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Why the 'right hand' of God?

Submitted: 3/1/2011
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Question: Why does it say that the Lord sat on the right hand of God? I know God is one.

Answer: What does the Bible means when it speaks of “the right hand of God”? Let’s allow the Bible to explain itself: Exodus15:6-7 says, “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy in pieces. And in the greatness of Your excellence You have overthrown those who rose against You....” Psalms 20:6 says, “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.” Psalms 89:13 says, “You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.” The “right hand of God” is an Hebraic figure of speech referring to the power and strength of the Almighty God.

In Matthew 26:64, Jesus said, “Hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Mark 16:19-20 says, “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.”

After His resurrection and ascension into heaven, the man Jesus took His seat upon the throne of heaven. No longer is He acting in His role as suffering Savior; now He is acting in His role as the Lord God Almighty. Hebrews 1:3 says, “When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.....” Hebrews 8:1 says, “We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.....” And Hebrews 10:12 says, “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God....” 1 Peter 3:22 says of Jesus, “Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.”

When the Bible describes Jesus at the right hand of God, it is a biblical way of describing Jesus in His place of power and authority as the ascended Lord of All.