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September 21, 2023

The Spirit Making God Real to Us (1)

John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak... (14) He will glorify Me [Christ], for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you. (15) All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.

[Part 1 of 2] All that the Father is and has is the Son's. The Son is the embodiment of the Father. Therefore the Father's fullness is the Son's fullness, and the Father's life and nature are also the Son's life and nature. All that the Father is and has is the Son's and all that the Son is and has obtained has been received by the Spirit. The Spirit then discloses the Son with the Father to the believers. He makes all that Christ is and has real to us. For example, God is life. How can this life be ours? By the Spirit. Romans 8:2 says that the Spirit is the Spirit of life. When the Spirit moves within us, He is not only the shining and enlightening light but also the very life which enlivens, nourishes, and strengthens us. The Spirit is the reality of all that the Father and the Son are. Without the Spirit, there is the essence of what the Father and Son are, but there is no realization. Take the example of electricity. Although we may have electricity, it still needs to be applied for a specific purpose. That application of electricity is the realization of the electricity. Likewise, the Spirit is the application of all that the Father and the Son are. Without the Spirit as the realization and application, everything [of God] may be real, but it is not available or applicable. We must praise the Lord that today He is not only the Father and the Son but also the Spirit. The Spirit reaches us, entering into us and applying all that we need of the Father and the Son. This is wonderful. (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of John, pp. 444-445 Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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