THE WEEK OF TRINITY – MONDAY
LESSON: PSALM 110:1-4
He [Christ] reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature. Hebrews 1:3
The Old Testament sets forth many clear testimonies on the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. David says: “The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.’” The “right hand” means the royal throne, and this passage indicates that David’s “Lord,” Christ, is a Lord and King over all creatures and that everything is to be subjected to Him (Psalm 110:1).
In another psalm we read: “What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea” (Psalm 8:4-8). In other words, God has made Him Lord over the whole world.
The apostle Paul refers to this psalm in Ephesians and Colossians and gives a masterly interpretation of it (Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 2:9-10). If God has set Him at His own right hand and made Him Lord of all things in heaven and on earth, He must be God. He could not sit at God’s right hand and have authority over all creatures if He were not God. For God will not share His glory with any else, as He states in Isaiah 48:11.
So, there are two persons, the Father and the Son, to whom the Father has given as much as He himself has. To sit at God’s right hand means being the equal of God and having authority over all God’s creatures. The One to whom this has been assigned must be God.
SL 11:1148 (4)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, as true God together with Your heavenly Father, You are fully worthy of all honor and worship. Open our hearts at all times to the majesty of Your person and the scope of Your authority and power. Grant us this in Your mercy and grace, Lord Jesus, You who live and reign with Your Father and the Spirit, one God, forevermore. Amen.
Editor’s note: No American Edition (AE) equivalent for today’s sermon excerpt exists at the time of this publication. For an alternate English translation of this sermon, see Lenker, Church Postil—Gospels, 3:405-411.