Doctrine of Ascension & Session
The Ascension is a doctrine of Christology pertaining to the transfer of our Lord’s true humanity from planet earth to the third heaven in a resurrection body.
The Session is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the glorification of our Lord’s humanity at the right hand of the Father.
If Christ remained on earth, He would have a limited glory, but when He went to the third heaven, He became superior to all creation, and therefore had unlimited glory.
After the resurrection of our Lord’s humanity, He remained on earth for forty days before His Ascension. For forty days, He demonstrated His resurrection body here on earth. This period of time showed the capabilities of the resurrection body.
The Ascension and Session of Christ are predicated on the capabilities of the resurrection body. It can eat food, talk, walk, and is recognizable. It can travel horizontally and vertically at unlimited speed, and is capable of unlimited space travel. Our Lord traveled horizontally during his forty days on planet earth, as well as moving through closed doors.
The Ascension of Christ demonstrates the vertical travel of the resurrection body, moving with ease through the atmosphere of the earth and the galaxies of stellar universe with its billions and billions of light years in an instant. It also can enter into the third heaven, the abode of God.
A light-year in astronomy is the distance traveled by light moving in a vacuum in the course of 1 year, at its velocity of 186,282 miles per second. A light year equals about 5.878 X 10,000,000,000,000 miles, or 63,240 astronomical units.
Upon arrival in the third heaven, our Lord was seated at the right hand of God the Father; this is the Doctrine of the Session. He then received His third royal patent as the title “King of kings, Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star.” Because His third royal warrant had no accompanying royal family, the Church Age was inserted for the calling out of a Royal Family.
That is why the doctrine of Ascension and Session is the missing link between the resurrection of Christ and the Christian way of life. Something new had to be created to accompany His new third royalty patent. The something new was the Royal family. Because Jesus Christ became the unique person in the entire universe combining spiritual with humanity, the new royal family also had to be a new spiritual creature a new spiritual species, as per 2 Cor 5:17.
2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
As a result, the dispensation of Israel was interrupted seven years short of its completion. Then the omnipotence of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit was made available to believers.
This began 10 days after our Lord’s Ascension, fifty days after His Resurrection, on the day of Pentecost with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That was the first day of the Church Age, the beginning of the calling out the Royal Family for our Lord.
So, the chronology of events was: 1) Resurrection, 2) Forty days on the earth, 3) Ascension ten days before the Church Age began, and 4) His Session, seated at the right hand of the Father.
We know the number of days so exactly, because the resurrection occurred on the Feast of the First Fruits. The Feast of Pentecost would occur fifty days later. On day forty, our Lord ascended and said that the Baptism of the Spirit and the beginning of the Church Age would occur very soon (ten days later).
Both the Ascension and Session of Christ were accomplished in His resurrection body. Though co-equal and co-eternal with God, it was the true humanity of Christ that was seated at the right hand of the Father.
These two doctrines of ascension and session combine to form the climax of the strategic victory of Christ in the Angelic Conflict.
Acts 1:9‑11 gives the historical account of the Ascension of our Lord.
Acts 1:9-11, “And after He had said these things [announcement of the Church Age, Acts 1:5, 8], He was lifted up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently up in the sky as He was going, behold two men [angels] dressed in white stood beside them. And they also said, `men of Galilee, why do you stand staring into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come in the same way as you have seen him go into heaven.'”
Significance of the Session:
After His Ascension, His Session fulfilled the prophecy of Psa 110:1.
Psa 110:1, “The Lord [God the Father] said to my Lord [God the Son], `Sit down at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.'”
Jesus Christ had to be seated to resolve the Angelic Conflict. His coronation was the culmination of the strategic victory. Remember that His Deity is sovereign and omnipresent [everywhere], imminent, and transcendent. In Deity, He already possessed and sat on the throne. Therefore, it was His humanity that was seated at the right hand of the Father.
The prophecy of His session stated in Psa 110:1 is quoted several times in the New Testament, Mat 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Heb 1:13; 10:12-13. It is quoted so often because of its fact and importance.
The strategic victory of the great power experiment of the hypostatic union is the key to the importance of the Ascension and Session of Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection, Ascension, and Session all deal with the true humanity of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is undiminished Deity and true humanity in one person forever.
Just as only the humanity of Christ could provide our salvation by receiving the judgment for our sins in His own body, so only the humanity of Christ could be resurrected, ascend, and sit at the right hand of God the Father.
The humanity of Jesus Christ in hypostatic union is now exalted and glorified at the right hand of the Father where His posture is one of being seated.
Acts 2:33, “Therefore [Jesus Christ] having been exalted to the right hand of God.”
Acts 5:31, “He is the One whom God has exalted at His right hand as Prince and Savior.”
Phil 2:9, “Therefore also, God has highly exalted Him and given Him a title which is above every title, that at the title of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.”
The strategic victory of Jesus Christ in the great power experiment of the hypostatic union is related to the award of His third royal patent.
His first royal patent is related to His Deity. His title is “Son of God.” His Royal Family is God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Mat 3:17; 8:29, 27, 54; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:38; 22:70; 9:35; John 1:34, 49; 3:18; 20:31; Acts 8:37; 9:20; 2 Cor 1:19
His second royal patent is related to His humanity. His title is “Son of David.” His Royal Family is the Davidic dynasty. Mat 1:1; 9:27; 21:9; Luke 18:39
His third royal patent is related to His resurrection and ascension. His title is “King of kings, Lord of lords, Bright morning star.” 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14; 19:16; 22:16
His royal family is in the process of being completed, made up of every Church Age believer. You are not simply a child of God; you are a royal child of God. 1 Peter 2:5, 9
The Session and the Strategic Victory of the Angelic Conflict:
The Ascension and Session is not only related to the hypostatic union, but is also related to the Angelic Conflict. The fact that the Resurrection, Ascension, and Session is based on the strategic victory of our Lord in the Angelic Conflict is the subject of Heb 1-2.
Heb 1:3, “And He is the radiance of His [God the Father’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,“
As a conquering warrior, Jesus Christ took the throne at the right hand of the Father.
Heb 1:13, “But to which of the angels has He [God the Father] ever said, `Sit at My right hand until I appoint your enemies a footstool for Your feet?'”
God the Father invited the victor to receive the victor’s throne. The Father never said this to any angel, but only to Jesus Christ in resurrected humanity.
This means that although we are now inferior to angels in our human bodies on earth, in the future in resurrection bodies, we will be totally superior to angels. This was established with our Lord’s session.
1 Cor 6:3, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?”
1 Pet 3:22, “Who [Jesus Christ] is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven after angels and authorities and powers had been subordinated to Him.”
With the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all angelic creatures, including fallen angels, are subordinated to Him in his humanity! That fact is very important!
In His Deity, Jesus Christ is the creator of angels. In His humanity, He was made lower than angels, Heb 2:7. But now in His resurrection, He is higher than angels in His humanity!
Some day in our resurrection body, we will share that same privilege experientially.
Being in union with Christ, we are already positionally higher than angels. But in resurrection bodies, we will be experientially and physically higher than angels.
Eph 1:22, “And He [God the Father] has subordinated all [angelic creatures] under His feet. Furthermore, He appointed Him [Jesus Christ] ruler over all things to the Church.”
When our Lord received His third royal patent, He did not have a Royal Family. Therefore, the Church Age was inserted into history.
The Church Age was a Mystery Age, because we have almost infinitely more than any Old Testament, Tribulational, or Millennial Saints. We have unique things which are unbelievably fantastic, which have never existed before and will never exist again after the Rapture of the Church.
Our Christocentric dispensation had to be instituted to provide a Royal Family for our Lord’s third royal patent.
Furthermore, Israel had rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah and King. Consequently, the Messianic Kingdom is postponed until the Second Advent of Christ.
In the meantime, the great power experiment of the hypostatic union has been parlayed into the great power experiment of the Church Age.
During the Church Age, there are no Jewish client nations to God. The next Jewish client nation will not exist until the Second Advent of Christ.
We live in the times of the Gentiles, which means only a Gentile nation can be a client nation to God. At the present time, though staggering, the United States of America is a Gentile client nation to God.
During the Church Age, there are only Gentile client nations. The first was S.P.Q.R. It is an initialism from a Latin noun phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus [“The Senate and the People of Rome”], referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic.
So, the Ascension and Session of Jesus Christ form the link between the great power experiment of the hypostatic union and the great power experiment of the Church Age; thereby, joining in union the body of Christ to His Session.
The Session and the Efficacy of Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross:
Heb 10:12, “But He [Jesus Christ in contrast to the Old Testament sacrifices], having offered one unique sacrifice as a substitute for our sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.”
The work of Jesus Christ on the cross is efficacious, which means it is perfectly effective for the payment of the penalty for our sins. When He received the imputation of our sins and God the Father judged them, that settled the sin question for all time.
To indicate the efficacy of His sacrifice, our Lord sat down at the right hand of God.
In physical death, our Lord’s work was completed. Hence, just before His death He said, “TETELESTAI” which means, “It is finished in the past with the result that it stands finished forever.”
So, the Resurrection, Ascension, and Session is the verification of the efficacy of our Lord’s saving work on the cross.
Furthermore, this efficacious saving work occurred while our Lord was physically alive. He did not die for our sins in physical death; He died as a substitute for us in a substitutionary spiritual death; wherein, each and every sin of the human race was imputed to Christ and judged.
Therefore, Christ died twice on the cross.
1) He died a substitutionary spiritual death for the sins of the world, which provided our salvation.
2) He died a unique physical death in which there was the separation of His soul, spirit, and body.
Heb 9:19-28, “For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. 23Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. 26Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”
The Session Related to the Importance of the Church Age: Eph 1:18-23.
Eph 1:18-23, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
We begin with Verse 18:
Eph 1:18, “That the eyes of your right lobe may be enlightened [post-salvation renewing of your mind through the Word of God] so that you may know what is the hope [confidence of hope 2 – blessings in time due to spiritual growth, and Hope 3 – Resurrection and blessings in eternity] of His calling [Divine call], what are the riches [your Portfolio of Invisible Assets] of his inheritance in the saints.”
The first thing God ever did for us was to provide the means of glorifying Him. In eternity past, God the Father, [the grantor], deposited into escrow greater blessings for every believer [grantees].
When God is able to distribute those blessings onto you, as a result of executing His Plan for your life by advancing to spiritual maturity, that is the means of glorifying Him.
Then we see in Verse 19:
Eph 1:19, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power to us who have believed, …”
This is the maximum availability of Divine power to every Church Age believer, as a result of extending the power given to Jesus Christ in hypostatic union to the Church Age believer.
“…for the working of His superior power…”
This is the execution of the Predesigned Plan of God for your life, utilizing the power of God made available to every believer.
“…which He put into operation by means of Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places.”
Part of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age is the fact that Divine power is available to us as never before in history, (i.e., the omnipotence of the Father, Son, and Spirit who indwell us).
This plan was put into operation when Jesus Christ was seated at the right hand of the Father in His Session after His Ascension.
The Predesigned Plan of God and the availability of Divine power are unique, reflected in the fact that it was put into operation after the Session of Jesus Christ.
God is perfect; therefore, His Plan is perfect. A perfect plan from perfect God excludes human power for its execution. A perfect plan from perfect God demands the use of Divine power or perfect power for its execution.
Therefore, there is no substitute for the utilization of Divine power in the execution of God’s Plan for your life.
Divine power and human power are mutually exclusive. For the believer to utilize human dynamics and call it the Christian way of life is blasphemy.
To the extent that the Church Age believer relies on human power or gets involved in legalism, he has completely failed to fulfill God’s purpose, plan, and objective for sustaining Him in this life.
The perfect Plan of God cannot accept or utilize any form of human power or human ability, or anything that we can do. Anything we do in our own power is not a part of the Christian life.
Only through cognition of Bible doctrine can Divine omnipotence be understood and utilized in the execution of God’s plan. There is therefore no substitute for renewing your mind with the Word of God after salvation, Rom 12:2; Eph 4:22-23
Rom 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Eph 1:20, “which [superior power] he put into operation by means of Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in heavenly places.”
This power is superior to every authority. In his Deity, Christ was always superior. However, this superiority refers to the humanity of Christ in a resurrection body, seated at the right hand of the Father.
So, the session becomes very important, because the power that raised Him from the dead is now delegated to us, the Royal Family.
In resurrection, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit restored the human soul of our Lord to His body, and the omnipotence of God the Father restored His human spirit to His body. This Divine power that raised Christ from the dead is now available to you only because you are the body of Christ, Royal Family of God.
Divine power was utilized by Christ, then transferred and delegated to the Church Age believer as found in your Portfolio of Invisible Assets.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Pre-designed Plan of God
Equal Privilege and Equal Opportunity
Unique Royal Commissions
Unique Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age
Indwelling of the Trinity
100% Availability of Divine Power.
Positive volition toward Bible Doctrine
Production Assets = Residence in the Plan of God, (Fruit of the Spirit)
Suffering for Blessing
Invisible Impact Blessings
- Personal impact – blessing by association
- Historical impact – national blessing (Pivot)
- International impact – association with Client Nation to God
- Angelic Impact – Witness to the angles
Operating in your Spiritual Gift
Indwelling of the Trinity
This power is provided by the omnipotence of God the Father and is transferred and delegated to you by the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit.
Eph 1:21, “far above [superior to, there is nothing above this status] …
… all rule and authority and power and dominion [every authority, both human power and authority as well as angelic power and authority],
… and every name that is named [superior to every title that can be named], …
… not only in this age [Church Age], but in the one [destined] to come [Millennium].”
The Session of Jesus Christ includes all authority, rank, and privilege during the Church Age and the Millennium and into eternity.
As part of the grace Plan of God, all Church Age believers share in Christ’s authority, rank, and privilege.
Eph 1:22, “and He [God the Father] has subordinated all things [both angelic and human creatures] under His [Jesus Christ’s] feet [Operation Footstool]; furthermore [God the Father] gave [has appointed] Him ruler over all things to the church.”
This is called Operation Footstool, which has two phases:
- The first phase of Operation Footstool is the Resurrection, Ascension, and Session of Christ.
- The second phase is the Second Advent of Christ, Rev 19, which includes:
a) The Baptism of Fire to remove all unbelievers from the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, Mat 3:11-12; 24:36‑41; 25:31-35, 41, 46; Luke 3:16-17; 17:30-37; 2 Thes 1:7‑9; Ezek 20:34‑38; Isa 1:25‑27; Mal 3:1‑6; 4:1‑2.
b) Satan is then sentenced to 1,000 years of jail, Rev 20:1-3.
c) At the end of the Millennium, the suppression of the Gog and Magog revolution, sponsored and led by Satan having been just released from prison, Rev 20:7-9.
d) The execution of the prehistoric sentence of Satan and all fallen angels, Rev 20:10.
e) The second resurrection which is for unbelievers only and their judgment to the Eternal Lake of Fire at the Great White Throne Judgment of our Lord, Rev 20:11-15.
In summary, Eph 1:18-22 tells us that there would be no royal family without the appointment of Christ as Prince-Ruler over the Church. This means He rules all Church Age believers today, winners and losers. Likewise, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Ruler of all creatures; angelic and human, no matter how rebellious.
The Session and the Royal Priesthood:
Heb 8:1, “Now the main point in what has been said [in chapter 7] is this: we have such a High Priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”
Our Lord was not qualified by birth to be a Levitical priest in Israel. He was not born in the line of Aaron or the Levites. His priesthood, however, supersedes the priesthood of Israel, because He was both a King and a Priest.
Our Lord’s priesthood is patterned after a Royal Priesthood “in the order of Melchizedek”. Melchizedek was both a king and a priest, Gen 14:18; Psa 110:4; Heb 5:6-10; 6:20; 7:1-17, 21-24.
Gen 14:18, “And Melchizedek king of Salem [peace] brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.”
Psa 110:4-5, “The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at Your right hand.”
Our Lord was given the title as the King‑Priest, as a result of His Resurrection, Ascension, and Session.
His third royal warrant makes Him Lord and King over all lords and kings, Rev 19:16. Therefore, our Lord’s entire Royal Family, Church Age believers, are a part of that priesthood. One of the unique factors of the Church Age is the universal priesthood of the believer, 1 Peter 2:5, 9.
Because you are in union with Christ, you are a king-priest. This means you can directly address God the Father in prayer through Jesus Christ, because He is the greatest High Priest in all of history. Heb 4:14-16
Heb 4:14-16, “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
He is a Royal High Priest or King Priest.
Therefore, we pray to God the Father in the name of Christ, and in the effectiveness of the power of the Holy Spirit which is life inside God’s power system. Mat 6:9; with Eph 5:20; Col 3:17; with Acts 1:8; Rom 15:13; Eph 3:16; 2 Tim 1:7
Jesus Christ is the High Priest; we are a kingdom of priests. As our High Priest, Jesus Christ makes intercession for us right now at the right hand of God the Father. Rom 8:34; Heb 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1
Rom 8:34, “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”
Heb 7:24-25, “But Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
1 John 2:1, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
The Ascension and Session abrogates the Levitical Priesthood, replacing it with the Royal Priesthood, 1 Pet 2:9; Rev 1:6; 5:10; 20:6.
Rev 1:6, “And He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Jesus Christ is our High Priest, Heb 10:1‑23.
Heb 8:1, “Now the main point in what has been said [in chapter 7] is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”
The Session Demands a New Mental Attitude of the Royal Family:
Col 3:1‑2, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ [and you have, in Baptism of the Spirit and Current Positional Truth], keep seeking the things above [escrow blessings], where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
To “possess the above things,” your escrow blessings, requires the utilization of Divine power inside God’s power system. That means you must consistently perceive, metabolize, and apply Bible doctrine through the filling of God the Holy Spirit. To achieve this, you need to have the right priorities in life. The Word of God must be the A #1 / first priority in your life.
Making God’s Word / the mind of Christ a priority in your life leads you to grow in your relationship with God, which in turn leads you to express your love towards Him, giving you motivation to execute His Plan for your life. This motivation cycles back in your soul with the result of consistent / daily perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine and the renewing of your mind.
The fact that the humanity of Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father is indicative of the fact that He has made the most fantastic system of power available to you!
Objective thinking about the “things above” includes cognition of your Portfolio of your Invisible Assets, understanding the Predesigned Plan of God in detail, perception of the unique things related to the great power experiment of the Church Age, especially the Eleven Problem Solving Devices.
The Ten Unique Factors in the Church Age
- The Baptism of the Spirit Created us a New Spiritual Species and Royal Family Forever:
Prophecy: John 14:20, 26; Acts 1:5 and fulfillment: Acts 2:1-39. New Creatures – 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15
1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
- The Unique Predesigned Protocol Plan of God in a Unique Dispensation Called the Age of Grace: 1 Cor 1:25; 2 Tim 1:9; Eph 3:2
Eph 3:2 – “Stewardship of God’s Grace.”
1 Cor 1:25, NLT – “This “foolish” plan [purpose] of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
2 Tim 1:9, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose [plan] and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”
- The Unique Equality Factor Related to Election and Predestination of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God (PPPG).
Rom 10:12 “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him.” Compare Gal 3:28; Col 3:11 w/ Rom 8:29-39; Eph 1:4-5.
1.) Election expresses the sovereignty of God for every Church Age believer. It provides equal privilege in our Royal Priesthood and equal opportunity in our logistical grace support. It’s your privilege and support to live in His Plan
2.) Predestination is the provision of the sovereignty of God for each member of the Royal Family. It provides equal privilege in the Baptism of the Spirit, and equal opportunity inside God’s Power System. It’s your privilege and opportunity to function in His Plan.
- Our Portfolio of Invisible Assets:
“The Riches of His Glory” – Eph 1:3‑6, 18; 3:16-18; Rom 9:23, which includes:
a.) Primary Assets: Escrow blessings and assets of Election and Predestination.
b.) Secondary assets: Volitional assets, production assets, the assets of undeserved suffering for blessing, and invisible impact [personal, national, international, and angelic] assets.
c.) Personnel Assets: Spiritual gifts.
d.) Unique Assets: The Indwell of the Holy Spirit.
- The Unique Royal Commissions; whereby, every believer is a Royal Priest, representing himself to God, and a Royal Ambassador, representing God to man. 1 Peter 2:9; Rev 1:6 and 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 6:20
- The Unique Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age is now revealed in the epistles of the New Testament. Eph 1:9-10; 3:1-11; Col 1:25-27; Rom 16:25‑26
- The Unique Indwelling of All Three Persons of the Trinity. John 14:20-26; Rom 8:10-11
- The Unique Availability of Divine Power to Every Believer. Eph 1:19-20; 3:16, 20
a.) The omnipotence of God the Father is related to our Portfolio of Invisible Assets. Eph 3:14-21
b.) The omnipotence of God the Son preserves and perpetuates human history. Deut 33:26; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Tim 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13-14
c.) The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is the power inside our very own palace, God’s power system for you. Acts 1:8; John 14:26; Rom 15:13; 1 Thes 1:5; 1 Cor 3:16-17; 2 Cor 6:16
- This is the Only Dispensation of No Prophecy, Only Historical Trends.
The Church Age is the only dispensation where there is no prophecy during the course of the dispensation.
There are only two prophecies in the Church Age, which are its termini.
a.) The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which began the Church Age, was prophesied by our Lord in John 14:26 and in Acts 1:5 just before He ascended.
b.) The Rapture of the Church is the next prophetical event.
1 Cor 15:50-52, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
Phil 3:11, “If by any means I might arrive with reference to the exit resurrection, the one from the dead.”
1 John 3:2‑3, “Beloved, now we are the children of God, and what we will be he has not yet revealed. However, we know that if He should appear, we shall be [exactly] like Him because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who keeps on having this hope [hope 3] in Him purifies himself [inside God’s power system] even as he is pure [ultimate sanctification in a resurrection body].”
Tit 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope [the hope of blessing, hope 3] and the appearing of the glory of our great God and savior, Jesus Christ.”
1 Cor 6:14, “Now God has not only resurrected the Lord, but He will raise us up through His power.”
1 Thes 4:13‑18, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
1 Thes 5:9‑10, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.
2 Thes 2:1-9 explains the prophecy just after the Rapture occurs, where in verse 3, the phrase “it will not come unless the apostasy comes first” is a bad translation. In fact, “it will not come” is not in the original language and the word indicating the Rapture or resurrection of the church is badly translated. The word for “Resurrection” throughout scripture is ANA-STASIS, which is a compound word with the prefix ANA, which means, “up” or “upwards.” In Phil 3:11, it is EX-ANA-STASIS, with two prefixes EX and ANA meaning, “From” or “out from” and “up” or “upwards,” respectively.
The root word is STASIS, which means, “a standing;” by implication, “an insurrection;” figuratively, strife: dissension, insurrection, riot, or standing.”
The word for “apostasy” in 2 Thes 2:3 is APO-STASIA, a late form of APO-STASIS meaning, “a standing away from,” and so, “a defection,” “revolt,” as used by extra biblical Greek writers Herodotus and Thucydides. It also means, “departure from,“ as used by Euripides; and “distance,” or “interval,” as used by Plato. Therefore, apostasy is a bad translation here for APO-STASIS where APO is also a Greek preposition meaning, “away from.” That is where we get the term “exit resurrection.”
Rev 3:11, “I will be coming soon; seize [grasp, become the master of] what you have [Bible doctrine], so that no one may take away your crown.”
This is why the Rapture is always called imminent, because there is no intervening prophecy to be fulfilled.
- This is the Only Dispensation of Invisible Heroes. Eph 3:1-13; 4:11-16 emphasize the principle of the invisible hero.
Invisible God, plus invisible assets, plus invisible power, equals invisible heroes. This is related to the 3rd Spiritual Dimension of Height.
So, that concludes the Doctrine of the 10 Unique Factors of the Church Age, and we are challenged to apply the knowledge found in these principles to our every day lives.
As God has command us in Col 3:1-3 to “seek the things above,” we must understand and utilize the power and strength He has for us by understanding the unique time, and unique assets, and unique power He has given to us His children, the Church Age believer, members of the Royal Family of Jesus Christ.
Col 3:1, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
The Session of Christ Related to the Rapture of the Church:
The Ascension and Session Related to the Authority of Christ:
It is an indication of Jesus Christ’s authority.
Rom 8:34, “Who is the One who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died. Yes, rather, who has been raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who intercedes for us.”
Jesus Christ has supreme authority over all human and angelic creatures.
His eternal authority is also seen in the fact that He created the universe and holds it together by the Word of His mouth. Heb 1:1-3; Col 1:16-17; Psa 33:6-12
Heb 1:1-3, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
Col 1:16-17, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven or in earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by Him and for Him. 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.“
Psa 33:6-12, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. 7He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. 8Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. 10The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. 11The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
The Ascension and Session and Your Spiritual Self‑Esteem:
Heb 12:2‑3, “Let us fix our eyes [concentrate] on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who has endured such opposition by sinners against himself, so that you do not grow weary and lose heart, [faint in your souls].”
Whenever we feel we can’t take any more, this is too much for me, I just want to give up and quit, we are to look at Jesus and remember what He endured so that we would live.