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ast time, we looked at the ascension   “David is not ascended into the heavens:
              of our Lord Jesus Christ mainly from   but he saith himself, The Lord said unto
        Lthe  perspective  of  the  disciples,   my Lord, sit Thou on My right hand, until
        whose testimony is recorded for us in the   I make Thy foes Thy footstool.” Peter had
        Gospels and Acts 1: how He “went up,”   just said of David that “he is both dead
        was “taken up,“ “carried up,” and “re-  and buried, and his sepulchre is with us
        ceived up.” It is very difficult for us to even   unto this day” (v29, KJV). As far as his
        begin to envisage the magnitude of His   body was concerned, David was still very
        exaltation, but we are helped in endeavor-  much confined to this earth. Not so our
        ing to do so by Scripture references to Him   Lord Jesus Christ. We rejoice in this truth:
        in relation to “the heavens” or “heaven” or   He has departed from this scene of His
        “heavenly places.” We can consider His   rejection and sufferings; He has “ascended
        relationship to these from three usages of   into the heavens.”
        these words.                           However,  He  is  not  unique  in  being
          First, these terms are sometimes used
        in a general sense, to denote that sphere   there. There are others who are in “the
                                             heavenlies” including “the principalities
        which is without the earth.  Several times   and powers in heavenly places” (Eph 3:10,
        in Ephesians we read of “heavenly places”   KJV). So we must look further, and we see
        which stand in contrast to this (earthly)   that there is a second way in which “the
        sphere, and Paul states that He is there:
        “He raised Him from the dead, and set   heavens” is used, not now in a broad sense,
        Him at His own right hand in the heav-  of that which is in contrast to the earth, but
        enly places” (Eph 1:20, KJV). Elsewhere it   of the material heavens – that vast expanse
        is called “the heavens.” The writer to the   which includes the atmospheric region sur-
        Hebrews says, “Now of the things which   rounding the earth, our solar system, our
        we have spoken this is the sum: We have   galaxy, and the vast extent of space, whose
        such an high priest, who is set on the right   immensity is beyond what our minds can
        hand of the throne of the Majesty in the   comprehend. The Scriptures speak of Him
        heavens” (Heb 8:1, KJV). In Acts 2:34-35    in relation to that.
        Peter  tells  the  crowd  at  Pentecost  that    In Hebrews 4:14 we read that “we have

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