“They received the Spirit after Christ had purified them by his sacrifice”


Eclectic Orthodoxy

“If you love me,” said Christ, “keep my commandments.” I have commanded you to love one another and to treat one another as I have treated you. To love me is to obey these commands, to submit to me your beloved. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor.” This promise shows once again Christ’s consideration. Because his disciples did not yet know who he was, it was likely that they would greatly miss his companionship, his teaching, his actual physical presence, and be completely disconsolate when he had gone. Therefore he said: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor,” meaning another like himself.

They received the Spirit after Christ had purified them by his sacrifice. The Spirit did not come down on them while Christ was still with them, because this sacrifice had not yet been offered. But when sin had been…

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