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SECT.

The principal heads of this Dissertation

1.

A definition of the ascension

II. III.

The ascension is ascribed to the person of Christ, properly

according to the human nature only; but figurative-

ly according to the Divine nature also

IV.--VII.

Observations on the time of the ascension

VIII.

Why it took place on the fortieth day after the resurrection

Why it happened, when Jesus was conversing with his

disciples

And even blessing them

XI.

Difficulties as to the place of the ascension examined and

removed

XII.

Uncertain accounts of the ancients, of miracles at that

place

XIII.-IV.

Why our Lord was pleased to ascend from mount Olivet XVI.
He ascended to the third heaven
Which is not God, nor every where, but a determinate
place in the highest regions

XVIII.
Where the Lord Jesus, in respect to his body, is contained
The ascension, therefore, is not the disappearing or the

glorification of the body of Christ; but a local motion
Why Christ is said sometimes to have been received up

by the Father, and sometimes to have himself ascended XXI.
The criticism of Budæus on the word Analepsis quoted XXI. XXIII.
The cloud which Christ made use of when he ascended,
is an evidence of his Divine majesty

XXIV.

The reality of Christ's ascension confirmed

XXV.-XXXI.

It was necessary for Christ to ascend

XXXII.

1. That the prophecies might be accomplished

2. That the types might be fulfilled

XXXVI.-XXXVIII.

3. Because it was of importance to God the Father,

To Christ

And also to us

XVII.

XIX.

XX.

SECT.

XLII.

We receive much benefit from the ascension of Christ, not

merely as love disposes us to rejoice with him

But as our own advantage is here concerned, both with

regard to consolation

And with regard to sanctification

offices

Why this high exaltation of Christ is ascribed sometimes

to the Father, and at other times to Christ XXVIII.-XXXI.

It tends, 1. To the glory of the Father

2. To the strong consolation of the Church XXXIII-XXXV.

3. To the terror of the ungodly

XXXVI.

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XXVI.

XXVII.

XXXII.

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And graciously comforts them

XXXIX.
These operations of the Spirit of grace are distinguished

from all others, by certain necessary marks
The Spirit of grace is never utterly lost
Our duties to the Holy Spirit

XLII.

XL.

XLI.

Christ and the Church are closely and indissolubly united,

I II.

III.V.

VI,

VII.

VIII.

IX.

XI.

XII.

and ought not to be disjoined in our meditations
The Greek words Συναγωγη, 'Εκκλησια, and Πανηγυρις, ex-

plained

A definition of the Church illustrated in its several parts

The form of the Church is twofold

As there is a twofold calling

A twofold faith

A twofold holiness

A twofold participation of the covenant of grace

The one form of the Church is external and visible, the

other internal and spiritual

None but the elect and true believers pertain to the spiri-

tual Church

And the government of it belongs immediately to none

but God in Christ

God has appointed stewards in the visible Church, who

cannot exclude from its fellowship any that make a ver-
bal profession of faith and repentance, which they do

not openly falsify by their conduct

Hence in the visible Church, the bad are mixed with the

good

Three epithets of the Church

1. Holy

2. Catholic-a term which does not occur in Scripture

And has various significations

3. Christian

XIII.

XIV.

Xy.

XVI.

XVII.

XVIII.

XIX.

XX.

XXI.

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