John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever, (17) Even the Spirit of reality...He abides with you and shall be in you. (18) I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you...
[Part 1 of 2] ...as long as He [Christ] was in the flesh, He was unable to be in the disciples. Therefore, in the Gospel of John He indicated to them that it was expedient for them that He die and then be resurrected. In resurrection He would then be able to enter into the disciples as life and remain in them as their person and thereby propagate Himself. After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus came back to the disciples as the life-giving Spirit and breathed Himself into them (John 20:22). The Lord's breathing of Himself into the disciples was His propagation of Himself in them as life. After the Lord breathed Himself into the disciples, He stayed with them economically for forty days. The Lord's presenting Himself alive was for the purpose of training the disciples to practice and enjoy His invisible presence. Before His death the Lord's presence was visible in the flesh. After His resurrection, His presence was invisible in the Spirit. His manifestations, or appearings, after His resurrection were to train the disciples to realize, enjoy, and practice His invisible presence, which is more available, prevailing, precious, rich, and real than His visible presence. The Lord's invisible presence is just the Spirit in His resurrection, whom He breathed into the disciples and who would be with them all the time. [continued Monday]
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