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In not a few instances the Scriptures possess both a literal and a mystical force: Example 8

Thus, when Christ announced the free intercourse which now exists between heaven and earth, and which His redemptive work was to produce, He described it in words taken from Jacob’s vision:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man” (John 1:51).

Very remarkable and full was that statement, containing much more within it than has been discerned by the majority of expositors. It not only declared that there was to be restored a blessed intercourse between the holy spirits of the upper world and the saints while here in the lower one, but it also revealed the foundation on which that intercourse rests, furnishing the key to such passages as Acts 12:7, and Hebrews 1:14. It is to be carefully noted that Christ here referred to Himself as “the Son of man,” a title which uniformly alludes to His self-abasement as the last Adam, or to some of the consequences of His obedience unto death.

As the result of Christ’s atoning death, a new and living way has been opened into the very presence of God, blood-washed sinners having the title to draw near unto Him in full assurance of faith. But John 1:51, teaches something more than that the Redeemer is the uniting link between heaven and earth, the alone Mediator between God and men, namely that one of the precious fruits of His atoning work is the restoration of that long-forfeited intercourse between men and angels. As Christ broke down the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles by His death upon the cross, having thereby slain the enmity which was between them, so He has also made an end of the estrangement which sin had caused between holy angels and men: they are brought together as the two branches of one family, gathered and united under one Head (Ephesians 1:10). By the blood of His cross, Christ has reconciled all things in heaven and in earth (Colossians 1:20), uniting them together in one happy fellowship, and for that reason did an angel say unto John,

“I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 19:10).

Thus John 1:51, teaches us that Christ is the Medium of a spiritual communion between the inhabitants of earth nd heaven, the Maintainer of their fellowship.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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