Commentary on the New Testament Volume . 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... he led them out "as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 'And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was Acta L I2. x 3 Kines 2.111 Mark 16.19; John80.17; Acts 1.9; Eph.4.8. 16-20; John xxi, 1-24. Endued with power--Clothed with power as with a garment. 156. Jesus's Ascension, 50-53. Mark xvi, 19, 20; Acts i, 9-12. Inasmuch as Luke alone of the Evangelists explicitly describes the visible and bodily ascension of Jesus, adverse criticism has questioned the reality of the fact. The New Testament, they admit, does plentifully assume that Christ is in heaven; but, perhaps, his soul only. (Matthew xxvi, 64; John xx. 17; Acts ii, 33; Ephesians iv, 10; 1 Peter iii, 22.) But, 1. Since the body of Jesus rose, in possession of supernatural qualities belonging to a resurrection body, either he must have passed through another death, and that a death of a resurrection body, or he must have gone corporeally to heaven. 2. The representation of his bodily return at the Judgment Advent (Matthew xxv, 31) necessarily implied a bodily ascension. 3. The unanimous and intense faith of the Church in his ascension can be no otherwise explained than upon the ground that his ascension was visibly witnessed. 4. The explicit and circumstantial narrative of one Evangelist would be sufficient, without either of the preceding reasons; with them, we hold any doubt to be superfluous and foolish. AU assume the fact, but he supplies the mode. 50. Led them out--From Jerusalem, where, doubtless, they tarried after their return from Galilee. As far as to t parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 7 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And were continually in the temple, praising...
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