Niagara Ministries Church of Midland
Summary: The Ascension of Christ, The called for man to ascend
(Acts 1:9 KJV) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Let's look close at:
Acts 1:9: (vv. 9-11) Only Luke records the ascension (received)
of Christ (cf. Luke 24:49-53). Where his Gospel ends, his history of the
church begins. The language here simply indicates that Jesus bodily left
this earth and entered into that other order of reality, namely, the
spirit world. The phrase "taken up" or its equivalent appears four times
in this chapter (cf. vv. 2, 9, 11, 22). The word "up" makes clear
metaphorically that the ascension removed Christ from the realm of time
and space in which He accomplished the redemption of mankind. He returned
to the order of infinity and eternity with the Father. The ascension
impressed upon the minds of the disciples four crucial truths: (1)
During a 40-day period the Lord had disappeared and reappeared to the
disciples. Now they would see Him no more. A formal exodus from the earth
was necessary to make that departure certain to His followers. (2)
Simultaneously, Jesus prepared the disciples for the coming ministry of
the Holy Spirit, which was to begin in a new manner at Pentecost. (3)
Furthermore, the ascension brought to an official, glorious, and
triumphant end the earthly ministry of the Lord and initiated His ministry
at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:3). (4) Finally, as the
angelic messengers testified, His manner of ascension gave a unique
insight into the manner of His future return (Matt. 24:29-31).
(Acts 1:10 KJV) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
One of the most gracious of God's promises is given in Roman 8:1. The word "condemnation" may also be translated "judgment." " curse" There is no judgment or curse for those who are in Christ because sin has already been judged in the substitutionary atonement of Jesus. This chapter beautifully begins with "no condemnation," and it marvelously ends with no separation (v. 39) for those who are in Christ Jesus. By reading further we come across the reality of how man should live to respond to the called to ascend to heaven or to be intimate with God. The word should be Resurrection.
(Rom 8:6 KJV) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
(Rom 8:7 KJV) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(Rom 8:8 KJV) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
ASCENSION Act of going to heaven in bodily form from earthly life.
Experienced by Enoch (Gen. 5:24) and Elijah (2
Kings 2:1-2) but supremely by Jesus Christ (Acts 1:9).
The Bible gives only brief notices. Still, the ascension of Jesus provides
important theological foundations. It concluded the earthly ministry of
Jesus, allowing eyewitnesses to see both the risen Christ on earth and the
victorious, eternal Christ returning to heaven to minister at the right
hand of the Father. The ascension expanded Christ's ministry from its
geographically limited earthly dimensions to its universal heavenly
dimensions. The ascension (1) allowed Jesus to
prepare a heavenly place for His followers (John 14:2), (2)
return to the Father (John 16:5), (3) send the Holy
Spirit to the disciples (John 16:7) to bring conviction of sin, open the
way to righteousness through faith, and condemn the devil, (4)
comfort those suffering for Him through visions of the
Ascended One (Acts 7:54-60), (5) call persons to
fulfill His missionary task (Acts 9:1-18), (6) open
doors of ministry for His people (2 Cor. 2:12-14), (7)
demonstrate God's power and His rule over all who would exercise power and
authority on earth or in heaven (Eph. 1:20-23), (8)
give gifts for ministry to His people (Eph. 4:7-12), (9)
give hope to troubled followers showing they would join Him in glory (Col.
3:1-4), (10) rescue His servants from persecution so
they can preach His gospel (2 Tim. 4:16-18), (11)
demonstrate that glory, not death, is God's final word for the Son and for
disciples (Heb. 2:9), (12) exercise a heavenly
priesthood (Heb. 4:14), (13) make revelation of
future trials and final victory possible (Rev. 1:1), (14)
discipline His church so He may have fellowship with it and provide final
full fellowship in ruling with Christ (Rev. 3:19-22).
Let's consider close at:
Do you understand or believed this scripture, heirs ( [G2818. kleronomos, klay-ron-om'-os; from G2819 and the base of G3551 (in its orig. sense of partitioning, i.e. [reflex.] getting by apportionment); a sharer by lot, i.e. an inheritor (lit. or fig.); by impl. a possessor:--heir. ] ) and joint-heir ( [ G4789. sugkleronomos, soong-klay-ron-om'-os; from G4862 and G2818; a co-heir, i.e. (by anal.) participant in common:--fellow (joint) -heir, heir together, heir with. ] ) My brother or sister can you accept who you are in Christ.
(Phil 3:9 KJV) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
(Phil 3:10 KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(Phil 3:11 KJV) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
of the dead.
ASCENSION OF CHRIST The return of the resurrected
Christ to live with the Father. The ascension of Christ receives brief
mention in the gospels, not appearing in Matthew, appearing only in the
long ending of Mark (16:19) which is not in the Greek manuscripts used by
most modern translations; being noted in one verse by Luke (24:51); and
not appearing in John. Acts uses the ascension as its starting
point (1:2-11) and as reason to believe Christ will return
(1:11). Despite its brief mention, the ascension has important theological
Let's glance at:
(Exo 24:15) And Moses went up ( [5927. 'alah, aw-law'; a prim. root; to ascend, intrans. (be high) or act. (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, lit. and fig. (as follow):--arise (up). (cause to) ascend up, at once, break [the day] (up), bring (up), (cause to) burn, carry up, cast up, + shew, climb (up), (cause to, make to) come (up), cut off, dawn, depart, exalt, excel, fall, fetch up, get up, (make to) go (away, up), grow (over), increase, lay, leap, levy, lift (self) up, light, [make] up, X mention, mount up, offer, make to pay, + perfect, prefer, put (on), raise, recover, restore, (make to) rise (up), scale, set (up), shoot forth (up), (begin to) spring (up), stir up, take away (up), work. ] ) into the mount, and a cloud covered. ( [ 3680. kacah, kaw-saw'; a prim. root; prop. to plump, i.e. fill up hollows; by impl. to cover (for clothing or secrecy):--clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Comp. H3780. ] ) the mount
(Exo 24:16 KJV) And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
(Exo 24:16) And the glory of the LORD abode ( [ G7931. shakan, shaw-kan'; a prim. root [appar. akin (by transm.) to H7901 through the idea of lodging; comp. H5531, H7925]; to reside or permanently stay (lit. or fig.):--abide, continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-er), have habitation, inhabit, lay, place, (cause to) remain, rest, set (up). ] ) upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Exo 24:16: The verb translated "rested ( abode)" is shakan (Heb.),
usually meaning "to dwell." The word for tabernacle, mishkan (Heb.), is
from the same root. Most of the remainder of the book is concerned with
preparing the tabernacle so that God could continue to "dwell" among His
people as He had dwelt on Mount Sinai (cf. 25:8).
(Exo 24:18 KJV) And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
Believers Mosses ascended to God and was with God for forty days. I believed we can do the same thing, by walking a Holy walk, becoming more intimate with God.
We are His Offerings for His Sanctuary. We need to give our lives willingly.
(Exo 25:2 KJV) Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.
(Exo 25:8 ) And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
(Exo 25:8 ) And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among ( [ 8432. tavek, taw'-vek; from an unused root mean. to sever; a bisection, i.e. (by impl.) the centre:--among (-st), X between, half, X (there-, where-) in (-to), middle, mid [-night], midst (among), X out (of), X through, X with (-in). ] ) them.
(Exo 32:31 KJV) And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
(Exo 32:32 KJV) Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
(Exo 32:33 KJV) And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
(Exo 34:4 KJV) And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
(Exo 34:5 KJV) And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him
there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
(1 Pet 1:14 KJV) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
(1 Pet 1:15 KJV) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
(1 Pet 1:16 KJV) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.