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On Christ's Ascension into Heaven.

Pages 198—236.


The principal heads of this Dissertation
A definition of the ascension
The ascension is ascribed to the person of Christ, properly

according to the human nature only; but figurative

ly according to the Divine nature also - 11.–VII.

Observations on the time of the ascension - - VIII.

Why it took place on the fortieth day after the resurrection IX.

Why it happened, when Jesus was conversing with his

disciples - - - -

And even blessing them

Difficulties as to the place of the ascension examined and

removed - -

- -

Uncertain accounts of the ancients, of miracles at that

place - - - -

XIII. v.

Why our Lord was pleased to ascend from mount Olivet XVI.

He ascended to the third heaven - - XVII.

Which is not God, nor every where, but a determinate

place in the highest regions .



Where the Lord Jesus, in respect to his body, is contained XIX.
The ascension, therefore, is not the disappearing or the

glorification of the body of Christ; but a local motion XX.
Why Christ is said sometimes to have been received up

by the Father, and sometimes to have himself ascended XXI.
The criticism of Budæus on the word Analepsis quoted XXII. XXIII.
The cloud which Christ made use of when he ascended,

is an evidence of his Divine majesty - - XXIV.

The reality of Christ's ascension confirmed . XXV.XXXI.

It was necessary for Christ to ascend - - XXXII.

1. That the prophecies might be accomplished XXXIII. XXXV.

2. That the types might be fulfilled

3. Because it was of importance to God the Father, XXXIX.

To Christ - - .


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And also to us - - - - - XLI.



We receive much benefit from the ascension of Christ, not

merely as love disposes us to rejoice with him .

But as our own advantage is here concerned, both with

regard to consolation

And with regard to sanctification



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And graciously comforts them
These operations of the Spirit of grace are distinguished

from all others, by certain necessary marks
The Spirit of grace is never utterly lost .
Our duties to the Holy Spirit




1. II.



Christ and the Church are closely and indissolubly united,

and ought not to be disjoined in our meditations
The Greek words Evvegwyn, 'Exxayoia, and IIamayugis, ex-

plained - - - - - III. V.
A definition of the Church illustrated in its several parts VI.
The form of the Church is twofold

As there is a twofold calling


A twofold faith - - -

A twofold holiness

A twofold participation of the covenant of grace

The one form of the Church is external and visible, the

other internal and spiritual - - -

None but the elect and true believers pertain to the spiri-

tual Church

And the government of it belongs immediately to none

but God in Christ

God has appointed stewards in the visible Church, who

cannot exclude from its fellowship any that make a vere
bal profession of faith and repentance, which they do

not openly falsify by their conduct . .. xv.

Hence in the visible Church, the bad are mixed with the

good - ..

Three epithets of the Church


1. Holy - -

2. Catholic -a term which does not occur in Scripture

And has various significations

3. Christian


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