Message Four: The Life-giving and Compound Spirit and the Divine Life in Christ
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Scripture Reading: 1 Cor. 15:45b; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 3:14; Phil. 1:19; 1 John 5:11-12
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Gal 3:14         In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Phil 1:19        For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
1 John 5:11    And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.
1 John 5:12    He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
 
I.     “The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit”—1 Cor. 15:45b:
A.     Through and in His resurrection, Christ as the last Adam became the life-giving Spirit to impart life and to enter into His believers to flow out as rivers of living water—John 7:37-39; Rev. 21:6; 22:17.
John 7:37       Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38       He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Rev 21:6        And He said to me, They have come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give to him who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely.
Rev 22:17      And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.
 
 
B.     The life-giving Spirit is the consummated Spirit, the consummation of the processed and consummated Triune God—2 Cor. 3:17-18; Gal. 3:14; Phil. 1:19:
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3:18      But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Gal 3:14         In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Phil 1:19        For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
1.      The consummated Spirit is the Triune God after He has passed through the process of incarnation, human living, crucifixion, and resurrection—John 7:39:
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
a.      The process through which the Triune God has passed to become the Spirit is an economical, not essential, matter—1:14; Heb. 9:14; 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.
Heb 9:14        How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
b.      Processed refers to the steps through which the Triune God has passed in the divine economy; consummated indicates that the process has been completed; and the consummated Spirit implies that the Spirit of God has been processed and has become the consummated Spirit—John 7:39.
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
2.      Before the Lord Jesus was crucified and resurrected, the consummated Spirit was “not yet”—v. 39:
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
a.      The Spirit of God was there from the beginning (Gen. 1:2), but the Spirit as “the Spirit of Christ” (Rom. 8:9), “the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19), was “not yet” at the time of John 7:39, because the Lord Jesus was not yet glorified.
Gen 1:2          But the earth became waste and emptiness, and darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was brooding upon the surface of the waters.
Rom 8:9         But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him.
Phil 1:19        For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
John 7:39       But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
b.      The Lord Jesus was glorified when He was resurrected, and through this glorification the Spirit of God became the Spirit of the incarnated, crucified, and resurrected Jesus Christ—Luke 24:26; Phil. 1:19.
Luke 24:26     Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?
Phil 1:19        For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
c.      The last Adam, who was Christ in the flesh, became the life-giving Spirit in resurrection; since then, the Spirit of Jesus Christ has both divine and human elements, including the reality of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ—1 Cor. 15:45b; Acts 16:7; Rom. 8:9.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
Acts 16:7       And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.
Rom 8:9         But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him.
3.      The consummated Spirit was breathed as the holy breath into the disciples by the Son in resurrection—John 20:22:
John 20:22     And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
a.      The Gospel of John reveals that Christ became flesh to be the Lamb of God and that in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit; thus, in His resurrection He breathed Himself as the consummated Spirit into the disciples—1:29; 20:22.
John 1:29       The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 20:22     And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
b.      It is as the Spirit that He was breathed into His disciples, that He can live in the disciples and they can live by Him and with Him, and that He can abide in them and they can abide in Him—v. 22; 14:19-20; 15:4-5.
John 20:22     And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
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 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.
c.      The Christ who breathed Himself into the disciples is the life-giving Spirit—1 Cor. 15:45b.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
C.     The life-giving Spirit is the compound Spirit, typified by the compound anointing ointment with its ingredients—Exo. 30:23-25; 1 John 2:20, 27:
Exo 30:23      You also take the finest spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred fifty shekels, and of fragrant calamus two hundred fifty shekels,
Exo 30:24      And of cassia five hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Exo 30:25      And you shall make it a holy anointing oil, a fragrant ointment compounded according to the work of a compounder; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
1 John 2:20    And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know.
1 John 2:27    And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.
1.      Olive oil signifies the Spirit of God with divinity.
2.      Myrrh signifies the precious death of Christ.
3.      Cinnamon signifies the sweetness and effectiveness of Christ’s death.
4.      Calamus signifies the precious resurrection of Christ.
5.      Cassia signifies the repelling power of Christ’s resurrection.
D.     The life-giving Spirit is the Lord Spirit, the pneumatic Christ, for the metabolic transformation of the believers and for the growth and building up of the Body of Christ—2 Cor. 3:17-18; 1 Cor. 3:6, 9b, 12a; Eph. 4:16b.
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3:18      But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
1 Cor 3:6        I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth.
1 Cor 3:9b      … you are God's cultivated land, God's building.
1 Cor 3:12a    But if anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, …
Eph 4:16b      … causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
E.      Without Christ being the life-giving Spirit, we cannot experience anything of God in His economy—1 John 5:6; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 15:45b; 2:10; 6:17.
1 John 5:6      This is He who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ; not in the water only, but in the water and in the blood; and the Spirit is He who testifies, because the Spirit is the reality.
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.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
1 Cor 2:10      But to us God has revealed them through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
1 Cor 6:17      But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
 
II.   “God gave to us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life”—1 John 5:11b-12:
A.     The life of the Triune God—the eternal life—is embodied in Christ; this life is in Christ—Eph. 4:18; John 1:4.
Eph 4:18        Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
B.     Because the eternal life is in the Son (v. 4) and the Son is the life (11:25; 14:6; Col. 3:4), the Son and the life are one, inseparable; hence, he who has the Son has the life, and he who does not have the Son does not have the life.
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 11:25     Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
John 14:6       Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
C.     The eternal life is the life that is not only everlasting but also eternal both in time and in nature—John 3:16, 36; 1 John 1:2.
John 3:16       For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
John 3:36       He who believes into the Son has eternal life; but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him.
1 John 1:2      (And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and report to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us);
D.     The eternal life is the uncreated life of God, the indestructible life, and the incorruptible life—Eph. 4:18; Heb. 7:16; 2 Tim. 1:10.
Eph 4:18        Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance which is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Heb 7:16        Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.
2 Tim 1:10      But now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who nullified death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel,
E.      Christ is the Author of this life, and the Spirit of God is of this life—Acts 3:15; Rom. 8:2.
Acts 3:15       And the Author of life you killed, whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
Rom 8:2         For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.
F.      The eternal life is the life with which the believers are regenerated and which becomes the believers’ life, making the believers the children of God and the members of Christ—Col. 3:4a; John 1:12-13; Eph. 5:30:
Col 3:4a         When Christ our life is manifested, …
John 1:12       But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name,
John 1:13       Who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Eph 5:30        Because we are members of His Body.
1.      God gives His chosen people repentance unto eternal life and has appointed, ordained, them to receive eternal life—Acts 11:18; 13:48.
Acts 11:18     And when they heard these things, they became silent and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also God has given repentance unto life.
Acts 13:48     And the Gentiles, hearing this, rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
2.      Christ saves His believers subjectively in eternal life—Rom. 5:10b.
Rom 5:10b     … much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
3.      The believers walk in newness of eternal life—6:4.
Rom 6:4         We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
4.      Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life—5:21.
Rom 5:21       In order that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
5.      The overcoming believers reign by the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness in eternal life—v. 17.
Rom 5:17       For if, by the offense of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
 
 
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