Ephesians 4:9
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New International Version
(What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?

King James Bible
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Darby Bible Translation
But that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth?

World English Bible
Now this, "He ascended," what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Young's Literal Translation
and that, he went up, what is it except that he also went down first to the lower parts of the earth?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But that he also descended - The meaning of the apostle appears to be this: The person who ascended is the Messiah, and his ascension plainly intimates his descension; that is, his incarnation, humiliation, death, and resurrection.

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he ascended.

Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment?...

John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

John 6:33,62 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world...

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Father...

Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit you on my right hand...

he also.

Genesis 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.

Exodus 19:20 And the LORD came down on mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount...

John 6:33,38,41,51,58 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world...

John 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know from where I came, and where I go...

John 16:27,28 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God...

the lower.

Psalm 8:5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly...

Hebrews 2:7,9 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands...

Library
January 14. "Unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ" (Eph. Iv. 13).
"Unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. iv. 13). God loves us so well that He will not suffer us to take less than His highest will. Some day we shall bless our faithful teacher, who kept the standard inflexibly rigid, and then gave us the strength and grace to reach it, and would not excuse us until we had accomplished all His glorious will. Let us be inexorable with ourselves. Let us mean exactly what God means, and have no discounts upon His promises or commandments. Let
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The End of Religion
EPHESIANS iv. 23, 24. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put ye on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. This text is exceedingly valuable to us for it tells us the end and aim of all religion. It tells us why we are to pray, whether at home or in church; why we are to read our Bibles and good books; why we are to be what is commonly called religious. It tells us, I say, the end and aim of all religion; namely, that we may put on 'the new man, which
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

Grieving the Spirit
'Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.'--Eph. iv. 30. The miracle of Christianity is the Incarnation. It is not a link in a chain, but a new beginning, the entrance into the cosmic order of a Divine Power. The sequel of Bethlehem and Calvary and Olivet is the upper room and the Pentecost. There is the issue of the whole mission and work of Christ--the planting in the heart of humanity of a new and divine life. All Christendom is professing to commemorate
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

The Threefold Unity
'One Lord, one faith, one baptism.'--Eph. iv. 5. The thought of the unity of the Church is very prominent in this epistle. It is difficult for us, amidst our present divisions, to realise how strange and wonderful it then was that a bond should have been found which drew together men of all nations, ranks, and characters. Pharisee and philosopher, high-born women and slaves, Roman patricians and gladiators, Asiatic Greeks and Syrian Jews forgot their feuds and sat together as one in Christ. It is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

Cross References
Isaiah 44:23
Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.

Ezekiel 31:14
Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortals who go down to the realm of the dead.

John 3:13
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.

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