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It has been well said that mankind's greatest enemy is death. Whoever would be the Savior of all mankind must then, of necessity, conquer mankind's greatest enemy. Had Jesus merely died and returned to Heaven without overcoming death, then man's greatest enemy would remain unconquered. As it is, we can ask along with the apostle Paul, "Where, O Death, is ...


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The bible is pretty clear. John 16:7 (NLT) But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. Jesus left so that the Holy Spirit would come.


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St. Thomas Aquinas addressed this pretty deeply, and as I suspected, his answer was yes, Our Lord's risen body was a glorified one. Although it differed in glory in some way from His body in Heaven. I answer that, Christ's was a glorified body in His Resurrection, and this is evident from three reasons. First of all, because His Resurrection was the ...


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1. Is there a name for this period in the various traditions? I am not aware of any for protestant Christianity, but Catholicism refers to this period as Eastertide or the Season of Easter. 2. When he wasn't appearing to people, where and on what was Jesus spending his time? Jesus told the thief on the cross that "today, you will be with me in paradise", ...


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Understanding the second part of your question is the key to answering the first part. Part One: (How the Spirit was with them before and after Jesus "going away") In John 3:34, it is said of Christ that He had the Spirit of God "without measure". So as He was living on Earth as a perfect sinless man, Jesus had unlimited access to the Holy Spirit, who ...


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Jesus was resurrected to a physical body, and as Paul says, was the first-born with that new eternal and physical body. That is our hope now too, because of his resurrection. Colossions 1:15-20: The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible ...


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In the risk of sounding way too much catholic :p here is my answer: Ascension and Assumption are two different things. Catholics believe that only Jesus came down from heaven and went up to heaven on his own power. This is called Ascension. Others like Enoch, Elijah and of course Bl. Virgin Mary were taken up by God. (i.e., not by their own power) This is ...


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There have already been several answers here, and I don't usually post an answer to questions that have already received lots of attention, but no one here so far has touched on the central point of this doctrine: The Atonement of Jesus Christ compensates for the Fall. Genesis gives the familiar story of how God gave to Adam and Eve a commandment and a ...


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This is an addendum to Narnian's answer. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead so that the people of God could stand before God blameless and holy. Forensically: his resurrection completed the justification of the saints (i.e. all of his people, those who he makes holy). The resurrection was God's stamp of approval on Jesus Christ, his public acceptance of ...


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No. (For simplicity, I will accept your presupposition that He only had one body prior to the ascension - both before and after the resurrection.) But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”... All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts... There are also ...


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The resurected Jesus appears to have a pretty normal body. Luke 24:36-43 (ESV) As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 ...


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I took a quick survey of mentions of the word ascension at CCEL.org, and got a few comments from theologians. From Augustus Johann Neander, Life of Jesus Christ in its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement [sic], section 306: ... Christ did not pass from his earthly existence to a higher through natural death, but in a supernatural way; ... ...


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The Gospels, Matthew and Luke, are based off of the gospel of Mark and the gospel of John is based independently on its own source. The Savior said He was not to be touched until He has ascended to God. Perhaps He was to present Himself Resurrected to His Father. As far as we can tell by His conversation with the disciples versus His conversation with Mary, ...


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Yes. In Acts 7:56, as Stephen, the church's first martyr for the faith is being stone, he sees Christ: and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Also in Acts 9:3-5 we find Jesus showing Himself to Saul, who will be renamed Paul: As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light ...


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Scripture speaks of the likeness of Adam and the likeness of Christ, making some distinction between them: “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:49). Christ will remain a man, but his deity that was once veiled in his humanity will shine through it. Because of the ...


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If Jesus had gone directly to Heaven without stopping off on Earth first, how would anyone know that he had, in fact, risen from the dead? He had to return to Earth to show people that he had risen. Also, he had to come back in body and not just in spirit to demonstrate that we will be resurrected in the same way.


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For one reason, it shows that the body, as created by God is good and made for eternity. The Manichean heresy got this point wrong and constantly pitted the good soul against the evil body. Christ's example, as being God With Us, in a bodily resurrection codifies that belief. It's a good question you raised, sometimes God teaches us truth by example and ...


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This will take a bit of work...But thankfully, the work has already been done :) If you go to Volume 2 of Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology, p 591, you will there see a pretty good treatment of Christ's Death and Burial. (Search for "Christ humbled Himself even unto death, and continued under the power of death for a time." minus the quotes in the pdf) ...


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An interesting question! I would like to add the following points too: There was a need for the Holy Spirit: Jesus had a work to do in the Heavenly Sanctuary: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, ...


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Thomas Aquinas gives four reasons: When "he was still living among them ... they were not prepared, for carnal love is contrary to the Holy Spirit, since the Spirit is spiritual love." He connects this with 2 Corinthians 5: "And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then ...


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In the passage in John 20:17, the word used for Touch ἅπτομαι, is not used in John 20:27. This word is used in different ways throughout the bible. This means that it is not unreasonable for the passage to have meant "to hold on to" or "grasp". Some eisegesis here, but if a person had a loved one they presumed to be dead, and they find them alive. What ...


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Alexander MacLaren discussed the mode of the ascension at length in at least three different places: his exposition of 2 Kings 2:11, which contrasts the translation of Elijah and the ascension of Christ There is no outward sign to accompany His slow upward movement through the quiet air. No blaze of fiery chariots, nor agitation of tempest is needed ...


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There is evidence in Luke/Acts that Jesus ascended to heaven at least twice: on the evening of his resurrection, then forty days later. There is no biblical record of Jesus returning to earth, although one could assume this happened after the first ascension. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: ...


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The simplest answer to your question is that Lazarus was raised by Jesus command; while Jesus raised at his own command. John 11:43 KJV And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. John 2:19 KJV Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 5:26 For as the ...


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IMO Jesus ascended after talking with Mary and before meeting the brothers in Galilee. The whole picture of the sacrifices and offerings and the feasts days in the OT are a picture of the Messiah. During the Passover week (days of Unleavened Bread) the Lord told the Jews to do this. After sunset ending the regular Sat. sabbath the High Priest went to the ...


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It should be noted that the Scriptures do not record the specific place to which Enoch was taken--only that he was taken. For Elijah, he was taken up to heaven. However, the word heaven is used to refer to different things, namely the sky, the domain of the stars, and the dwelling place of God. It seems that Elijah arose into the sky, specifically. ...


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You've already received a number of great answers, but this is a central question of Christianity and the faith has developed many ways to answer it. One answer comes from the early Christian text called Hebrews. Written sometime between 50-95 A.D. by someone who was familiar with Paul's letters, the book tackles the issue of why the God of Abraham might ...


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Interesting debate! Personally i'm of the view that Christ's resurrected body was spiritual i.e. He was no longer flesh and blood. But, he was able to appear in any form He chose hence the appearance of flesh and blood (Luke 24:39); moving through walls (Luke 24:36); and taking on another guise (Luke 24:16). IMHO it is not unlike angelic encounters of the ...


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1. Is there a name for this period? I came accros this site whilst trying to answer this question for myself. I would agree with other posts that there does not appear to be a formal name. Though the Catholic church appear to name it, "Eastertide" and/or "Easter Season". 2. When He wasn't appearing, where and on what was he spending His time? Again, this ...



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