The Authority Of The Apostles

Today,  they speak of appearances of Jesus in  person.  They are prompting people to touch him or be touched by him.  Although David is quoted in Acts 2:25 "For David speaketh concerning  him, I  foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand,  that I should not be moved," comes from the Old  Testament and  cannot be confused with today. We are in the  New  Testament time:  

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father  interceding  and preparing  a place for us. "Therefore being by the right hand  of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and  hear."
(Acts 2:33)

The  reason  Pentecost can not be a measure of  "being  born again"  is  variety of events in which people received  the  Holy Spirit.  The Apostle Peter, an eye witness of the life, the  person, the crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of God, had been
promised  the  baptism of the Holy Ghost.

He  received  the  Holy Ghost along with the rest of the disciples, not at Pentecost, but at another miraculous occasion. Jesus told Mary at the tomb after His  death,  "..Touch  me not; for I am not yet  ascended to  my Father:  but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend  unto my  Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.  Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord,
and [that] He had spoken these things unto her." (John  20:17,18)

Notice  that  Jesus had not given the people the  Holy Spirit  at this time, because the Father had to grant  permission after the ascension to heaven. That  ".. same day at evening, being the first [day] of  the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for  fear  of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in  the  midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.

"And when he had so said, he shewed  unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the  disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send  I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and  saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain,
they are retained.
" (John 20:19-23)

Why did He breathe on  them? He  could not touch them because He had not scended to  heaven. Notice that Jesus gave the disciples more than the Holy Ghost, he gave them authority to remit sins. Doubting  Thomas still had to be convinced though and Jesus came  back  after the ascension, eight days later and  said  unto Thomas: "Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and  reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not  faithless, but believing." (John 20:27)

Of course, after that,  Thomas believed.

To prove that we will have a very similar body  as  we have  today, Jesus remained for weeks after he ascended  and  descended  in His eternal body and fished, ate and talked with  his disciples, as usual.

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