The Ascension of Christ

Garofalo's "Ascension of Christ"

I am thankful for Nate Palmer’s reminder that though today, Ascension Day, is an oft forgotten day for many Christians, its significance is well worth meditating upon!  Being that the Ascension of Christ is frequently overlooked by many Christians, Louis Berkhof’s remarks on its doctrinal significance are helpful.  Berkhof writes:

It may be said that the ascension had a threefold significance. (1) It 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 heavenly glory; and that the Kingdom of the Mediator was not a kingdom of the Jews, but a universal kingdom.  (2) It was also exemplary in that it was prophetic of the ascension of all believers, who are already set with Christ in the 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) Finally, it was also 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.

[Excerpt from: Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, 4th ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1941), 351.]

May you be encouraged in the truth of the gospel today…We are saved by, and serve, a risen and ascended Christ who has all authority in heaven and on earth!


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