We cannot experience the fullness of what happened in the resurrection of Christ unless we understand the new thing He came to give us. What happened when Christ died and what are the consequences of His resurrection in our lives? The Apostle Paul had a revelation of the Lord after His resurrection. He understood the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when He told His disciples that it was expedient for Him to leave (John 16:7). Jesus Christ said that if He stayed with us, He would not be able to send the Comforter to reveal to us what He couldn’t reveal while in the flesh. He knew that when He would go, there will be an extension of the revelation, an opening of the mind, and the Spirit He would send will convert the things we could not understand in His life in the flesh (John 6: 12-13).
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. – John 6:14-15
Jesus was saying here that the Spirit would take of His divine endowment, His virtues and show them unto us. In other words, the coming of the Spirit in our lives brings enlightenment on the things we don’t understand: things that are in the Father that we don’t know of, things in Him that we cannot relate with, things that are ours. These are truths we could only understand with the coming of the Spirit. Jesus gave the importance of the coming of the Spirit that supersedes His own physical presence.
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. – Phil. 1:19
When Paul speaks of the Spirit of Jesus Christ in this verse, He was not referring to the Holy Spirit. He was speaking about the realities of all the divine attributes that were in Jesus Christ, the excellence of the power of God that made Jesus stand on His identity without defeat. When Jesus spoke about sending the Spirit in John 16, He was referring to His Spirit.
Consider this example: When you speak of the spirit of Annie Smith, what do you refer to? You would refer to my mind, my virtues, my inner strength, my understanding and intrinsic capacities. Jesus became incarnate and took upon His flesh everything that we had in our bodies. Yet, He knew something needed to be added for our sameness with Him to be complete and this is what He had within Him: His capacities and resources, His strength, the renewable asset of His mind. That is why it was expedient for Him to leave. He had identified Himself physically with us; He identified His soul with us, but for the sameness to be complete, we had to receive the strength that made Him the Christ, the inner resources that made Him walk in the victorious light.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. – 1 Cor. 15:45
Jesus Christ the last Adam was made the all-powerful Spirit, the One clothed with virtues to communicate virtues in us. He was made the quickening Spirit – the Spirit filled with life. This does not refer to the bond that exists between the Father and the Son known as the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit is the One that communicates the union between the Father and the Son to us. He causes us to experience the communion that exists between the Father and the Son. Paul understood this difference between the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
– 2 Cor. 3:17
In speaking about the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Paul was saying that above the fact that we have received the Holy Spirit, we are to relate with the abundant virtues that were and are within the Lord Jesus Christ and are now communicated to us. He does not deny the Holy Spirit as His comforter, but He was saying he needed the virtues of Jesus Christ, the realities of what made Him strong and consistent, what made Him the Christ. We’re to relate with the Lord Jesus Christ even when it has to do with His own Spirit because there is a supply in Him. He took our humanity with Him in His ascension. He did not dissociate Himself with it. There is a man within the Trinity, who is indwelt with virtues and excellencies of powers, a manner of thinking, something we can relate with in our humanity.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one but distinct. Therefore, we relate with the Holy Spirit, who is our Comforter, who has come to teach us, who includes me in the union between the Father and the Son, making that union alive. We relate with Jesus Christ, with the supply of His Spirit, with His present-day ministry, seated at the Father’s right hand. In the same way, we relate with the Father. All three are there for you and you can receive from their natures, the various virtues in them. The riches of their natures are diverse although all three are One.
This article is an extract from the series, “The Supply of the Spirit” by Dr. Annie Smith. For the complete series, please,, visit gcmonlinestore.com