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The Visions of Mrs. E.G. White

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    OBJECTION 44. — IMPARTING POWER TO DISCIPLES

    “According to this vision, “Jesus wished to return to his disciples, after having ascended to Heaven, and ‘WHILE WITH THEM impart power unto them,’ whereas the Bible informs us that he bade them ‘tarry at Jerusalem,’ after his ascension, till they were ‘endued with power from on high.’ Thus .... he did NOT ‘while with them impart power unto them:’ but shortly after his ascension (on the day of Pentecost), the promised power came. Here Ellen and the Bible disagree.”VEGW 113.2

    We can but ask, in charity, if the objector never read John 20:22, which states that Jesus, on the evening of the day of his resurrection met with his disciples, and breathing on them, said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost! Thus he did impart power unto them. He begat them to a lively hope, by showing himself to them, “speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God,” and breathing on them the Holy Ghost. This is all that the vision asserts. Hence, “here Ellen and the Bible” do not “disagree.” The “promise of the Father,“ for which he told them to wait at Jerusalem, is another thing.VEGW 113.3

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