Exhortations

Destiny

Our destiny from Natural to Spiritual.

When Jesus’ time to leave his disciples came, his farewell message was  “when he leaves, no one will see Him anymore, but after a while, they will see him again. These words confused some of his disciples as they had difficulty putting together what Jesus had said. Even this generation has a little understanding of what Jesus exactly meant because of the doctrine of the second coming of Jesus Christ. “In a little while, you won’t see me anymore, but a little while after that, you will see me again.” JOHN 16:16.

The message is an assurance that the apostles who worked with Jesus would not be put to shame rightly dividing the word of truth promulgating the gospel. When the apostles finish the race, Jesus’ promise would be fulfilled and they would see each other again which is in heaven. This time they will be with the Father face to face and their sorrow will turn to joy.

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and is a Spirit. It is revealing that Jesus is a Spirit as he uttered in John 14:19- “Though the world would see him no more, they would behold him in the power of the Spirit”.  This could give us a good answer for a thousand years question about his coming soon. Jesus proves his spiritual sense of continual presence. As the preterists claim,  Jesus had already fulfilled his second coming. “I am coming soon— Revelation 3:11”.  

Back to the apostles, we could imagine what they had become after their life on earth. Before the Holy Spirit can do all work on the way to eternity, a separation from the body must be experienced. Jesus is the Lord and in Spirit as he sits at the right-hand side of the Father. Jesus said the Father is a Spirit and wisdom dictates that Jesus, as he sits beside the Father, is a Spirit.

If we can make it by faith, the limitations of time of our body on earth could have an afterlife reward to enjoy the habitats of eternity. Back to verse 16, “But a little while after that, you will see me again, because I go to the Father”.  When Jesus was on the cross and uttered “it’s finished”, He submitted not only his accomplishments of saving the sinful world but also his life to the Father who owns it.

Luke 23:46—Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last. God is a Spirit and the Spirit gives life John6:63. We have to give up this life that we have to be with the Father. It is now clear to whom this message reaches as it was written in Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV—“and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Jesus is seated on the right side of the Father and this should have a revealing factor to us that Jesus is already a Spirit.

Galatians 4:6—And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Jesus is here in our hearts. He defeated death and will live forevermore.

2 Corinthians 3:18—“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

John 8:32—“then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Hebrews 9:12, 26—So by saying “it is finished”, Jesus was giving his message to the Jewish world that there is no more need for sacrifices or temples because his work already brought ultimate fulfillment to what their sacrificial system foreshadowed.

As we all know, Jesus is considered the first person to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus during his baptism and anointed him with power.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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