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WCF 8:4b

On the third day he arose from the dead, with the same body in which he suffered, with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father, making intercession, and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.

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WLC Q&A – 51-56

Q. 51. What was the estate of Christ’s exaltation?

A. The estate of Christ’s exaltation comprehendeth his resurrection, ascension, sitting at the right hand of the Father, and his coming again to judge the world.

Q. 52. How was Christ exalted in his resurrection?

A. Christ was exalted in his resurrection, in that, not having seen corruption in death (of which it was not possible for him to be held), and having the very same body in which he suffered, with the essential properties thereof (but without mortality, and other common infirmities belonging to this life), really united to his soul, he rose again from the dead the third day by his own power; whereby he declared himself to be the Son of God, to have satisfied divine justice, to have vanquished death, and him that had power of it, and to be Lord of quick and dead: all which he did as a public person, the head of his church, for the justification, quickening in grace, support against enemies, and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day.

Q. 53. How was Christ exalted in his ascension?

A. Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrection often appeared unto and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations, forty days after his resurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head, triumphing over enemies, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men, to raise up our affections thither, and to prepare a place for us, where himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world.

Q. 54. How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?

A. Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father, with all fullness of joy, glory, and power over all things in heaven and earth; and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces, and maketh intercession for them.

Q. 55. How doth Christ make intercession?

A. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth, declaring his will to have it applied to all believers; answering all accusations against them, and procuring for them quiet of conscience, notwithstanding daily failings, access with boldness to the throne of grace, and acceptance of their persons and services.

Q. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world?

A. Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and condemned by wicked men, shall come again at the last day in great power, and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of his Father’s, with all his holy angels, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, to judge the world in righteousness.

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WSC Q&A 28

Q. 28. Wherein consisteth Christ’s exaltation?

A. Christ’s exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.

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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 37-43

45. WHAT BENEFIT DO WE RECEIVE FROM THE “RESURRECTION OF CHRIST?

First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, that He might make us partakers of the righteousness which He has obtained for us by His death.[1] Second, by His power we are also now raised up to a new life.[2] Third, the resurrection of Christ is to us a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.[3]

[1] Rom 4:251 Cor 15:15-20, 54-551 Pt 1:3-5, 21; [2] Rom 6:5-11Eph 2:4-6Col 3:1-4; [3] Rom 8:111 Cor 15:12-23Php 3:20-21

 

HIS ASCENSION

Lord’s Day 18

46. WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BY THE WORDS “HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN?”

That Christ, in the sight of His disciples, was taken up from the earth into heaven,[1] and continues there in our behalf [2] until He shall come again to judge the living and the dead.[3]

[1] Mt 26:64Lk 24:50-51Acts 1:9-11; [2] Rom 8:34Eph 4:10Heb 4:14, 7:23-25, 9:11, 24; [3] Mt 24:30Acts 1:11, 3:20-21

 

47. BUT IS NOT CHRIST WITH US EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD,[1] AS HE HAS PROMISED?

Christ is true man and true God. According to His human nature He is now not on earth,[2] but according to His Godhead, majesty, grace, and Spirit, He is at no time absent from us.[3]

[1] Mt 28:20; [2] Mt 26:11Jn 16:28, 17:11Acts 3:19-21Heb 8:4; [3] Mt 28:18-20Jn 14:16-19, 16:13Eph 4:8Heb 8:4

 

48. BUT ARE NOT, IN THIS WAY, THE TWO NATURES IN CHRIST SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER, IF THE MANHOOD IS NOT WHEREVER THE GODHEAD IS?

Not at all, for since the Godhead is incomprehensible and everywhere present,[1] it must follow that it is indeed beyond the bounds of the manhood which it has assumed, but is yet nonetheless in the same also, and remains personally united to it.[2]

[1] Jer 23:23-24Acts 7:48-49; [2] Mt 28:6Jn 1:14, 48, 3:13, 11:15Col 2:9

 

49. WHAT BENEFIT DO WE RECEIVE FROM CHRIST’S ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN?

First, that He is our Advocate in the presence of His Father in heaven.[1] Second, that we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge, that He as the Head, will also take us, His members, up to Himself.[2] Third, that He sends us His Spirit as an earnest,[3] by whose power we seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, and not things on the earth.[4]

[1] Rom 8:341 Jn 2:1; [2] Jn 14:2, 17:24, 20:17Eph 2:4-6; [3] Jn 14:16Acts 2:332 Cor 1:21-22, 5:5; [4] Jn 14:3Col 3:1-4Heb 9:24

 

HIS REIGN

Lord’s Day 19

50. WHY IS IT ADDED: “AND SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD?”

Because Christ ascended into heaven for this end, that He might there appear as the Head of His Church,[1] by whom the Father governs all things.[2]

[1] Eph 1:20-23Col 1:18; [2] Ps 110:1Mt 28:18Jn 5:22-231 Pt 3:22

 

51. WHAT DOES THIS GLORY OF CHRIST, OUR HEAD, PROFIT US?

First, that by His Holy Spirit He pours out heavenly gifts upon us, His members;[1]then, that by His power He defends and preserves us against all enemies.[2]

[1] Acts 2:33Eph 4:7-12; [2] Ps 2:9, 110:1-2Jn 10:27-30Acts 2:331 Cor 15:25-26Rev 19:11-16

 

52. WHAT COMFORT IS IT TO YOU THAT CHRIST “SHALL COME TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD?”

That in all my sorrows and persecutions, I, with uplifted head, look for the very One, who offered Himself for me to the judgment of God, and removed all curse from me,[1] to come as Judge from heaven, who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, but shall take me with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joy and glory.[2]

[1] Lk 21:28Rom 8:22-25Php 3:20-21Tit 2:13-14; [2] Mt 25:31-461 Thes 4:16-172 Thes 1:6-10

 

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The Apostles Creed

“…The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead….”