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The Threefold Doctrinal Significance of the Ascension

More notes from my research for my next posts at Out of the Ordinary

The ascension of Jesus 

  1. “clearly embodied the declaration that the sacrifice of Christ was a sacrifice to God, which as such had to be presented to Him in the inner sanctuary; that the Father regarded the Mediatorial work of Christ as sufficient and therefore admitted Him to the heavenly glory; and that the Kingdom of the Mediator was not a kingdom of the Jews, but a universal kingdom.”

  2. “was … exemplary in that it was prophetic of the ascension of all believers, who are already set with Christ in heavenly places, Eph. 2:6, and are destined to be with Him forever, John 17:24; and also in that it revealed the initial restoration of the original kingship of man, Heb. 2:7, 9

  3. “was … instrumental in preparing a place for those who are in Christ. The Lord Himself points to the necessity of going to the Father, in order to prepare a place for His disciples, John 14:2-3.”

Quoted from the section on Christ’s state of exaltation in Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof [page 351]. 


Theological Term of the Week

“[T]he view that everything is ultimately material in nature,” that “everything that exists consists of nothing but matter and energy.”1

  • Proof that materialism is unbiblical:
    “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.”  (Isaiah 43:10 ESV)
  • From the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, Section 1:
    I. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body … .

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Heidleberg Catechism

Question 49. Of what benefit to us is Christ’s ascension into heaven?

Answer: First, he is our advocate before his Father in heaven. (a) Second, we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, as Head, will also take us, his members, up to himself. (b) Third, that he sends us his Spirit as an earnest, (c) by whose power we “seek, not on things that are on earth, but the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (d)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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What the Resurrection Does

The resurrection of Jesus

I’ve been doing research for my next post at Out of the Ordinary. While taking notes from the section on the resurrection of Jesus in J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs, I found this list [page 127]. 

I changed things up a bit, formatting it as list and adjusting the wording to make the items parallel, but the info and prooftexts are all Packer’s.


Sunday's Hymn: Come Thou Almighty King

Come, thou Almighty King,
Help us thy name to sing,
Help us to praise:
Father, all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us,
Ancient of days.

Come, thou Incarnate Word,
Gird on thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend:
Come and thy people bless,
And give thy Word success;
Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.

Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour:
Thou who almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of power.

To the great One in Three
Eternal praises be,
Hence evermore.
His sovereign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

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