Divine Spirit

Divine Spirit

“Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God” Hebrews 9:14

Of course, the Spirit of God is eternal because God is eternal (Deut 33:27). And the Spirit of Christ is eternal because Jesus is the eternal Son of the eternal God (Hebrews 1:8). The eternal divine Son of God is that eternal life which was with the Father (1John 1:2), the Word that was with God (John 1:1). His Spirit is life even as His words are life (John 6:63) because the eternal life which the Father has given us is in His Son (1John 5:11). In Him is life (John 1:4) for as the Father has life in Himself, so has He given to the Son to have life in himself (John 5:26). This is the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). It is, after all, the Spirit which quickens or gives life (John 6:63 again).

This quarter's Sabbath School Lessons are giving us an opportunity to study once again the Spirit, the breath, the life, the power, and the mind of God. We are reminded that the Spirit of God is the personal presence of our Father, and because He gave His Spirit without measure to His Son, the personal presence of Jesus is the Spirit of Christ. For we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God (1Corinthians 2:12). For who knows the Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 40:13), who knows the mind of the Lord, but we have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16).

The spirit is a personal thing; it belongs to a person. Moses wished that God would put His spirit on all the people so that they might become prophets (Numbers 11:29). A prophet is one who speaks for God as God gives them the words to speak. Jesus said, It is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you (Matthew 10:20). It is the testimony of Jesus that is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10) because the Spirit of Christ was in the prophets (1Peter 1:10,11). This was especially true for Jesus himself. He said, The words that I speak to you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwells in me (John 14:10). The Spirit of his Father was in him and spoke through him. He spoke the words of God because the Father gave not the Spirit by measure unto him (John 3:34). Every word that proceeded out of his mouth was his Father's words (Matthew 4:4) because in him dwelled all the fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9), his Father, his God (Eph 1:17; Rev 3:12) who was his head (1Corinthians 11:3).

The spirit comes from within a person. “What man knows the things of a man but the spirit of a man that is in him” 1Corinthians 2:11. Jesus breathed on his disciples a breath from within himself and said, Receive the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). The Holy Spirit comes directly from the Son of God.

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ.” Review & Herald April 5, 1906.

“No middle-man comes between the sinner and Christ.” Signs of the Times June 28, 1899.

Jesus breathed into Adam the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). It is “his spirit and his breath” that determines whether we live or die (Job 34:14,15). The Spirit of the Father dwells in us (Romans 8:11), and bears witness with our spirit that we are His children (verse 16). God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts (Galatians 4:6) that Christ might dwell in our hearts by faith (Ephesians 3:17). Therefore, if we have not the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15), we do not belong to the Father (Romans 8:9) for it is only the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Father's Son that can cry, Abba, Father.

“We have only one channel of approach to God. Our prayers can come to him through one name only,—that of the Lord Jesus, our advocate. His Spirit must inspire our petitions.” Review & Herald Feb 9, 1897.

If we love one another, God dwells in us because He has given us His Spirit (1John 4:12,13). If a man loves Jesus, his Father will love us and they will come and make their abode with us (John 14:23).

“Thus the living presence of the Father and the Son would be found in and among the people of God.” Review & Herald Sept 23, 1902.

Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3

Gary Hullquist