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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 18

June 9, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"Is there any part of Christ's life that we think about less than His ascencion? Everyone knows about His birth - that's what Christmas is for. His death, burial, and resurrection are pretty well covered by Holy Week. But who notices Ascension Day each spring? Of course, we remember that Jesus floated into heaven or some weird thing like that, but it's not really the sort of thing we meditate on in the wee hours of the night or share with Grandma before heart surgery. Ascension is simply the way Jesus checked out of planet Earth - that's all there is to it. Right?" Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 95.

Question 46: What do you mean by saying, "He ascended to Heaven?"

Answer: That Christ, while His disciples watched, was lifted up from the earth to heaven and will be there for our good until He comes again to judge the living and the dead.


Question 47: But isn't Christ with us until the end of the world as He promised?

Answer: Christ is truly human and truly God. In His human nature Christ is not now on earth; but in His divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit, He in not absent from us for a moment. 


Question 48: If His humanity is not present wherever His divinity is, then aren't the two natures of Christ separated from each other?

Answer: Certainly not. Since divinity is not limited and is present everywhere, it is evident that Christ's divinity is surely beyond the bounds of the humanity He has taken on, but at the same time His divinity is in and remains personlly united to His humanity.


Question 49: How does Christ's ascension to heaven benefit us?

Answer: First, He pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of His Father. Second, we have our own flesh in heaven - a guarantee that Christ our head will take us, His members, to Himself in heaven. Third, He sends His Spirit to us on earth as a further guarantee. By the Spirit's power we make the goal of our lives, not earthly things, but the things above wehre Christ is, sitting at God's right hand. 

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