Life Spreads in Our Being

Revelation 21:10 says, “And he carried me [the apostle John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” To see New Jerusalem involves our human spirit enlivened by the divine Spirit.

John 3:6 says, “that which is born of the [divine] Spirit is [our human] spirit” and verse 8 says, “everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Everyone who has been born again of the Spirit in his or her human spirit is, in God’s view, a new person. God has this view because the life we received when we were born again will spread through our whole tripartite being. This spreading is presented in the first part of Romans 8. In verse 2 is “the Spirit of life,” the Dispenser of the divine life. Verse 10 says, “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.” In this verse “the spirit” refers to our human spirit because our spirit being life is conditioned on Christ being in us, whereas the divine Spirit is life whether Christ is in us or not. Also, the condition of our spirit is contrasted with the condition of our flesh.

Verse 6 says, “the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.” After our spirit is enlivened, this life spreads to our mind. Verse 11 says, “…He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.” Life can spread to our mortal body in this age, even though the full liberation of our body from sin and death will not occur until the Lord’s second coming. We eagerly await that time, as verse 23 says, “we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body.” By that time we will be human beings full of the divine life in every part and will fully match the city of life, New Jerusalem.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA.
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