Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit
Jesus promised us, His disciples, that He would send “another.” At Pentecost, the church was strengthened for her mission as the Holy Spirit was poured out in the upper room. The Spirit is God’s continued presence and power dwelling in His Church, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16) This is not to say that God the Holy Spirit is confined to the Church, but it is the power of Christ working in us. God the Holy Spirit is active in the World, calling, convicting, teaching, encouraging, gifting – bringing about God’s will.