Part 3 of 10
The Spirit of Christ & the Comforter Are One
Jesus the Lord is God, the Almighty eternal One.
After the cross, Paul says “Now the Lord is that Spirit” (2Cor 3:17). Today, Christ as God is “that spirit,” in His spirit-form. It was necessary that Jesus of Nazareth pass through a process in order to become “the life-giving Spirit” (1Cor 15:45). It is only as “that Spirit” that the fully processed Jesus could then be dispensed into those who would receive Him into their human spirit as “the Spirit of life” (Rom 8:2a; Gk., life, Zoe, the eternal spirit-life).
Jesus of Nazareth, after the cross, is “both Lord and Christ” (Act 2:36). Jesus is God and He is one with “the Spirit of God.” Notice the terms Paul uses interchangably, here in Romans 8:9-10, to describe who it is that is indwelling the believers at
Romans 8:9-10 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life (Zoë, God’s eternal spirit-life) because of righteousness.
While there are other spirits who were created by God, there is only one divine and eternal “spirit-life” in the universe – that is God Himself. "God is spirit" and He is the one fountain of the genuine life – the eternal spirit-life. Psalm 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Today that one, limitless, eternal life of God is the life in Christ, as “the Sprit of life.”
Christ as “the Spirit of life” now indwells the human spirit of every spirit-birthed child of God as “one spirit,” now in full union with the believer’s spirit. 1Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Since every believer is one with Christ then they are “crucified with Christ” (Gal 2:20), God also they are “raised us up together” with Christ. Thus, Christ’s “Spirit of life” is now the believer's only core life.
Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead in sins, (He) hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…
In John 14:6 Christ Jesus says …I am the way, the truth, and the life (Zoe, the eternal spirit-life)…
We need to learn from what Jesus said to His Jewish disciples. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John 14:16) John quotes Jesus a saying the “Comforter” is “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:26). Jesus also had said He is “…the truth” (14:6). Thus, “the Comforter,” who also “the Spirit of Truth” is one in the same as “the Spirit of Christ,” who Jesus said would come to indwell those believing Jews to whom He was speaking.
“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)
In the very next verse Jesus made it abundantly clear that it was “He (Jesus) who was dwelling with them” who would return to be in them.
“I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS: “I” WILL COME TO YOU.” (John 14:18).
Here Jesus says “the comforter” is “I” who “will come to you.”
Since there is only “one Spirit” (Eph 4:4), it is clear from these verses that the Holy Spirit is “the Spirit of Truth,” who today is “the Comforter,” who is “the Spirit Christ.” Simply put, “the Comforter” is Jesus in His spirit-form. Jesus, who at that time dwelled with them, said “He (Jesus) that dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). We have but “one God” and “one Spirit,” who is the one “the Spirit of Truth,” which is “the Spirit of Christ,” who comes to indwell believers.
In John 14:26 Jesus said “the Comforter,” whom the Father will send, was to come “in the name of” (meaning “in the person of”) of Jesus Christ, and also that He is to be…the believer’s teacher of “all things.”
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my (Jesus’) name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John’s first epistle confirms that Jesus, as “the Spirit of Christ,” is the indwelling “anointing” who is the believer’s ever present indwelling teacher of “all things.”
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction (anointing, see v27) from the Holy One (Jesus Christ), and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
In John 16:7 we read these words. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (The Spirit of Christ) will not come unto you; but if I (as the Son) depart, I will send him (in the form of “the Spirit of Christ”) unto you.It should by now be abundantly clear the resurrected and ascended Spirit of the risen Lord Jesus Himself is “the Comforter” who comes to indwell and abide in all who will receive Him.