Glorified, Risen and Ascended (Pt 4)


Okay, so the Ascension lies behind the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. But what's it got to do with our Apostolic distinctives? How would they disappear without the Ascension?

Well, tonight lets just look at one important aspect of Apostolic theology, namely the Headship of Christ.  Christ's Headship over His Church is at the very heart of Apostolic theology, and behind this central theological distinctive lies the Ascension.

Ephesians 1:19-23 links the Ascension with Christ's Headship. God gave Christ to be 'head over all things to the church, which is his body' (Eph 1:22-23) as a result of the Ascension. If Christ were not ascended, we could not have Him as our Head. And, without the Head, there wouldn't be much of a Body! After all, the Body depends on the Head for its life.

As a result of the Ascension God gave Christ as Head of His Church. In fact, that means that we've seen two gifts that God has given as a result of the Ascension: God gave Christ the promise of the Holy Spirit (for Christ to pour out on His Church) and God gave Christ to be Head of the Church. The Ascension led to the giving of Gifts (and in the next installment we'll look at some more of those gifts).

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The Tenets of the Apostolic Church

The Unity of the Godhead, and Trinity of the Persons therein.

The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.

The virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension, and abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming, and millennial reign upon earth.

Justification and Sanctification of the believer through the finished work of Christ.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.

The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation and comfort of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord's Supper.

The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.

Church government by apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons.

The possibility of falling from grace.

The obligatory nature of tithes and offerings.