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New City Catechism Question 51

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Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. - Romans 8:34

Charles Wesley wrote a beautiful hymn text called "Arise, My Soul Arise" that perfectly fits this question. Dan Forrest composed a great musical arrangement that I have placed below.


Arise, my soul, arise! Shake off thy guilty fears;

The bleeding Sacrifice in my behalf appears.

Before the throne my Surety stands;

My name is written on his hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede,

His all-redeeming love, his precious blood to plead.

His blood atoned for all our race,

And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary;

They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me:

“Forgive him, oh, forgive!” they cry,

“Nor let that ransomed sinner die.”

My God is reconciled; his pardoning voice I hear.

He owns me for his child; I can no longer fear.

With confidence I now draw nigh,

And “Father, Abba Father!” cry.