The Holy Spirit Of God Is Within Us
Filed Under: Lifestyle, Opinion | Posted: 11/28/2012 at 11:06AM
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Now that Jesus has arisen and ascended to Our Father God, He returns to earth and over the next fifty days, he spends time with His Apostles, teaching them, that which they must learn in order to carry on when Jesus must return to Heaven to rule, awaiting Our Father’s order one day to return and reclaim earth back from satan. Jesus reminds His apostles that even though Jesus has made restitution for man’s sinfulness, and, defeated death for man’s sake that danger still looms.
JOHN:14:30 "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and have nothing in me." The reference to the "prince of this world, as we know is a reference to Lucifer, aka. Satan.
Jesus makes His apostles a promise that even though Jesus has to return to Heaven and to Our Father, Jesus promises that He will not leave the Apostles alone without guidance.
JOHN:14: 16 &26: "And I will pray the Father, and He shall gove you another ‘Comforter’ that may abide with thee for ever;
But the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
JOHN:16:7: "Never the less, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you, that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him.
We see in these couple of passages in JOHN, that Jesus promises to speak to the Father as intercessor for the apostles, asking for the Holy Spirit to be sent to earth, to Jesus Apostles to help them to teach or re-teach them, the lessons Jesus taught, so that the apostles could begin to properly fulfill Jesus Holy Commission of sharing the Gospel with the world.
We also see that Jesus has to ascend to heaven, to instruct Holy Spirit to come. This is yet another illustration, that God, being one in himself as God, that God is also three in one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In JOHN:20:21-22 "Then said Jesus to them again, ‘Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this he breathed on them and saith unto them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.’ "
Here on the Day of Jesus resurrection, as he rejoins His apostles in Galilee, we see Jesus dispenses the power of the Holy Spirit with a breath, and gives them His permission to offer absolution for the forgiveness of sins, or to refuse it. There forgiveness is dependant upon restitution if required also upon forgiveness from the one sinned against. In other words they would have to confess their sin and be forgiven by the person harmed. If restitution was required it must be carried out first before the apostle could absolve the sinful act.
As Christians, followers of Christ Jesus it goes without saying that Jesus, the Lamb who was sacrificed for our sins, is the one and only one with the right and the power to forgive sin, but Jesus give the right to His apostles to ask forgiveness on behalf of ourselves and others and have Jesus instantly grant it. This is a special dispensation granted to His apostles, and I believe is inherant to all who become "Born Again in Christ, Christians."
For example: If my wife and I argue and exchange words of harm one to the other in anger. I must first ask forgiveness from my wife for the harmful words I spoke. I would then ask Jesus to forgive me for losing my temper and the bad words spoken, and as the "Head of the family", I would also ask Jesus to forgive my beloved wife for her loss of temper and words of anger too but only after she has asked my forgiveness. As an apostle a disciple of Christ Jesus, as a Christian born again, I have this right, this obligation to do this.
Scripture at times can be, confusing and confounding to some, and I am no exception. I take the words of God in the Holy Bible literally, so when I first read the scriptural quotes I used in JOHN: 14, and JOHN: 16 it became my understanding that Jesus had to return to Heaven to be with Our Father, and that either God or Jesus would send down the Holy Spirit to be with man. Isn’t that what you got out of those passages too?
Then we get down to my quote at JOHN:20, and Jesus personally delivers the Holy Spirit unto His apostles by breathing upon them. This got me curious. First Jesus says the Holy Spirit will be sent by The Father at Jesus request and then Jesus personally delivers the Holy Spirit to them.
I Immediately turned to God for an explanation, for enlightenment because I was confused. Our Father God after a few moments explained it to me this way. "Indeed I could have sent down my Holy Spirit to them, but they might have doubted and maybe thinking it was satan, turned away from it, for the Holy Spirit cannot enter into one who does not welcome Him in. Therefore I asked Jesus my son, to do this one more thing, and personally deliver The Holy Spirit of God to His apostles."
This is what Almighty God revealed to my heart. This is what I reveal now to you. No I am no prophet. I simply reveal the thoughts the words of My God revealed to me.