“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Jesus tells us the very nature of God, and the nature of the worship true believers are to give to Him. God is a Spirit. What that tells me is that, God as a Spirit is One Complete God. Even if He were to possess a body as a Spirit, or to take on another form, He is still essentially a Spirit.
I am no theologian, and don’t plan to be one. The doctrine of the Trinity is a doctrine I have always accepted as true, as a believer, and decided that it would be something God would explain to me in Heaven…how He can be both the Father and the Son. This doctrine teaches that God has three forms… That is Father (a human likeness), Son (a human form) and Holy Spirit (a spirit). According to this doctrine, the three are One God, and individually God too.
The popular song, “Holy, Holy, Holy”, by Reginald Heber, has at its climax “God in three persons, blessed Trinity“. However, I recently got a different understanding of this relationship, between God and Jesus and the Spirit they share. My understanding is that God and Jesus have the same Holy Spirit, which makes them God. However, one is greater than the other, as Jesus said. The Father is greater than the Son (John 14:28), because the Son was begotten by the Father (John 1:14).
The Son was begotten by the Spirit of God… The Spirit of God is God the Father, and has always been in existence. My understanding is that the Holy Spirit is not a separate entity from God, the Father. It isn’t a third person of the Trinity. There is no Trinity, just Father and Son. Jesus said: “I and my Father are One” (John 10:30). The question is now, when was the Son begotten?
It is written that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3). This tells me that the Son was begotten right from the beginning with the Father, whatever, whenever that beginning was. They have an eternal fellowship that has no beginning and end (Rev 1:8), which we may never comprehend until we see God face to face.
Jesus also prayed that we may be one with Them (John 17:21)… He said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17). Just as the Spirit of God makes the Father and the Son One, we are made One with Them by the same Spirit.
The reference to another Comforter has caused many to conclude that the Holy Spirit is a separate person of the Trinity. But the Holy Spirit is God, the Father… The Holy Spirit is God’s true form, though IT is usually – wrongly – depicted as a dove. Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb by this Spirit (Matt 1:18), and is the only Man declared to have the full measure of God’s Spirit in Him (John 3:34, Col 2:9), making Him worthy of worship.
Jesus later went on to say, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). By this, Jesus tells us that both Father and Son will come and dwell in those who believe and obey Jesus, in the form of the Holy Spirit.
But what does it mean for us to be One with God? When God fills us with His Spirit, through His baptism, do we attain equality to Christ? Are we just as Christ, worthy of worship? Are we just as Christ, fully God?
As children of God, we are gods (Psa 82:6). As children of the Most High King, we are kings and queens (1 Pet 2:9). We have a royal heritage and a godly potential! However, I believe that Christ alone retains a unique identity as the Fullness of God, being the visible revelation of God, Firstborn of the Father, and having proven Himself, and in obedience, redeemed all the lost children of God, the Father has bestowed upon Him a name above all…”That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:10-11).
He is the entrusted mouthpiece of God, the Word of God, the only Righteous Judge, able to act on God’s authority over all His creation. Unlike us, He was not created. He was begotten from the beginning (John 17:5).
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14).
Paul teaches us, who are obedient to the Gospel, that we are joint heirs with Christ Jesus (Rom 8:16-17). That we, who are born again by the Spirit of God, have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:10-16). The Spirit of God was given for building us up as one Body of Christ, “…till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13). When we attain to this fullness, being One Body of Christ, we will truly be One with God, as the Son is One with the Father.
This we cannot attain by ourselves, being separate from the Body of Christ. The work of the Spirit is to bring us into unity. The proof that we have God’s Spirit is in our capacity to love like God (John 13:34-35). We are called into fellowship with one another and with God, and we show that we are children of God by the love we show each other. Because God is Love (1 John 4:7-8).
The gift of His Spirit that God has bestowed on all who love Him is the greatest of all the gifts in all the world and the Heavens! This is the gift of eternal life, that brings us into the knowledge of God, into fellowship with Him (John 17:3).
It is this same Spirit that will quicken our mortal bodies, and raise us incorruptible at the sound of the last trumpet (Rom 8:11, 1 Cor 15:52-53). It is by this Spirit that we have power over all the works of darkness, even sin, sickness and death ( Luke 10:19, Rom 6:14)! It’s God’s Spirit that inspires and empowers us to do good works, to the glory of His name (Eph 2:10, Phil 2:13).
Brethen, be encouraged in this knowledge. God is not apart from us…He is in us. His life is in us. His light is in us. His power is in us. His Kingdom is in us (Luke 17:21). Just as Christ submitted His Body to Him to accomplish His will and purpose, let us likewise submit our bodies to be used to His glory (Rom 12:1-2). And God, who has commanded it, is able to make us perfect, even as He is perfect (Matt 5:48).
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18).
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