Glorification of our Lord’s Humanity is the Session!


January 29, 2021

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
012921
Glorification of our Lord’s Humanity is the Session!

Then the challenge, which I should have called Point 2 in our doctrine which is ACT 1:8   but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Then the first step of our Lord’s descension in Christianity follows the first turn of the eye from our Lord Jesus; the Author and Finisher of faith.

ACT 1:9  And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

This lifting up is a reference to our Lord’s ascension into heaven following His resurrection and His position at the right hand of the Father for when He arrived into Heaven He heard those magical words.

“Sit down at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”

This is quoted in Psa 110:1; it is quoted in the gospels, Mat 22:44; Mar 12:36; Luk 20:42; It is quoted in Acts 2:34‑35; Heb 10:12‑14. waiting from that time onward until His enemies were made a footstool for His feet.  For by one offering He has brought to completion for all time those who are sanctified.”

The session is the doctrine of Christology that pertains to the glorification of our Lord’s humanity at the right hand of the Father.

For when our Lord received the title that He did to sit down at right hand of God, He was in ultimate glory of everything He ever imagined.

Notice that in this passage the Lord is identified as “this same Jesus” — Jesus is the title of His humanity.

He is not coming back today and they might as well get down and start learning some of the things which are necessary so that they will know how to operate during His absence.

Notice that in verse 13 – “where they abode” is in the imperfect tense which means that they probably resided there.

Also, there is a list of the people present, the eleven apostles to Israel and they are appointed apostles to the Church.

This, however, was one of the worst mistakes, they made in the early church when they thought they had the right and the power and authority to do such a thing, namely choose someone to replace Judas Iscariot.

Only God has the authority to choose who would be an;

  1. Apostle
  2. Prophet
  3. Evangelist
  4. Pastor-Teacher.

I will give you a little hint; in REV 21:12 speaking of the walls in heaven, we read, “It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names {were} written on them, which are {those} of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.”

In REV 21:13 {There were} three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. (NSEW 12 Gates.

In REV 21:14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them {were} the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

REV 21:15  And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.

Also, in REV 21:19  The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;

REV 21:20   the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.

REV 21:21   And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Then in REV 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

REV 22:2   in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve {kinds of} fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

First of all, the session is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the glorification of our Lord’s humanity at the right hand of the Father.

If TLJC remained on earth, He would have a limited glory, but when He went to the third heaven He became superior to all creation, and therefore He received unlimited glory.

Now, as a result of the resurrection of our Lord’s humanity, He remained on earth for forty days before He ascended into heaven.

So the ascension and session of Christ are predicated on the capabilities of the resurrection body.

It can travel horizontally and vertically at unlimited speed, and is capable of unlimited space travel.

Our Lord traveled horizontally during His forty days on planet earth, as well as moving through closed doors.

The ascension of Christ demomstrateds the vertical travel of the resurrection body, moving with ease through the atmosphere of the earth, the galaxies of the stellar universe, and the billions and billions of light years in an instant, and entering into the third heaven, the abode of God.

Upon arrival in the third heaven, our Lord was seated at the right hand of God the Father; this is the doctrine of the Session.

Then He received His third royal title “King of kings, Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star.”

It was at this time that the human race was elevated higher than the entire angelic creation.

Now, originally, man was created higher than the animal creation and lower than the angels.

This is why David wrote in PSA 8:1  O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth, Who hast displayed Thy splendor above the heavens.

PSA 8:2  From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast established strength, Because of Thine adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

PSA 8:3  When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;

PSA 8:4  What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?

PSA 8:5  Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than [nor God, but the gods, a reference to angels], And dost crown him with glory and majesty.

PSA 8:6  Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet,

PSA 8:7  All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,

PSA 8:8  The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

PSA 8:9  O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth.

Now, when our Lord arrived in heaven in His hypostatic union, as a member of the human race, He was rewarded by God the Father for His strategic victory in the angelic conflict.

And He was given a brand new title for this strategic victory.

That brand title that He did not possess before He became a member of the human race is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the bright and morning star.

This was His third royal title.

His first two are the Son of God and the Son of David.

Now, because His third royal title had no accompanying royal family, the Church-age was inserted for the calling out [ekklesia] of a royal family.

That’s a quotation from PSA 8:4  What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?

That’s a quotation from PSA 8:5-6, Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, And dost crown him with glory and majesty! Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet,

Because Old Testament were not elevated higher than angels because they are not in union with Christ like New Testament saints.

So because of our union with Christ and because of the ascension and session, Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God and you and I are EPH 2:6  Raised up with Him, and seated with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,

And that’s why HEB 1:3 says And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

This means that although we are now inferior to angels in our human bodies on earth, in the future in resurrection bodies we will be totally superior to angels.

Something new had to be created to accompany this new third royalty of Jesus Christ, a new royal family.

2CO 5:17  Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

And the Day of Pentecost is the day the royal family began with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the first day of the Church Age.

So the Chronology of events was:

1) Resurrection

2) Forty days on the earth,

3) Ascension ten days before the Church-age began.

4) Seated at the right hand of the Father.

We know the number of days so exactly, because the resurrection occurred on the Feast of the First Fruits.

The Feast of Pentecost would occur fifty days later.

On day forty, our Lord ascended, and He said the baptism of the Spirit and the beginning of the Church-age would occur very soon (ten days later).

However, though coequal and coeternal with God, it was the true humanity of Christ that was seated at the right hand of the Father.

So, these two doctrines of ascension and session combine to form the climax of the strategic victory of Christ in the angelic conflict.

While the angels were still talking our Lord was already in the third heaven.

He traveled billions and billions of light years in just a few seconds.

After His ascension, His session fulfilled the prophecy of Psa 110:1  “The Lord [God the Father] said to my Lord [God the Son], `Sit down at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’“

Jesus Christ had to be seated to resolve the angelic conflict.

It was the strategic victory of the angelic conflict.

Remember that His deity is omnipresent, everywhere, imminent and transcendent.

It was His humanity that was seated at the right hand of the Father.

This prophecy is quoted a number of times in the New Testament, Mat 22:44; Mar 12:36; Luk 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Heb 1:13, 10:13.

It is quoted so often because it is very important.

The strategic victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union is the key to the importance of the ascension and session of Jesus Christ.

Just as only the humanity of Christ could provide our salvation by receiving the judgment for our sins in His own body, so only the humanity of Christ could be resurrected, ascend, and sit at the right hand of God the Father.

The humanity of Jesus Christ in Hypostatic Union is now exalted and glorified at the right hand of the Father where His posture is one of being seated.

Also look at ACT 2:32  “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.

ACT 2:33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

ACT 2:34 “For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: #’The Lord said to my Lord,” Sit at My right hand,

ACT 2:35  Until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.’

ACT 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ‑‑ this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Or in Phi 2:9 “Therefore also, God has highly exalted Him and given Him a title which is above every title, that at the title of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.”

The strategic victory of Jesus Christ in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union is related to the award of His third royal title.

His first royal title is related to His deity.

His title is “Son of God.”

His royal family is God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

His second royal title is related to His humanity.

His title is “Son of David.”

His royal family is the Davidic dynasty.

His third royal title is related to His resurrection and ascension.

His entire title is “King of kings, Lord of lords, Bright and Morning Star.”

His royal family is in the process of being completed, made up of every Church-age believer.

You are not simply a child of God; you are a royal child of God.

The ascension and session is not only related to the Hypostatic Union, but it also to the angelic conflict.

1Pe 3:22 “Who [Jesus Christ] is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven after angels and authorities and powers had been subordinated to Him.”

With the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all angelic creatures including fallen angels, are subordinated to Him in His humanity.

In His deity, Jesus Christ is the creator of angels.

In His humanity, He was made lower than angels, Heb 2:7.

But now in His resurrection, He is higher than angels in His humanity.

And some day in our resurrection body, we will share that same privilege experientially.

Being in union with Christ, we are already positionally higher than angels.

But in resurrection bodies, we will be experientially and physically higher than angels.

Eph 1:22, “And He [God the Father] has subordinated all [angelic creatures] under His feet.  Furthermore, He appointed Him [Jesus Christ] ruler over all things to the Church.”After studying point 6 in our doctrine of the Hypostatic union and the importance of understanding the Ascension and the Session we are now ready for our final two points this evening.

 

There is one more major point that is extremely important and thst is the Point 7 that deals with the Hypostatic union and what is known  THE BIG GENUFLEX.

The big Genuflex is the interim event between the Rapture and the Judgment Seat of Christ when every knee will bow before TLJC.

Right after the rapture or the resurrection of the church and before the judgment seat of Christ where winners will be rewarded, there is a period of time when TLJC will be worshipped by all believers in their resurrection bodies.

Therefore, the big Genuflex is both the glorification of the Father’s plan and the recognition of our Lord’s victory over sin and Satan which was bestowed on Him at His session.

At this time, the entire royal family is present, and they confess to the victory of TLJC over sin and over Satan.