Heidelcast 198—What Must A Christian Believe? (15): Christ Reigning

This is episode 15 in the series, What Must A Christian Believe? In our survey of the rule of faith, i.e., the Apostles’ Creed, we have reached the sixth article: “He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.” We covered the first part last week and this week, we are looking at the second clause, “seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.” Our sense of distance in the late-modern, ultra-high-tech world has changed dramatically. It was not that long ago that a long-distance telephone call was a major event. The pastor with whom I served, Norman Hoeflinger, served a congregation in a town where there was one telephone. Occasionally he would get a telephone call from the East Coast. Someone would rush to get “the Dominie” (their affectionate word for pastor) and exclaim, “Dominie, you have a telephone call and it’s from Philadelphia!” For most of the folks in that town, Philadelphia was a place that appeared in news reels, about which they read in history books, or heard about on the radio. They knew it was a real place but they sensed a great distance between themselves, their experience, and Philadelphia. It might as well have been Paris or London calling. Obviously things have changed dramatically. It perhaps more difficult for us to understand why it was so problematic for the disciples that Jesus should leave them and go to the Father, but that he did and it was a good thing too. We compare the biblical and Reformed understanding of Christ’s present reign with that taught by some versions of Dispensationalism and implied by the way some theonomic reconstructionists talk about Christ’s reign, as if it is postponed to some future time



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