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 No man has ascended to heaven.

Jesus said this just before the famous passage that nearly all have heard (Jn.3:16)

John 3:12-14 Jesus explains If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

As with any scripture we need to read it in its full context and not let a certain portion be lifted out that overrides the actual meaning for our interpretation. What Jesus is saying is that No man, is qualified to speak of heavenly things, we know this is part of the answer because of the verse before says this v.12. "If I have told you earthly things, and you do not believe, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

For anyone to speak of these things in heaven requires one of seeing them; and as no one has ascended into heaven and returned, so no one is qualified to speak of them but one, He who came down from heaven to earth. This does not mean that no one had GONE to heaven, for Enoch and Elijah had been brought there without dying (Gen 5:24; compare Heb. 11:5; 2 Kings 2:11).

What it means is that no one had ascended and "returned," to be qualified to speak of the things there. There is only one, the one called the Son who descended.

[But he that came down ...] The Lord Jesus. He is represented as coming down, because, being equal with God, he took upon himself our nature, John 1:14; Phil 2:6-7. He is represented as "sent" by the Father, John 3:17,34; Gal 4:4; 1 John 4:9-10.(from Barnes' Notes)

Has ascended or "has been there." Jesus says that no one has been in heaven except the Son of man who came down out of heaven; because no man could be in heaven without having ascended thither. (from Vincent's Word Studies of the New Testament)

Has ascended or "has been there, or who is in heaven."  The emphasis is on He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. In other words it is his place of origin, where he resides, of which he made plain throughout his ministry. The rest of the discourse is about why God sent his Son.

Then in John 3:31-32 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies. Again referring back to what he first said about ascending and descending.

Proverbs 30:4, the writer asks a series of six questions. The first question is: Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? The fifth question is what is his name. Jesus by his statement to Nicodemaus is identifying himself to Nicodemus.

So the meaning of the passage is not of Jesus giving a definitive statement that no one has gone to heaven (ie. Enoch or Elijah).

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