Text of 1 Lesson 7. 2 Topic Outline Recap Last Week’s Lesson Further Explanation (rising from Q/A...
1 Lesson 7
2 Topic Outline Recap Last Weeks Lesson Further Explanation (rising from Q/A session) Ascended  Application to Us Quiz Question / Answer Session
3 Recap - Empowered Father & Son to abide with believer love poured in Spirit fights flesh down-payment H.S. given to eleven with us always Drawing by Richard Hook Pentecost Kingdom powers Jesus walks among churches power at work in us
4 Further Explanations to last weeks Q/A Explain Matthew 27:51-54, and the resurrection of many bodies of the saintsMatthew 27:51-54 How do we know it was Jesus representative angel in Rev 1:12-16?representative angel
5 Appeared 6 PropheciesRelationships Jesus To Return 9 Ascended 8 Spiritual body 5 Resurrected 1 Born of Woman 4 Alive body 3 Dead body 2 Empowered 7 New Earth 10 A Jesus-centered Viewpoint
6 Appeared 6 PropheciesRelationships Jesus To Return 9 Ascended 8 Spiritual body 5 Resurrected 1 Born of Woman 4 Alive body 3 Dead body 2 Empowered 7 New Earth 10 Ascended A Jesus-centered Viewpoint
7 8. Ascended (High Priest) to heaven from Mt. Olivet (Acts 1:9-11) to right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56) declared High Priest when raised (Heb 5:6) after order of Melchizedek (Heb 7:14-17) priesthood lasts forever (Heb 7:21-24) sympathizes with us (Heb 4:14-15) mediator between God & man (1Tim 2:5) intercessor (Rom 8:26-27) glorious being (Rev 1:13-16) Asc -1
8 Acts 1:9-11 Asc -2 Points: 1.lifted up = taken up into heaven = the ascension (cf. John 3:13, Acts 2:34 + proof of exaltation at Gods right hand v. 33) 2.a cloud = the cloud of glory (cf. Matt 24:30, 17:5, 1Kings 8:11); come in same way = back to Mt. Olivet, just outside of Jerusalem (Zech 14:4, 9,16, Jer 3:17, Ezek 43:7); two men = angels 9 And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." . Application: It was evidently important for the disciples to see the literal departure of Jesus; OT precedent = Elijah-Elisha, where Elisha was granted a double share of Elijahs spirit (2Kings 2:9-18); Elijah being taken ended his public ministry.
9 Acts 7:55-56 Asc -3 Points: 1.standing at the right hand = fulfilled prophecy Ps 110:1, a passage cited by Jesus as a key argument during his ministry (Matt 22:41-45); the Psalm is a prophecy of Jesus being both king and priest, fittingly after king-priest Melchizedek (Gen 14:17-18) 2.As seen by Stephen, Jesus is standing, not sitting = Jesus is active on service as a priest on behalf of his disciples (Heb 10:11) 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God."Son of man Application: But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working (John 5:17) = Jesus, like God, is not just sitting around
10 Hebrews 5:5-6 Asc -4 Points: 1.Fulfilled not only the Ps 110:1 prophecy regarding priest-king Melchizedek but also the Ps 2:7 prophecy about the Christ being the Son of God (cf. Acts 13:33) Application: Believers currently have the role of priests now (cf. 1Pet 2:9), in training to share the rulership with Christ in the Kingdom (cf. Rev 2:27, 5:10, 1Cor 6: 2) 2.Jesus is given the my Son title at resurrection, not birth;resurrection this honor and timing is confirmed in Heb 1:5-9,13, 5:5-10 4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; 6 as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek." 3.The honor had to be granted, not demanded or obligated.
11 Hebrews 7:14-17 Asc -5 Points: 1.Context: v. 1-13. The significance of the Melchizedek linkage issignificance spelled out in detail: name, function, genealogy, & superiority. 2.Abraham, great man of faith that he was, sought and followed the counsel of the priest of God Most High, shared a fellowship meal of bread & wine, and gave him a tenth of everything = clearly the superior man was Melchizedek, a prototype of Christ 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah,and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchiz'edek, 16 who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek." Application: The Levitical (from Levi, a descendant of Abraham, and thus inferior) priesthood had been eliminated by the sacrifice of Jesus, requiring a new order + a change in the law as well (Heb 7:12)
12 Hebrews 7:21-24 Asc -6 Points: 1.Context: v. 1-20 The superiority of the Melchizedek priesthood, which preceded the Levitical priesthood, has been shown at every level, a key aspect being that it lasts forever! 21 Those who formerly became priests took their office without an oath, but this one was addressed with an oath, "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'Thou art a priest for ever.'" 22 This makes Jesus the surety of a better covenant. 23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 2.Consequently he [Jesus] is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Heb 7:25) Application: since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith (Heb10:22)
13 Hebrews 4:14-15 Asc -7 Points: 1.Since then we have = similar type of urging seen in Heb 10:22; let us hold fast = reinforces the teaching in 3:14 For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Application: Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16) 2.Because he had been tempted as we are, he is able to sympathize; his temptation was possible because he was flesh (2:14); his not sinning was because he always did his Fathers will (John 6:38)
14 1 Timothy 2:5-6 Asc -8 Points: 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. Application: we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;advocate and he is the expiation for our sins (1John 2:1-2) 1.mediator = a medium of communication rather than an arbitrator (both definitions given by Strong), since Jesus does not have to persuade God on our behalf; God is the one Who initiated the whole plan of salvation; He needs no promptingmedium of communication 2.mediator also is defined by Strong as = one who intervenes between two, but here again, Jesus should be seen as the means or channel of communication, the bridge between; he was sent to reconcile us to God, not God to us (2 Cor 6:19).
15 Romans 8:26-27 Points: 1.Since there is one mediator Jesus and since he always lives to make intercession, and since he is the one who sympathizes with our weaknesses, v.26-27 is about Jesus! 2.This conclusion is confirmed in v.34 It is Christ Jesus...who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Asc -9 Application: The risen Jesus takes on the role of the advocate (paraclete) who stands with the believer to comfort (make strong) = the indwelling Christ who shows us the truth & gives us the power to overcome sin in our selves.indwelling Christ
16 Revelation 1:13-16 Asc -10 Points: 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast; 14 his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters; 16 in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 1.like a son of man = this angel (v.1) had basic form of a man 2.long ro