Message One The Vision and Experience of Christ in His Resurrection (1) The Universal Incorporation of the Consummated Triune God with the Regenerated Believers in the Resurrection of Christ
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Scripture Reading: John 12:23-24; Luke 12:49-50; John 14:2, 10-11, 16-20, 23; 15:1-8, 16; 16:13-16

John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Luke 12:49 I have come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled!
Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am pressed until it is accomplished!
John 14:2 In My Father's house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe because of the works themselves.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever,
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes it away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
John 15:4 Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:6 If one does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:8 In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16:14 He will glorify Me, for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:15 All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:16 A little while and you no longer behold Me, and again a little while and you will see Me.

 

I. The release of the glory of Christ’s divinity is His being glorified by the Father with the divine glory (John 12:23-24) in His resurrection through His death (Luke 24:26); the release of the glory of His divinity was to cast fire on the earth (12:49-50).
John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Luke 24:26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?
Luke 12:49 I have come to cast fire on the earth, and how I wish that it were already kindled!
Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how I am pressed until it is accomplished!
 
II. Christ in His human living prayed that the Father would glorify Him (John 17:1, 5), and the Father answered His prayer (Acts 3:13).
John 17:1 These things Jesus spoke, and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You;
John 17:5 And now, glorify Me along with Yourself, Father, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.

 

III. Such a glorification is a transfer, transferring Christ from the stage of His incarna­tion into the stage of His inclusion, in which He, as the last Adam, became the life-giving Spirit in resurrection (John 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:45b).
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
1 Cor 15:45b … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

 

IV. Through His glorification in His resurrection Christ became the firstborn Son of God, possessing both divinity and humanity (Acts 13:33; Rom. 8:29), became the life-giving Spirit, the pneumatic Christ (1 Cor. 15:45b; John 20:22), and regenerated all His believers to be God’s children, God’s species (1 Pet. 1:3).
Acts 13:33 That God has fully fulfilled this promise to us their children in raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, "You are My Son; today I have begotten You."
Rom 8:29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers;
1 Cor 15:45b … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 

V. In the resurrection of Christ, all His believers have been brought into the union of life with the processed Triune God and mingled with the consummated God into an incorporation:
A. God in His Divine Trinity is an incorporation—John 14:10-11:
John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe because of the works themselves.
1. By coinhering mutually—“I am in the Father and the Father is in Me”—v. 10.
John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
2. By working together as one—“the words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works…Believe because of the works them­­selves”—vv. 10-11.
John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father who abides in Me does His works.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe because of the works themselves.
B. The consummated Triune God and the regenerated believers are an incorporation—vv. 16-19:
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever,
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
1. The Spirit, the third of the Divine Trinity as another Comforter, being the reality of the Son, the second of the Divine Trinity as the first Comforter and the embodiment of the Triune God, not only abides with the regenerated believers but also dwells in them—vv. 16-17.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever,
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
2. The Son as the first Comforter left His believers through His death and came back to be another Comforter to them through His resurrection to make them live with Him—vv.18-19.
John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
C. The consummated Triune God and the regenerated believers became an incorporation in the resurrection of Christ—v. 20:
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
1. “In that day”—in the day of the Son’s resurrection.
2. “You will know that”:

a. “I am in My Father”—the Son and the Father are incorporated into one.

b. “And you in Me”—the regenerated believers are incorporated into the Son and into the Father in the Son.

c. “And I in you”—the Son in the Father is incorporated into the regenerated believ­ers.

3. The in of the Spirit of reality in verse 17 is the totality of the three ins in verse 20.
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

 

VI. The issue of Christ’s glorification, His resurrection, is the incorporation of all of God’s chosen, redeemed, and regenerated people with Himself in three aspects—the Father’s house, the Son’s vine, and the Spirit’s child:
A. The first aspect of the incorporation of the consummated God with the regenerated believers in resurrection is the house of the Father—v. 2:
John 14:2 In My Father's house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
1. The Father’s house is typified by the temple—2:16-21.
John 2:16 And to those who were selling the doves He said, Take these things away from here; do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise.
John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "The zeal of Your house shall devour Me."
John 2:18 The Jews then answered and said to Him, What sign do You show us, seeing that You do these things?
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
John 2:20 Then the Jews said, This temple was built in forty-six years, and You will raise it up in three days?
John 2:21 But He spoke of the temple of His body.
2. The Father’s house is a divine and human incorporation of the processed and consum­mated God constituted with His redeemed, regenerated, and transformed elect; the more we eat Christ, the more we are incorporated into this universal incorpora­tion—cf. Rev. 21:2-3; 2:17; John 14:16-20.
Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and to him I will give a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knows except he who receives it.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may be with you forever,
John 14:17 Even the Spirit of reality, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him; but you know Him, because He abides with you and shall be in you.
John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world beholds Me no longer, but you behold Me; because I live, you also shall live.
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
3. All the believers in Christ, redeemed through His blood, regenerated with His life by His Spirit, and transformed with the divine element by the life-giving Spirit, are the “abodes” in the Father’s house—vv. 2, 23.
John 14:2 In My Father's house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
4. The Father’s house is built up by the constant visitation to the redeemed elect of the Father and the Son with the Spirit who indwells the redeemed elect to be the mutual dwelling place of the consummated Triune God and His redeemed elect—v. 23.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
B. The second aspect of the incorporation of the consummated God with the regenerated believers in resurrection is the true vine of the Son—15:1-8, 16:
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes it away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
John 15:4 Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:6 If one does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is dried up; and they gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:8 In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
1. The true vine as a sign of the all-inclusive Christ is the organism of the processed and consummated Triune God.
2. Its branches are the believers of Christ, who by nature were branches of the wild olive tree and have been grafted into the cultivated olive tree (Rom. 11:17, 24) through their believing into Christ (John 3:15); both the cultivated olive tree and the true vine signify Christ; hence, to be grafted into the cultivated olive tree is to be grafted into Christ.
Rom 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and became a fellow partaker of the root of fatness of the olive tree,
Rom 11:24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree and were grafted contrary to nature into the cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree!
John 3:15 That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life.
3. Its grafted branches have been regenerated with the divine life, brought into the life union with the resurrected Christ, and incorporated with the processed and consum­mated Triune God.
4. This is for the unlimited Triune God’s multiplication as the increase of the immeasurable Christ, the embodiment of the processed and consummated Triune God, for His uni­versal spreading through the fruit-bearing of the believers of Christ as the branches by their faithful abiding in Christ for the glorification of the Father—vv. 29-30; 15:4-5, 8, 16.
John 3:29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 15:4 Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:8 In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
C. The third aspect of the incorporation of the consummated God with the regenerated believers in resurrection is the new child of the Spirit—16:13-16, 19-22:
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16:14 He will glorify Me, for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:15 All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:16 A little while and you no longer behold Me, and again a little while and you will see Me.
John 16:19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him and He said to them, Are you inquiring among yourselves concerning this, that I said, A little while and you do not behold Me, and again a little while and you will see Me?
John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
John 16:21 A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her hour has come; but when she brings forth the little child, she no longer remembers the affliction because of the joy that a man has been born into the world.
John 16:22 Therefore you also now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you.
1. A new child, a new man, was born by the consummated Spirit in resurrection—vv. 21, 13-15.
John 16:21 A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her hour has come; but when she brings forth the little child, she no longer remembers the affliction because of the joy that a man has been born into the world.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16:14 He will glorify Me, for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:15 All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.
2. This new child, the new man, was created by Christ on the cross by abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances—Eph. 2:15.
Eph 2:15 Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace,
3. This new child, the new man, was regenerated by the Father with the resurrected Christ in His resurrection and born by the Spirit in the believers’ spirit—1 Pet. 1:3; Rom. 1:4; John 3:6b.
1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Rom 1:4 Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
John 3:6b … and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
4. The first group of Christ’s believers, who suffered Christ’s departure through His death, was the delivering woman, and the Christ who returned in resurrection was the new­born child to be the new man—16:20-22; Col. 3:10-11.
John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
John 16:21 A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow because her hour has come; but when she brings forth the little child, she no longer remembers the affliction because of the joy that a man has been born into the world.
John 16:22 Therefore you also now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and no one takes your joy away from you.
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11 Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
5. The new man is put on by the believers through the renewing in the spirit of the mind to consummate the Body of Christ—Eph. 4:23-24.
Eph 4:23 And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph 4:24 And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality.
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