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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CommentaryClarke'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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LibraryJanuary 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 …
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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.
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.
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
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