You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men; yes, for the rebellious also…
I. HIS GLORIOUS EXALTATION. The exaltation of our Redeemer is indeed a sufficient ground of thankfulness and praise; for it is an illustrious proof to the universe that God is reconciled; that there is forgiveness with Him and plenteous redemption for all sinners who will implore His mercy.
II. HIS TRIUMPHANT VICTORY. He has vanquished all our enemies — sin, Satan, death.
III. HIS MEDIATORIAL GRACE. He had purchased blessings for us; and He went to receive them at His Father's hands, that He might impart them to us. But what are these blessings so dearly bought and so freely bestowed?
1. The privilege of prevailing intercession.
2. The gift of universal dominion.
3. The Holy Spirit.Conclusion: —
1. Let our affections be where He is.
2. Let us cast away every desponding thought.
3. Let us inquire — Are the designs of His mediation, with respect to ourselves, likely to be answered? Are we maintaining continual regard to Him in all His offices, and so persevering in faith and holiness that we may say with humble confidence, "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory."
(R. Davies, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.