The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
And in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus quotes these words in an exchange with the Pharisees:
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
They said to him, “The son of David.”
He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:41–46)
What did David mean when he poetically wrote about sitting at the Lord’s right hand? And what did Jesus mean when he quoted David?
Does this really mean—as traditional Christians commonly believe—that God the Father and God the Son are two different people, and that Jesus will literally sit at the right hand of God, like a viceroy sitting to the right of his king?
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) offers a different view.