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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1. Is there a name for this period in the various traditions? Not that I'm aware of, aside from "the forty days." 2. When he wasn't appearing to people, where and on what was Jesus spending his time? We aren't told, so any answer on this subject is pure speculation. In fact, we aren't even told that he was not with them and teaching them the whole time. ...



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