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have concluded from the wording of John the circumstances of this Ascension, written vi. 62, that our Lord must have intended by the same person, and that person a conan ascension in the sight of some of those temporary of the Apostles themselves. Of to whom He spoke, and that the Evangelist the genuineness of these accounts there himself gives that hint, by recording those never was a doubt. How improbable that words without comment, that he had seen St. Luke should have related what any it? Then again, is there any thing Apostles, or apostolic persons might have in the bodily state of our Lord after His contradicted ? How improbable that the Resurrection, which raises any even the universal Church, founded by those who least difficulty here? He appeared sud are said to have been eye-witnesses of this denly, and vanished suddenly, when He event, should have received these two acpleased :-when it pleased Him, He ate, counts as authentic, if they were not so ? He spoke, He walked; but his Body was That these accounts themselves are never the Body of the Resurrection ;-only not referred to in the Epistles, is surely no yet his Body of Glory (Phil. ii. 21), argument against them. If an occasion because He had not yet assumed that had arisen, such as necessitated the writing glory: but that He could assume it, and of 1 Cor. xv., there can be little doubt that did assume it at his Ascension, will be St. Paul would have been as particular in granted by all who believe in Him as the the circumstances of the Ascension, as he Son of God. So that it seems, on à priori has been in those of the Resurrection. The grounds, probable that, granted the fact fact is, that by far the greatest difficulty of the Ascension, it did take place in some remains to be solved by those who can such manner as our accounts relate :-in imagine a myth or fiction on this subject the sight of the disciples, and by the up. to bave arisen in the first age of the lifting of the risen Body of the Lord Church. Such a supposition is not more towards that which is to those on this repugnant to our Christian faith and earth the visible heaven. This being reverence, than it is to common sense and so, let us now, secondly, regard the matter historical consistency. à posteriori. We possess two accounts of
THE NEW TESTAMENT
VOL. I. THE FOUR GOSPELS AND ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
PART II.—THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN, AND THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES.
"That thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed."
LUKE i. 4.
CONTAINING THE AUTHORIZED VERSION,
WITH MARGINAL CORRECTIONS OF READINGS AND RENDERINGS;
MARGINAL REFERENCES ;
CRITICAL AND EXPLANATORY COMMENTARY;
HENRY ALFORD, D.D.
DEAN OF CANTERBURY.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. I. Part II.—THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN, AND THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES.