Jesus physically ascended forty days after His appearing to the twelve. Then He . . . a man, man’s representative man . . . the Last Adam . . . sat down enthroned at the right hand of God. You see, God will not change His purposes even though sin might complicate things. Man was meant to have God as his “all in all.” God was to be the governing force and purpose behind “all” thought and action of “all” mankind. Our “all in all.” That was post man’s alienation in Adam, but now it is being restored in the Last Adam. And that is what Christ has been doing since He ascended into glory.
First, He is gathering to Himself the elect of God – those whom God gave to Christ for Him to save, keep and bring to glory (John 6:38-49). They are those sheep who will be gathered from Jew and Gentile into “one flock with one Shepherd” (John 10:16). “Vessels of mercy” chosen for God’s glory (Rom 9:21-23).
And not only does He save out a people, the church, but He also sanctifies them and glorifies Himself through them even training them to do in their day what He did in His – to redeem man. And in them God will begin doing His ultimate purpose of “subjecting all things unto Himself” (Philippians 3:21) whenever God shall once again be “all in all” (1 Cor 15:28), as the church takes “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5) and as we are “renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” (Col 3:10).
His saving and sanctifying of His people is called “the Session of Christ.”
But perhaps the greatest purpose of the ascension and session is the fact that we now have “an anchor of the soul steadfast and sure which enters within the veil where Christ has entered for us a high priest forever . . .” (Heb 6:19-20)
“. . . who ever liveth to make intercession for us . . .” (Heb 7:25), where His wounds mediate for us forever. He is the “lamb standing as if slain” between God and His church. (Rev 5)
I am secure in my salvation because Christ is anchored at the right hand of God forever . . .
And so are we . . .
all because of our incomparable Christ.