‘It Is Good That I Go’: Jesus Bids His Disciples Farewell

Saturday, 30 Apr 2016

'While remaining a distinct person from Christ, [the Holy Spirit's] presence in these last days is Christ's presence.'
  One way to summarize the ‘Farewell Discourse’ in John’s Gospel (chapters 14’17) is with the phrase ‘trading places.’ In this discourse, the judicial and transformative aspects of the Spirit’s ministry converge, and Jesus impresses upon the hearts of his confused and fearful disciples that his departure is a net gain. We need Jesus Christ ‘enfleshed in our glorified humanity’ at the Father’s right hand, ruling and subduing the enemies of his kingdom and interceding for us. But we also need the Holy Spirit to accomplish what only he can: to work within us to ...

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