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Note that in verse 39, John also clarifies another matter of great importance: Jesus would indeed give the spirit but not until after he was taken up and glorified at the right hand of God. Only then would he be authorized and empowered to do that. This was according to the plan and will of God. The spirit will be given to the people of the Messiah by the Messiah himself.  What an extraordinary honor that God would give his Christ the power and ability to convey holy spirit to his people.10

Jesus foretells his disciples of the coming of the spirit on this wise:

"I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:48).

Jesus Christ accomplishes all things that he does by the spirit of God. And, what more amazing example of his active work for his people than that it is he –by God’s choice and authority – who gives that spirit to his people.  

Jesus Works "With" Them

The matter of bringing his fellows to peace with God was and "is" most primarily the mission of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who tells Thomas that "I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). That principle is immutable and remains after he is taken up even to this very moment (Acts 4:12, Heb. 7:25).  

The disciples of Jesus Christ are a people who are called to participate with him in what is essentially his work (Acts 5:31; 13:23).  Jesus did not leave his disciples to carry on in this great effort without him.  As we have been seeing, it is by the unfathomable power of God that Jesus is able to continue a personal relationship with his disciples after he is taken up into heaven. By the spirit of God, he continues to teach, comfort, correct and direct the activities of his people. This is according to the design of God and accomplished by the wonderful connection of holy spirit between Jesus and his disciples.

As he approached the time of his departure from them, Jesus spoke to comfort and encourage them for the days ahead. Notice his last words recorded as by Matthew:

"And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Mat. 28:20).

His promise in Matthew 28:20 is not that he will be with them "at" the end of the age. Rather it is that he will be with them "to" the end of the age. Until he returns "in body," he will continue to be with them through spirit.  When rightly understood, we recognize that the giving of the spirit was not for the purpose that it would "replace" Christ or be a "stand in" for him during his absence.11  Rather, the spirit was given by him to his disciples so that he could come present with them and lead in the work he had called them to do.  Thus, it is by the spirit that Jesus is the active head of his church. Notice his earlier promise to them:

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Mat. 18:20).


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10 Jesus instructs his disciples to pray to the Father and the Father will give them  holy spirit (Luke 11:13).  It is further clear that the spirit will be given because Jesus will pray to the Father and he will send it (John14:16). Yet, the relationship of Christ to this matter of the giving of the spirit is so direct that the Scriptures consistently indicate that Christ is the “baptizer” with the spirit (Mat. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; Jn. 1:33); that he "gives" it (John 4:14); and that he personally “sends” it (Luke 24:49, John 15:26; 16:7).    

11 It is sometimes heard among Christians that now is "the day of the Holy Spirit." That is to say that the Holy Spirit has come in the absence of Christ and that it is the Spirit which leads the church. This is an unfortunate misunderstanding of the role that the spirit plays in relationship to God's people.  Again, the spirit is given not to "substitute" for Christ but rather as a means for "Christ" to lead the church and continue with his people.




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