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Happy Ascension Day: It is for your good that I am going away

Today is ascension day.  Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead Christ ascended into the sky as the disciples stood watching with their mouths hanging open.

Jesus told them that he would be leaving.  He even went so far as to say it would be better for them.

But I tell you the truth:  It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (Jn. 16.7)

We are to long for the return of Jesus, praying Maranatha and speeding the day of his return.  In the meantime, Jesus says it’s better that he is not here!
Can you imagine what it would be like if Jesus were physically on earth right now? It would be like a five-year olds soccer game.  All of the children start the game in their positions but as soon as the game starts they all, en masse, swarm the ball and follow it wherever it goes.  If Jesus were here that’s what we Christians would do.
For now, we have a kingdom to seek…So Christ went up, the Spirit came down and the Church went out.  
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posted May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

question….I am a christian and understand that Christ bridged the gap for us and gave us a choice to choose life over death. I was wondering about the people between Adam and Eve and Before Christ was raised from the dead. How does God decide whether they have eternal life or eternal death. Can you address that? thanks

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Rebecca J Schaefer

posted May 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I was recently asked a question regarding when the ministry of the Holy Spirit began…
Although the Holy Spirit is sent or released to Christ’s Disciples at Pentecost, would it be true to say that where or when One Person of the Holy Trinity is present, ALL (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) are eternally omnipresent? Just like I AM/The Trinity IS. We see the Spirit present in Genesis 1, so why would Jesus say unless I go, the Comforter will not come to you?

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posted May 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I believe the Spirit was always there. If you are a trinitarian this is part of what you believe. The Spirit moved on the waters (Genesis 1), the Spirit departed Saul (I Samuel), etc. The Spirit didn’t just ‘show up’ at Pentecost. Too many Christians fall into modalism: the view that the three persons of trinity exist only in their function not in their essence.

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