The Bible talks about Jesus sitting at God's right hand since His resurrection. Since Jesus is God, how is that possible? "God sitting at God's right hand"? The Bible says that God is Spirit, but I have heard somewhere that Jesus retains His human form... When I think of this, I get a picture of Jesus in human form standing next to some sort of hazy glory - like a big cloud of light, but this seems like that would make God somehow separate - not one God. Can you explain this to me?
Post by Mike Miller on Feb 5, 2014 11:04:21 GMT -5
I can try. To begin with, the Bible often uses anthropomorphisms to describe God. This means that though God is spirit and does not have a human body, He is regularly spoken of with human terms (i.e., His eyes, His face, His hands, His feet, His back, His ears, etc.). For example, when we are told that God delivered the Israelite's out of Egypt "with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm," that means that He acted strongly on their behalf--not that He literally stretched out a physical arm.
To say, then, that Jesus will be at the right hand of God means that He will be in the position of favor and authority at the throne of God. But how is this possible if Jesus is God? It is possible because of the triune nature of God. The doctrine of the trinity is that the one true God has eternally existed in three persons--Father, Son, and Spirit. Though God is one, He is also three. Father, Son, and Spirit are three distinct persons, yet they are still one. Father, Son, and Spirit are fully God in essence and nature of being--not three Gods, but one God in three persons. How is this possible? I do not know, but this is who God is as revealed in the Bible.
So what does this "look" like? I have no idea. I'm not sure the idea of a "hazy glory" is quite accurate, but I do know that one day we will see Him fully in all His glory, and what we see will be wonderful.