Christ has ascended into heaven as God and Man – with our humanity. Now and forever more Christ is a man. Because He has taken a human nature to Himself, He has taken a man into the Trinity. His purpose in bringing a human nature into the Trinity was to bring us with Him into the very life of God. By accepting the gift of the Spirit we become incorporated into Christ and are made new, a process that has begun now – with our Baptism and subsequent Christian living – and will be completed in heaven. God’s ultimate purpose is to bring all of humanity, glorified and joined to His Son, fully into the Trinitarian life, sharing in the very relationship of Christ the Son with the Father.
Let us then continue moving forward with the face of the ascended Christ before us; through Christ “this momentary light affliction [will produce] for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
David J. Conrad