The Omni-presence of Christ

Omni-present = to be present in all places at all times.

In Matthew 18:20 Jesus says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” And again in Matthew 28:20 he says, “… And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

But Jesus was born fully human. He was killed and resurrected fully human. He ascended into Heaven and remains there… fully Human. (John 1:1-4&14, John 19:16-30, John 20:1-18, Acts 1:9, Revelation 5:5-14) So how can anyone, even God the Son be Omni-present and in a human body at the same time?

Is this a question of the deity of Christ? Yes, but there is more. It is a question of the Trinity and the relationship between the three who are one. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is spirit, Jesus is clear about that in John 4:24. God the Son became one of us, human and God at the same time. In Colossians 1:15-19 we see Christ as both God and Man. Then we look at God the Holy Spirit. He is active in the world throughout time and present in all believers since the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. But the promise of the Spirit is not about flaming tongues. It is about God’s presence in our lives all the time. In John 14:16-28, Jesus explains the role of the Holy Spirit.

Notice in John 14 how Jesus explains to us that He will not leave us… (seemingly even though he is…???) First, His promise in v.18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” But in verse 28, He tells them to rejoice for Him because He is going to The Father. How is He going to remain with them? Through the Holy Spirit. In v.28 he reminds them that he has said, “I will come to you.” And in verses 16 and 17 He tells them how the Spirit will come and dwell with them and be in them. So Jesus is teaching that He is present through the Holy Spirit. His promise not to leave us as orphans combined with the presence of the Holy Spirit is the fulfillment and actuality of the omni-presence of Christ.

If anytime we doubt his presence or simply feel alone, we must remember these promises and how they have been fulfilled. Christ is always with us, through the presence of the Holy Spirit. You are never alone.

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