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Spiritual & Biblical Interpretations of Life
 

MEDITATION ON THE MEANING OF HE WHO ASCENDED AND DESCENDED

From Ephesians in the Bible:“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”

 

Light from the Lord can be compared to the scientific dynamics demonstrated in natural light: to our vision light is white, but when sent through a prism it is shown to have particular and unique colors with innumerable gradations. Within the light and heat from Jesus (proceeding from Him as the spiritual sun) is contained wisdom and love, which, when received in the will and the understanding of humans is expressed as innumerable spiritual gifts, talents, and uses. This is also described in Revelation 21: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”.The river is the Holy fire that proceeds from the Lord like a fountain to all life and is received in the souls humans. The leaves of the tree of life and its fruit are all the particular truths and gifts that grow and come to fruition in humanity. In man to express wisdom is to express internalized and particularized gifts of use to others. These spring forth from his divine soul to ours; this is expressed in the phrase, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ”.

 

“He who descended is also he who ascended”: this is an extraordinary scripture that has an unfathomable depth of meaning, but I will characterize as I can. It is very similar to the scripture, “He is the alpha and Omega”. It means that in the culmination of the glorification process, (which I explain extensively on my blog), Jesus reached a state of love which had never existed before, and the height of it corresponds to the depths that he entered. He went through an infinite crucible process, He subjugated all the forces of evil and put them in their place (which is the meaning of ‘he led captivity captive’); and He completely overcame all the temptations put upon him so that He utterly purified His body of all hereditary evil and made it divine. At the some time He completely restored the equilibrium between heaven and hell that had been lost, and in so doing restored the integrity of heaven. In doing this he also restored, one by one, all the avenues of connection between the psyche of man and the structure of heaven. These connections in the psyche of man had atrophied and been lost by the working of evil, evil had succeeded in closing man’s internals. ‘He who descended is also he who ascended’ means that the new height and depth that Jesus reached had correspondence in their new extent to each other. By the depths we mean that He entered the natural/material world as a baby for the first time. This is the first time God had ever been born in the natural world as a human. He suffered and humbled himself to do this and in the course of his life (the glorification process) He made his human body divine in the resurrection, which utterly defies all the laws of physics in the natural world. Defying the immutable laws of the physical world can only be done by entering and becoming the innermost – the new law – of all things! This was an act of such love, wisdom and power it made the presence of the divine burn in the natural world exponentially brighter. Light can come in only to the degree that evil is removed. Because so much had been overcome for such a profound use (saving all mankind) Jesus entered and opened a state of love that had never existed before, (which is expressed in the scripture ‘up far above the heavens’). This breadth of expansion in the natural world and the heavens brought liberty, and potential fulfillment, to the souls of men; and it brought astounding awe and joy to the angels of heaven, which is expressed in many verses in Revelation.

In the highest part of our soul God is in us, and by this we are always tethered to Him, and we are connected to each other in a (potentially) meaningful way. This connection is beyond our normal conscious perception, but in certain seminal moments it can be felt and known. After the resurrection because so much more light was available this could be felt much more readily as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the presence of the Lord; a very real presence and comfort in our life, and that which guides us to face our evils so we can make room in our soul for good.

This is why on the timeline of history the resurrection bursts like a sun! In the end all things and people are defined by their attitude toward the Lord, whether they love Him or hate Him. This is why to be a Christian one needs to believe that Jesus resurrected and made His body divine and is God.

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