The Spirit of the Glorified Jesus

The Spirit of the Glorified Jesus The Lord Jesus is a unique, wonderful person, because He is both God and man. When He was on the earth, t...

The Spirit of the Glorified Jesus

The Lord Jesus is a unique, wonderful person, because He is both God
and man. When He was on the earth, the multitudes were attracted to
Him because He exhibited a divinely human life among them. Not only
did the works of His divine power appeal to themasses, but also His
human compassionand sympathy touched them. It would seem regrettable
that He died and left the earthly realm, for the earth has never been
blessed with so gracious a person as Jesus Christ. But He is also
unique and wonderful in that He rose from the dead. He lives today,
still in full possession of His divine nature and His human nature.
Only now, He is no longer limited to a slice of time two thousand
years ago and to a narrow stretch of land along the Jordan River in
Palestine. All that He is has now been made available eternally and
universally through the Spirit, for, as the Bible says, this ultimate
man, this “last Adam became a life-giving Spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). The
life-giving Spirit is the glorified, unique and wonderful Jesus made
available as life to man. Thelife that the Spirit gives is the divine
and human life of the glorified Jesus. Prior to His death and
resurrection, we humans could only gaze in awe at this marvelous
Jesus. But now through His death and resurrection we can receive His
element within us and partake of allHe is. What is so appealing about
this Jesus can now become our very life, for He is available to us
through the Spirit of the glorified Jesus.“The Spirit”In the Gospel of
John the Lord Jesus once cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come
to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out
of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.

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” (7:37-39). Thirst is indeed thebest description of
the human condition. Our lives are spent in dissatisfied longing that
drives us to feats of greatest accomplishment and acts of deepest
depravity. Thirst greatly motivates human endeavor. Butthe Lord’s
promise to the thirsty is not simply a drink that quenches but more
than that, an overflow of virtue that proceeds from our innermost
being. This outflow of virtue, which satisfies man’s longing, is
simply the Spirit of theglorified Jesus within us. In these verses,
the apostle John says that “theSpirit was not yet, because Jesus had
not yet been glorified.” (This is the exact translation of the Greek
original of this verse, although some versions improperly render “was
not yet given.”)Of course, the Spirit of God is eternal and had been
in existence before the Lord spoke this word. So what is referred to
here is not simply the Spirit of God, who as the divine Person
possesses the divine nature. Herethe Spiritrefers to the Spirit of God
who now possesses the glorified human nature of the Lord Jesus as
well. While the Spirit of God, possessing only the divine nature, has
existed eternally, “the Spirit,” possessing both the divinity and
humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, did not come into being until Jesus
had been glorified through His death and resurrection. It is through
“the Spirit” that our thirst can be more than quenched; indeed, “the
Spirit,” bearing to us the divinity and humanity of Christ Jesus,
becomes a source of living water within us, flowing forth as rivers to
all around us.The Spirit of Jesus ChristBecause the Lord Jesus has
become the Spirit, the New Testament variously designates the Spirit
as the Spirit of Jesus or the Spirit of Christ or the Spirit of Jesus
Christ. The designations are not insignificant, for they indicate
various aspects of the glorified Jesus coming to man as the Spirit. In
Acts 16:7 we read that the Spirit of Jesus prevented the apostles from
traveling to certain parts in their gospel work. In this context the
Spirit is called the Spirit of Jesus because He bears the humanity,
human living, and death of Jesus to His believers. In our Christian
walk we surely need His perfect humanity, His spotless human living,
and the suffering strength He acquired in His effective death.

In
Romans 8:9-11 the apostle Paul speaks of the Spirit of Christ giving
life to our mortal bodies. Here the Spirit is called the Spirit of
Christ because the divinity and resurrection of Christ are made realto
us by Him. In Philippians 1:19 He is called the Spirit of Jesus
Christ, indicating that He is the source of the bountiful supply to
the believers. The Spirit of Jesus Christ is compounded with His
humanity and death and with His divinity and resurrection. Hence, all
that the Lord Jesus Christ is, is now available for us and for our
situation because the Lord is now the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17).The Spirit
of LifeThe Spirit of the glorified Jesus is also called the Spirit of
life (Rom. 8:2) because He bears to us the Lord’s divine and human
life. Our most urgentneed is an eternal life. We humans have life, but
it is a transient life. It is marred by sickness and the constant
threat of death. In the Bible death is called the last enemy (1 Cor.
15:26), because beyond all enemies that we struggle with, death is the
ultimate enemy. Only an eternal life can defeat death, and the Lord’s
life is such a life.

In fact, He Himself is this life. He is not only
the eternal life (1 John 5:20) but also the resurrection life (John
11:25), the life that has not only passed through death but even
conquered it. We who believe in Christ can enjoy Himas our life and
life supply because He is now the Spirit of life. When we receiveHim
by faith, we receive Him as the Spirit of life that gradually frees us
fromdeath (Rom. 8:2).The Lord Jesus is marvelous in His divinity and
humanity, but because of His death and resurrection He possesses even
more virtue that we human beings need. He alone passed through death
and overcame it, and the victory of His resurrection is invested in
His Spirit. This death-conquering virtue makes Him not merely the
Spirit of life but even more the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). He
does not merely possess the resurrection life but gives the
resurrection life to His believers that they also may be conquerors of
death. By indwelling us as the life-giving Spirit, Christ is
fulfilling in us the promise of the Bible concerning death: “Death,
the last enemy, is being abolished” (1 Cor. 15:26).The Spirit as Our
Essenceand Our Power and AuthorityWhen the Lord Jesus was on the
earth, He enjoyed the Spirit in two particular aspects. First, because
He was conceived and born of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35),
He had the Spirit as His essence within. Second, the Spirit was upon
Him as His power and authority (Matt. 3:16; 12:28). When Jesus was
glorified through His death and resurrection andHe became “the
Spirit,” these two aspects of the Spirit became available to us as
well. On the night of His resurrection, the Lord Jesus appeared to His
disciples and breathed into them the Holy Spirit (John 20:22); this
brought the Spirit into them as their life essence. Then, fifty days
later, on Pentecost, the Spirit descended upon them, to vest them with
power and authority (Luke 24:49; Acts 2:4).

We who believe in Christ
receive the Spirit in these two aspects: inwardly He is our life, and
outwardly He is our power and authority. The aspects of the Spiritthat
Jesus enjoyed in His earthly life have been made available to us
through the Spirit of the glorified Jesus.Jesus Christ is certainly
the most wonderful person in the universe, and all that He is, is
available to us through His Spirit. When we repent of our sins and
believe in Christ, we receive the Spirit of the glorified Jesus, who
bears to us all that Christ is.


Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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