LORD’S DAY 19
Q. 50. Why is it added, “and sitteth at the right hand of God”?
A. Because Christ is ascended into heaven for this end, that He might appear as Head of His church,1 by whom the Father governs all things.2
- Eph. 1:20-22; Col. 1:18.
- Mat. 28:18; John 5:22.
Q. 51. What profit is this glory of Christ, our Head, unto us?
A. First, that by His Holy Spirit He pours out heavenly graces upon us His members;1 and then that by His power He defends and preserves us against all enemies.2
- Eph. 4:8.
- Psa. 2:9; John 10:28.
Q. 52. What comfort is it to thee that “Christ shall come again to judge the quick and the dead”?
A. That in all my sorrows and persecutions, with uplifted head I look for the very same person who before offered Himself for my sake to the tribunal of God, and has removed all curse from me, to come as judge from heaven;1 who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation,2 but shall translate me with all His chosen ones to Himself, into heavenly joys and glory.3
- Luke 21:28; Rom. 8:23, 24; 1 Thes. 4:16.
- 2 Thes. 1:6-9; Mat. 25:41.
- Mat. 25:34.
LORD’S DAY 19
Christ the King and Judge
1. Why do we confess concerning Christ, “and sitteth at the right hand of God”?
Because Christ is ascended into heaven for this end, that by Him the Father might govern all things. Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 15:24-28.
2. What advantage is it to us that Christ rules at God’s right hand?
Christ appears in heaven as the Head of His church, and rules all things for our profit. Ephesians 1:20-22.
3. What profit do we receive from this rule of Christ?
By His Holy Spirit He pours out heavenly graces upon us His members. Ephesians 4:8.
4. What assurance does Christ’s rule give us with respect to our enemies?
By His power He also defends and preserves us against all enemies. John 10:28.
5. What comfort is it to you that “Christ shall come again to judge the quick and the dead”?
That in all my sorrows and persecutions, with uplifted head I look for Christ to come as Judge from heaven? II Corinthians 5:9, 10.
6. But should not we fear Christ as the Judge?
By no means, this same Christ is He who offered Himself for my sake to the tribunal of God and has removed all curse from me. Romans 8:34.
7. What then shall be His judgment upon you?
I shall be declared righteous in His blood, and shall be translated with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joys and glory. Romans 2:7, 10.
8. And what shall be His judgment upon His and our enemies?
They shall be declared guilty on account of their sins, and shall be cast into everlasting condemnation. Romans 2:5-9.