Q49: Where Is Christ Now?

New City Catechism: Question 49


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with David Bisgrove, Lead Pastor of the Westside Congregation at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, "Where is Christ now?”


Ephesians 1:19-21 (ESV)

19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question forty-nine with the following answer: Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after His death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling His kingdom and interceding for us, until He returns to judge and renew the whole world. 


David said Jesus now reigns at the right hand of God. He lives and will one day return to make all things new. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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The fact that Jesus lives and rules from God’s right hand gives us hope as we seek to follow Him in our daily lives. We look forward to His return and know He works in our lives in the meantime.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Ephesians 1:19–21. Take a moment to reflect on Christ—His resurrection and ascension. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Ephesians 1:19–21. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you remember Christ’s authority and future return.



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