This essay is for those who know that they, in their John Doe identity, have no being as the person they are known as. (You must realize that your parents could have named you any name in the phone book.) The ONE thing that would have remained the same, (had your parents given you a different name than they did,) is who you really are, and that is the "I" within you! No matter who you think you are, you are ONE WITH YOUR SOURCE! The identity of the Vine, is the reality of the branch. A wave... has no existence apart from the Ocean. Each of us is but an individualized embodiment of the Universal Mind, God being the Universal Mind!
Now from this perspective, read the Book of Acts. It was written by Luke, the physician... possibly the first missionary of the early Church. In it we are told that they were 'all filled with the Holy Ghost', which appeared to them as cloven tongues of fire driven by a mighty rushing wind, and every one began to speak in different tongues. Then Peter spoke of the resurrection of Christ, thinking that it was the man they knew as Jesus of Nazareth, who was the Christ. Neither he nor any of the other disciples had any idea that it was the Father himself that was seen to transcend. Jesus had told them over and over that He and the Father were One and the same, but no one understood that God was actually the reality of ALL MEN...of ALL humanity." He who hath seen me hath seen the Father", He had told them, but no one realized the significance of what He was saying. None of them realized that God and Man, were One and the same! There is no doubt that they were filled with the Holy Spirit 'temporarily'! But they knew nothing about the Spiritual Rebirth. They had no idea whatsoever that the "I" within them was God...the Father. And without that realization, their 'awareness' of God's Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience, had no hope of indwelling them permanently! "Except ye be born again, He had said, ye cannot 'enter' the Kingdom of God". (Ye cannot attain God consciousness.)
Consequently those who are aware that the Father is the "I" within them know that the disciples definitely were not 'filled' with the Holy Spirit! They still believed that "they" had being as the person they believed themselves to be. And eventually the Spirit of God within them dissipated! Their belief in being the 'man' they believed themselves to be, overcame the Spirit of God, and eventually they lost their faith. It could not 'fill' them when they thought of God as being separate and apart from them. They thought they had seen "Him" (God) transcend! And He did indeed transcend, but they thought it was "Jesus of Nazareth" who transcended. They had no idea that they too were God embodied. Our names have hidden our I am that I am identity!
This is why God told Moses. (Read Exodus 6:2 & 3)"I" am the Lord. And "I" appeared unto Abraham Isaac and Jacob AS GOD ALMIGHTY. But by my name Jehovah, they knew me not! (My own translation.) And In the Book of Isaiah 44: 6 we read, "I" am the first, and "I" am the last, and beside me there is no God! And in chapter 45 verse 6, 18 & 22, 'there is none else!" There IS ONLY God! Had the disciples realized this there is not doubt that the Church would have become a force for peace on Earth. It was Jesus' prayer that the World should come to realize this. "That the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them, that they may be One, even as we are One" St. Jn.17: 22. Unfortunately for humanity, not one of His disciples saw this.
And whoever should read this and scoff at it will miss it also. Every 'man/woman' on Earth, is God, the Divine Mind, (the Universal mind) embodied! And as I have said, every 'human' child that has ever been born (or that ever will be born), is God in the infant stage of development! Humanity... is God individualized! God did indeed make us in His image and likeness, but He did not create the 'person' we were made to believe ourselves to be...the 'person' we became! Our parents did that when they named us at our birth! As I have said, our names have hidden our True identity. Thus the necessity of the Spiritual rebirth! Only then can we be 'filled' with the Holy Spirit (But only if we choose to function in that consciousness) Only when we choose to die to self, and walk AS THE FATHER can we build that Eternal foundation upon which the gates of Hell can not prevail!