This is one of the best works concerning Christ’s ascension in print, from any writer in any age. We often think about Christ’s death and resurrection, but not so much about his ascension. Pendlebury’s treatment of why Christ ascended is an amazing exposition of John 14:2. Don’t miss out on this puritan gem!
Christ Ascending by Henry Pendlebury (1626-1695)
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Henry Pendlebury (1626-1695) was a greatly beloved Puritan and esteemed theologian with great ministerial abilities. He was one of the most learned nonconformist Puritans of his day.
This treatise on Christ’s ascension is one of the best treatments of the subject in print. Pendlebury works from John 14:2, “I go to prepare a place for you,” and demonstrates that these words are the living speech of a dying Christ to his dear apostles; and, in them, to all his people even to the end of the world. The doctrine which he expounds is that Jesus Christ is gone to heaven for all true believers. He went in their name, and his business was for their happiness.
It is uncommon for Christians to think about the application of Christ’s ascension, and instead, they concentrate solely on Christ’s crucifixion and death. But there is no help for the Christian in a dead Savior. Christ must be seen as risen from the dead and ascending to the Father in order to send the Spirit to his people in power, and aid them in their spiritual walk here on earth. We must, then, look from the cross to the throne room of heaven, and set our minds on Christ there, seated at the right hand of God for his people.
An Appendix is also fixed to this work covering the teaching that the children of God have light sown for them in all their dark, distressed, and mournful conditions.
This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.