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Acts 1:1-11

Why Do You Stand Looking?

OUTLINE

I go …
I. Ascension
A. Taken Up
B. With Promises
II. Accomplishment
A. Assurance
B. Advocacy
C. Indwelling
III. Empowerment
A. Sanctification
B. Witness
… go therefore.

The Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 18
46. Q. What do you confess when you say, He ascended into heaven?
A. That Christ, before the eyes of His disciples, was taken up from the
earth into heaven, and that He is there for our benefit until He comes
again to judge the living and the dead.
47. Q. Is Christ, then, not with us until the end of the world, as He has
promised us?

A. Christ is true man and true God. With respect to His human nature
He is no longer on earth,
but with respect to His divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit He is never
absent from us.
48. Q. But are the two natures in Christ not separated from each other
if His human nature is not present wherever His divinity is?

A. Not at all, for His divinity has no limits and is present everywhere.
So, it must follow that His divinity is indeed beyond the human nature
which He has taken on
and nevertheless is within this human nature and remains personally
united with it.
49. Q. How does Christ’s ascension into heaven benefit us?
A. First, He is our Advocate in heaven before His Father.
Second, we have our flesh in heaven
as a sure pledge that He, our Head,
will also take us, His members, up to Himself.
Third, He sends us His Spirit as a counter-pledge,
by whose power we seek the things that are above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God,
and not the things that are on earth.