St Paul forgets not, before Agrippa (ch. Xxvi. To lay stress upon the heavenly vision. This last passage teaches us further that the ascension, as the final consummating point of the exaltation of Jesus, must, notwithstanding all this, maintain its place. We denounce the blasphemy Of those who, with Brennecke, Of melancholy memory, fable that Christ lived upon earth twenty-seven years after His crucifixion, planning all kinds Of appearances to His disciples; as well as the theory of Kinkel, which has found too much favour with the learned, that there was no real ascension after the resurrection. The different manner in which the Lord appeared and spoke, after His visible ascension, of itself esta blishes the distinction most firmly; apart from the authentic narrative of that event, and the subsequent doctrine founded upon it. For, although St Paul, according to his essentially correct system, ordinarily gives prominence only to the resur rection (with its infolded results) as the definite point of transi tion between the humiliation and exaltation of Christ — even as the Church kept Easter first, and only afterwards added the festival of the Ascension — yet the same Apostle speaks abun dantly of the Redeemer's session at the right hand of God in heaven (eph. I. 20, etc., iv. 10; comp. Heb. Iv. 14, viii. 1, ix. In the same manner as St Peter does, 1 Pet. Iii. 22.