"The Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of "judgment" on the powers that rule the world."- Michael Welker
"Through the Paraclete, Jesus and Jesus' word are made present in many experiential contexts in an authentic and concentrated manner. Unlike the fleshly-earthly Jesus, this advocate—and through this advocate, Jesus—can be with the disciples "in eternity" (John 14:16-17). If we bear in mind this differentiated structural pattern of Jesus' diverse yet authentic presence through the Spirit, we will not be disturbed by the observation that with the Paraclete in John 14:16 "Jesus himself is also implicitly" meant, or that with the Paraclete in 1 John 2:1 the exalted Christ is meant. Nor will we be disturbed by the ascertainment of diverse analogous statements about Jesus and "the Spirit" in the Johannine writings. Through the Paraclete Jesus and Jesus' word become and "remain" present in diverse structural patterns of life and experience—without giving up the concentration and authenticity of Jesus' palpable proximity. In this way Jesus' powerful, "heavenly" manner of existence can be present in an earthly way...
The Spirit of God thus generates a force field of love in which people strive so that all things might "work for good" for their "neighbors." In an international situation in which whole countries are politically and judicially neglected, in which the ideology of scarceness triumphs and in which the struggle to prevail economically is the order of the day, this "Comforter" may appear to be an illusion. Yet in truth the Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of "judgment" on the powers that rule the world. From the perspective of structural patterns of life plunged into misery, the Spirit bears witness that this international situation has no staying power, no validity, that contrary to all self-righteousness of both the "pious" and the "impious," it is marked by unbelief, distance from Christ, and nothingness, and is dependent on the delivering power of the Spirit."
Michael Welker, God the Spirit,
Fortress Press, 1994, pages 222-227
"What, then, is the Kingdom of God in Jesus's teachings? It is at once the joyous wedding feast within the king's royal hall, and the blood-soaked streets outside its walls. It is a treasure hidden in a field; sell all you have and buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It is a pearl tucked inside a shell; sacrifice everything to seek out that shell (Matthew 13:45). It is a mustard seed-the smallest of seeds-buried in soil. One day soon it will bloom into a majestic tree, and birds shall nest in its branches (Matthew 13:31-32). It is a net drawn from the sea, bursting with fish both good and bad; the good shall be kept, the bad discarded (Matthew 13:47). It is a meadow choking with both weeds and wheat. When the reaper comes, he will harvest the wheat. But the weeds he will bundle together and toss into the fire (Matthew 13:24-30). And the reaper is nearly here. God's will is about to be done on earth, just as it is in heaven. So then, take your hand off the plow and do not look back, let the dead bury the dead, leave behind your husband and your wife, your brothers and sisters and children, and prepare yourself to receive the Kingdom of God. Already, the ax is laid at the root of the tree."
Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth
Random House (2013) p. 124
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "The Kingdom exists, it will exist and it is eternal. It has created universes and universes, created the human being out of the amoeba, to lead you to your today's position. It brought you here to get what is your ultimate goal. This is what's has been done.
And at this critical moment we are living, at this precious moment where you are about to enter the Kingdom of God, all these forces are organized in order to make you fall. It belongs to your intelligence to understand that these forces are very subtle, full of tricks, and that they are above your comprehension. Even after the Realization, you have been noticing how they manage to make you fall.
If we want to establish fully in the Kingdom of God, we have to fight all the forces that are holding us back. Sahaja Yoga (The Last Judgment and Resurrection) is not for the weak, for the useless people; neither for those who are running after money or material things. The foundations of Sahaja Yoga have to be of great caliber, they have to manifest the deep desire for the human emancipation. They are those who will save the mankind; they are the redeemers, those who will achieve the salvation of this ruined mankind. We don't need to be many, very few are enough to save the world, but they have to be strong and they must absolutely establish in their own comprehension the powers of the Spirit, the powers of their Father who is God Almighty."
Public Program, Caxton Hall, London, UK—June 30, 1980
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