"The teaching of the Paraclete, as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, must also be understood as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction"
"The teaching of the Holy Spirit/Paraclete
I have argued that divine instruction comes through Jesus. However, it is likely that to be 'taught by God' in John 6.45 also has an internal aspect. In addition to Jesus' teaching, divine instruction seems to be an inward teaching by which an individual is drawn to Jesus. This is indicated by the parallel between the 'drawing' of 6.44, and the teaching and learning of 6.45ab. That teaching in the Fourth Gospel can be understood as an internal event is clear from the reference to the Holy Spirit/Paraclete teaching all things (14.26).
John 14.26 is in fact a significant passage for discerning how the evangelist understands divine instruction. Here, the Paraclete and Holy Spirit are clearly identified. The future tense of the verbs in 14.26 is notable; the Spirit's activity is said to be (from Jesus' perspective) in the future. As Schnackenburg suggest, 14.26 is directly connected with 14.25. Jesus speaks to the disciples while abiding with them (14.25), but cannot clarify everything in his limited discourse. Therefore, he promises them the future teaching of the Holy Spirit/Paraclete (14.26). In light of the many clear parallels between the Paraclete and Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, this suggests that the Holy Spirit continues the didactic role of Jesus. If my argument in this chapter is correct (i.e., that Jesus' teaching is understood by the evangelist as direct divine instruction) then the teaching of the Paraclete, as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, must also be understood as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction...
The didactic storyline of the Fourth Gospel suggests that in order to portray the didactic relationship between Jesus and the Father, the evangelist develops an analogy based on the relationship of a father and son. The ultimate purpose of the analogy is to indicate that Jesus learns so perfectly from the Father that he becomes transparent to God. Therefore, when people hear Jesus' teaching, they receive direct divine instruction. I conclude the chapter by suggesting that the teaching of the Holy Spirit/Paraclete, because it is understood as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, is also regarded as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction."
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity
Coronet Books (December 2008), pp. 106-7
"The Message of the Comforter does not detract in any way from the teachings of Jesus the Christ. It does not encroach on the long-established system of organised, orthodox belief. On the contrary, the World Mother is coming into physical manifestation at this critical time to expound the teachings of the Christ, to present them in a form that will be acceptable to all God's children, to draw the peoples of the earth together, to unite, to bind, to gather the scattered flocks of the human family; to function as the Comforter of the world during the period described in the Scriptures as"The last tribulations."..
The only difference between the teachings of this little book and those of the Scriptures lies in the fact that the writer sees the Holy Spirit in the garb of a Woman, a Mother. Time alone will show us whether this is correct or not. No one who is under a delusion is mentally equipped to create the form of a mighty Being who is able to manifest among men as a leader, able to give expression to the powers of the Spirit in prophecy, in healing, in telepathy, in working the signs and wonders and miracles which we are wont to associate with the life of Jesus, and Jesus alone, in spite of the fact that He said 'The works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye do.' A modern Messiah who is able to save the situation at the eleventh hour would naturally manifest in such irresistible power that all our reasoning will be swept away. And that is what I expect; a demonstration of the power and majesty of God in the fragrant beauty of an earthly, feminine form, a comforting, womanly Presence whose mission will be far more effectively carried out because it presents the most unexpected deliverance."
Johanna Brandt, The Paraclete OR Coming World Mother (1936), pp. 4-5
"If one researches the words for"Spirit"In Hebrew and Greek, one will find that in Hebrew it is actually a feminine word, and in Greek it is neuter, having no specific gender association. Thus, the choice among orthodox and fundamental Christians to speak of the Holy Spirit as male is a distortion of the actual languages of the Scriptures. Recognizing this, when the model of the Holy Trinity is used among Gnostic Christians, the Holy Spirit is spoken of as female and is often called The Mother Spirit...
There are no images of God the Father in Sophian tradition. The Father represents the transcendental aspect of God, which is formless, nameless, and only known through God The Mother, which is the immanent aspect of God. The Father is the Great Unmanifest and The Mother is All Manifestation. Thus, the Divine Mother is God ever near to us—as near as our breath, the beat of our hearts and our very bodies, material and spiritual. She is the All-in-All according to Sophian teachings, and being the matrix of creation and the archetypical principle of form, images of The Mother abound."
Tau Malachi, Living Gnosis
Llewellyn Publications (Sep 8 2005), pp. 81-2
"At the heart of Christianity stands the figure of Jesus and the message he embodies. In the Greek language of the New testament, this message was called euangelion. We traditionally translate that word as 'gospel,' but in modern English it would be more exact to translate it as 'good news.' ...
Christianity is about two thousand years old. In that time, it has developed many aspects that are related loosely, if at all, to the original message of good news. As long as these aspects of Christianity don't undermine or conceal the good news, there is no harm in that. In some cases, however, later developments have virtually negated the good news...
Christian people continue to owe their primary allegiance to the Jesus who proclaimed the good news. Both within the church and outside it, people are now in a time of refocusing and rediscovery, a time in which they are asking what is really central to Christian faith. If we encounter conflicts between the good news and the traditions of the various Christian denominations, we must be prepared to choose the good news over everything else.
My book is one effort to express that good news in terms that can make sense today. There are undoubtedly other ways as well, and yet not everything that claims to be the good news of Christ actually is. You, the reader, must try to judge. Here are three tests to apply.
1. It must be related to the words and life of Jesus as we find them in the gospels.
2. It must be news, offering some element of surprise, some new way of looking at the world, even when you've already heard it a hundred times.
3. It must be good news, giving hope for the future, not merely creating new burdens and obligations.
These are alarmingly high standards to suggest to one's readers."
Louis William Countryman, Good News of Jesus: Reintroducing the Gospel
Trinity Press International (February 1, 1993) , pp. 1-2
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty
I have told them (Her 1970's disciples and leaders) I had never said this on from a platform... They have been telling me, 'Mother, you must say that once.' I said, 'In America I'll declare it.'
So today I declare that I am the Holy Ghost. I am the Holy Spirit who has incarnated on this Earth for your Realization."
New York, USA—September 30, 1981
Advocate/Paraclete."The term occurs in one of the fullest descriptions of the nature and function of the Holy Spirit and is therefore more important than its limited use would suggest. If John was the last gospel written, as was suggested early by Clement of Alexandria (150-215 C.E.), then it is not surprising to find there a fuller expression of the nature of the spirit than was usually present in the OT or the synoptic Gospels (including Acts). In the Gospel and Letters of John, the spirit is described as being sent from the father to be in and with the believers, teaching them, and reminding them of Jesus' words and deeds (John 14:15-26). The paraclete is identified with Christ (1 John 2:1) and with the spirit (John 14:26), is said to proceed from the father as"The spirit of truth," and will guide Christians to the truth (John 15:26; 16:13)."
W. E. Mills and R. A. Bullard, Mercer dictionary of the Bible (1990, 13)
"In 16:12-15 the Paraclete guides Jesus' community into all the truth, but it does so in a complex way: The Paraclete will move the church towards the future, declaring things to come, while at the same time the Spirit will speak only what the Spirit has heard — the things of Jesus, and hence things that are the Father's. The Spirit's instruction turns in two directions, speaking of originality, newness and the future, and at the same time of dependence, givenness, and the continuing authority of what has been disclosed.
The supreme purpose of the Spirit's work is the glorification of Jesus (16:14). By the Paraclete, the fullness of the divine life that is brought in Jesus is made known and accessible to redeemed humanity."— Daniel B. Stevick 2011, 289
"He always talked about the future. He said 'You have to enter into the Kingdom of God'; 'Holy Ghost has to come.' He said that 'You have to get somebody who will counsel you; who will redeem you; who will comfort you and that is the Holy Ghost.'"
"The Third Discourse (like the First Discourse, and unlike the Second) is full of predictive terms. More than thirty main clauses speak of the future. Jesus says of himself I am going to the Father (16.5). And of the Paraclete he says, I will send the Paraclete (16.7), who will guide you into truth (16.13). She will glorify me (16.14). She will take what is mine and declare it to you (16.13-14)."
Daniel B. Stevick, 2011, 243-44
"If we follow Him then we cannot be conditioned by anything because He talked of Spiritum only. Spirit cannot be conditioned, conditioned by anything... I am here to tell you all these things which Christ could not tell, and to fulfill what He wanted to say. All those things I am saying to you."
Christmas Puja, Delhi, India—December 24, 1995
"Christ didn't say that, 'I am the Destination.' He said, 'I'll send you the Holy Ghost'; 'I'll send you a Comforter'; 'I'll send you a Redeemer'; 'I'll send you a Councilor.' He talked about the future."
"These days there are people who are going all over the places to find out the truth, the enlightenment. And there are so many books available, so many people who talk about enlightenment. And this is only in this special age, which I call as the Blossom Time, is happening. If they are not seeking the truth, that means they are not yet evolved as this should have been. But this is a special time that we call as the Last Judgment and that time has come. In the Koran it's called as Qiyamah and described very clearly what will happen at this time. All these have been indicated in all the books which are, I would say, mystical or we can call as religious—whatever you may call it—the mystic part of it. They have all indicated this time. This time, by the end of this century, this should happen."
The Blossom Time, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK—July 5, 1998
"To know God itself is such a great blessing, because He is the God Almighty; the God who has all the powers and all the loved ones.
He is our Father, He is waiting for us to enter into His Kingdom, to enjoy that peace and beauty of His Being, because He has created us and He wants His Creation to come up to that."
"I am here to do the job of God Almighty's."
Bordi, India—February 6, 1985
"Jesus says in v. 7 that he will send the Spirit. In the First Discourse he said that the Spirit would be given by the Father in answer to his request (14.16) or in his name (14.26). In either way of putting the matter, the Paraclete is not generated by human initiative, but stands of God's side of things and engages human life out of divine freedom. Vv. 8-15 set forth the mission of this new divine presence, first in relation to the world (vv. 8-11), and then in relation to the community of faith in Jesus (vv. 12-15)."— Daniel B. Stevick, 2011, 249
"All that the Father has is mine.
for this reason I said that she will take what is mine
and declare it to you. 16:15
The Evangelist again uses the idiom of agency; the Father shares everything with the Son, his emissary, All that the Father has is mine. The Son, as 'the agent of God for salvation,' has made the Father known. Jesus will in the same way send the Paraclete (v. 7), who is his agent, as he is the Father's. The Spirit takes what is Christ's (and therefore also ultimately the Father's) and, as a faithful shaliach, declares it to Jesus' people. For the third time since v. 13, the term declare (anangelo) is used of the Spirit. The Spirit who is first a hearer (v. 13b), becomes articulate as a communicator, a preacher, a herald. All is finally from the Father; all is shared between the Father and the Son, but through the Spirit all is finally declared to you."— Daniel B. Stevick, 2011, 259-60
The Paraclete Shri Mataji Question raised at a 1988 public program:
"Who is Shri Kalki?"
"Christ said that He was the Son of God. And He said He was the Path, and He was the Gate. What He said was absolute truth, absolute truth for Me, and for all the Sahaja Yogis. But before that, if I say something, I don't want to get crucified. So once you get your Realization, you will know who is Shri Kalki. You will know who is who, what I am. Everything you will know. But first of all you get your Realization is a better idea."
The Time of Resurrection, Public Program
Geneva, Switzerland—11 August 1988.
"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu called as Kalki there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter into the Kingdom of God, which in the Bible is called as Last Judgment...
When the Work will be finished, when we will see that there is no more chance of having any more people in this line, Kalki will come down. Let us see how many will come in but there is also a limit of that... So be very careful. Be very, very careful. Today is the Day of Warning you because you have asked Me to talk about Kalki."
Kundalini And Kalki Shakti, Bombay, India—September 28, 1979
"The Paraclete will present the case of God and of the believing community against the world. While the Advocate is teacher and guide of Jesus' people, she turns to the unbelieving world a face of severity. The Spirit will have dealings with the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment — three things which the world needs to know and which it thinks it knows on its own."
Daniel B. Stevick, 2011, 250
"One may thus speak of a typology of Qur'anic prophets, a model of prophecy recognizable by the manner in which a particular prophet sets about his mission of warning a proud or sarcastic or ignorant community, the (often violent) rejection of his message, and ultimate vindication by God in the form of retribution. This typology is reinforced by the Qur n itself, which proclaims that no distinction is, or should be, made among prophets and that true belief must include the belief in all prophets (Qur n 4:150). It is in some such general typological framework of prophecy that the Jesus of the Qur'an should be placed, and often is not."— Tarif Khalidi, 2001, 10-12
"I should do something to bring sense to these people. Something should happen to them otherwise what I see is a complete disaster. It is going to happen. I do not want to frighten you like Mrs Thatcher does about the Russians. That might be imaginary. But this is real. I am warning you that the Disaster is going to come as destruction itself."
London, UK, 6 June 1983
"The Last Judgment has started. We are facing the Last Judgment today. We are not aware of it. And all the satanic forces have come out like the wolves in sheep's clothes. And they are trying to attract you and you do not judge them. You only sit down and judge the Reality. It has started! It is a fact! It has started!"
Kingston, UK, 6 November 1980
"I have such respect for so many of them (Muslims). I wish they could accept that this is not Jihad time anymore but Qiyamah Time, the Resurrection Time, the Blossom Time. Are they going to miss it?"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"On 28 February 1990 Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, on Her way to Australia, stopped at Changi Airport, Singapore. She informed the Sahaja Yogis who had gathered to meet Her that in Islam there was a complete surah written about Her. In this surah it was stated that the Sent One will give Realization, will make you Pirs and give Collective Consciousness. But you will be non-believers."
(Divine Cool Breeze Revelations 1989-90, Vishwa Nirmala Dharma, p. 141.)
"The Kingdom: Reign or Realm?
New Testament scholars generally agree that the burden of Jesus' message was the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15;Matt. 4: 17) .The same message was entrusted to the twelve disciples (Matt. 10:7) and to a band of seventy on a later mission (Luke 10:9, 11). The critical problem arises from the fact that Jesus nowhere defined what he meant by the phrase. We must therefore assume either that the content of the phrase was so commonly understood by the people as to need no definition or that the meaning of Jesus' proclamation is to be interpreted in terms of his total mission and conduct. We have already determined that Jesus' message was marked by two important emphases. The messianic salvation foretold by the prophets was being fulfilled in his person and mission; but there remained an eschatological consummation when the messianic salvation would be perfectly accomplished in the age to come. Against this background, we must examine the use of the 'Kingdom of God' in the Gospels to discover its meaning in Jesus' message.
THE GOSPEL DATA
The difficulty of the problem will be seen when the Gospel data are briefly surveyed. The Kingdom of God appears in diverse contexts. We may isolate at least four distinct uses of the phrase. First, in a few places, the Kingdom of God bears clearly the abstract meaning of reign or rule. This has been recognized by the translators of the Revised Standard Version who render basileia by 'kingly power' in Luke 19:12, 15; 23:42, and by 'kingship' in John 18:36. A second group of sayings refers to the Kingdom as a future apocalyptic order into which the righteous will enter at the end of the age. In such sayings, the Kingdom of God is interchangeable with the age to come (Mark 9:47; 10:23-25; 14:25; Matt. 8:11 = Luke 13:28). In a third group, the Kingdom is something present among men. The most notable sayings are Mark 10:15 where the Kingdom is something men must now receive; Matthew 6:33 = Luke 12:31 where the Kingdom is something to be sought; Matthew 11:12 and 12:28 where the Kingdom is a power active ill the world; and Luke 17:21 where the Kingdom is plainly asserted to be present within or among men.' In a fourth group, the Kingdom is represented as a present realm or sphere into which men are now entering (Matt. 11:11= Luke 16:16; Matt. 21:31; 23:13; cf. Luke 11:52).
Many critics select one meaning of the Kingdom of God and try to interpret all other sayings in terms of one central emphasis lest the unity of the concept be lost and there result an unfortunate decomposition of it. Those who accept Consistent Eschatology interpret the sayings about the presence of the Kingdom either a secondary or as referring to the present signs of the Kingdom but not to the Kingdom itself. Those who find the central truth in the present Kingdom often evade the force of the eschatological sayings by attributing them to an early Christian apocalyptic misunderstanding of Jesus' pure spiritual message, or by interpreting them in symbolic terms. However, Jesus taught a present fulfillment in the setting of future consummation. The question therefore arises whether it is not possible that these several types of sayings may reflect diverse facets of a single but complex idea. What is the central idea in the Kingdom of God? Is it the reign of God, or the realm over which he reigns? Is it possible that it can be both? And if so, what is the relationship between these two elements?
THE QUESTION IN RECENT CRITICISM
The difficulty of this question is illustrated by the diverse conclusions to which recent scholars have come. Furthermore, it is not enough merely to solve this initial problem, for both concepts—reign and realm—have been employed in the interest both of Consistent Eschatology and of noneschatological views. Therefore, we must ask not only whether the Kingdom of God is God's reign or the realm over which he reigns, but also about the relationship of the reign and realm to the present and the future.
Followers of Consistent Eschatology have interpreted the Kingdom of God both as God's reign and as the realm of his reign Bultmann thinks that the Kingdom is the eschatological act of God by which he will inaugurate the new age. He asserts that this essential meaning of a miraculous, world-transforming divine act by definition excludes any idea of a present kingdom,' Others who follow Consistent Eschatology see the Kingdom not as the divine eschatological visitation, the final inbreaking of God's reign, but as the new order of the age to come. Maurice Goguel defined it as ' new order which will be realized by an act of Cod.?' Consistent Eschatology can interpret the Kingdom of God either as the final eschatological visitation or as the new order introduced by this divine event."
George Eldon John, The Presence of the Future
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (July 29, 1996) p. 122-4
THE APOCALYPSE OF THE SPIRIT-PARACLETE
Fulfillment of the promised divine eschatological instruction
"It's better to tell you after Realization that I am the Holy Ghost — no doubt. I am the one about whom Christ has talked."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity
"Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John .i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man."
M. Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science
"And when Jesus foreannounced another Comforter, He must have intended a Person as distinct and helpful as He had been."
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost
"The Paraclete has a twofold function: to communicate Christ to believers and, to put the world on trial"
Robert Kysar, John The Meverick Gospel
"But She—the Spirit, the Paraclete...—will teach you everything."
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ)
"Grammatical nonsense but evidence of the theological desire to defeminize the Divine."
Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything
"The functions of the Paraclete spelled out in verses 13-15... are all acts of open and bold speaking in the highest degree."
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines
"The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus."
Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
Bultmann calls the "coming of the Redeemer an 'eschatological event,' 'the turning-point of the ages."
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament
"The Paraclete equated with the Holy Spirit, is the only mediator of the word of the exalted Christ."
(M.E. Boring) Benny Thettayil, In Spirit and Truth
"The divine Paraclete, and no lessor agency, must show the world how wrong it was about him who was in the right."
Daniel B. Stevick , Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17
Stephen Smalley asserts that "The Spirit-Paraclete ... in John's Gospel is understood as personal, indeed, as a person."
Marianne Meye Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John
"The Messiah will come and the great age of salvation will dawn (for the pious)"
Eric Eve, The Jewish context of Jesus' Miracles
"The remembrance is to relive and re-enact the Christ event, to bring about new eschatological decision in time and space."
Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God
"The Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of 'judgment' on the powers that rule the world."
Michael Welker, God the Spirit
The Paraclete's" appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed."
Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
"While the Spirit-Paraclete is the true broker, the brokers they rely on are impostors."
T. G. Brown, Spirit in the writings of John
"The pneumatological activity ... of the Paraclete ... may most helpfully be considered in terms of the salvific working of the hidden Spirit."
Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit
"The pneuma is the peculiar power by which the word becomes the words of eternal life."
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John: Charting the Fourth Gospel
"The gift of peace, therefore, is intimately associated with the gift of the Spirit-Paraclete"
Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of John
"This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing."
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith
"Because of the presence of the Paraclete in the life of the believer, the blessings of the end-times—the eschaton—are already present"
Robert Kysar, John
"They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation."
Robert E. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary
"The Kingdom of God stands as a comprehensive term for all that the messianic salvation included... is something to be sought here and now (Mt. 6:33) and to be received as children receive a gift (Mk. 10:15 = Lk. 18:16-17)."
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament
The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) "Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history — starting with the disciples — were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.
No one knows the answer to those questions, the pope said Nov. 26 at his weekly general audience, but Catholics are convinced that the end of time will not bring the 'annihilation of the cosmos and of everything around us.'
God's plan, he said, is to renew everything in Christ and 'bring everything to its fullness of being, truth and beauty.'"
Pope Francis, November 26, 2014
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The Resurrection was expressly taught by Christ (John 5:28-29; 6:39-40; 11:25; Luke 14:14) and is the central eschatological doctrine of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
She spent four decades of 3000
worldwide speaking events
delivering the Good News.
"The Paraclete represents direct,
intimate divine intervention,
supporting and teaching
believers and challenging the
world, as Jesus did." "The
Paraclete cannot be received by
the world (14:17), as Jesus
himself was rejected (5:43; 12:48;
15:18-20). The world which does
not know the Paraclete (14:17)
did not know Jesus (16:13)."
(Stevick 2011, 290-92)
"The teaching of the Paraclete, as
the continuation of Jesus'
teaching, must also be understood
as the fulfillment of the promise
of eschatological divine
instruction." (Witmer 2008, 208)
"Tell all the nations and tell all the people all over the Great Message that the Time of Resurrection is here now, at this time, and that you are capable of doing it."
Cowley Manor Seminar, UK—31 July 1982
"This is the transformation that has worked, of which Christ has talked, Mohammed Sahib has talked, everybody has talked about this particular time when people will get transformed."
Chistmas Puja, India—25 Dec. 1997
"The Resurrection of Christ has to now be collective resurrection. This is what is Mahayoga—has to be the collective resurrection."
Easter Puja, London, UK—11 April 1982
"Announce it to all the seekers of truth, to all the nations of the world, so that nobody misses the blessings of the Divine to achieve their meaning, their absolute, their spirit." The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
"The main thing that one has to understand is that the time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all the scriptures of the world." The Paraclete Shri Mataji
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