He breathed upon the Apostles and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." The action and the words indicate, not a promise of future guidance, but an actual communication of the Holy Spirit to them, by whose power they would be able to effect what He was telling them to do. We must note also that Christ had just declared that He was giving the Apostles a mission identical with that which He Himself had received from His Father. "As the Father sent Me," He said, "I also send you."
This is a part of the Holy Scripture that flies in the face of Protestant counterclerical theological contructs.
Good to see you back, Gonzo. Have a blessed Advent.
Thanks, same to you.
"He was giving the Apostles a mission identical with that which He Himself had received from His Father."
Mt: 28:20: even to the consummation of the world. (DRV)