The ascension of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit in patristic perspective: a theological reading

Kapic, Kelly M.; Lugt, Wesley Vander
January 2007
Evangelical Quarterly;Jan2007, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
Scripture is replete with the antithesis of descent and ascent, and the early Church Fathers often employed this framework for understanding the relationship between the ascension of Jesus and the sending (descent) of the Holy Spirit. This essay outlines how many of the early Fathers saw an inseparable connection between the bodily ascension of Christ and the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost. While not normally denying the historical reality of these events, their main emphasis was theological rather than merely historical. In this way the Fathers creatively attempted to relate their Christology to their pneumatology without allowing one to swallow the other.


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