Let's begin with a basic understanding.
Now that we know that our eternity in Heaven (His Kingdom of the Spirit, where glorified perfect bodies exist), we struggle with how much time do I commit to this effort in my life. Here's the rub, it's all or nothing, but everybody has a path, a growth time, and this is for all who want one of those now.
By Definition: The Father is the soul of God. The soul is eternal as His soul must be eternal. And if were truly made in his image and likeness we then, have the commonalities of body, soul, and spirit as we discussed and earned previously. Again, God the Father is the very soul of the biggest definition of God. That corresponding biggest definition of Spirit is in love from Him who is Love, the Father, His Word and the spirit of man (will) inside His son Jesus, and all who receive the Word in love. The will in the certainty of it, is manifested for the eye by the Holy Ghost-the spirit of truth. So, as the most outer level of understanding so approves this alignment, please consider the actual blood as the actual human connection to a spirit. Blood is the bearer of the food, oxygen, to keep the body alive. It is the connection between the body and the living soul.
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:6-8.
According to the Word, Jesus the Christ came “by water and blood” with the Spirit bearing witness. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 1 John 5:6.(Emphasis added). This means Jesus the man was born with a human body, and the blood of the Father as the parent of Jesus. The spirit (i.e., the will) of the man Jesus is the Word, and the Holy Ghost (Spirit of truth) bears witness with His spirit-the Word.
No doubt, the reference to “the Spirit” that “beareth witness” because the “Spirit is truth” (in 1 John 5:6 above) is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of truth that bears witness to the Word which is the spirit/will of the man Jesus. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. John 5:32; see also, John 8:18.
For reproof, if we consider who the “me” is in the context of the Spirit in John 15:26, we find a correlation between the Word and the Holy Ghost bearing witness therewith. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26 (Emphasis added). The “me” refers to the Word as the will of man in Jesus and the Holy Ghost is the spirit that bears witness to the Word.
We know the “Spirit” of God is the trinity of God, which is the Father, the Word (Son), and the Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7 and Matthew 28:19). Each is Spirit in their own identity, and they are one entity (i.e., one spirit) as God. Recall, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2. We know God is love and by those three, Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:17-18 (Emphasis added). (Please note: this “perfect” love is the love of God by the Spirit of God which defines Him. This is not man’s imperfect love discussed previously.)
The Bible also says: And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:8 (Emphasis added). If we consider the Christ Jesus after His resurrection, in the context of the witnesses in earth also being the “record” of God in heaven, we find out what and who we are when we “live in Him”. Recall, as to Jesus being Emmanuel, meaning God with us (Matthew 1:23), the references to the witness in earth must be a reference to Christ Jesus the man, as the Word made Him God from heaven, not earth. Thus, it is His “glorified body” in which we must live, simply because we died with him for us to live in Him as explained previously in the context of our old man. As a man, at all times Jesus has a spirit, soul, and body, as each of us do. (See, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 and Hebrews 4:12 discussed previously). By now we know His “spirit” is the Word, as God in the Christ Jesus. When we live in Him, our spirit/will of man is also the Word in spirit and not the Law as the letter of it!
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:1-12.
Adding the fact that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit that raised Him from the dead (Romans 8:11), the Holy Ghost is the witness in power to the truth of the Father’s Word “in Him” and in us if we live “in Him”! With reference to Christ Jesus the man and 1 John 5:6-8 (above text at the beginning of this module), the Word from heaven is represented by the “water” or “living water” and the associated cleansing it gives here on earth. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? John 4:10-11 (Emphasis added). (By way of reproof, in reference to an event that occurred during Old testament times, the Bible says: ...And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4. The Bible also says: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27 (Emphasis added).)
Could the “water” mean the Spirit generally and include the Holy Ghost? No. Even though Jesus made the statement with the Holy Ghost in Him, and the Holy Ghost is also the “Spirit” (1 John 5:6) as explained in detail previously, back in the time when the statement was made originally to the woman at the well (John 4:10-11 above) mankind who are also not the prophets serving God could not receive the Holy Ghost because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Adam, the first man, was given the Word of God to live by. The Jews were given the Word as the Law. Hence, the “living water” could not mean the Holy Ghost for anyone other than Christ at the time of Christ before His resurrection. In addition, prior to Jesus receiving the Holy Ghost Himself, e.g., when He was a young man of twelve years old speaking in the temple, He spoke by the Word in Him and not by the Holy Ghost. See, Luke 2:42-52. Consequently, for the Word to be living and unalterable for today, the same must hold true now in our time and in us, for us to be His ambassadors!
Thus, the “spirit” of the human Jesus the Christ is the Word and the “Spirit”, and not the letter of the law which is also the Word that His bodily sacrifice fulfilled. All who live forever in Him: 1.) have their own spirit/will of man desiring the will of the Father, and 2.) know the will of the Father because the “Spirit” is the spirit of the Word being the spiritual will of God–the supreme law for all mankind. Again, we must do His will to be part of the royal family relying on that spirit (lower case intended) of the Father that raised Jesus from the dead that gave Him life which is the Holy Ghost as the witness to the Word in Him. The Holy Ghost quickens our mortal bodies to do His will as explained previously. (Romans 8:11, Matthew 12:18 and Isaiah 42:1.)
Therefore, 1 John 5:8 says: And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. We know the water is representative of the Word. The spirit of the Word is the will of God for all mankind as explained previously. Stated another way, the Word is the spiritual statement of the Father’s will as Christ Jesus is alive today because of the surety of what the Word said and the proof in what happened, i.e., His resurrection. Additionally, as to men alive in Christ, the Bible says: [t]he Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16. The same holds true for Jesus because He too was a man. The spirit in the Christ Jesus is the Word. The turth of the Word is witnessed by the Holy Ghost in Him. Only the Father (1 John 5:7) Himself and the blood (1 John 5:6 and 8) respectively, remain unaccounted for. Of course, we could make the association between “the blood” and “the Father” by default based on what was presented previously, but doing so would cause us to pass by an opportunity for further edification. Moreover, proof of the connectivity between the Father and the blood of Jesus’s body in which we live is definitely a worthy pursuit. (Before proceeding, consider how confusing this would be if we arbitrarily called the “Holy Ghost” the “Holy Spirit” and the “water” the Spirit without regard for the Holy Ghost, and the spirit as the Spirit of God instead of the more specific “spirit” as the Word is the will of God and not the letter! Without consideration of the proper context, as many so-called “versions” of the Bible so readily destroy, it would be impossible to understand the Bible!)
By way of reproof and further edification, for human procreation there must be two parents. The conjugation of them in conception of a human initiates the formation of the body and the blood in the context of the “life juice” in the human body, including the body of the Christ Jesus the man. As the only begotten son, Jesus is most assuredly of the bloodline of the Father who conceived Him by the power of the Holy Ghost in the human parent named Mary. Hence, the very blood of Jesus is the working, living manifestation of the Father’s witness of Himself on earth. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? John 14:9.
Without that blood sacrifice there would be no way for us to come to know the Father as a father, simply because the letter of the Word as the Law would not have been fulfilled. Remember, after the time mankind disconnected himself from God’s will in unbelief as the first transgression, the Father’s will was restored to all of mankind as a choice of how to “live” (literally and spiritually), by the blood sacrifice Jesus gave of Himself. Through the Holy Ghost being the spirit/will of the Father Himself for all who would be His sons, (Matthew 12:18 and Isaiah 42:1 as explained in detail previously), we know the Father personally as a child of His and can do His will personally by the quickening of that Spirit (i.e., the Holy Ghost). But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11.
When we do the Father’s will, we do so according to the quickening power of the Holy Ghost. Again, the Holy Ghost is the spirit/will of the Father that bears witness to the will set forth in his Word, if and only if, we choose to live by it (i.e., His Word)! This is how we live forever as a member of the royal family bloodline according to the law of God, i.e., by doing His will made known to us through the Spirit. Hence, nobody can do the will of God in service to Him as a Father, personally and individually as a child of God, without the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost makes us part of the now living body of the Christ Jesus as explained previously. Because He has left the earth in physical presence, we take His place as being part of Him–the members of His body literally.
Thus, the blood in Jesus is the other physical witness to whom He is as the begotten son of the Father. This blood serves us as the will of God by which we come to know the Father by enabling us to be alive in the body of Christ while we live in this flesh of ours. Hence, as we live in Him, our blood is of the bloodline of the Father as we do His will, however, our blood is our own as we do our own will of the flesh. We are adopted in spirit (our own will of man), but alive in His body. Hence, by the sacrifice of His body according to the will of the Father, the flesh of Jesus is a form of sustenance for our flesh as our sins are forgiven (and forgotten). The blood of Jesus is a form of sustenance for our soul as we are alive again by the spirit of His Word being the will of God and His (Jesus') blood. As part of the will of the Father, we come to know the Father as a father through the Father’s spirit–the Holy Ghost, and live in the body of the begotten son Christ by His blood literally and spiritually. Hence, as we are His and do His will we prove we are of His bloodline. Again, For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 12:50. For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35.
Hence, the blood of Jesus keeps our own soul alive if we choose to live by it in our spirit/will of man. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16. The Holy Ghost bearing witness therewith keeps our spirit/will alive as our spirit/will becomes the Word governing the disposition of our own soul, and we become part of the entire bloodline of the Father as an obedient child of His. No other religion, no other alleged prophet, no other deity in any polytheistic or monotheistic culture or society anywhere or at any time makes this claim, or could make this claim, ever!
For the damned (the bloodlines of mankind who live for the flesh): a lifestyle according to the will of the flesh, a body that remains merely a carnal creation, and an eternal soul that dies forever after their bodily death on earth.
For the saved (the bloodline of the Father, the begotten Son Jesus the Christ and all who live by the Spirit): a lifestyle according to the will of God, a body that is glorified and a soul that is "born again" as a new creature that lives forever in Heaven by the Spirit (the Father and His will, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.)
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