The Ascension of Christ

Recoving a Neglected Doctrine

Patrick Schreiner

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The Ascension is essential to the gospel

The good news of Jesus includes his life, death, resurrection, and future return—but what about his ascension? Though often neglected or misunderstood, the ascension is integral to the gospel.

In The Ascension of Christ, Patrick Schreiner argues that Jesus’ work would be incomplete without his ascent to God’s right hand. Not only a key moment in the gospel story, Jesus’ ascension was necessary for his present ministry in and through the church. Schreiner argues that Jesus’ residence in heaven marks a turning point in his three-fold offices of prophet, priest, and king. As prophet, Jesus builds the church and its witness. As priest, he intercedes before the Father. As king, he rules over all.

A full appreciation of the ascension is essential for understanding the Bible, Christian doctrine, and Christ’s ongoing work in the world.

Praise for the book:

"Patrick Schreiner is one of contemporary Christian scholarship’s brightest lights. In this book, Schreiner expertly explains the crucial and neglected place of the ascension—not only in the biblical story, but in the story of each believer as well. This book will show you how Jesus’ present place in heaven can upend your life on earth now, for the better." – Russell Moore, president, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

"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

"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." – Gavin Ortlund, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai, California

"Schreiner beautifully and brilliantly guides us through the completion of Christ’s work in his ascension and session at the Father’s right hand. 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

The Ascension of Christ
Lexham Press