Between the Ascension and Pentecost

We know that Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after he had been raised from the dead. During these 40 days between the resurrection and the ascension, Jesus appeared to his disciples and taught them about the kingdom of God (Acts 1). Ten days after the ascension, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

What exactly happened between the Ascension and Pentecost?

1. Jesus took His place at the Father’s right hand. Acts 2:32

2. Jesus received all authority in heaven and on earth. Matt 28:18

3. Jesus was bestowed a name that is above every name. Phil 2:9-11

4. Jesus received the keys of Hell and of death. Rev 1:18

5. Jesus received the Holy Spirit and the right to pour out the Spirit upon all flesh. Acts 2:33

6. Jesus became a great high priest and mediator of a new covenant. Heb 4:14, 8:6

7. Jesus began to rule all things. 1 Cor 15:25 , Rev 1:5

8. Jesus became the Head of the church. Eph 1:22

This Jesus is living in you and in me – we are now his dwelling place. He takes possession of us through the Holy Spirit and we become the habitation of God. We are his body and He lives in us, speaks through us, fellowships with us, continues His ministry through us and transforms us into His image – until we all reach the measure of the fullness of His own stature.

Oh, what a salvation! What a Saviour! What a God!

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The kingdom of God

In the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and ascension to Heaven, He appeared to his disciples and spoke to them of things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Since He spent so much time speaking about the kingdom of God, it will be worth our while to study and meditate on this and apply it to our lives.

I will portray my understanding on this topic and while I realise that you may not agree with it, I urge you to think about these things and come to a conclusion in this regard. We must realise that what is of paramount importance is not just talking about or debating the kingdom of God, but entering it and experiencing it.

The kingdom of God can be understood as the rule of God or the dominion of God. 

1. It was spoken of by John the Baptist, that it was at hand – Matthew 3:2

2. From the days of John, the kingdom has been forcefully advancing – Matthew 11:12

3. The kingdom came when Jesus, the king came to earth – Mark 1:14,15; Matthew 12:28; Colossians 1:13 (the kingdom of Jesus)

4. The kingdom arrived in power when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost – Mark 9:1; Matthew 12:28; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:33

How do we enter this kingdom?

1. John 3:3 – Unless you are born again, you will not see the kingdom of God. To see the kingdom is to understand the kingdom. We cannot even begin to understand the things of the kingdom of God unless we are born again. To be born again is to repent of one’s sinfulness and to believe in (receive) Jesus Christ the Lord. This is a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in the heart of man.

2. John 3:5 – Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. To enter the kingdom is to experience the kingdom. Unless we are born of water (baptism in water) and born of the Spirit (baptism in the Holy Spirit), we cannot experience the kingdom of God.

What are the characteristics of the kingdom of God? Let us look at ten important characteristics. If we claim to be in the kingdom of God, we must exhibit these characteristics in our lives.

1. Romans 14:17 – Righteousness, peace and joy.

2. 1Cor.4:20; Acts 1:8 – Divine supernatural power to be witnesses to the King.

3. Daniel 2:44 – It destroys all other kingdoms, cannot be destroyed, stands forever.

4. Luke 9:1,2; Luke 10:19 – Authority over demons and sickness and over all the power of the enemy (Satan).

5. Galatians 5:22,23 – The fruit of the Spirit.

6. Acts 10:38 – Power to heal sicknesses (oppressed by the devil).

7. John 14:12 – Power to do the works of Jesus and greater works than those.

8. Gal. 5:16; 1 John 3:9 – Victory over sin and the flesh.

9. 1 John 5:4 – Victory over the world.

10. Matthew 13:31-33 – It grows and spreads.

Hebrews 1:6  shows us that faith is the “currency” of the kingdom. All transactions in the kingdom are effected by faith.

The kingdom of God has come! Jesus is the king! Hallelujah!

Let us submit to the King, enter into the kingdom of God and be worthy citizens of the kingdom.