Our destiny is 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, who had difficulty putting together what Jesus had said. Even this generation has little understanding of what Jesus meant because of the doctrine of the second coming of Jesus Christ. “In a little while, you won’t see me anymore, but after that, you will see me again.” JOHN 16:16.

The message assures the apostles who worked with Jesus would not be put to shame, rightly dividing the word of truth and promulgating the gospel. Jesus’ promise would be fulfilled when the apostles finished the race, and they would see each other again in heaven. They will be with the Father face to face this time, and their sorrow will turn to joy.

Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand and is a Spirit. It reveals 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.” It could give us an excellent answer to 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, humans must experience the separation of the Spirit from the body. 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. In 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 his accomplishments of saving the sinful world and his life to the Father who owns it.

Luke 23:46—Jesus loudly said, “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 John 6:63. We must give up the life 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 Father’s right side, which should reveal to us that Jesus is already a Spirit.

Galatians 4:6—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 forever.

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—By saying, “It is finished,” Jesus told the Jewish world there was no need for sacrifices or temples because his work had already fulfilled what their sacrificial system foreshadowed.

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

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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