Book Review: The Ascension of Christ (Snapshots), Patrick Schreiner


The ascension is one of those doctrines I’ve had a hard time understanding just how important it is. Obviously, it is important. Jesus shows his disciples he’s going up to the Father, and he ascends there. But then why is it found in so many creeds (as Patrick Schreiner points out)? It’s found in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the First Council of Constantinople, the Athanasian Creed, the Augsburg Confession, the First Helvetic Confession, and the Scots Confession. Each creed mentions that Jesus ascended to heaven and either sits at the right hand of God or will that he will return to judge the living and the dead.

Why is it so hard to know what to do with the ascension? Of the Gospels, only Luke writes about it (if you don’t include Mark’s long ending, Mark 16:9-20). Luke writes about it in Acts 1 as well. That’s it…

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