The Ascended Christ – Henry Barclay Swete

Today’s free book is Henry Barclay Swete’s study of the post-Ascension ministry of Jesus Christ, originally written for ministers in training. Swete writes:

The purpose of these pages is to follow our Lord so far as we may into this higher life of the Spirit. In this attempt there will be no need to resort to speculation. If the Gospels fail us here, their place is taken by the Acts, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse, which contain the testimony of the Spirit of Jesus to the Ascended Christ. The Spirit of Jesus is the Spirit of Truth, and we are assured that in the Apostolic writings we are face to face with realities. What we are taught in the Epistles as to the glories of our Lord’s life in heaven is no less matter of fact than the most certain features of the tradition preserved by the Synoptics.


My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Henry Barclay Swete [1835-1917], The Ascended Christ. A Study in the Earliest Christian Teaching. London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1911. Hbk. pp.168. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. The Ascension and the Session
  2. The King
  3. The Priest
  4. The Prophet
  5. The Head
  6. The Mediator, Intercessor, and Advocate
  7. The Forerunner
  8. The Presence in the Midst
  9. The Coming One
  10. The Judge
  • Postscript
  • Index

Main image: Jesus’ ascension to Heaven depicted by John Singleton Copley in Ascension (1775). Source: Wikipedia