Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
March 11, 2008

The ascension and session part 2

Point 2, definition.
The ascension is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the transfer of our Lord’s true humanity from planet earth to the third heaven in a resurrection body.

Why leave earth incognito? So that He could sit at the right hand of the Father victorious, and send His Helper, and intercede for our every need.

The session is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the glorification of our Lord’s “humanity” at the right hand of the Father.

1- Passover, Pesah: Jesus Christ on the Cross. While Passover was being celebrated, which included the slaying of an unblemished Lamb, Jesus Christ was being slain on the Cross (1Cor.5:7-8)

2- Unleavened Bread, Hag HaMatzah: For one week after Passover. It is a picture of sanctification, as Jesus Christ was buried. Leaven is representative of sin, of which Jesus Christ had none, and conquered it for us. He paid for all our sins, He cleaned out the old leaven …Sin!(1Cor.5:7-8, GAL 5:9).

3- Firstfruits, Yom HaBikkurim: The last day of Unleavened Bread …Resurrection of Jesus…. symbolic of Jesus being the first of the Firstfruits (1Cor.15:23).

4- Pentecost, Shavuot (Harvest Offering): Fifty days after Passover, is the Feast of Weeks. The Holy Spirit fills believers as promised in the upper room discourse. Pentecost is 50 days after the Resurrection (Act.2)… Two loaves of bread are offered, which is a picture of the Cornerstone uniting real Israel with the Gentiles.

The break is representative of the Church-age which would be intercalated into the dispensation of Israel.

5- Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah: For 10 days. It represents either the Rapture or the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (MAT 24:29-31, 1Thes.4:16-18, 1Cor.15:51-52).

6- The Day of Atonement,  Yom Kippur: At the end of Rosh Hashanah, ten days later…  It is Final Judgment of Christ over all the nations of unbelievers; the Great White Throne Judgment. (ROM 2:5-11, MAT 25:31-46,REV 20:11-15).

7- The Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, Sukkot: Five days later. It represents the Eternal Heaven for ever and ever. (MAT 25:31-46, REV 20:11-15, ROM 2:5-11).

At the session, He received His third royal patent and the title “King of kings, Lord of lords, the bright morning star.”

This is why this doctrine of ascension and session is the missing “link” between the resurrection of Christ and the Christian way of life.

His new royalty had to be a new spiritual species functioning under protocol as royalty, as per 2CO 5:17.

2 Cor 5:17
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come [the Plan for Royalty].

COL 3:1 “if then you have been raised up with Christ [and you have], keep seeking [or keep on desiring to possess or endeavoring to obtain] the things above, where the Christ is at the right hand of the God sitting”.

MAT 26:64 TLJC reveals that he is the son of God and that He has perfect power by stating that the Son of Man will be sitting at the right hand of power,

In REV 4:2, TLJC is sitting on the throne as evidence of His kingship.

In PSA 110:1, the prophecy is given concerning the Messiah sitting at the right hand of God the Father, therefore it is a prophecy concerning the Messiah fulfilled by TLJC.

In MAT 22:44, the session is used to reveal to the Pharisees that the Messiah had to become a member of the human race.

In Peter’s first message at Pentecost he sites the session as proof that TLJC ascended into heaven,
ACT 2:34.

The session or TLJC being seated at the right hand of God also reveals His victory in the angelic conflict, mentioned in HEB 1:13.

2 Cor 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor , that you through His poverty might become rich.

HEB 2:9
But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus [humanity], because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

The Son of God humbled Himself by becoming a man and His humanity was promoted to the highest position of authority. Satan tried to elevate himself and will be demoted to the lowest position in the universe.

Ezek 28:19
All who know you [satan] among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified,
And you will be no more.

Concerning the victory and the rewards of TLJC the session is mentioned in
REV 3:21.

REV 3:21
He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Concerning the power of God to the church age the session is given as the source in EPH 1:20.

Concerning our position in Christ the session is mentioned in EPH 2:6.

EPH 2:4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Concerning the intercessory ministry of TLJC the session is mentioned in ROM 8:34.

ROM 8:34
who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

The session is mentioned concerning His power to save and forgive sin in ACT 5:31.

Acts 5:31
He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

The session is mentioned concerning the hypostatic union in HEB 1:3.

The session is mentioned in relationship to His priesthood in HEB 8:1.

The session is mentioned concerning the efficacy of His work on the cross, HEB 10:12.

The session is mentioned as a means of occupation with Christ in HEB 12:2.

The session is mentioned concerning His victory in the angelic conflict when He came back from Hades in 1PE 3:22

1 Peter 3:22
who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

In all these passages, the doctrine of the session or TLJC being seated at the right hand of God points to;

His victory in the angelic conflict,
His eternal rewards,
The power made available to every C.A. believer,
Our position and security in Christ,
His intercessory ministry,
His power to save and forgive sin.


His deity,
His power and authority.
His kingship.
His fulfillment of messianic prophecies.
His ascension into heaven

His hypostatic union,
His priesthood,
The efficacy of His work on the cross,
Occupation with TLJC,
His trip to Hades.

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