For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
GO AND TELL!
Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the
dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would
be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 "You are witnesses of these things. 49 "And behold, I am sending
forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high." The Ascension 50 And He
led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed
them. 51 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried
up into heaven. 52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem
with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising God.
In John 14:23 Jesus reveals for His
disciples, in all its glory, that which is intended for them, as He
speaks about The Father and Himself and says: "We
will come to him and make Our abode
with him (dwell within you:
Something the disciples most certainly did not understand much of at
Jesus now stood before the time, when He
should be revealed as a conqueror in front of Gods throne in Heavens
Holy place, and The Father should send His Sons Spirit into the
believers hearts. Jesus now should, on a completely new way join
His friends. That is what Jesus speaks about in verse 49 here. God
Himself should now, on a particular way, dwell within them. "He will
dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be
among them." (Rev. 21:3). This, which one day shall happen fully,
visible to all men, has also happened already by the fact of Jesus‘ act.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit is dwelling within man (John 14:23), and man
is dwelling in heaven. (Eph. 2:6). This is how the Word of God describes
But The Holy Spirit was, after all, with the disciples before Whit Sunday too, as He also was with the faithful in the time of the old covenant. No one can, after all, believe in Jesus without The Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3). But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised,” says Paul in 1 Cor. 2:14.
But now the time was approaching, the
time which Peter calls: "The
sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow" (1 Pet.
What was claimed as payment for the
salvation of the world? What was claimed as payment for your
salvation? The entire Script testifies about it, says Jesus. In the
narrative about the so-called ”Emmaus wanderers” earlier in the same
chapter by Luke, it sounds: "Then beginning with Moses and with all the
prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the
There are so many who never see
(believe) this, and therefore never enter in to His rest, but strive
more or less with their own religious activities instead. That can be
everything from a simple evening prayer (just in case!), to deep
theological studies, humanitarian contribution, mission and ecstatic
What help would it do, if the disciples
had begun to study theology, if Jesus had not opened their minds?
are witnesses of
these things." (v.48).
Accordingly, that Christ who had to suffer and arise on the third
day, has suffered and arose on the third day!
for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the
forgiveness of sins."
And, after given the disciples this
blissful message, He parted from them, while He was blessing them, and
was taken up to heaven. But just you wait, my friends - my brothers - a
short time in the town (Jerusalem), and I am coming back to you again,
in a way you never ever could have thought of.
"They,...worshiped Him." (v.52). Here you see whom they believed Jesus to be! As Jews they were well acquainted with the first commandment: "Do not have any other gods beside Me."
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