Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mystical Life of Communion (notes) IV


“Our union to Christ is one rich reality comprised of two distinct but inseparable facets.”

We are in Christ, and His Spirit is in us.

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

(2Corinthians 1:21-22 NKJV)

We are in Christ. This is found throughout the NT.

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is truein His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1John 5:20 NKJV)

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, is in us. This is for true for all believers, all those who make up the body of Christ. All who are in Christ have Christ within.

This is a personal presence, the presence of the person of Jesus, in Spirit, within us. We are one with him in Spirit.

Not all believers may recognize this, or take advantage of this glorious reality, but it is still true. They may neglect, or wall-off the spirit within them, but it is still present. It is for this reason we are to be careful of what we do, so as to not grieve the Holy Spirit within us.

God’s common presence, or omnipresence, is different from his manifest presence, or the union of his spirit with ours. His “common presence” is expressed as:

1. Creative & Sustaining (all things are created and sustained by him, so he must be everywhere)

2. Knowledge (he is everywhere because he sees everything)

3. Providence (he has his hands in everything, he is sovereign)

With Israel, his presence was with them, but never in them as a whole. He often put his spirit on individuals, and as a rarity put his spirit within them, but it was a functional union, not designed to be a permanent relational dwelling, as it is after Jesus sent His Spirit.

God’s nearness to us can only be expressed in the relational sense, his “personal presence,” not in the sense of his “common presence.”

“In the Old Testament the Lord was revealed as near to the humble and righteous, hearing their prayer and considering their plight.”

Psalm 145:17-20

Psalm 146:8-10

Spirit “upon” vs “in” -- very different.

Promises of the New Covenant -- Spirit “within you” -- Ezekiel 36:26

This is in the context of covenant with God. (Matt 26:27-29)

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away...“ John 16:7

Jesus says it’s better for him to leave! We are better off with His Spirit within us, than to have his flesh beside us.

The Holy Spirit is a person, not a vague force. Things that the person of the Holy Spirit does:

Makes intercession, testifies, wills, strives, speaks, searches, grieves, yearns, and loves.

He teaches, raised Christ from the dead, anoints, and inspires scripture and prophecy.

Romans 8 is so clear!

Various terms referring to the Holy Spirit:

the Spirit of God,

the Spirit of Christ,

Christ in you

The Spirit

The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead

His Spirit


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