The Ascension and the Parousia of Christ


Thomas F. Torrance, "The Ascension and the Parousia of Christ," in Space, Time and Resurrection (Edinburgh: Handsel Press, 1976), 143-158; #1976-331i


Torrance, Thomas F. "The Ascension and the Parousia of Christ." In Space, Time and Resurrection, 143-158. Edinburgh: Handsel Press, 1976; #1976-331i

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Abridged in Robert Walker, ed., The Atonement (#2009-TFT-1i), ch. 9.

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“He who was made flesh is the Creator Logos by whom all things were made and in whom all things are upheld. When he became incarnate, and divine and human natures were united in his one person, his humanity was brought into an ontological relation with all creation. So far as our humanity is concerned that means that all men are upheld, whether they know it or not, in their humanity by Jesus Christ the true and proper man, upheld by the fulfilment and establishment of true humanity in him, but also through his work in the cross and resurrection in which he overcame the degenerating forces of evil and raised up our human nature out of death and perdition. But the range of Christ's mighty acts in incarnation, reconciliation and resurrection apply to the whole universe of things, visible and invisible. The whole of creation falls within the range of his Lordship, as he works out his purpose by bringing redemption together with creation, and actualizing the holy will of the Father in everything. Eschatology has here a teleological relation to the whole realm of created existence, and leads into the doctrine of ‘the new heaven and the new earth’. God does not abandon his creation when he has saved man, for all creation, together with man, will be renewed when Christ comes again. Since he is the first-born of the new creation, the head in whom all things, visible and invisible, are reconciled and gathered up, the resurrection of Christ in body becomes the pledge that the whole physical universe will be renewed, for in a fundamental sense it has already been resurrected in Christ.” (pp. 154-155)