The Risen Jesus is the Holy Spirit
In the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus is most definitely NOT the Holy Spirit. They are two DIFFERENT persons in the doctrine of the Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity would be false if Jesus is the Holy Spirit. But the Scriptures do make it absolutely clear that the Risen Jesus is the Holy Spirit.
Raised Bodily From the Dead
God raised Jesus' crucified body from the dead.
Jesus himself stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be to you." But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, he showed them his hands and Hhis feet. Luke 24:36-40.
And Paul describes Jesus' resurrection body as a "Spiritual body." He describes Jesus as "life-giving" or "Life-making Spirit."
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became life-giving Spirit." However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:42-45.
Jesus said he was not a spirit. Paul said Jesus was raised life-making spirit. Because they are completely without understanding there are many people who cannot make head nor tails out of these two statements. Because they are without understanding, there are many people who are double-minded concerning the nature of Jesus' resurrection body. Some, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses deny that he was bodily raised and wish to claim he was just a spirit. Many others deny that he is spirit because they want to believe he was only flesh and bones. Because they have become Gnostic minded and think Spirit is one and Physical is another and never shall the two become one, they see like a natural man and are completely without understanding.
When Jesus said he was not a spirit, it is quite clear that he meant he was not just a spirit like an angel is just a spirit or like a ghost is just a spirit. After he rose from the dead, Jesus was not like he was before. There was something remarkably different about his resurrection body. Now he would suddenly appear and disappear. He appeared to the two men on the road to Emmaus. And while eating with them he suddenly disappeared. Or he would suddenly appear to the disciples in the upper room when the doors were closed. There was something astonishingly different about the risen Jesus.
Paul said Jesus was raised in a spiritual body. It was an imperishable, immortal body. What is it that makes a body immortal and imperishable. Paul declares that Adam became a living soul but the second Adam, Jesus, became life-giving spirit. What's the difference between a living soul and life-giving spirit? Paul also declares that flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God. So what's the difference with a resurrection body? He says one is earthly, the other is heavenly.
Adam was dust and only dust. And then God breath the breath of life into that dust and that dust became a living soul. The DUST became a soul. The recipe for a soul is to take dust and add spirit to that dust. Then the dust ITSELF becomes a soul. The Hebrew word for soul implies breathing. A soul is a breather. It breathes and thinks and becomes a WHO. It became flesh and blood for that is what a soul is: flesh and blood. The soul of the flesh is in the blood. The spirit in any mortal man is what makes that body of dust a soul and this life-force power of spirit from the God of the spirits of all flesh is what makes that dust alive, a soul, a breather, flesh and blood.
But the risen Jesus is not a breather, a soul, flesh and blood. His body is a Spiritual Body. His body is clothed and consumed in the Spirit of God. His body lives because of what it itself is: Spirit. His crucified body now is "life-giving Spirit." He is not flesh and blood but flesh and bone. The soul of the flesh is in the blood. But Jesus no lives by the life that is in human blood. He is not flesh and blood but flesh and bone. But he is not just flesh and bone like we are flesh and bone. This flesh and bone is a Spiritual body. For this reason, it is an imperishable immortal body. His sacrificial body was consumed by God; his crucified body clothed in the Spirit of the Father. Holy Spirit and the body of Jesus have become one new creation, a new kind of humanity, the second Adam, immortal humanity, Spiritual flesh and bones.
Peter tells us that Jesus received the promise of the Father in his resurrection, the Holy Spirit. Jesus inherited the Holy Spirit in his resurrection. He inherited his Father's divine nature, the Holy Spirit. To be a true son of God you must have your Father's nature. We are true sons of Adam because we have the nature of Adam, flesh of his flesh. To be a true son of God you must be a partaker in the divine nature of God, the Holy Spirit. That crucified body known as Jesus now is Holy Spirit.
There is a reason the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as "the Spirit of the Father," and "the Spirit of Christ" and "the Spirit of Jesus" and "the Spirit of Jesus Christ" and "the Spirit of the Son of God." Jesus inherited his Father's divine nature, the Holy Spirit, when he was raised from the dead. And that is why that Jesus can now send us by that same Spirit just as the Father had sent him. And this is how Jesus is able to now come and dwell in our hearts. He IS the Spirit of God having inherited his Father's divine nature, his crucified body becoming one with Holy Spirit, a new creation, the firstfruits of the new heavens and earth.
The Spirit gives Life; Christ is our Life. The Bible says that the person Jesus is our mediator who intercedes for us; it is the Spirit of God's Son, Jesus, who dwell in our hearts; Christ himself dwells in us such that we have "the mind of Christ," and it is Jesus who searches our hearts. Read this very carefully and notice how the Spirit of God the Father and is the Spirit of Christ and is Christ Himself:
You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. If (the person) CHRIST is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is Life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the works of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a Spirit of Sonship as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" (See also Gal 4:6, Spirit of God's Son crying 'Abba, Father.') The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our sonship, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and HE who searches our hearts (See Rev 2:23) knows what the mind of the Spirit is, (See 1 Cor 2:16) because HE intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that HE would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered HIM over for us all, how will He not also with HIM freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? CHRIST JESUS is HE who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Romans 8.
The Spirit in us is the person Christ in us. Jesus IS the Holy Spirit of God. Because the man Jesus was bodily raised into the glory of a Spiritual body, Life-giving Spirit," he can now come to dwell in our hearts. And indeed, Paul says it even more clearly in 2 Corinthians where he is describing the glory of the ministry to the Holy Spirit. Here he tells us plainly that the Lord Jesus Christ IS the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17
You are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives Life. But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because in CHRIST the veil is removed. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to THE LORD, the veil is taken away. Now THE LORD IS the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the THE LORD is, there is freedom. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of THE LORD are being transformed into the same image from glory unto glory, just as from THE LORD the Spirit.... even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of CHRIST who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but CHRIST JESUS AS LORD.
2 Corinthians 3-4.
Paul could not have said it more clearly. The glory of the Spirit is the glory of Christ. The glory of Christ is the glory of the Spirit. The Lord in question who is the Spirit is Jesus. Indeed, Paul explicitly tells us right here who he is preaching as "Lord." The risen Jesus is the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus IS the Holy Spirit, he having bodily inherited the divine nature of God in his resurrection. And if we just keep reading through chapter 4 and into chapter 5, we will see Paul leading into the glory of the resurrection body for those who have the deposit of the Spirit.
There is ONE Spirit
There is one body and ONE Spirit. Ephesians 4:4.
The first man, Adam, "became a living soul." The last Adam became life-giving Spirit 1 Corinthians 15:45.
The Lord is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Created: November 16, 2011
Last Update: November 16, 2011