Originally posted by caissad4
Your god has been dead and gone for 2000 years, yet you insist on polluting this thread with your false god.
Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day. And in addition to Him physically rising He transformed Himself into a form in which He can enter into people's innermost spiritual being.
First we look at His promise to do so briefly:
"He who has My commandment and keeps them, he is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by Ny Faher, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." (John 14:21)
Here is Christ's promise to MANIFEST Himself to the lover of Him.
He means that He will MANIFEST Himself to them from within them by being imparted into them.
This experience you have never had.
But the conversation continues as the disciples ask Him to explain:
"Judas, not Iscariot, said to Him, Lord, and what has happened that You are about to manifest Yourself to us and not to the world." (v.22)
This disciple rightly understands that Jesus is saying He will manifest Himself not to the world at large as He is then seen physically. But to those who believe in Him He WILL manifest Himself to them and not to the world.
You are one of the unregenerated ones , of the world. So you have not had this manifestation within your innermost spiritual being yet. So this talk seems unrealistic to you.
Jesus answers the questions -
"Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him." (v.23)
Christ the Son and His Father will come to the one who loves Him and keeps His word. And this Divine "WE"
of the Triune God will come TO that man or woman and make an ABODE with them. This means God Himself will abide in them in a way of incorporation. And from within them God will MANIFEST Himself in Christ TO that one.
You look over the hill, down the street, up in the sky, and across the street and say "Your God has been gone for 2,000 years. I don't see your God. He's GONE."
This is foolish talk from a worldly person in whom Christ has not yet with His Father made an abode in him. For you do not love this lovable One and do not want to keep His word. So you are of the world to whom Christ is not yet manifested until He comes again for judgment. Then it will be too late for you to be saved.
In the meantime millions of us down through the centuries have had the experience of regeneration and indwelling of the Holy Spirit and to different degrees this resurrected Son of God HAS manifested Himself to us from His living abode within us.
Now this experience of the indwelling Christ imparted INTO man was pioneered by the apostles. One of these pioneers was the Apostle Paul. And Paul emphatically writes, agreeing with John chapter 14 -
" ... the last Adam [Christ] became a life giving Spirit " (1 Cor. 15:45)
In other words, in resurrection, Jesus also transfigured His being into a divine life imparting Spirit - He became a life giving Spirit.
And this life giving Spirit which is Jesus Christ in His pneumatic form is united, mingled and "one spirit"
with the one who is JOINED to Christ in salvation:
"He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17)
The human spirit is united with the Holy Divine Life giving Spirit to become one interwoven and mingled spirit - joined to the Lord = one spirit with the Lord.
I am very sure of these things. And I am sorry that you have yet to experience this great reality. But you can as sure as I have too.