Trinity: The Voice Of God

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Life In The Spirit

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (Psalms 29:3-4, NKJV)

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The Trinity’s implications as denoted throughout Scripture, are pictured within the formation of human community and fellowship, and well-illustrated by The Holy Spirit’s many and various manners of working within individual, human lives.

The Incarnation of Christ, rather than disproving The Spirit’s Deity, is, in effect, and in eternal realities, the keynote Speaker, proving both of the Incarnation, and showing the Deity of Christ and The Holy Spirit, by drawing on the historical, and ecclesial history of relationships between The Trinity, and people of the past. This is one of the reasons why we can in verity call prophecy, “H.I.S. – S.T.O.R.Y.”

God The Spirit speaks as The Voice of God to the life “in the Spirit,” which devolves upon the believers of all ages; especially modernity’s many seekers of Truth. Christ’s life in The Spirit, is to be the experience of today’s church, and of believers from every dispensation throughout HIS-STORY.

As one Christian writer penned it:

In Christ the cry of humanity reached the Father of infinite pity. As a man He supplicated the throne of God till His humanity was charged with a heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion He received life from God, that He might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours… {TMK 259.3}

In today’s world, we urgently need the same “life” in The Holy Spirit, as Jesus has experienced. The desire of God’s heart, is the earnest longing that we all have the same fulness of His inner life in the context of the closest possible relationship that Deity can have with “the helpless, human agent.” Being baptized “in The Spirit,” was the Personal experience of Jesus, at the Jordan; and it is to be His disciple’s experience today:

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Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)

Jesus followed by example, His teaching on being “baptized in The Spirit:”

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mat 3:13-17)

God’s eternal desire is for the closest possible relationship with us; and that does not happen apart from this “life in The Spirit.” Living by His Spirit, just as did Christ, during His Incarnate HIS – TORY.

No matter where one looks in Scripture, they will encounter the immediate convergence of the most disparate things imaginable such as

a) God and humanity,
b) human “life in The Spirit,”

This is HOW suffering, sin, death, etc are all vehicles by which Christ’s own life “in The Spirit,” is conveyed, and imparted to all who would “follow Jesus.”

Whenever we see this “image of God” we can know truly at that time, how we are wonderfully “made in His image.” (see Gen 1). The secular or Arian understanding of “in His image,” devolves around the idea of knowing the physical Substance of Deity, and this results in concluding of many erroneous doctrines.

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But our personal testimony, (1 John 5:11-12, 1 John 1:1-3), will always reflect this truly amazing being “made in His image,” (Gen 1:26), when ALL things are made new, (2 Cor 5:17), in the believer’s heart, and life; and by extension, if The Church is going to reflect His Image; it will be seen as showing forth Christ’s life “in The Spirit,” just as did Christ, in His Incarnate life here.

A correct understanding of this particular “life of Christ “in The Spirit,” out of necessity, will be our experience, in The Church today. Christ’s own “life in The Spirit,” is exactly what Scripture intends where it states that we are “made in His image.” (Gen 1:26, 9:6, etc). His life and experience is to be our life and experience., because His “life in The Spirit,” breaks through the darkening clouds of confusion, and famine for The Bread of Life.

Christ’s Incarnate Life in The Spirit, is the fulcrum point of our “life in The Spirit,” where the evidence base of “all things new,” (2 Cor 5:17), is the key to unlocking heaven’s storehouse; whereby the “fulness of His image” is revealed in His human disciples today.

In today’s Church, The Voice of God is heard by those who correctly reflect “his image,” and who do not “grieve The Holy Spirit,” (Eph 4:30), and “in His image” is the very reason prophets from the Old Testament period recognized the necessity of Life in The Spirit OF GRACE:

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech 12:10)”You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, And gave them water for their thirst.” (Neh 9:20)”…be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts.According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!'” (Hag 2:4-5)

THIS life in The Spirit, of Old Testament times, this “image of God in mankind” is the very reason Christ further declared:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus did not anoint Himself here. Christ did nothing Incarnate without the aid of The Holy Spirit; and this is the very promise of salvation for believers today:

God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He does to us,” (Acts 15:8, NIV)

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