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At God's Right Hand

"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm 16:11).

This is the concluding verse of the wonderful 16th Psalm, the psalm of Christ's resurrection. The previous verse indicates this meaning when the Messiah, speaking through David, says: "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption" (v.10). That this prophecy really pointed to Christ's resurrection was confirmed by the apostle Peter, in his sermon on the day of Pentecost: "|David| seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption" (Acts 2:31).

That is, when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, His body was buried in the tomb while His Soul/Spirit descended into hell (Hebrew, sheol; Greek, Hades) where He "preached unto the spirits in prison" (I Peter 3:19); literally, heralding His victory over sin and death.

But His body would not remain in the tomb long enough to "see corruption." Rather, Christ--both Soul and body--now "is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him" (I Peter 3:22). Significantly, this resurrection psalm tells us that "in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

This verse also happens to be the earliest of 21 Biblical references to Christ ascending to the Father's right hand following His resurrection. The wonderful truth is that, spiritually speaking, we also have been made to "sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6).

Therefore, as Paul says, we ought to "seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). HMM

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