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Question 46: How do you understand the words, He ascended into heaven?

Answer: That Christ, in the sight of His disciples, was taken up from earth into heaven1; and there continues for our interest2, until He comes again to judge the living and the dead3.

1Acts 1:9, And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Mark 16:19, So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Luke 24:51, And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

2Heb. 9:24, 4:14, For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:...Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Rom. 8:34, 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.

Col. 3:1, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

3Acts 1:11, Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Matt. 24:30, And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Question 47: Is Christ, then, not with us even to the end of the world, as He has promised1?

Answer: Christ is true man and true God: with respect to His human nature, He is no more on earth2; but with respect to His Godhead, majesty, grace and Spirit, He is at no time absent from us3.

1Matt. 28:20, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2Heb. 8:4, For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

Matt. 26:11, For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

John 16:28; 17:11, I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father... And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].

Acts 3:21, Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

3John 14:18, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Matt. 28:20, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Question 48: But if His human nature is not present wherever His Godhead is, are not then these two natures in Christ separated from one another?

Answer: Not at all; for since the Godhead is illimitable and omnipresent1, it must follow that it is beyond the bounds of the human nature He assumed2, and yet none the less is in this human nature and remains personally united to it.

1Jer. 23:24, Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

Acts 7:49, Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool: what house will ye build Me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of My rest?

2Col. 2:9, For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

John 3:13, And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

John 11:15, And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

Matt. 28:6, He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Question 49: Of what advantage to us is Christ's ascension into heaven?

Answer: First, that He is our advocate in the presence of His Father in heaven1; second, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that He, as the Head, will also take us, His members; up to Himself2, third, that He sends us His Spirit as an earnest3, by whose power we seek the things which are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God, and not the things that are upon the earth4.

11Jn. 2:1, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Rom. 8:34, 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.

2John 14:2, In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 17:24; 20:17, Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world... Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.

Eph. 2:6, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

3John 14:16, And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.

John 16:7, Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

2Cor. 1:22, Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2Cor. 5:5, Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

4Col. 3:1, If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

 
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