A Short Study of Hebrews 1:3
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholdeth all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat downon thd right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Our Lord’s work of redemption is done. His atonement is complete. The sins, which he bore in his body on the tree have been fully purged away, completely atoned for, and entirely removed. All that Christ came to do He has completely done. The priests of Israel could never sit down, because their work was never done, their sacrifices could never take away sin. “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.”
Here is proof positive that the work of redemption is done, completely and perfectly done: Christ is sitting at the Father’s right hand. Sitting down is a posture of rest. A man does not rest until his work is finished. Christ came to do His Father’s will, “by the which will we are sanctified.” He would not and could not rest until He had completely and perfectly done His Father’s will. Christ’s sitting in heaven is our assurance that everything required for the salvation of all His people is done (John 16:10; Romans 8:33-34). Righteousness has been established. Atonement has been made. Sin has been put away. God’s elect have been perfected (Hebrews 10:10; Hebrews 10:14).
Christ’s sitting at God’s right hand also implies that He enjoys great pleasure. The Psalmist, when he spoke of Christ’s exaltation, wrote, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
The highest joy and pleasure of our Saviour is the salvation of His people. Our salvation was the joy set before Him, for which He endured the cross, despising the shame (Hebrews 12:2).
How could He enjoy pleasure if His people were in jeopardy? How could He have any joy if He had not secured the salvation of every lamb of His flock? If He had not rendered the eternal salvation of every blood-bought soul as secure as His own throne, He would have no pleasure. There is a smile of pleasure upon our Redeemer’s face as He sits in glory, because all His ransomed ones are perfectly safe. Because he is seated on the right hand of God forever, we cannot question this fact — Redemption is done!