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The Lord Jesus Is with His Church in the Apostolic Ministry of the Gospel
The crucified and risen Lord Jesus is with His Church through the word of His apostles, who â€œare witnesses of all that he did.â€ He was anointed by God â€œwith the Holy Spirit and with power,â€ and â€œhe went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,â€ and so He was with those whom He sent â€œto preach to the peopleâ€ (Acts 10:38â€“42). The Holy Spirit is bestowed on those who hear that apostolic preaching, who are â€œbaptized in the name of Jesus Christ,â€ so that â€œeveryone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his nameâ€ (Acts 10:43â€“44, 48). For as He came by the water of His Baptism, even to the blood of His Passion, so the Spirit testifies to the truth with â€œthe water and the bloodâ€ in the apostolic ministry of the Gospel (1 John 5:6â€“7). By these means, Christ Jesus speaks to us, that His joy may be in us and that our â€œjoy may be full.â€ For this purpose, He appointed the apostles to â€œgo and bear fruitâ€ in order to make known His divine friendship to us (John 15:11, 15â€“16).