Psalm 68:18 You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men…
The apostle Paul made clear that these words applied to the risen Christ when he wrote:
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”
Ephesians 4:9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?
Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
Jesus is the one who “ascended on high.” He leads captive the captives of death, for all were in Sheol (Hades) before He released them. (He was “the Breaker” who went up before them.) Therefore, as the King James Version says, “He led captivity captive, ” just as Abram and David had done before Him.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)