By telling the disciples these things, Jesus Christ was preparing them for the coming of the holy spirit that would be poured out upon them, beginning on the day of Pentecost. Through His dying, as the payment for the sins of all mankind, He fulfilled the purpose God revealed through the Passover Lamb. After His resurrection, Jesus Christ became our High Priest, and through Him, man could now have access to the very throne of God.
Having access to God has been made possible because sin can be forgiven through Jesus Christ. God will not be in the presence of sin, and therefore, will not dwell in those who are not being forgiven of sin. The reason Jesus Christ died is so that we could be forgiven through Him and so that God the Father and Jesus Christ could dwell in mankind. This is the only means whereby the holy spirit of God can dwell in us, so that we can be transformed (in our thinking) in order to come into unity and oneness with God's true way of life.
In regard to what would happen on Pentecost and continue on within the Church, Jesus Christ told the disciples the importance of the holy spirit that would be sent to them. He had been their advocate, the one who, up until now, had been with them to give them aid and help in God's way of life; but now He was going to die, so He told them that He would now pray to His Father to send them another advocate:
I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another advocate [Gk.-helper, one who gives aid], that he may abide with you for ever. (John 14:16) This word for "advocate" in the Greek has confused some scholars because it is a masculine word, like many other inanimate objects. "Advocate," in this case, is not a being as some have supposed. Jesus Christ is referred to as our advocate in
1 John 2:1, but in this case, Jesus Christ is referring to the holy spirit that would be poured out upon them to give them help and aid. Since Christ was no longer going to be with them (in their physical presence), they needed the advocate that was the holy spirit. Receiving the holy spirit in their lives meant that God the Father and Jesus Christ would be with them and literally in them, through the spirit that can dwell in the mind, in the spirit essence that is already in man.
Christ explained about the advocate:
The Spirit of truth which the world cannot receive because it sees it not, neither knows it. But you know it because it dwells with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17)
The holy spirit is something that cannot be received or experienced by people in the world until God gives it after He grants them repentance and forgiveness. So the world cannot know the things that only the spirit of God can convey to the human mind. The spirit of God gives mankind the ability to see (understand, know) things of the spirit—of God and His true ways.
God revealed a most incredible thing to the disciples, but people have not understood what Christ was saying:
I will not leave you guideless. I will come [Gk.-"am coming"] to you. (John 14:18)
This is the same expression that He used in a previous verse: If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3)
Jesus Christ is not speaking of a future event concerning His eventual return at His second coming, since this word that is translated "will come" is not a future tense verb. In the Greek, it is
"present tense, indicative mood, middle voice." Since English does not have a middle voice, it is usually difficult to translate the middle voice into English. A way to better understand what is being said is to understand the "present progressive tense" in English grammar.
This would be most difficult for a translator who does not understand God and the way He is going to help bring about a complete transformation in the mind of man from a carnal, selfish spirit to a giving, completely unselfish spirit.
The peculiar tense of this word determines a very special meaning. It means that, at some point, Jesus Christ will begin coming and He will continue to come. This has no meaning if you are speaking of physical human beings. But God was revealing that He and His Son would begin, at some point, to come into a person's life through the power of the holy spirit and that they would continue to do so, abiding in (dwelling in, living in) the individual. This is why Jesus continued with His explanation of the holy spirit which would be given, as an advocate, after He was in heaven:
Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more, but you will see me, and because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14:19-20) He explained that the world would no longer be able to see Him (physically) because He was about to be killed, entombed and then resurrected into heaven. He explained that the disciples would be able to see Him (spiritually) and that because He would live, they would live also (spiritually).
Christ said that when the holy spirit began to come to them (the disciples) that this would be the time that they could know (spiritually experience) that the Father and Christ were dwelling in them, and they (the disciples) in Them. On Pentecost this process began, God the Father and Jesus Christ began to come into the lives (minds) of the disciples (spiritually) and to dwell in them. As others would be called into the Church (be baptized, and receive the impregnation of the holy spirit—begotten spiritually), then they, too, would begin to experience this same life dwelling in them (continually coming into them).
On Pentecost, God began dwelling in mankind. This is the very thing that Jesus Christ was revealing to His disciples on His last night of physical life, on the Passover night. This is one of the most profound things that God has ever revealed to mankind—how He and His Son could dwell in man and continue doing so in order to bring about a spiritual transformation in man's spirit. It wasn't until this point, after 4,000 years of man on earth, that God revealed this to a select few; and it is now nearly 2,000 years beyond that time that God has chosen to begin the process of revealing these things to all mankind:
He who has my commandments, and keeps them is he who loves Me [to truly come to know God is to live by the way of life contained in His words—in His commandments]. He who loves Me will be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and I will manifest [to reveal spiritually, to make Himself known] Myself to him. Judas said to Him, not Iscariot, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest Yourself to us and not to the world? " Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man love me he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode [Gk - dwelling place] with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My word
[logos], and the word [logos] which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. " (John 14:21-24)
When Jesus Christ said that He and His Father would come into the disciples' lives and make their abode [Gk.- dwelling place] with them, He was explaining something more fully which He had already introduced to them:
In My Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
The word that is translated as "mansions" is so often translated incorrectly. This word is used in only one other place and that is in verse 23 where it is correctly translated as "abode," which in the Greek means a "dwelling place."
Yes, God's plan includes His ability to make His dwelling in us possible by the holy spirit that He gives once a person has been baptized and begotten of God's spirit. After that, God will dwell in us and continue doing so, as long as we are faithful to continue the process of repentance and seeking His life to remain in us.
The apostle Paul explained this same process in Ephesians: For through Him [Jesus Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Therefore you are now no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints [of those God has called], and of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:18-19)
This is the very thing Christ was speaking of when He said, "In My Father's house are many dwelling places (places of abode)." In other words, the household of God is made of many who will be able to become part of the God Family, in the Temple of God (spiritual), in the Household of God:
You are being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone. In whom all the building, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. (Ephesians 2:20-21) God is revealing here that once people are called into a relationship with Him and are baptized and receive the impregnation of the holy spirit, then they become a part of a spiritual household—the spiritual Temple of God. Through God dwelling in man, man can begin the process of transformation:
In whom you also are being built together for a habitation [place to dwell] of God through the spirit. (Ephesians 2:22) There is much more to learn about this process, but this has shown the purpose and means by which God was able to dwell in His own Son in order to fulfill His purpose for mankind through Jesus Christ being our Passover. It is through all that Jesus Christ fulfilled as our Passover, and then being resurrected as our High Priest, that now God also can dwell in mankind to bring about the complete change which is necessary in order to be born into the very Family of God—Elohim!
It is through the means of God dwelling in mankind that the mind can be changed from selfish to unselfish, from the way of get to the way of give, and from carnal (physical) thinking to Godly (spiritual) thinking. This is what Paul explained:
Do not be conformed to this world [to the ways of this world, which is natural], but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
It is only by having God's life (the holy spirit) dwelling in us that we can have our thinking (minds) changed to come into unity and oneness with the will and word of God. Our minds must be renewed, and it is by this means that we can begin to prove God's way. We then can begin to put His ways into action in our lives, so that we can prove to ourselves that only God's way of life is good and perfect.
Hopefully the following scripture that God said through Paul will now mean more to you, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). The very mind of God, the Word (Logos), was made flesh. Jesus Christ became the Word of God that was made manifest to mankind. God's purpose is that this same mind dwell in man, to transform him, so he can eventually enter His (God's) very family, the Family of God, the Kingdom of God—Elohim.
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