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In John 16 Christ says he must leave so the Holy Spirit can come. Why is that? John16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

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Ken Qualls
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I think he was saying more than that he had to leave, but that he had to leave by way of the cross and all that was involved in it.  He continued by saying:  ???If I go, I will send him to you.??? He knew that he was going. He then said that when the Holy Spirit came he was going to convict the world of sin:
1.  ???In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;???
2.  ???in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father???,???
3.  ???in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.???

Jesus had to be crucified, resurrected and exalted in order to complete the work that the Father sent him to do. If he didn???t leave, i.e. Complete his task, then Satan, the prince of this world would not stand condemned and there would be nothing for the Holy Spirit to do in regard to sin, judgment or righteousness. See John 12:31,32.

by Ken Qualls 2 years ago

Abigail
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I take having the Holy Spirit as one of the largest privileges of my life. I know every single day that Jesus is literally dwelling inside of my soul. I am only 18, I don't have as much knowledge as maybe some others on here, but I know my God has healed me. Not only in an emotional way, but from a physical ailment as well. And I can say that if it was not for the Holy Spirit Himself, I would not have let everything go to receive that gift. I wanted to flee from ever going into that holy spot. The Holy Spirit is what drove me to the footsteps of healing. He led me to Jesus.

by Abigail 10 months ago

Ephrem Hagos
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The context, in general, and the thrice repeated words, "going to him who sent me", "I go away" and "If I do not go", in particular, point unmistakably to Christ's death on the cross as a pre-condition for the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The reason is found in what can be called the Law of God, viz.: "What gives life is God's Spirit; man's power is of no use at all", as first conceived in "the tree of life", applied repeatedly throughout the Scriptures and consummated in Christ's death on the cross.
(Gen. 2: 7-17; John 6:63; Luke 23: 40-43)

In other words, the conclusive proof of Jesus Christ's divinity as "I Am Who I Am" or God Almighty and "source of life", in person, as the exclusive function of the Holy Spirit, requires nothing less than rendering of his humanity completely ineffective through his death on the cross. (John 3: 14-15; 8: 21-28)

That is how Jesus promised "to draw everyone to me" and why he told his disciples "The time will come when you will wish you could see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it." (Ibid, 12: 32-33; Luke 17:22)

by Ephrem Hagos 2 years ago

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In John 16 Christ says he must leave so the Holy Spirit can come. Why is that? John16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

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