- In John 16:7, Jesus tells His disciples, "If I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you."
- After His resurrection, in John 20:17, Jesus tells Mary Magdelene, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'" (Seemingly saying He hadn't yet "gone", as required for giving the Spirit.)
- But then in John 20:22, before His ascension in Acts 1:9, Jesus breathes on His disciples saying "Receive the Holy Spirit."
- Later, in Acts 2, the disciples are waiting in Jerusalem per Jesus' instructions when the Holy Spirit fills them in power (often referred to as the baptism of the Spirit / beginning of the Church) and they speak a miraculous word that leads to some thousands receiving Christ.
- Did the disciples really receive the Holy Spirit in John 20:22? That Jesus "breathed" on them (biblical word study on "breath" shows it indicates the giving of life) seems to indicate more than a mere promise; but I'm confused
- If the disciples did receive the Spirit in John 20:22, how? Was it their spiritual rebirth? And if so, I thought Jesus said He had to "go" before the Spirit would come.
- If John 20:22 was rebirth, then what the heck is Acts 2?
- How does this all translate into our expectations and experience as Christ followers today?