Thursday, February 15

How was Christ exalted in his ascension?

Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrection often appeared unto and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God,[1] and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations,[2] forty days after his resurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head,[3] triumphing over enemies,[4] visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men,[5] to raise up our affections thither,[6] and to prepare a place for us,[7] where himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world.[8]
  1. Acts 1:2-3
    . . . until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
  2. Matt. 28:19-20
    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  3. Heb. 6:20
    . . .where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
  4. Eph. 4:8
    Therefore it says,

    “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.”

  5. Acts 1:9-11
    And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    Eph. 4:10
    He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

    Psa. 68:18
    You ascended on high,
    leading a host of captives in your train
    and receiving gifts among men,
    even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
  6. Col. 3:1-2
    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
  7. John 14:3
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
  8. Acts 3:21
    whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Question 53, Westminster Larger Catechism.

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