Question 1. When Jesus rose from the dead in the middle of human history, was this simply a very odd event, or did it have ramifications for history itself?
Answer 1. "The resurrection was the central event of all history, but we have to take this as the central even for all history. It defines history; it establishes the trajectory of the remaining story...the defining event of the new creation, the new heavens and the new earth.. It is harbinger of all things made new." (pg.21)
Q 2. When Jesus ascended into heaven and approached the Ancient of Days, what was given to Him?
A 2. Universal authority over all the nations of men.
Q 3. When Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, in what three senses has this created a longing, a "groaning," for the day of resurrection?
A 3. "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits fo the Spirit, even we ourselves graoan within ourselves, wiating for the adiption, [to wit], the redemption of our body...Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom. 8:22-23, 26.