The Significance of Jesus Sending the Holy Spirit After His Ascension

Question:

Can you please explain the significance of Jesus sending the Holy Spirit after His ascension? I’m not clear on why you find the tenses so important.

Answer:

Thanks for asking. It’s nice to have someone like yourself ask rather than come to preconceived conclusions.

Notice this quote:

“Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [This phrase was added by Ellen White.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [John 14:26]. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you” [John 16:7]. 14MR 23.3

Notice this quote again with all references to Christ in red:

“Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [This phrase was added by Ellen White.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [John 14:26]. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you” [John 16:7]. 14MR 23.3

The first time “Himself” is used it IS referring to Christ, because the next sentence proves it! =)

Notice the word “successor.” That word does not mean predecessor. Christ never said throughout John 14-17 that the Comforter “was” with them. He said He would be with them. This happened every time, except when He referred to Himself in bodily form: “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). Christ was referring to Himself as being “with you” and “in you.” We can see that from the Desire of Ages quote 166.2, “While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.”

The Spirit, in order to be “divested” of the personality of humanity, must have first been ‘invested’ with it! Else this couldn’t be true! Christ lived in our flesh, wove the robe of righteousness without one thread of human devising, and gave US the Spirit that He was able to overcome with! We receive the Spirit who knows HOW to overcome temptation—as God CANNOT be tempted with evil—making it mandatory that Christ take on flesh! It’s critical that the Spirit was given AFTER Christ ascended (Notice COL 118.3, “After Christ’s ascension His enthronement in His mediatorial kingdom was signalized by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost the Spirit was given”) so that we can overcome as Christ overcame as a human who COULD be tempted! =)

This is how EGW could so readily say, “Christ was the spirit of truth” (SW October 25, 1898, par. 2). Please read that context!

This is how EGW could so readily say, “Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter. “The Comforter,” said Christ to His disciples, “which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”” Ms7-1902.10

All of this is the problem… Notice, “The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another” (1888 696.1).

This is evident through the Bible (the book of Acts, for example) and the writings of EGW.

I pray this truth either consumes your mind, or that your mind can break it to show me where I am wrong.

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