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The Ascension of Christ


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Patrick Schreiner (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary. He is the author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross and Matthew, Disciple and Scribe.


Despite its universal significance and scope, the ascension of Christ receives relatively little attention from many Christians. This insightful and eminently readable treatment of the doctrine by Patrick Schreiner does much to bring Christ's current heavenly reign back into the limelight where it belongs. If you've never heard of Christ's ascension or if you've done your theological homework, The Ascension of Christ will bring fresh insights and a deeper understanding regarding this important event in Jesus's saving work. --Matthew Emerson, associate professor, Oklahoma Baptist University

I cannot remember the last time I heard a Christian talk about the ascension of Christ, let alone why it is indispensable to the Christian faith. But it is! Patrick Schreiner opens our eyes to a myriad of ways the ascension matters for Christ and his church. Apart from the ascension, Christ's authority as prophet, priest, and king is not vindicated, nor can he continue his intercession and reign from his heavenly throne, or build his church by his word and Spirit. Without the ascension we have no future hope either. So pick up and read this book. For not only is Jesus alive, but he reigns, guiding his church until one day we ascend with him in glory. --Matthew Barrett, associate professor of Christian theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and executive editor of Credo Magazine

Noting that Christ's ascension is an important but neglected area of theology, Schreiner provides an insightful, pithy, and accessible introduction to the topic, particularly demonstrating its significance for Christ's threefold office of prophet, priest, and king. Readers will find this book to be well-organized, brief yet thorough, biblically deep (especially in its use of the Old Testament), and theologically precise. This book is a wonderful one-stop shop for learning about the significance of Christ's ascension for theology and for the church's practice. --Gavin Ortlund, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai, California

Patrick Schreiner tells how, beginning from the book of Acts, he started looking around and soon came to see the ascension everywhere. That is exactly how this doctrine is: easy enough to overlook, but astonishing in its scope and significance as soon as you start paying attention. This book is a great guide to the importance of Jesus' ascension, and an invitation to start seeing it everywhere. --Fred Sanders, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University

Patrick Schreiner's book The Ascension of Christ is an excellent treatment of an important but often overlooked aspect of Christ's work. In very short space, Schreiner provides a remarkably comprehensive and clear analysis of the ascension. He writes with humor, warmth, and theological precision. This book is without doubt one of the best works that has been written on the ascension. --Peter Orr, lecturer, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

The ascension is one of the most important Christian doctrines there is, but it is also one of the most neglected. In a short book full of helpful insights and illustrations, Patrick Schreiner shows us what it is, why it matters, and why it is not just necessary but delightful. --Andrew Wilson, teaching pastor, King's Church London

The gospel often preached today fails to accurately reflect biblical teaching. It tends to be truncated and distorted. In this brief and accessible book, Schreiner helps us recover a neglected dimension of the gospel--Jesus' ascension. Through this lens, the beauty and power of the gospel comes back into focus, and Jesus' continuing roles as prophet, priest, and king are highlighted. --Carmen Imes, associate professor of Old Testament at Prairie College, and author of Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters

With Christians so focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus (and rightly so), we sometimes ignore or neglect what happened after that, much to our loss. Schreiner beautifully and brilliantly guides us through the completion of Christ's work in his ascension and session at the Father's right hand. Christ's work as our prophet, priest and king deserves honor and devotion in every aspect, including his post-resurrection ministry. If you read just one book on Christ's ascension, make it this one. Highly recommended! --J. Scott Duvall, chair, Department of New Testament, Ouachita Baptist University

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