|Acts 1:6-9 |
6 Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, saying, "Lord, will you restore the kingdom to Israel again at this time?' [This verse reveals that the disciples were still expecting a physical kingdom in Israel to be established, but Jesus is recorded as teaching them very differently, particularly as recorded by Luke 17:20-21: "Now when he was questioned by the Pharisees, as to when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God does not come with outward signs to be observed. Nor will they say, Look here!or, Look over there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you and around you.'1" Once the disciples experienced the baptism of fire and death at Pentecost, they knew differently and taught correctly.]
7 And he said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has set by his own authority.
8 But you will receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth."
9 Now when he had spoken these things, while they watched, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.2 [Since the man Jesus in his human body was taken up, many people believe Jesus is in the heavens in the body of a man; yet scripture also tells us that He fills the heavens and earth, which is impossible for anyone limited to a human body.]
2 he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. Since the man Jesus in his human body was taken up, many people believe Jesus is in the heavens in the body of a man; yet scripture also tells us that He fills the heavens and earth, which is impossible for anyone limited to a human body. George Whitehead wrote on the subject of Christ's body:
That Christ's body which was crucified, was not the Godhead, yet by the power of God was raised from the dead; and that the same Christ who was therein crucified, ascended into heaven and glory is not questioned by us. His flesh saw no corruption; it did not corrupt; but yet doubtless his body was changed into a more glorious and heavenly condition than it was when subject to many sufferings on earth; but how and what manner of change it met withal after it was raised from the dead, so as to become such a glorious body as it is declared to be, is too wonderful for mortals to conceive, apprehend, or pry into; and more fit for angels to see. The Scripture is silent therein, as to the manner, and we are not curious to inquire or dispute it; nor do we esteem it necessary to make ourselves wise above what is written, as to the manner or condition of Christ's glorious body as in heaven, any more than to inquire how Christ appeared in several manners or forms, or how he came in among his disciples, the doors being shut; or how he vanished out of their sight, after he was risen. However, we have cause to believe his body is in heaven, is changed into a most glorious condition, far transcending what it was in on earth; otherwise how should our low body be changed, so as to be made like unto his glorious body; for when he was on earth, and attended with sufferings, he was said to be like unto us in all things, sin only excepted; of which may not be so said of him as now in a state of glory, as he prayed for; otherwise where would be the change both in him and us?