Lo! in heaven Jesus sitting
Christ's being a man is altogether related to God's economy. His humanity, therefore, means a great deal. He has been exalted by God as a man, and as a glorified man He is now sitting in the heavens. At this point, I would ask you to consider a hymn on His exaltation as a man (Hymns, #132):
I would call your attention to the lines which say that the church is identified with the "the Glorified in heaven." Christ has been glorified and exalted as a man, and we are identified with Him.
God put on humanity in His incarnation. Some think that after He resurrected and ascended, He put off humanity. They think that Jesus is no longer a man. This is wrong. The Lord Jesus is still a man. He did not put off His humanity when He resurrected and ascended. In Matthew 26 the Lord Jesus was judged by the high priest who said to Him, "I charge You to swear by the living God to tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God" (v. 63). The Lord Jesus answered by saying, "You have said rightly. Nevertheless I say to you, From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven" (v. 64). The high priest asked the Lord if He was the Son of God, but He answered with "the Son of Man." The Lord has been the Son of Man in the heavens at the right hand of God since His resurrection and will be the Son of Man even at His coming back on the clouds. When Stephen was being martyred, he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God" (Acts 7:56). Stephen said this after the Lord had ascended to the heavens.
Hymns, #132, concerning the Lord's exaltation in His ascension, shows us this intrinsic revelation...
Although God became a lowly man, His intention was not to remain a lowly man for eternity. His intention was to bring His humanity up to the level of His divinity. Romans 1:3-4 tells us that our Savior is of two sources: the flesh and the Spirit. According to the flesh, He was out of the seed of David. For Him to become flesh was like Solomon's going to the countryside as a 'country man' to gain a wife. God made Himself a man in the flesh. Then in His resurrection He uplifted His humanity into His divinity according to the Spirit of holiness, and in His humanity He was designated the Son of God. He had the capacity to uplift His humanity into His divinity because He was of two sources: the source of the flesh, humanity, and the source of the Spirit of holiness, divinity. Humanity surely cannot pull down divinity. Instead, His divinity uplifted His humanity into His divinity.
Through the divine power in the Spirit of holiness, Jesus' humanity was uplifted into the divine sonship, into divinity. By this He was born of God not as God's only begotten Son but as God's firstborn Son (Rom. 8:29), which indicates that many sons would follow. Today our Christ is God in the divine sense and man in the human sense. He is a God-man. We need to stress that our God is not only God but also a man. We wrote a hymn which says, 'Lo! in heaven Jesus sitting, / Christ the Lord is there enthroned; / As the man by God exalted, / With God's glory He is crowned' (Hymns, #132).
If we consider what this hymn says regarding Christ's being God mingled with man, His putting on human nature, His dying according to God's plan, His resurrecting with a body, His ascending as a man, His sitting in the heavens, and His being crowned with God's glory, we will realize that this hymn is full of truth and enlightenment. This hymn is an expression of my holy, heavenly, and spiritual sentiment; it is an expression of the Christ whom I know and whom I have gained, experienced, and enjoyed.
Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God is both divine and human. The New Testament clearly reveals that in resurrection Jesus is still a man. In Matthew 24:30, the Lord Jesus said that He would come back as the Son of Man on the clouds of heaven with power and glory. At His coming back, the Lord Jesus will still be a man. Today in the heavens Christ is still a man. Hymn #132 in Hymns says:
Lo! in heaven Jesus sitting,
Christ the Lord is there enthroned;
As the man by God exalted,
With God's glory He is crowned.
In Acts 7 Stephen saw the Lord Jesus as the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God (vv. 55-56). As the Son of Man, He is both divine and human. If He were only divine, He would be omnipotent, but He could not sympathize with us. As a man He is able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15).
Naivasha, Nakuru, Kenya
Lo in heaven a man sitting, it reminds us that we and God have become one. No longer man alone or God alone but God-man and now we are exulted in Him. We can now carry out God’s plan in the world.
Weilweriya, Gampaha, Sri Lanka
This is a good hymn. Familar Bible verse, use hymnal.
I like it.
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1 Lo! in heaven Jesus sitting,
Christ the Lord is there enthroned;
As the man by God exalted,
With God’s glory He is crowned.
2 He hath put on human nature,
Died according to God’s plan,
Resurrected with a body,
And ascended as a man.
3 God in Him on earth was humbled,
God with man was domiciled;
Man in Him in heav’n exalted,
Man with God is reconciled.
4 He as God with man is mingled,
God in man is testified;
He as man with God is blended,
Man in God is glorified.
5 From the Glorified in heaven
The inclusive Spirit came;
All of Jesus’ work and Person
Doth this Spirit here proclaim.
6 With the Glorified in heaven
Is the Church identified;
By the Spirit of this Jesus
Are His members edified.
7 Lo! a man is now in heaven
As the Lord of all enthroned;
This is Jesus Christ our Savior,
With God’s glory ever crowned!
Nairobi, Nyandarua, Kenya
Now The Lord is dispensing what He is to produce overcomers glorious!
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth (Phil. 2:8 - 10)
This man is not an ordinary man; He is an extraordinary man. He is God who became a man and died on the cross to accomplish God's eternal purpose and destroy His enemy.
Mahayag, Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines
Praise the Lord!
Lo, in heaven JESUS sitting!
Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines
Hallelujah! God wants that we be mingled with Him...
Sydney, NSW, Australia
This hymn is concerning the uttermost exaltation of Christ Jesus as God mingled with man and man glorified in God. When we approach this hymn and sing it, mere reverence and a worshipful heart is insufficient to match the strains of utter exultation here concerning Christ's transcendent exaltation and the transmission of His power to the church in identification with Him. When we sing this hymn, we quit our feelings, our limited apprehensions to praise this Christ who is so exultantly revealed. Here we find the poetic counterpart to Colossians concerning the all-inclusive and all-extensive Christ in ascension.