Originally posted by David C
[b]Step 1: 1 Cor 15:3-8
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Tw ...[text shortened]... Grab a friend, and pray to God that Jesus appear before you.
Let us know the results, OK?[/b]
Jesus did appear to us this morning as we set our hearts to enjoy Him.
But this was not a physical appearing. "The last Adam became a life giving Spirit" says 1 Cor. 16:45.
Christ in His physical resurrection also transfigured Himself into the ife giving Spirit. This life giving Spirit imparts the Person of Christ into a mans or women's innermost being.
Of course He promised that one day He will appear again for the physical eyes to see. When He does I think most people will think that it is too soon rather than too late.
In the mean time we have an advantage over the first disciples. For Jesus was only be among them. But in resurrection He can within us. So He told them that it was expedient for them that He go away that He might send the Another Comforter - the Spirit of reality.
Christ today is the life giving Spirit who can join one spirit with our human spirit causing Him to "appear" within our lives. When He takes control then others also will see the transformation in our personalities and Christ in a sense appears to them through us also.
As for asking and gathering in His name. I can't believe that such immaturity would assume that this is making a Vending Machine out of the Son of God.
In His name means in His Person. When you get into His Person and all that He wills and all that is of His desire, then you may ask according to His will and it shall be done.
Don't assume that this is your asking to spend upon your lusts. This is asking in His name and gathering into His name meaning gathering into all that He represents as being absolute for God.
This kind of harmonious asking in oneness and in the realm and sphere of Christ is effective. We are asking Him to return to this earth and we believe that the accumulated asking of the Christians may soon be answered.
When He comes most people will think that it is too soon.