Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Spirit of Jesus

In a previous blogpost where I listed the many references to the Spirit of Jehovah/Yahweh in the Old Testament I wrote the following:

It should be noted that with all the references to the Spirit of Jehovah/Yahweh in the Old Testament, that the New Testament references to the "Spirit of Christ" or the "Spirit of Jesus" or the "Spirit of his [i.e. the Father's] Son" implies that Jesus is also fully God since we find Jesus having a Spirit and that Spirit performing the same type of functions as Jehovah's Spirit, emulates Jehovah Himself. Hence, it's no stretch to conclude that 1. Jesus is equal to the Father in divinity, and 2. the Spirit of the Father is the same Spirit of the Son (cf. Romans 8:9). Here are some of those New Testament passages using the American Standard Version of 1901.

New Testament References to the Spirit of Christ/Jesus


16:7  and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;


8:9  But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.


4:6  And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.


1:19  For I know that this shall turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

1 Peter

1:11  searching what [time] or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.

These passages (especially in light of Rom. 8:9) supports the essential and substantial unity of the three persons of the Trinity. By "essential" and "substantial" I mean to use the terms literally. That is, that all three persons share the one essence or substance or being or nature of God (i.e. consubstantiality).

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