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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ascension-uating the positive

Amplify’d from Rediscovering the Ascended Life of Jesus - The Gospel Coalition Blog [See this Amp]
If 25 percent of the New Testament has the ascension of Christ as its central event and theological emphasis, why is this the most overlooked doctrine in modern evangelicalism?
While the Bible links the ascension and Jesus' ruling in heaven, I don't think it's absolutely vital for a Christian to recognize such a link as long as he or she accepts both Biblical truths, a point I tried to convey in my response:
I would think the answer to the opening question would be fairly obvious. While most Christians believe that Jesus ascended and believe that He rules in heaven, they don't directly connect the two in the same way they do the crucifixion and the atonement or the resurrection as confirmation of Jesus' teachings. IOW, they see them (Jesus' ascension and Jesus' ruling in heaven) as two consecutive, separate "events". Furthermore, while the ascension might suffice to show that Jesus had (and continues to have) divine favor, this had already been established with the resurrection. Thus, it shouldn't be too difficult to see why some people might consider it as redundant and RELATIVELY (sorry for typing in all caps here, but I wanted to make sure that no one could possibly miss the distinction between "unimportant" and "relatively unimportant" that I am making here) unimportant.

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