And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
Verse 22 says, “And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Lord is the Word who is the eternal God (1:1). In the Gospel of John, the Word passes through a long process and eventually becomes the breath, the pneuma, that He might get into the believers. For the accomplishment of God’s eternal purpose, He took two steps. Firstly, He took the step of incarnation to become a man in the flesh (1:14), to be “the Lamb of God” to accomplish redemption for man (1:29), to declare God to man (1:18), and to manifest the Father to His believers (14:9-11). Secondly, He took the step of death and resurrection to be transfigured into the Spirit that He might impart Himself into His believers as their life and their everything, and that He might bring forth many sons of God, His many brothers, for the building of His Body, the church, the habitation of God, to express the Triune God for eternity.