John 20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace be to you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you. (22) And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
[Part 4 of 4] In John 20 we see that in His resurrection Christ as the life- giving Spirit, the ultimate consummation of the Triune God reaching His redeemed people, came back to His disciples in an excellent and mysterious way to breathe Himself into them. The Lord breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." These disciples were the representatives of the Lord's Body. Into these representatives He entered as the life-giving Spirit. On another occasion the resurrected Christ told the disciples, "And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you, stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). Before His ascension to the heavens, the Lord charged His disciples, who had already received Him as the life-giving Spirit within them as life essentially, to wait until, after His ascension, He would pour Himself out upon them as the all- inclusive Spirit economically [in order to carry out God's plan]. In His resurrection He breathed Himself into His disciples essentially. Then economically He ascended into the heavens. Therefore, economically the Lord Jesus is now in the heavens as the glorified One, and essentially He is in His disciples as their life. Hallelujah for the One who is both within His disciples essentially and on the throne in the heavens economically! May we all have such a view of our wonderful Savior.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, pp. 6-8. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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