- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:39
III. THE PURPOSE OF THE EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST. John 17:1 — "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy son also may glorify thee."
First Proposition: Jesus Christ was glorified in order that He might glorify the Father. Acts 5:31 — "Him that God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Second Proposition: Jesus Christ was exalted that He might be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
It is the "ascended" or "exalted" Christ that now rules the believer and saves him and gives repentance and forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 6:20 — "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec."
Third Proposition: Jesus Christ was exalted to enter heaven as our forerunner.
He has gone ahead to prepare the way and open the gates by His atoning blood and priestly intercession. John 14:2 — "In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
Fourth Proposition: Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven to prepare heaven itself as an abode for us.
ANSWER: Hebrews 9:21-24 — "Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." Heaven itself must be sprinkled with blood to be fitted to be the abode of blood-sprinkled sinners. Hebrews 9:24 "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."
Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ ascended into heaven to appear before the face of God for us. He went to act as high priest on our behalf to present the blood of atonement and make intercession for us.
This is illustrated by the Old Testament high priest who was only the type of Him that was to come. Hebrews 10:12-13 — "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool." Acts 2:34-35 — "For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, the Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool."
Act 3:20-21 — "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God to await the complete subjection of His enemies and the restitution of all things. When that time comes He will come forth and His enemies will be quickly subdued before him. Ephesians 4:10, RV — "He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things."
Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ ascended far above all the heavens that He might fill all things.