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e have been considering to-  exalted and demonstrated to be Lord, just
                 gether results of the exaltation   as surely, He will come again, for us, and
        Wof the Lord Jesus Christ to God’s   take us to be with Himself, where He is.
        right hand, past and present. It also has big   So His present position in heaven is the
        implications for the future, which is what   guarantee to us of our reception by Him,
        we will ponder this month.           to be with Him forever.
                                               The writer to the Hebrews speaks of
        Reception (for us)                   us as having “fled for refuge to lay hold
          The Lord Jesus closed His “upper room   upon the hope set before us: Which hope
        ministry” with a prayer to His Father,   we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure
        which included “And now, O Father, glo-  and steadfast, and which entereth into that
        rify Thou Me with Thine own self with   within the veil; Whither the forerunner is
        the glory which I had with Thee before   for us entered, even Jesus” (Heb 6:18-20,
        the world was … Father, I will that they   KJV). The word “forerunner” denotes that
        also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with   He has gone in advance of us, to the place
        Me where I am; that they may behold My   where we too will be, when He receives
        glory, which Thou hast given Me” (John   us to Himself. The reality of His having
        17:5, 24, KJV).                      gone into “heaven itself” means that we
          The first part was answered within a few   will be there too.
        weeks, in His exaltation. The second part   Thus Paul could write to the Philippians
        is just as certain to be answered, and in the   that “our commonwealth has its existence
        same portion of Scripture the Lord explains   in the heavens, from which also we await
        how: “And if I go and prepare a place for   the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Who shall
        you, I will come again, and receive you   transform our body of humiliation into
        unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may   conformity to His body of glory, according
        be also” (John 14:3, KJV).           to the working of the power which He has
          “If I go.” This is not an “if” of doubt,   even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil
        but of argument. Since He has gone, been   3:20, 21, JND).

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