the
kingdom of darkness. Therefore, the humanity of Christ’s strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict earned
Him the right to sit at the right hand of God the Father, receiving the highest position of rank, power and authority
in the universe.
3rd Royal Title
When our Lord sat down at the right hand of God the Father He received His 3rd royal warrant as “King of
kings and Lord of lords…the bright morning star” (1 Tim.6:15; Rev. 17:14; 19:16; 22:16). Our Lord has 3
royal titles in heaven: (1) Son of God: 2nd Person of the Trinity (John 1:34, 49; 3:18; 20:31; Matt. 4:3; 27:54;
Luke 1:32, 35; 2 Cor. 1:19; 1 John 1:3; 5:10; 5:20; 2 John 1:3; Rev. 2:18). (2) Son of David: Ruler of Israel
(Matt. 1:1; 20:30; Mark 10:47-48; Luke 1:32; 2 Tim. 2:8; Rev. 3:7; 5:5; 22:16). (3) King of kings and Lord of lords:
ruler of the Church (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14; 19:16).
Our Lord’s strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict earned Him this 3rd royal title. Every Church
Age believer becomes royalty at the moment of salvation. Church Age believers are the only group in history to be
called Royal Family. Church Age believers are a spiritual Royal Family for our Lord Jesus Christ. Each member of
the Royal Family of God is to function under the Plan of God, which says that a right thing must be done in a right
way. Every Church Age believer is born again into the Royal Family of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The
Lord Jesus Christ has 3 Royal Families: (1) Son of God: God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are the Lord Jesus
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Christ’s family members within the Trinity (2) Son of David: The Davidic Dynasty (3) King of Kings and Lord of
Lords: Church Age believers. Our Lord Jesus Christ defeated Satan at the Cross in the Angelic Conflict. For this
strategic victory, God the Father gave Him the title above all titles. God the Father also seated the humanity of the
Lord Jesus Christ at His right hand. Our Lord’s victory over Satan is the source of our Royalty. The founding of the
Royal Family took place at the Cross. Christ’s Royalty is eternal. Our Lord’s spiritual dynasty will last forever.