80. How do you understand that He “sitteth on the right hand of the Father?
It means that He has received the dominion of heaven and earth, so that He reigns and rules over all (Matt. 28:18).
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he sat down at the right hand of the Father. When asked if he was the Son of God, Jesus told Pilate, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matt. 26:64). This was the declaration of the Father in Psalm 110. As the great Melchizedekian King-Priest, our Lord not only intercedes for us (Rom. 8:34), but has also been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).
At the right hand of the Father, Jesus has been given a name that is above every name, so that at his name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess his Lordship (Phil. 2:9-11). At the right hand of the Father, Jesus is “above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Eph. 1:20-21, cf.1 Pet. 3:22). At the right hand of the Father, Jesus is given a higher seat than all the angels (Heb. 1:3, 13). At the right hand of the Father, Jesus is head of the church (Eph. 1:22).
The Dutch Reformed scholar Abraham Kuyper famously stated, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!'” How can we not praise him more? How can we not sing “Our Lord Reigns!” through the streets and on the rooftops?