The word “Christology” comes from two Greek words meaning “Christ / Messiah” and “word” – which combine to mean “the study of Christ.” Christology is the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ. There are numerous important questions that Christology answers: Today Dr. Hocking looks at the topic of The Ascension and Present Ministry of Christ. Sure to inspire and give you insight into the past ascension and how the Lord lives to intercede for us today. The Ascension & Ministry of Christ are in view in this audio session on the ministry of Christ.
Christology Session 12
The Ascension & Ministry of Christ
Let us begin with the ascension. Open your Bibles to Acts 1. We want to deal, very simply, with our discussion on the ascension and present ministry of Christ with just three major things: (1) the place where He ascended into heaven, which we will just look at briefly (it establishes the historicity of our Lord); (2) we want to spend some time with the position that He now has in heaven, and how Christians are a little fuzzy on this; (3) we will look at the purpose of His ascension and present ministry, which is a wonderful section.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; [They might be angles. They might be Moses and Elijah.] 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.
The Greek word for “gazing” is where we get our English word “theater.” It is talking about a prolonged looking. It was not a quick glance. The text seems to suggest that His ascension was slow and not rapid. It occurred in a dramatic form. They were constantly watching as that cloud received Him from their sight.
You can imagine what they felt. What if you were there? He was the One you had loved and served, and died on the cross and rose again, the One that the women grabbed and said, “We’re not letting you go this time.” He said, “No, I need to ascend to My Father. Stop clinging to Me.” They had Him for forty days and now, there He goes. They did not have a Bible like you have with a New Testament to read. Neither did they carry around their private copy of the Tenach (the Old Testament). What would you have thought?
Sripture References: Act 2:32-36; Rom 8:34; 1Ti 2:1;Eph 1:19-23; Eph 4:8-10;
1Pe 3:19; Luk 16; Phl 2:9;Jhn 3:14; Gal 6:14; Col 3:1;Hbr 1:3; Hbr 7:25; Hbr 10:12;
Zec 14:4; Act 1:12; Jhn 14:16;Luk 24:39; 1Jo 5:6-13;Rom 8:16-17; Jhn 19:32-37;
Zec 12:10; Eph 4:8; Eph 4:10;2Cr 12:2; Act 2:33-34;Act 7:55-56; Rom 8:34;
Eph 1:20;Col 3:1; Hbr 1:3; Hbr 8:1;Hbr 10:12; Hbr 12:2; 1Pe 3:22;Phl 2:10;
Hbr 4:14-16; Jhn 14:2;Rev 21:22; Col 2:9; 1Cr 15:24-28
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