“The greatness of a king has always been known through the generosity of the gifts he bestows on his people. One of the first acts of the enthroned Jesus was to open the treasure trove of His love and bring forth a gem of inestimable value. In his bountiful rule, the King of kings showers a priceless gift from His infinite largesse upon His subjects.
He receives the Holy Spirit from the Father and pours Him out upon the disciples. The Spirit, who gives Himself to be so poured, becomes the bond between the still-incarnate Son in heaven and His people still sojourning on earth. By this boon, the physically absent King establishes a living tie between Himself and His subjects. The head pours His life-giving energies and constant direction throughout His body (i.e. into His people) through His Spirit.”
–Gerrit Scott Dawson, Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2004), p. 54.