Almighty, All-Knowing Ruler
of Heaven and Earth
While Jesus was still living, he told his disciples that they had the power to ask him to do anything and he would do it.
I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26672a" data-link="[a]”>[a] for anything, I will do it.
So if this was the case, why would the disciples need an invisible (holy) spirit to give them special powers and abilities? Why not just take Jesus at his word, pray to Jesus for anything in his name, and Jesus would do it? Why need a spirit when Jesus, the Almighty, All-Knowing Creator of the Universe has already promised to do anything that you ask?? Was this promise by Jesus only contingent if Jesus was still physically present on planet earth? Wouldn’t this promise still apply if Jesus was sitting at the right hand of his Father in outer space (heaven)?
Dear Readers: Is it possible that the concept of a “Holy Spirit” coming after Jesus was gone, just an invention of the Early Church to justify a failed messiah; to justify why Jesus did not immediately set up the New Kingdom as Old Testament prophesy had said that the Messiah would do? Maybe the following passages in the Book of Acts are purely “spin”, produced by an Early Church whose members had been sitting around waiting for Jesus’ return during their lifetimes. But since he didn’t come back, they invented another source of comfort…The Comforter, an invisible, (holy) ghost.
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 While staying<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26917a" data-link="[a]”>[a] with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26918b" data-link="[b]”>[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.