THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT

There  are many references that refer to the spirit of God,  the  spirit  of the Father, the  spirit of Christ, and the holy spirit residing within a child of God. Because  these  references  seem to refer to different  spirits residing  within  the children of God, some  believe  that  these different  spirits must be metaphors for philosophical concepts. However, the  spirit of God (i.e., the holy spirit), the  spirit of the Father, and the spirit of Christ all dwell  within  the children of God.

Understanding the indwelling of God's  spirit is extremely  important  because it deals with core issues about how the  children  of the New Creation interact with God the  Father, Christ, and the holy spirit.

The  problem  with the statements concerning  the  indwelling  of these  various  spirits is not with what is said, it is with  the lack  of understanding of how the  spirit of God  is  administered to, functions  within, and empowers the children  of  God.  Once these  things are understood, all references concerning  the  indwelling of the  spirit can be easily understood.

Editors Note:

In  order to solve the mystery of the indwelling of  the  various  spirits noted in the scriptures, it is necessary to build  a foundation of knowledge upon which to base the conclusions presented in this study. Therefore, if  you have not read our studies that explain what the spirit of God is and what it does, and who God is, please  do so, because the information these studies contain is critical  to understanding the indwelling of the  spirit.

ONE SPIRIT

Below are several scriptures,  which establish that the  spirit with which  the Father and Christ create, animate,  control,  sustain, and influence all that exists is only a single power, energy, and force with many different attributes, functions, and qualities.

The Same Spirit

Paul was inspired to say that the Father's spirit-power is the power which performs  various functions within and for the children of God:

"But  there  are differences of gifts, but the same   spirit;  and there are differences of ministries, yet the same Lord. And there are  differences  of workings, but the same God  is working  all things in all. But to each one is given the manifestation  of  the  spirit to benefit all of us. For through the spirit is given to  one  a word of wisdom; and to another a word of knowledge, according  to the same  spirit; and to another, faith by the same  spirit. and to another  gifts of healing by the same spirit. . .. But the one  and the  same  spirit works all these things, distributing  separately to each as he wills" (1.Cor.12:4-9;11 Para.).

Spirit of Baptism

"For  we  all were baptized by one  spirit  into  one  body, whether  Jews  or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all  were given to drink of one  spirit" (1.Cor.12:13 Para.).

Paul tells the Corinthians that they were placed into the Family of  God  by the power of one  spirit and that they  all  received benefits through this same  spirit-power.

Access to the Father

"For through him [Jesus] we both have access by one  spirit to the Father" (Eph.2:18 Para.).

It is through the office of Jesus Christ and the one  spirit  that we have access to the Father.

The Unity of One Spirit

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called. With all  lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another  in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the  spirit in the bond  of peace. There is one body, and one spirit, even as you are  called in  one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith,  one  baptism, one God  and Father of all, who is above all, and  in  you  all" (Eph.4:1-6 KJV).

Paul  encourages the Ephesians to maintain unity and  love  among themselves  as  they walk with God through the one   spirit that binds them together in the body of Christ.

The Divine Nature

It is through the Father's spirit-power that all of his children partake of his divine nature:

"Grace  to you, and peace be multiplied by the full knowledge  of God,  and of Jesus our Lord. As his divine power has given to  us all  things  pertaining to life and godliness, through the  full knowledge  of  the One [the Father] calling us through glory  and  virtue,  by which means he has given to us the very great and precious  promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the  divine nature,  escaping  from  the corruption in  the  world  by  lust" (2.Pet.1:3-4 Para.).

God the Father, the Father of spirits (Heb.12:9), imparts his  spirit to those called to salvation. And through his energy and power, he transforms a person into his  spiritual son and gives them his divine spiritual nature.

God the Father has only one  spirit, which is referred to in  many places  as his  spirit, the holy  spirit, the   spirit of  God,  and the  spirit. Although there is only one  spirit of God , their  are many different spirit-beings, and there are people who are composed of spirit and  physical  substance (e.g., humanity, children of God). Whether totally  spirit or spirit and physical, all beings exist and are sustained by the power and force of the Father's  spirit.

A logical conclusion that can be reached from  the  above scriptures that we have reviewed to this point is that the  spirit of God (i.e., his power, energy, and force)  is a single energy/power, not many different  individual spirits.

INDIVIDUAL SPIRITS

The Father, Christ, and the children of God each have an individual   spirit  that  is unique to them alone. Moreover, the holy  spirit,  the spirit of the Father and the spirit of Christ, all reside within a child of God:

The Holy Spirit

"If  you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto  your children:  how much more shall your heavenly Father give the holy  spirit to them that ask?" (Luke 11:13 KJV).

"And  we  are his witnesses of these things; and so is  also  the holy  spirit, whom God has given to them that obey him" (Acts 5:32 KJV). See also Jn.14:15-17; 17:21-22; Rom.8:14.

A  short review of the scriptures in which the holy  spirit  and  the  spirit  of God are referred to shows that  they  are the same spirit. This  spirit belongs to the  Father  who administers  it through Jesus Christ. See Lk.3:16, Jn.1:33;  Acts 11:15-16; Gal.3:1-5; Eph.2:13-15.

The Spirit of the Father

"But if the  spirit of the Father that raised  Jesus from the  dead dwells  in you, the Father that raised Christ from the  dead  will also  make your mortal bodies live through the indwelling of  the spirit  in  you.  So then, brothers, we are debtors  not  to  the flesh, to live according to the flesh; for if you live  according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the spirit you  put to death the practices of the body, you will live. For as many as are lead by the spirit of God, these are sons of God"  (Rom.8:11-14 Para.). See also 1.Jn.4:10-16.

"And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And  hereby we know that he abides in us, by the spirit which he has given us" (1.Jn.3:24 KJV). See Acts 5:32.

These  scriptures show that those who have the  spirit  of  God are  sons of God and the Father dwells in his sons and his sons dwell in him through the power of his  spirit.

The Spirit of Christ

"But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his  Son, made of woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the  spirit of his Son into  your hearts, crying Abba, Father" (Gal.4:4-6 KJV).

Here,  Paul speaks of Christ, his sacrifice for humanity,  and  the sending forth of his  spirit by the Father into the hearts of  the elect:

"And those who are in the flesh are not able to please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, since the  spirit of  God dwells  in you. But if anyone has not the  spirit of  Christ this one is  not his. But Christ is in you, the body is  indeed  dead because of sin, but the  spirit is life because of  righteousness" (Rom.8:8-10 Para.).

The holy  spirit, and the  spirit of Christ  must dwell  within a person for them to be considered a child of  God and accounted as a righteous individual:

"But if Christ is in you, the body indeed is dead because of sin, but the  spirit is life because of righteousness" (Rom.8:19 Para.).

The Spirits of the Father and Christ

"If  anyone loves me, he will keep My word,  and my  Father shall love him, And we shall come to him, and shall make a dwelling place with him" (Jn.14:23 Para.).

Clearly, the Father and Christ dwell within a child of God.

The Human Spirit

"Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your  spirit.  Amen"  (Gal.6:18  KJV). See also  1.Tim.5:23;  2.Tim.4:22; Phm.1:25.

A child of God who is of  the New Creation also has a spirit. The  Father, Jesus  Christ, and the children of God each individually  have  a spirit that is unique to themselves.

THE CONCEPT OF ONENESS

The scriptures that speak of the concept of oneness in reference to the Father, his  spirit, Christ, and the sons of God are about more  than just  philosophical ideas. These  scriptures  speak of being one in attitude, thought, and mind. Moreover, they speak  of  the reality of spirit-substance as a foundation and basis of oneness.

In  order  to explain the concept of oneness  to  the  Corinthian church, the apostle Paul used the physical body as an example:

1.Corinthians 12:13-18; 26-27

"For we  were all baptized by one  spirit  into  one  body, whether  Jews  or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all  were given to drink of one  spirit" (v13 Para.).

It is by the power of one  spirit (the Father's holy  spirit)  that each child of God is brought into the spiritual body  of  Christ (i.e.,  the Church). And it is through this same spirit that they derive spiritual benefits.

One Body, Many Members

"For  the  body is not one member, but many.  If the  foot  shall say,  because  I  am not the hand, I am not of the  body;  is  it therefore  not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of  the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing?   if the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now has  God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has  pleased him" (vs.14-18 KJV).

Although there are many individuals with their own unique personalities  within  the body of Christ, each has a  responsibility  to work in unity in order to help fulfill the purpose of the collective body of Christ:

"And  whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with  it; or  one member be honored, all the members rejoice with  it.  Now you  are the body of Christ, and members in particular" (vs.26-27 KJV).

Because  of the oneness and unity that must be within the  body of Christ, whatever affects one member affects all members.

The Oneness of the Father and Christ

While speaking to the Jews about the Father, Jesus says, "I  and the Father are one" (Jn.10:30 KJV).

The  Greek language shows that Jesus was  speaking  of  the  concept of unity and oneness. Indeed, the Father and  Christ are one; they are of one  spirit, one kind, one purpose, one  mind, one attitude, and one opinion.

Notice  what  Jesus says in defense of his statements  about  the father-son relationship between him and his heavenly Father:

"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are  gods'? If he called them gods with whom the word of God  was—and the scripture cannot be broken—do you say of him  whom the  Father  sanctified and sent into the world,  You  blaspheme, because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not do the works  of my Father, do not believe me. But if I do , and even if you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may perceive  and  believe that the Father is in me, and I in him" (Jn.10:34-38 Para.).  See also Jn.14:9-11.

This scripture shows  that the Father is in Christ and Christ is  in the Father. But how could this be? This situation  can exist because the Father gave Christ of his   spirit;  therefore, Christ was of the New Creation: a member of the God family, and a partaker of the Father's divine nature.

The Oneness of the Family of God

Just before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed for the  preservation and  unity  of the apostles and others who would believe  in  him through their teaching:

"Neither do I  pray for these alone, but for them also  which  shall believe  on me through their word; That they all may be  one;  as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us:  that  the world may believe that you have sent me.  And  the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be  one, even  as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they  may  be made  perfect in one; and that the world may know that  you have sent me, and have loved them , as you have loved me" (Jn.17:20-23 Para.). See also Jn.15:1-7.

Being  one with God the Father and Jesus Christ is very  important  to  understand, because it deals with  many  core issues pertaining to the God family and the New Creation.

A truly converted person has the same  spirit and genetic imprint as God the Father and Jesus Christ, which literally  makes them a member  of  the spiritual Family of God, just as the  Father  and Christ are members.

After reading Jesus' entire prayer on this subject, one can easily understand that Jesus was not asking the Father to bring everyone (or all the apostles) together into a single spirit  entity;  he was asking the Father to set those called to salvation apart from the  world, protect them, and draw them into a unity of  purpose, mind, attitude, and opinion.

The  ultimate goal of the Father and Christ for those  called  to salvation  is that they obtain immortality in the Family of  God, which can only be accomplished if there is a unity of  spirit, effort, and  purpose between the Father, Jesus Christ,  and  the children of God.

Although the Father and Christ are composed of the  same  spirit substance,  they are not one entity; they are separate,  individual  spirit-beings with their own unique personalities in  the same sense as humans are individuals and are unique in personality.

It is logical that, because the Father, Christ, and the elect of God are  all  partakers of the same spirit-power, energy, and  force that is used to create, animate, control, sustain, and influence all that exists, all of them should have a oneness of being.

THE SENDING OF THE SPIRIT

Before and after his death and resurrection, Jesus promised to send  the holy  spirit to assist  those whom the Father  calls  to salvation:

"And he said, Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah  must suffer and die and rise again from the dead on the third day; and that this message of salvation should be taken from Jerusalem  to all the nations;  There is forgiveness of sins for all who  turn to me.  You have seen these prophecies come true. And now I  will send the holy  spirit upon you, just as my Father promised.  Don't begin telling others yet—stay here in the city until the holy  spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven"  (Lk.24:46-49 LBP).

"If  you love me, keep my commandments. And I will  petition  the Father, and he will give you another comforter that it may remain with  you  forever  the  spirit of truth, whom  the world cannot receive  because it does not see it, nor know it. But you  know it,  for it abides with you, and shall be in  you"  (Jn.14:15-17 Para.). See also Jn.16:13-14; Acts 1:4-8.

Luke records that Jesus said that he would send the  spirit and John records that Jesus said he would ask the Father to send the holy spirit. Although this is a seemingly small  point,  it needs to be explained in order to eliminate  confusion and  to  again  confirm that Jesus is the  administrator  of the Father's spirit-power to his children.

THOSE AGAINST CHRIST

At  the  close of the first age of the New Covenant  Church,  the apostle John was inspired to speak of many things concerning  the relationship  between the Father, Jesus Christ, the  children  of God, and those who oppose and reject the truth concerning  Christ and his relationship to the Father and his children.

One of the things that John's stresses in his writings is that the spirit of God residing within the children of God separates them from the world, makes them sinless, and reveals to them those who oppose and reject Christ and the Father.

1.John 2:18-24 Paraphrased

"Young ones, it is the last hour and as you heard that the  antichrist  is coming, even now many antichrists have risen up;  from which you know that it is a last hour. They went out from us, but were not of us. For if they were of us, they would have  remained with  us;  but they left so that it might be revealed  that  they were not of us" (vs.18-19).

John repeats a known prophecy to those whom  he was  writing and tells them that its fulfillment was in  progress at  that  time.  He goes on to say that those  who  were  against Christ at that time  were never true sons of God and by  leaving the true body of Christ, they had revealed their true nature and purpose.

John  confirms  that those who have the  spirit of God  have  the knowledge  and ability to discern truth from error  in  spiritual matters:

"And  you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you  know all things.  I  did  not write to you because you did  not  know the truth,  but because you know it, and because every lie is not  of the truth" (vs.20-21).

People who lie about spiritual matters will be known by people who have  the  spirit  of  God within them, because the  spirit  of  God  reveals truth: See Jn.14:17; 15:26; 16:12-13; 1.Cor.2:12-13.

Who is a Liar?

Those  who are against Christ, do not teach the truth  concerning Jesus as the Creator God and Savior of humanity. They also deny the individuality of the Father  and  the  Son:

"Who  is the liar, except the one who denies  that  Jesus  is the  Christ? The one who denies the Father and  the Son is the antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son does not have  the Father. The one who confesses the Son truly has the Father" (vs.22-23).

Only those who believe the truth concerning the Father and the Son have the  spirit of God; all others are liars in God's eyes.

"What you heard from the beginning, let it abide in you.  If what  you heard from the beginning abides in you, you will  abide both in the Father and in the Son" (v24).

The truly converted people of the first age of the  church  understood exactly  what John was saying concerning the Father, Christ,  and the spirit of God, because they were taught the  mysteries concerning the plan of God by the apostles. However, this  knowledge was lost when the organized church disappeared shortly after  the apostle  John's death. Now, in the last age of the  church,  this knowledge is again necessary and is being revealed to those whom the Father is calling to salvation. See Dan.12:1-10;  Matt.13:10-12; 1.Cor.4:1; Rom.16:24-26. See also our study paper about the disappearance of the  early church.

The Sinless

John  speaks of the purity and sinlessness of those who  practice righteousness and have the  spirit of God:

1.John 3:6-10 Paraphrased

"Everyone who remains in him does not sin. Everyone who continues to sin has not seen him, nor known him" (v6).

The English word 'seen' is translated from the Greek 'horao',  which means 'to stare at','to discern', or  'to  perceive'.

The children of God who reside in Christ remain sinless because they understand the things pertaining to Christ, whereas sinners  cannot understand or know God:

"Little children, let no one lead you astray; the one  practicing righteousness,  is righteous, even as the One is  righteous.  The one  practicing sin is of the Devil, because the Devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of God was revealed, that he undo [destroy] the devil's works" (vs.7-8).

The works of the Devil refers to the deception  of Eve,  which resulted in humanity being placed under the  death sentence for the violation of God's righteous law. Christ has destroyed the Devil's work through his righteousness, his life, and his perfect sacrifice. Thereby, he removed the death sentence for those who obey God.

The Seed

"Everyone  being begotten of God does not sin, because his seed [spirit of God] abides in him, and he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God" (v9).

It  is impossible to understand what John is saying here,  unless one  understands  that the  spirit of God the Father that resides within his children  keeps them in a sinless condition before him. As  long as  a child of God seeks to live a righteous life  and  does not  willfully and habitually practice sin, no sin is imputed  to them.  This is because Christ lives in the children of God through the   spirit of God; therefore, his righteous qualifications  are also imputed to those who possess the Father's holy  spirit: See Rom.8:33-34; 1.Jn.1:1-7; 2:1-2; 5:18.

"By  this the children of God and the children of the  Devil  are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness is not of  God; neither is the one who does not love his brother" (v10).

Good and Evil Spirits

In the first three verses of John, chapter four, John speaks of testing for evil influence and he shows that a major  key in this testing process is the understanding that Christ's  spirit resides within the children of God:

"Beloved,  do  not believe every  spirit, but  test  the   spirits, to see if they are from God; for many false  prophets  have  gone forth  into  the world" (1.Jn.4:1 Para.).  See Matt.24:4-5; 1.Thes.5:21-22; 2.Cor.11:3-15.

It  is important to remember that John spoke about spiritual influence from spirit-beings who inhabit the spirit dimension of existence of which  the children of God are also a part.  See Jn.15:18-19; 17:14.

Almost all opposition to the Father, Christ, and the children  of God comes from the evil influence of these spirit-beings;  therefore, it is extremely important for God's children to be able  to discern the difference  between a good and  an  evil  spiritual influence. See 1.Cor.2:11-16.

Jesus Christ is Come in the Flesh

"By  this  know the spirit of God: every spirit that  confesses that  Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.  And  every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh  is not from God; and is the antichrist which you heard  is coming and now is already in the world" (1.Jn.4:2-3 Para.).

John  says that a child of God can determine if a spirit (i.e., a spirit-being or spiritual influence) is from God if it  acknowledges that Christ has come in the flesh. If this acknowledgment is not made, this spirit or spiritual influence is evil and against Christ.

On the surface, it seems that the formula John gives for determining the character of a spirit-being or spiritual  influence is simple and direct, which it is. However, the key to  understanding  John's instructions is understanding what he means when he says, "Jesus Christ has come in the flesh."

Most  people will admit that Jesus Christ lived and  was  a religious  leader. Some will acknowledge that he was  a  prophet and some will acknowledge him as the prophetic Savior of humanity. However, very few truly understand or will acknowledge  him as the Creator God who became the Savior, died, was  resurrected, and now lives in the flesh of the children of God.

THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST IN YOU

In  speaking  to the Ephesians, Galatians, and  Colossians,  Paul reminds  them  of the importance of Christ,  who  resides  within them.

To the Ephesians

"Whereby  when you read, You may understand my knowledge  in  the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to  the sons  of  men,  as it is now revealed to his holy  apostles  and prophets by the  spirit" (Eph.3:4-5 KJV).

To the Galatians:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,  but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh  I live  by the faith of the Son of God, who loved  me,  and gave himself for me" (Gal.2:20 KJV).

Paul  says that his past life is dead through the application  of Christ's  sacrifice. The old Paul died at baptism, and a new Paul was born with Christ living in him:

"My  little  children,  of whom I travail in  birth  again  until Christ be formed in you. I desire to be present with you now, and to  change  my voice; for I stand in doubt of  you"  (Gal.4:19-20 KJV).

In speaking to the Galatians about his concern for their spiritual  growth,  Paul uses the Greek word 'morphoo', which  means  'to form', 'to fashion', and 'to take on form (especially in the womb)'.

This is the only place in the New Testament where this Greek word is used in the context of growth. Paul's concern for the Galatian's deteriorating spiritual condition reached the  point  that he had serious doubts that Christ's   spirit  was ever within them.

To the Colossians

"Whereof  I am made a minister, according to the dispensation  of God  which  is given to me for you, to fulfill the word  of  God; Even  the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but is now made manifest to the Saints; To whom God  would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery  among the  Gentiles;  which  is  Christ in  you,  the hope  of glory" (Col.1:25-27 KJV).

The  mystery  of  how Jesus Christ  lives in the  flesh  of  every child  of  God was understood by those of the first  age  of  the church and this important knowledge can also  be understood  today by those who have the spirit of  God residing within them.

HE THAT IS IN YOU

1.John 4:4-17 Paraphrased

"Little children, you are of God and have overcome them,  because he in you is greater than he in the world" (v4).

John  says  the  children of God have  overcome  those  who  were against Christ through  Christ who lives within them.

"They  are of the world; therefore they speak of the  world,  and the  world hears them. We are of God; the one knowing  God  hears us.  Whosoever is not of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error" (vs.5-6)

Only those who have the  spirit of God dwelling within them  are truly able to  understand and discern spiritual matters. See 1.Cor.2:9-13.

The Indwelling of the Father

"No  one  has seen God at any time. If we love one  another,  God abides  in us, and his love having been perfected in us. By  this we know that we abide in him, and he in us, because of his  spirit he has given to us" (vs.12-13). See Lk.24:46-49; Acts 5:32.

The Father also resides within his children, his love is perfected in his children, and his spirit is evidence of sonship in the Family of God.

John Speaks of the Father

"And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son  as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is  the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" (v15).

The Father sent the Creator God to earth to become his Son and  the Savior of humanity. Only those who truly understand  and acknowledge  this fact will have the Father residing within  them and they will reside within the Father.

"And  we have known and have believed the love which God  has  in us.  God is love, and the one abiding in love abides in God,  and God in him" (v16).

The Day of Judgment

"Love has been perfected with us by this, that we have confidence in the day of judgment, that as he is, we also are in this world" (v17).

John  speaks of the perfection of the Father's love  through  the confidence  one  can  have of obtaining  salvation  through  the knowledge  that, as they are living in this world, the spirit of God is living in them.

THE PROPHETIC SALVATION

"Of  which  salvation  the prophets have  inquired  and  searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to  you, searching  what,  or what manner  of time the   spirit of Christ which  was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand  the sufferings   of  Christ, and  the glory  that  should   follow" (1.Pet.1:10-11 KJV).

The  apostle Peter says that the salvation, which the sons of  God now have, was searched for by the prophets who had the  spirit of  Christ.  They  only had the  spirit of  Christ,  because  the Father's  spirit  is  only given to those of   the  New  Creation  under the terms and conditions of the New Covenant.

The Promise of a New Covenant

"Behold the days come, says the Lord, that I will cut a new  covenant  with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah,  not according  to the covenant that I cut with their fathers  in  the day  I took them by the hand to bring them out of  the  land  of Egypt—which covenant of mine they broke, although I  was  a husband  to  them, says the Lord. But this shall be  the  covenant that  I  will  cut with the house of Israel:  After  those  days, declares the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and  I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and  they shall be my people" (Jer.31:31-33 Para.). See also Heb.8:8-11.

As  the administrator  of  the holy  spirit, the Creator God foretells the time  when the Father, through the power of his  spirit, would place his righteous law within those he has chosen to be his sons.

UNDER THE NEW COVENANT

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his  Son, having  come out of a woman, having come under the law,  that  he might redeem the ones under the law, that we might  receive the adoption  of sons. And because you are sons, God has  sent forth the spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying,  Abba!  Father!" (Gal.4:4-6 Para.).

Under  the  New Covenant, the Father not only cancels  our  death sentence but also makes us his sons and places the holy spirit (his  personal  spirit) and  the  spirit of Christ into our very being.

The Indwelling of the Spirits

"And those being in the flesh are not able to please God. But you are  not in the flesh but in the spirit, since the  spirit of  God dwells in you" (Rom.8:9 Para.).

"But  if the  spirit of the One [the Father] having raised   Jesus from  the dead dwells in you, the One [the Father] having  raised Christ  from  the  dead will also make your  mortal bodies  live through the indwelling of the  spirit [the  spirit of God] in  you" (Rom.8:11 Para.).

"Jesus  answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will  keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and  make  our  abode  with him"  (Jn.14:21; 15:1-7 KJV).  See  also Gal.6:18; Phm.1:25.

The following are facts that we have learned about the holy  spirit  of God and the indwelling of the spirit:

TWO QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

1. How  can the holy  spirit, the  spirit of the Father,  and  the  spirit of Christ dwell in those called to salvation?

2. How  can those called to salvation dwell in the  Father  and Christ?

The  solution  to  these questions is extremely  simple  once  we understand  the following:

CONCLUSIONS:

Genetics

Remember  that Jesus says, "Neither pray I for these  alone,  but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they  also may be one in us: that the world may believe that  you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given  them; that  they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you  in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world  may know  that  you have sent me, and have loved them , as  you  have loved me" (Jn. 17:20-23 KJV).

Just as humans  inherit genetic material from their parents, all who are of the Family of God, including Jesus Christ, inherit the Father's genetics. It is the Father who conceives us and gives us birth into the spirit dimension  of existence through his creative power.

Because  the  children of God and Jesus Christ  have  the  Father's genetic  imprint, they are truly sons of the Father and  brothers of  Jesus Christ; they are of the same genesis and  family.   See 1.Jn.4:12-15.

Differences

Although humans are of the same genesis, they are each unique (e.g., physical appearance, life experiences,  mannerisms,  skills,  talents,  and  personality). Although  the  Father and Jesus Christ are of the  same  genesis, they  are  also unique. They are  unique  in  power, glory, appearance, experiences, mannerisms, skills, talents,  and personality.

At Spiritual Birth

When  a  person is transformed into a child of  God  through the Father's spirit-power, they are not only given the holy spirit, which dwells within them and empowers them as sons of God, but also they are given some personal and individual spiritual qualities that  are unique to the Father and Jesus Christ, which become a part of their character and personality.

Moreover, the Father imparts his laws, love, and other personal  attributes and qualities that he wants a child of his to have and mature in as they grow toward spiritual perfection.

Once  the  Father  has placed his holy  spirit  with  its  various attributes,  functions, qualities and powers within each new  son, the  Father and Christ become one with the new son, and  the  new son is one with them, because they all partake of the same  spirit-energy,  power, and genetic make-up. Therefore, all are truly  in each other to the extent that they all have things they share  in common with one another.

By B.L Cocherell, file b6w8