Understanding The Term The Right Hand Of God – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

Right Hand Of God:

Right Hand Of GodRight hand of God is a term that can be found everywhere in the scripture. The term right hand of God is not `a mere term; it has deep meaning beyond what it reads. In other words it is a metaphoric term representing something other than what it reads. Now, literally the term means the right hand side of God. For instance the quotation below says that;

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

Psalms 16:8

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Also in the same chapter we have something like this;

”Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Psalms 16:11

In the above quotations the right hand of God is mentioned. In it, David said “at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” The question is where is the right hand of God? And in fact does God have a right hand? The answer to this question is very important to every bible student. The term right hand is the Hebrew word yamiyn (yaw-meen’) which of course is the same with Arabic language. The word yamiyn means the right hand side. However, it is more of a political term in the sense that it is a term that revolves within the political circle. Therefore, to be at the right hand side means to be on the acceptable side. What David infers in the verses above is that on the acceptable side of God there are pleasures for evermore.

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Jacob’s Right Hand:

Furthermore, we are going to explore the word acceptable side, but before that let’s read through this scenario below.

“And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day. The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; Also, and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

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 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him:  he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”

Genesis 48:13-19

The Law Of First Mention:

Interestingly, in the above quotations is the first time the term right hand was mentioned in the bible. And what we see is a situation where Joseph was protesting because his father has placed his right hand on the head of his younger son. The reality is that his father intentionally did what he did because he wants to transfer authority to the younger son. Therefore, being at the right hand is not just being at the acceptable side but also being at a place of authority. David speaking in the Psalms says that

“In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.”

(Psalms 26:10).

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The term their right hand is full of bribes means that their place of authority or authority is polluted with bribery. It is a place where injustice reigns and as a result in the process of dispensing their authority there is lack of righteousness. At the right hand of people that do not know God there is no pleasure and joy. Their right hand epitomizes and amplifies wickedness against their subjects.

However, let’s see how this affects the position of a believer in Christ. In the gospel of Mark, Jesus speaking says that;

“And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:62

In the verse above, Jesus used the term ‘right hand of power’ meaning that He sits on a place of power. Again, in Luke 22:69 Jesus made the same statement as stipulated below;

“Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

Jesus Spoke Of Right Hand:

Right Hand Of GodWhat Jesus was communicating to His audience is something that will take place after His resurrection. This was confirmed in several places in the book of Acts, let’s see some of them.

“Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”

Acts 2:33

“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins”

Acts 5:31

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“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

Acts 7:55-56

Let’s see what Apostle Paul says to the people of Rome in his epistle to them.

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

Romans 8:34

Apostle Paul’s Confirmation:

Apostle Paul also confirms in his epistles that Jesus is at the right hand of God. In his epistle to the Ephesians he made this statement below.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”

Ephesians 1:20

Also he made this statement below about the believer in Christ.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Colossians 3:1

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In Ephesians he declared that the believers are sitting with Christ as stated below.

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”

Ephesians 2:6

So the believer is seated with Christ and Christ is seated at the right hand of God. This implies that wherever Christ is where the believer is. Apostle Pater has this to say;

“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

1 Peter 3:22

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So in heaven Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God, a place of authority and powers. And all believers are raised to sit with Christ in the heavenly; therefore, the believer is in a place of power and authority. The believer is not in need of power but has been placed in a place of power and authority.

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