28 September 2003
1 Corinthians 15:3, Acts 1:9 & Ephesians 1:19
The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 28. Wherein consisteth Christ’s exaltation?
A. Christ’s exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English:
Q.28. How is Christ exalted?
A. Christ is exalted by His rising from the dead on the third day, His going up into heaven, His sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and His coming to judge the world at the last day.
1. How many parts are there to Christ’s exaltation?
There are four parts to his exaltation. The first part is his resurrection from the dead; the second, his ascension into heaven; the third, his sitting down at the right hand of the father; the fourth, his coming to judge the world.
2. Is it possible to prove that he rose from the dead?
It can be proven by the many witnesses who saw him and talked with him after his resurrection. Another proof is that if it were not so our faith would be in vain as is taught in 1 Corinthians 15:17.
3. Who was responsible for this miracle of rising from the dead?
Christ did this by his own power and Spirit as is taught by such verses as John 10:17,18; Romans 1:4
4. What does the resurrection of Christ teach us?
It teaches us to walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
5. Why did Christ ascend into heaven?
He ascended into heaven that he might be returned to the glory he had before the world was formed (John 17:5). By his ascension he also took over, as Head of the church, the destination of all believers.
6. What does Christ do at the right hand of God?
Christ makes intercession for all believers at this place and is also preparing a place for them.
7. When and how will Christ come to judge the world?
He will come to judge the world at the last day. He will judge the world in righteousness, giving to everyone what is deserved. (2 Corinthians 5:10)