A Different Perspective

Musing on the Father and the Son; the Holy Spirit and the Blood

In 2016, the Lord gave me an understanding of The Spirit of God, which I shared in a post by the same title. I read the post again today, and the comments too, and I’ve been meditating more on it.

I believe the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, can be likened to the blood that makes us human. Without human blood flowing through our veins, we would either not be human or be dead. The life of a person is in their blood, and all of us, who share this blood make up one family – the human race.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit is the unique quality that makes us children of God and part of The Spirit Family or the Family of God. Jesus said something very interesting when He walked the Earth. He said, “Unless you are born of water and born of the Spirit, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God…” (John 3:5).

This is to say, the Kingdom of God is for humans who have been born anew by or given the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we are as dead as a man without blood. And if you have a spirit other than the Holy Spirit, then you are something else, not in the Family of God.

So, let’s consider Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of water, through Mary. He had human blood in His veins, which made Him one of us. But at conception, He was already born of the Spirit, as He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. So, Jesus is the Firstborn of the Children of God to enter the Kingdom of God that God had been preparing. Before Him, there was no one who was both born of water and born of the Spirit, as the Holy Spirit wasn’t given until after His resurrection.

Now, in a family, we are not all equal, nor are we interchangeable. Each person has a place, a role, a contribution – a purpose. The child can never become the father, but he can become ‘a’ father to other children… Likewise the Son is distinct from the Father, so Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I...” (John 14:28).

But then He said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father…” (John 14:9). What did He mean by this?

I have always understood this to mean that God the Father has no physical form, but through Jesus – the Son of Man – He can be seen and touched. Before Jesus was born to Mary, He was just the Son of God, not of Man. He was begotten from the beginning, and everything that was created was through Him (John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-18). Yet, even then, the Son was not greater than the Father. What made them One, a Family and Unit, was the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit that originated from the Father and birthed the Son. So, Jesus could say, “Before Abraham was, I Am...” (John 8:58).

There is only so much human understanding will take us in this journey. Some things must be revealed by the Spirit of God Himself. That is why when Jesus asked His disciples who He was, He responded to Peter’s answer; “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” (Matthew 16:16) by saying, “Flesh and Blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father, who is in Heaven…” (vs 17).

Yet, it remains that Jesus Christ and the Father are One (John 10:30). They are One and all sufficient alone… But through the Holy Spirit, we are invited to be ONE with them. Jesus came that God may be revealed…and He testified of the Father, the One True God. And the Father is the only One who makes Jesus known. This He did to John and those with him, when Jesus went to be baptised in water by him (Matt 3:16-17; John 1:31). Jesus went on to say, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws them…” (John 6:64).

How does the Father do this? Through the Holy Spirit. Is the Holy Spirit then a separate entity, like Jesus Christ has been revealed to be? This is where the analogy between the blood and the Spirit meets its limit. As different as mortality is from immortality, as time is from eternity, so is the blood different from the Spirit. For starters, unlike blood, the Spirit is uncontainable and boundless.

Jesus said, “The words I speak to you are Spirit and they are Life…” (John 6:63). And Peter explained that we are born again by the Word of God, which he referred to as an incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23). The Word is the action quality of God, how God chooses to create and be made manifest. The Word and the Spirit are One, working together to perform the will of God.

Like is said of the Word that became Flesh… The Holy Spirit was with God, and was God and is God, and became FLESH in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5, 14). And Its work is to make us all LIKE Jesus, born of water and of the Spirit – Children of God. Jesus was the manifestation and revelation of God among men, qualifying Him as the only true Judge and worthy King of the Kingdom of God (John 1:18, Phil 2:5-11).

Now, “the creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God…” (Romans 8:19).

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