Mysteries of the Spirit

 

Greetings. We are living in the end time as for sure and I hope this document will help you draw closer to Christ because that’s exactly what we need as we draw close to the end, we must be sealed in truth both spiritually and intellectually that nothing will move us. Mysteries of the Spirit is a brief article that explores the manifestations of the spirit, how it’s obtained and how it works in the life of humans.

 

There is something significant that is being awaited for by those are looking for the second coming Christ, the power of Revelation 18 to finish the work.

Revelation

  • 18:1: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

 

This power more important experienced by apostles as early rain is all we are waiting for. What do the prophets tell us?

Zechariah

  • 10:1: Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

 

When we ask in faith it will be given unto us

Luke

  • 11:9: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11: If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12: Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

Interesting to note what Matthew and Luke says about what is given to us when time of test comes

Matthew

  • 10:19: But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 20: For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

Luke

  • 21:14: Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

 

The Spirit of the Father is “a mouth of wisdom”. Interesting. So during the Loud Cry what we will have is a mouth of wisdom

This time of latter rain is referred to by Peter too:

    • Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the TIMES OF REFRESHING [LATTER RAIN AND LOUD CRY REV 18] shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send JESUS CHRIST, [IN THE. PERSON OF THE SPIRIT JOHN 14:18] which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS [7000 PLAN OF REDEMPTION 1COR 15:28], which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU [JOHN 14:28, ACTS 2:33, Titus 3:6, Rev 5:6], in TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM HIS INIQUITIES. [FOR SIN COULD ONLY BE OVERCOME BY THE THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD, PSALMS 119:9-11, 1John 3:9, John 16:8]. Emphasis mine.

 

In this time of the angel of Revelation 18, what do we have to expect to be this latter rain?

Deuteronomy

  • 32:1: Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2: My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 3: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 4: He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Habakkuk

  • 2:14: For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

 

This will be the forming of Christ in us in its fullness. Our life will be a living epistle that Christ is in us. Jesus then says

John

  • 14:20: At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22: Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23: Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

 

Jesus told his disciples that [Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you – Joh 20:21] but remember before they go to do the work they had to receive power, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8.  What were they send to do?

Matthew

  • 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

By obeying all things commanded, then Christ will be with them always, his spirt will be. John adds information on this commission that Matthew doesn’t record [And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: John 20:22]

    • “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.” The Holy Spirit was not yet fully manifested; for Christ had not yet been glorified. The more abundant impartation of the Spirit did not take place till after Christ’s ascension. Not until this was received could the disciples fulfill the commission to preach the gospel to the world. But the Spirit was now given for a special purpose. Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them. He was committing to them a most sacred trust, and He desired to impress them with the fact that without the Holy Spirit this work could not be accomplished.  {DA 805.2}

 

This was more than just impartation of knowledge or normal breath here, the words receive ye the holy ghost were accompanied with a divine power as we see in John 6:63. It was “A SPARK OF GOD’S OWN LIFE” – [Every faculty that we possess has been provided for us in Christ; for when God gave his Son to our world, he included all heaven in his gift. And God would have men value their powers as a sacred gift from him. A spark of God’s own life has been breathed into the human body, making man a living soul, the possessor of moral endowments, and a will to direct his own course of action. He has the privilege of becoming a partaker of the divine nature. This will give him power to conquer evil, and love and choose that which is good. He has a conscience, which, under the control of God, will approve the right and condemn the wrong. And he may, if he will, have fellowship with God. He may walk and talk with God as did Enoch. This holy companionship is denied to none who will believe on Christ as their personal Saviour. {ST, August 26, 1897 par. 8}]. This spark of God’s own life is what always flashed in Christ when tempted with his peers and he would recoil from doing evil by choosing the word of God. This spark which was his divine nature worked through the word for without the word how could he distinguish if it was the Father or Satan working on his mind? How was Jesus able to distinguish rights and wrongs? Divinity flashed forth and prevented him from sin [Christ was an instructor, but in a simple and unassuming manner. Yet no one, looking upon the childlike countenance, shining with animation, could say He was just like other children. He was God in human flesh. And when urged by His companions to do a wrong action, His divinity flashed through humanity, and He spoke decidedly. In a moment He distinguished between right and wrong, and placed wrong actions in the light of God’s commandments, holding up the law as a mirror which reflected its light upon the wrong. {Ms37-1898}].

 

Where did it flash? Now we know this was a work of two natures. The two natures retained their individuality, and the divine nature flashed in the human mind to remind him of the right and wrong through the commandments. His human nature was created; it did not even possess the angelic powers. It was human, identical with our own. [Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. {16MR 182.3}]

 

Hebrew 10:5 a body, hardware was prepared to house this software, the divinity. Two individualities each retained its own existence [Our Lord was tempted as man is tempted. He was capable of yielding to temptations, as are human beings. His finite nature was pure and spotless, but the divine nature that led Him to say to Philip, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father” also, was not humanized; neither was humanity deified by the blending or union of the two natures; each retained its essential character and properties. {Ms57-1890}]. But for the divinity to work humanity had to be alive. Humanity was the eclipse and if it were to be removed and only divinity remain, no one could have survived the presence [But although Christ’s divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions human and divine were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. …. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done.  {ST, May 10, 1899 par. 11}] [He trod our earth as man. He had reason, conscience, memory, will, and affections of the human soul which was united with His divine nature. {Ms57-1890}]

 

In John 17: 5 we read Christ praying [And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.]. What was this glory? We understand it was not the divine body that the Father glorified him with because he still has humanity. What is it then that the Father glorified? Reading further the commentary on John 17:5 [Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people. He would have them understand that henceforth they cannot serve two masters. Their lives cannot be divided. Christ is to live in his human agents, and work through their faculties, and act through their capabilities. Their will must be submitted to his will, they must act with his spirit, that it may be no more they that live, but Christ that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving his Holy Spirit he is giving to them the glory which the Father has given him, that he and his people may be one in God. Our way and will must be in submission to God’s will, knowing that it is holy, just, and good. {ST, October 3, 1892 par. 4}] He was asking then the Spirit which he had with the Father before the world was. He took once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done, inspiration of sanctifying spirit, to work through their faculties, his own will.  This is what he breathed on his disciples and send them to work in the world for conversion of others. They became streamlets of what they had received.

 

For the commission of Matthew 28 and John 20, to have fruit they had to receive the spirit of conversion, a sanctified character that made them to be called Christians at first in Antioch Acts 11:26. The words “receive ye the holy ghost’ contained the spiritual life. The words being the seed, the mechanism that carried the germinating principle by which when one is born of he doth not continue to sin 1John 3:9. [By his heavenly gifts the Lord has made ample provision for his people. An earthly parent can not give his child a sanctified character. He can not transfer his character to his child. God alone can transform us. Christ breathed on his disciples, and said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” This is the great gift of heaven. Christ imparted to them through the Spirit his own sanctification. He imbued them with his power, that they might win souls to the gospel. Henceforth Christ would live through their faculties, and speak through their words. They were privileged to know that hereafter he and they were to be one. They must cherish his principles and be controlled by his Spirit. They were no longer to follow their own way, to speak their own words. The words they spoke were to proceed from a sanctified heart, and fall from sanctified lips. No longer were they to live their own selfish life; Christ was to live in them and speak through them. He would give to them the glory that he had with the Father, that he and they might be one in God.  {GCB, October 1, 1899 par. 12}

  • The Word shows the way, the Spirit helps us to walk in it. You need to cling to the Lord with all your might. The word is the seed of the Spirit, and the Spirit is the quickening power. Be firm, and full of faith and trust in God.  {TSA 66.2}

 

The word of God is the platform, the spirit is the WiFi transmitter between heaven and earth, when the two are in sync, no power of Satan can break the bond between Christ and a believer. The will of the believer has become the will of his maker, Christ is formed within and the word becomes the personality because are feeding on the personality [flesh and blood] of Christ in whom the personality of the father is brought to us.

  • The gospel of Christ becomes personality in those who believe, and makes them living epistles, known and read of all men. In this way the leaven of godliness passes into the multitude. The heavenly intelligences are able to discern the true elements of greatness in character; for only goodness is esteemed as efficiency with God.  {RH, December 15, 1891 par. 9} 

 

Before Christ’s death and ascension we find that his spirit was in those that spoke:

1Peter

  • 1:11: Searching what, or what manner of time the SPIRIT OF CHRIST WHICH WAS IN THEM did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

 

Yet we are told that the spirit had not been send!!!

John

  • 7:38, 39: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS [as referring to Christ – Deuteronomy 32:1, 2 Psalms 36:8, 9; Isaiah 12:3, 44:3; Joel 2:23, John 4:14 and as referring to those who receive him – Proverbs 10:11, 18:4, 20:5] belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he OF THE SPIRIT, which they that believe on him should receive: for the HOLY GHOST WAS NOT YET GIVEN; because that JESUS WAS NOT YET GLORIFIED.)

 

And Christ promises the Father will send it

John

  • 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another G243 Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 

G243

ἄλλος

allos

al’-los

A primary word; “ELSE”, that is, DIFFERENT (in many applications): – more, one (ANOTHER), (an-, some an-) OTHER (-s, -wise).

 

What is this spirit that was not YET GIVEN that is called ANOTHER, ELSE, DIFFERENT and OTHER that had to wait for the glorification?

The Messenger says:

  •  During His humiliation upon this earth, the SPIRIT HAD NOT DESCENDED WITH ALL ITS EFFICACY; and Christ declared that if He went not away, it would not come, but that if He went away, He would send it. It was a representation of Himself, and after He was glorified it was manifest.  {ST, May 17, 1899 par. 3}

 

Before the life of Christ as a human, the spirit was IN FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD flowing from the Father to the Son and then to all his creation [DA 21.2] but after partaking of humanity, The Father sheds forth his spirit and it has to blend with the EFFICACY of the God-Man; Jesus Christ. Christ became the Son of God in a NEW SENSE by partaking humanity, the spirit becomes AL’-LOS, ANOTHER, ELSE, DIFFERENT, and OTHER, by blending with the EFFICACY of the God-Man. This is the spirit of God and Christ in a DISTINCT PERSONALITY, the spirit in a NEW SENSE commonly referred to as The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ [Romans 8:9]. This this is the PROMISE send after ascension to our hearts when we become sons and daughters [Acts 2:33, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, and Titus 3: 5, 6].

 

1 Samuel

  • 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD WILL COME UPON THEE, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and SHALT BE TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN.

 

What does it mean to have the spirit of the Lord come upon thee and turn into another man?

  • “The Lord would not leave Saul to be placed in a position of trust without divine enlightenment. He was to have a new calling, and the SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM. The effect was that he was CHANGED INTO A NEW MAN. The Lord gave Saul a NEW SPIRIT, OTHER THOUGHTS, OTHER AIMS AND DESIRES THAN HE HAD PREVIOUSLY HAD. This enlightenment, with the spiritual knowledge of God, placing him on vantage ground, was to BIND HIS WILL TO THE WILL OF JEHOVAH (Letter 12a, 1888).”

 

We have three distinct personalities

  1. The Father is all the fullness of the divinity bodily
  2. The Son is all the fullness of the divinity manifested [blended with humanity]
  3. Their Spirit is IN all the fullness of the divinity without a form and stripped of humanity. The divinity of the Father shed through the son hence divinity blending with efficacious human experience and coming to us in a mysterious DISTINCT PERSONALITY.

 

The Holy Spirit is not angels and it’s not words, these are just mechanisms used to stream it.

 

GOD’S spirit of life comes to the believing child of God in various ways – ways perhaps of which poor humans know nothing. Of these we are not speculating. We wish to note tire most common ways in which God bestows His Spirit.

  1. God must impart directly to the new-born child in Christ Jesus the constant life of the Spirit which gave it birth. He bestows that Spirit upon him, not as a segment cut off from the life of God, but as a constant life current connecting the human with the “Fountain of, Life.” “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Rom. 8:9.
  2. He imparts that Spirit through His living Word; for as Jesus declares, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath [Spirit] of His mouth.” This scripture shows how clearly impossible it is to separate the two. He who feeds upon God’s Word feeds upon His life. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.” Hebrew. 4:12. This two edged sword is the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [Ephesians 6:17]
  3. By angelic ministry God bestows His Spirit. Upon His shining messengers God places His Spirit, fills them with its power, and sends them forth to impart that Spirit to those fitted and willing to receive it. But Spirit-filled and Spirit-panoplied though they come, the angels are not the Spirit of God they bear that glory [DA 779.2]. For even so God sends forth His earthly messengers Spirit-clothed and Spirit-filled to minister of His power and His goodness to others. But the Spirit of God is before the messenger and above the messenger. The messengers are but channels through which God’s life flows to the thirsty and needy. [Hebrew 1:7, 14]

 

The Psalmist notes in 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee and 1John 2:13: I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. 14: I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. [Sin could only be overcome by the third person of the Godhead who would come with no modified energy]

 

In Revelation 5:6 we read: And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. What does the eyes represent:

2Chronicles

  • 16:9: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 

 

1Samuel

  • 9:6: And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass [HE HAS TRUE WITNESS, KNOWLEDGE]: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go. 9: (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire [KNOW THE WILL] of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer [ONE WHO SEES OR HAS EYES]: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.). Emphasis mine

 

Numbers

  • 10:29: And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses’ father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel. 30: And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred. 31: And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.

 

Eyes as represented in Revelation is the ability to KNOW; so seven eyes is total knowledge of everything and this is the ABILITY OF HIS SPIRIT. What about horn: [Psalms:18:2: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower]. As used in Psalms it shows strength and power. In Revelation 5:6, the ability to know everything and have power over all things makes God be everywhere.

 

Omniscient and Omnipotent = Omnipresent

 

Basically what Psalms 139, is saying is that God has knowledge of the past, present and future everything is open in his eyes and he can do what he wants. Prophecy which is the word of God is said to be the knowledge of the future. The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus Christ is another instance we see the mysteries of the spirit and how it is linked with the glory of the father. For Christ to be born the power of the most high had to overshadow Mary; [Luke 1:35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. It is the divinity of God that makes Christ the Son of God but when the divinity and humanity blended with the humanity when Christ became a fetus in Mary’s womb is still a mystery unknown

 

  • He was tempted in all points like as man is tempted, yet He is called “that holy thing.” It is a mystery that is left unexplained to mortals that Christ could be tempted in all points like as we are, and yet be without sin. The incarnation of Christ has ever been, and will ever remain, a mystery. That which is revealed is for us and for our children, but let every human being be warned from the ground of making Christ altogether human, such an one as ourselves, for it cannot be. The exact time when humanity blended with divinity, it is not necessary for us to know. We are to keep our feet on the Rock, Christ Jesus, as God revealed in humanity. {Lt8-1895}]

 

At his death, because the divinity could not function without the human being alive; the only time that divinity lied in the ground of the earth, first time that communication with the Father could not exist. This was infinite sacrifice for divinity to be irresponsive. This is divine sundering, the stroke of death rendered divinity dormant. Jesus was in prison for allotted time [There was only one entrance to the tomb, and neither human fraud nor force could tamper with the stone that guarded the entrance. Here Jesus rested during the Sabbath. A strong guard of angels kept watch over the tomb, and had a hand been raised to remove the body, the flashing forth of their glory would have laid him who ventured powerless on the earth. He who died for the sins of the world was to remain in the tomb for the allotted time. He was in that stony prison house as a prisoner of divine justice, and he was responsible to the Judge of the universe. He was bearing the sins of the world, and his Father only could release him.  {YI, May 2, 1901 par. 8}] [Jesus said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” When he closed his eyes in death upon the cross, the soul of Christ did not go at once to Heaven, as many believe, or how could his words be true–“I am not yet ascended to my Father”? The spirit of Jesus slept in the tomb with his body, and did not wing its way to Heaven, there to maintain a separate existence, and to look down upon the mourning disciples embalming the body from which it had taken flight. All that comprised the life and intelligence of Jesus remained with his body in the sepulcher; and when he came forth it was as a whole being; he did not have to summon his spirit from Heaven. He had power to lay down his life and to take it up again.  {6Red 22.1}

 

For Christ to resurrect the power of the most high, the glory of the Father, his spirit had to overshadow his body. [“And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven.” Clothed with the panoply of God, this angel left the heavenly courts. The bright beams of God’s glory went before him, and illuminated his pathway. “His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.”  …. This messenger is he who fills the position from which Satan fell. It is he who on the hills of Bethlehem proclaimed Christ’s birth. The earth trembles at his approach, the hosts of darkness flee, and as he rolls away the stone, heaven seems to come down to the earth. The soldiers see him removing the stone as he would a pebble, and hear him cry, Son of God, come forth; Thy Father calls Thee. They see Jesus come forth from the grave, and hear Him proclaim over the rent sepulcher, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” As He comes forth in majesty and glory, the angel host bow low in adoration before the Redeemer, and welcome Him with songs of praise.  {DA 779. 2, 3}. When the divine spirit comes in contact with humanity and overshadows it, life is begotten. The disconnect through divine sundering is restored. The glory which he came from the tomb with was that panoply from the throne of that accompanied the angels. God gave him glory [1Peter 1:21]

 

Acts

  • 2:22: Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

 

Romans

  • 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Romans

  • 8:11: 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.

 

1Corinthians

  • 6:14: And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

 

1Peter

1:20: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21: Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

Someone may ask, why all this, what does it have to do with present truth and preparation of the close of probation? Fellow Christians, we are in sealing time and what’s the seal?

  • Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads–it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved–just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, . . . that we may know what is coming.  {FLB 287.7}

 

The loving and practicing the word of God will make the spirit abode in us. Its by received the word of truth that we are sealed with his spirit of and for redemption:

Ephesians

  • 1:9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise

 

Hence Colossians

  • 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
    • The Bible is to be made the textbook from which is explained in practice the simple theory of Christian instrumentality. Its words are as the leaves of the tree of life to the suffering who believe in Christ, inspiring them with hope. Their treatment is of the highest value to them when they have confidence in those who give the treatment. And the Word of God is the grand instrument which convicts the unconverted, convincing them of their need of the sin-pardoning Saviour. {Lt122-1901.10}
    •  The eye is the sensitive conscience, the inner light, of the mind. Upon its correct view of things the spiritual healthfulness of the whole soul and being depends. The “eye-salve,” THE WORD OF GOD, MAKES THE CONSCIENCE SMART UNDER ITS APPLICATION; FOR IT CONVICTS OF SIN. But the smarting is necessary that the healing may follow, and the eye be single to the glory of God. The sinner, beholding himself in God’s great moral looking-glass, sees himself as God views him, and exercises repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. {RH November 23, 1897, par. 5}
    •  THE RECEPTION OF THE WORD, THE BREAD FROM HEAVEN, IS DECLARED TO BE THE RECEPTION OF CHRIST HIMSELF. AS THE WORD OF GOD IS RECEIVED INTO THE SOUL, we partake of the flesh and blood of the Son of God. AS IT ENLIGHTENS THE MIND, THE HEART IS OPENED STILL MORE TO RECEIVE THE ENGRAFTED WORD, THAT WE MAY GROW THEREBY. Man is called upon to eat and masticate the Word; but unless his heart is OPEN TO THE ENTRANCE OF THAT WORD, unless he drinks in the Word, unless he is taught of God, there will be a misconception, misapplication, and misinterpretation of that Word. {RH November 23, 1897, par. 10}
    •  As the blood is formed in the body by the food eaten, SO CHRIST IS FORMED WITHIN, BY THE EATING OF THE WORD OF GOD, which is his flesh and blood. HE WHO FEEDS UPON THE WORD HAS CHRIST FORMED WITHIN, THE HOPE OF GLORY. THE WRITTEN WORD INTRODUCES TO THE SEARCHER the flesh and blood of the Son of God; and through OBEDIENCE TO THAT WORD, HE BECOMES A PARTAKER OF THE DIVINE NATURE. As the necessity for temporal food cannot be supplied by once partaking of it, so the Word of God must be daily eaten to supply the spiritual necessities. {RH November 23, 1897, par. 11}
    •  By reason of the waste and loss, the body must be renewed with blood, by being supplied with daily food. SO THERE IS A NEED FOR CONSTANTLY FEEDING ON THE WORD, the knowledge of which is eternal life. That Word must be our meat and drink. It is in this alone that the soul will find its nourishment and vitality. We must feast upon its precious instruction, that we may be renewed in the spirit of our mind, and grow up into Christ, our living Head. WHEN HIS WORD IS ABIDING IN THE LIVING SOUL THERE IS ONENESS WITH CHRIST; THERE IS A LIVING COMMUNION WITH HIM; there is in the soul an abiding love that is the sure evidence of our unlimited privilege. {RH November 23, 1897, par. 13}
    •  WHEN A SOUL RECEIVES CHRIST, HE RECEIVES HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. HE LIVES THE LIFE OF CHRIST. AS HE TRAINS HIMSELF TO BEHOLD CHRIST, TO STUDY HIS LIFE AND PRACTISE HIS VIRTUES, he eats the flesh and drinks the blood of the Son of God. When this experience is his, he can declare, with the apostle Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” {RH November 23, 1897, par. 15}
    •  In the study of the Bible the converted soul eats the flesh and drinks the blood of the Son of God, which he himself interprets as the receiving and doing of his words, that are spirit and life. .  {SpTEd 219.1}
    •  The Spirit of Christ, working upon the heart conforms it to His image; for Christ is the model upon which the Spirit works. By the ministry of His Word, by His providences, by His inward working, God stamps the likeness of Christ upon the soul.  {TDG 46.5} 
    •  The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life.” John 5:24. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God.  {COL 38.1}
    •  The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. The word imparts power; it begets life. Every command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. . . .  {FLB 20.6} 
    •  God’s holy, educating Spirit is in His word. A light, a new and precious light, shines forth from every page. Truth is there revealed, and words and sentences are made bright and appropriate for the occasion, as the voice of God speaking to the soul.  {COL 132.2} 
    •  The Word of God is the truth. Of a good man the psalmist declares, “His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2). He who puts mind and heart into this work gains a solid, valuable experience. The Holy Spirit is in the Word of God. Here is the living, undying element so distinctly represented in the sixth chapter of John. . . .  {TDG 292.2}
    •  The only safety for any of us is to plant our feet upon the Word of God and study the Scriptures, making God’s Word our constant meditation. Tell the people to take no man’s word regarding the Testimonies but to read them and study them for themselves, then they will know that they are in harmony with the truth. The Word of God is the truth. Of a good man the psalmist declares, “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” He who puts mind and heart into this work gains a solid, valuable experience. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN THE WORD OF GOD. Here is the living, undying element so DISTINCTLY REPRESENTED IN THE SIXTH CHAPTER OF JOHN. [John 6:53-57, 63, quoted.]  MUCH IS BEING SAID REGARDING THE IMPARTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, and by some this is being so interpreted that it is an injury to the churches. ETERNAL LIFE IS THE RECEIVING OF THE LIVING ELEMENTS IN THE SCRIPTURES AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD. This is eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God. To those who do this, life and immortality are brought to light through the gospel, for GOD’S WORD IS VERITY AND TRUTH, SPIRIT AND LIFE. It is the privilege of all who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour to feed on the Word of God. The Holy Spirit’s influence renders that Word, the Bible, an immortal truth, which to the prayerful searcher gives spiritual sinew and muscle. “Search the Scriptures,” Christ declared, “for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.” Those who dig beneath the surface discover the hidden gems of truth. The Holy Spirit is present with the earnest searcher. Its illumination shines upon the Word, stamping the truth upon the mind with a new, fresh importance. The searcher is filled with a sense of peace and joy never before felt. The preciousness of truth is realized as never before. A new, heavenly light shines upon the Word, illuminating it as though every letter were tinged with gold. God Himself has spoken to the mind and heart, making the Word spirit and life. Every true searcher of the Word lifts his heart to God, imploring the aid of the Spirit. And he soon discovers that which carries him above all the fictitious statements of the would-be teacher, whose weak, tottering theories are not sustained by the Word of the living God. These theories were invented by men who had not learned the first great lesson, that God’s Spirit and life are in His Word. If they had received in the heart the eternal element contained in the Word of God, they would see how tame and expressionless are all efforts to get something new to create a sensation. They need to learn the very first principles of the Word of God; they would then have the Word of life for the people, who will soon distinguish the chaff from the wheat, for Jesus left His promise with His disciples. Just before His crucifixion one of His disciples asked Him the question, “How is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings, and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” [John 14:22-27].  These words are not half comprehended by individuals, by families, or by church members, to whom and through whom, as His family, God would represent pure, unadulterated truth, which, if received and properly digested, brings eternal life.  Let us believe the Word. He who thus eats the bread of heaven is nourished every day, and will know what these words mean, “Need not that any man teach you” [1 John 2:27]. We have lessons pure from the lips of Him who owns us, who has bought us with the price of His own blood.  The precious Word of God is a solid foundation upon which to build. When men come to you with their supposed suppositions, tell them that the Great Teacher has left you His Word, which is of incalculable value, that He has sent a Comforter in His own name, even the Holy Ghost. “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”  Here is presented before us a rich banquet, of which all who believe in Christ as a personal Saviour may eat. He is the tree of life to all who continue to feed on Him.  I am instructed to ask those who profess to receive Christ as their personal Saviour, Why do you pass by the words of the Great Teacher, and send your letters to human beings for words of comfort? Why do you rely upon human help when you have the large, full, grand promises, “He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. … This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever”? He may die, yet the life of Christ in him is eternal, and he will be raised up at the last day. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (Letter 132, Oct. 10, 1900, to Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell)
    •  Christ walks unseen through our streets. With messages of mercy He comes to our homes. With all who are seeking to minister in His name, He waits to co-operate. He is in the midst of us, to heal and to bless, if we will receive Him.” {E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 107}
    •  WITH CHRIST’S WORD ABIDING IN US, we shall give evidence THAT WE HAVE WHOLLY RECEIVED HIM who IN HIS HUMANITY LIVED A SINLESS LIFE. IN THE STRENGTH OF DIVINITY WE SHALL OVERCOME EVERY TENDENCY TO EVIL. . . .” – The Upward Look, p. 289
    •  The Word of God is open to all. Those who study this Word, asking the Lord for wisdom, will become wise unto salvation. Those who refuse to do this, who turn from the Bible and from books which make Bible truth easy to be understood, take responsibility of their course upon themselves. “Sin lieth at the door.” All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and, like its Author, is perfect. He who breathed into man the breath of life, and made him a living soul, has also breathed into His Word the breath of life. It is a lifegiving power. “The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” {Lt29-1900}
    •  We shall learn the value of the human soul when we learn to value the love of God for us. A divine Saviour died for all, that all might find in Him their divine Source. In Christ Jesus we are one, lifted to the same rank, members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, by the utterance of one name, “Our Father,” through Jesus Christ who loved us and gave His life a ransom for us. This places an equal value upon all. To the poor and oppressed and downtrodden of earth, Christ says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, (which is Christ formed within the hope of glory,) whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not: but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless.” {Ms24-1898}
    •  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.” The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency. {Lt66-1894}
    •  Let every youth consider the parable of the ten virgins. All had lamps, that is, an outward semblance of religion; but only five of them had the inward piety. Five of them were wanting in the oil of grace. The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, was not abiding in their hearts. Without the oil of grace, of what use was it to bear about a lamp of profession? However high may be the profession, however high may be the position held by a professor of religion, if the oil of grace is wanting, he has nothing with which to feed his lamp, and it cannot send forth clear, shining rays of light.  {YI, September 20, 1894 par. 4}
    •  Some seem to feel that they must be on probation, and must prove to the Lord that they are reformed, before they can claim His blessing. But they may claim the blessing of God even now. They must have His grace, the Spirit of Christ, to help their infirmities, or they cannot resist evil. Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our folly, our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in penitence. It is His glory to encircle us in the arms of His love and to bind up our wounds, to cleanse us from all impurity.  {SC 52.2}
    •  Read and study the fourth chapter of Zechariah. The two olive trees empty the golden oil out of themselves through the golden pipes into the golden bowl, from which the lamps of the sanctuary are fed. The golden oil represents the Holy Spirit. With this oil God’s ministers are to be constantly supplied, that they, in turn, may impart it to the church. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” God’s servants can obtain victories only by inward purity, by cleanness of heart, by holiness.  {RH, December 22, 1904 par. 7}
    •  The anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth, have the position once given to Satan as covering cherub. By the holy beings surrounding his throne, the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth. The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied, that they shall not flicker and go out. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God’s Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men.  {RH, July 20, 1897 par. 6}
    •  As you receive the Spirit of Christ–the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others–you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. {COL 67.3}
    •  Only by the aid of that Spirit WHO in the beginning “was brooding upon the face of the waters;”   of that Word by whom “all things were made;” of that “true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,”   can the testimony of science be rightly interpreted. Only by THEIR GUIDANCE can its deepest truths be discerned.” { Ed 134.4}

 

It is good to understand the word “person”, the word “presence” has several variations of meaning SO THAT WE MAY UNDERSTANDS WHO DWELLS IN US AND HOW

    • THE LIFE OF CHRIST that gives life to the world IS IN HIS WORD. It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons; by His word He stilled the sea, and raised the dead; and the people bore witness that His word was with power. He spoke the word of God, as He had spoken through all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. THE WHOLE BIBLE IS A MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST, and the Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. WHEN HIS VISIBLE PRESENCE SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN, THE WORD MUST BE THEIR SOURCE OF POWER. Like their Master, they were to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. {DA 390.3}
    •  WHEN HIS WORDS OF INSTRUCTION HAVE BEEN RECEIVED, and have TAKEN POSSESSION of us, JESUS IS TO US AN ABIDING PRESENCE, CONTROLLING OUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS. We are imbued with the instruction of the greatest Teacher the world ever knew. A sense of human accountability and the value of human influence gives character to our views of life and of daily duties. Jesus Christ is everything to us,–the first, the last, the best in everything. Jesus Christ, his Spirit and character, colors everything; it is the warp and the woof, the very texture of our entire being. THE WORDS OF CHRIST ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE. We can not then center our thoughts upon self; it is no more we that live, but Christ that liveth in us, and he is the hope of glory. Self is dead, but Christ is a living Saviour. Continuing to look unto Jesus, we reflect his image to all around us. We can not stop to consider our disappointments, or even to talk of them; for a more pleasant picture attracts our sight,–the precious love of Jesus. HE DWELLS IN US BY THE WORD OF TRUTH. {ST, September 3, 1896 par. 6}
    •  What said Christ to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well? “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.” “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” THE WATER TO WHICH CHRIST REFERRED WAS THE REVELATION OF HIS GRACE IN HIS WORD. HIS SPIRIT, HIS TEACHING, HIS LOVE is as a satisfying fountain to every soul. Every other source to which men resort proves unsatisfying; but the word of truth is as cool streams, represented as the waters of Lebanon, which are always satisfying. In Christ is fulness of joy forevermore. The pleasures and amusements of the world are never satisfying, or healing to the soul. But Jesus says, “Whosoever eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life.” {ST, September 3, 1896 par. 7}
    •  Christ’s gracious presence in His Word is ever speaking to the soul, representing Him as the well of living water to refresh the thirsting. It is our privilege to have a living, abiding Saviour. He is the source of spiritual power implanted within us, and His influence will flow forth in words and actions, refreshing all within the sphere of our influence, begetting in them desires and aspirations for strength and purity, for holiness and peace, and for that joy which brings with it no sorrow. This is the result of an indwelling Saviour (Letter 73, 1897)
    •  It is THE PRESENCE OF JESUS that is needed in our assemblies, to make the preaching of the word effectual to the salvation of souls. Preaching, in itself, has no natural power to renew the heart, and yet this is the object of preaching. It is THE DIVINE INFLUENCE ACCOMPANYING THE WORD, that brings souls in penitence to the foot of the cross. O that Christ’s ambassadors would feel their need of Jesus, that their preaching might not be in vain, nor their ministry unsuccessful. When the minister hears the voice of the great Shepherd saying, “Lo, I am with you alway,” he works AS IF IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS; and out of weakness he is made strong. The word becomes quick and powerful, and, IN PROPORTION AS FAITH APPRECIATES THE DIVINE PRESENCE, and honors it, and trusts it, the preaching is in the demonstration of the Spirit and with power. {RH, September 4, 1888 par. 12}
    •  We are to open the Word of God with reverence, with a sincere desire to know the will of God concerning us. Then the heavenly angels will direct our search. GOD SPEAKS TO US OUT OF HIS WORD. WE ARE IN THE AUDIENCE-CHAMBER OF THE MOST HIGH, IN THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD. CHRIST ENTERS THE HEART. The Holy Spirit takes of the things of God and shows them to us. We see more clearly the greatness of God’s love and the fulness of His salvation. We appreciate more fully His gracious design to make us partners in the heavenly firm. We are drawn into full sympathy with the plans of God. His secret is with us, and He shows us His covenant. (ST, June 26, 1901)
    •  Every true searcher of the Word lifts his heart to God, imploring the aid of the Spirit. And he soon discovers that which carried him above all the fictitious statements of the would-be teacher, whose weak, tottering theories are not sustained by the Word of the living God. These theories were invented by men who had not learned the first great lesson, that God’s Spirit and life are in His Word. If they had received in the heart the eternal element contained in the Word of God, they would see how tame and expressionless are all efforts to get something new to create a sensation. They need to learn the very first principles of the Word of God; they would then have the word of life for the people, who will soon distinguish the chaff from the wheat, for Jesus left His promise with His disciples.—Letter {132, 1900 – 2SM 39.2}
    •  As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual life is sustained by the word of God. And every soul is to receive life from God’s word for himself. As we must eat for ourselves in order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for ourselves. We are not to obtain it merely through the medium of another’s mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of the Holy Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one verse, and concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the thought until it becomes our own, and we know “what saith the Lord.” {DA 390.4}

 

CONCLUSIVELY

    1. Having a part of Christ literally in us means alot. Let everyone decide for themselves about such a matter.
    2. Christ being in the Father and Father being in Christ is the only way to unlock how they dwell in us.
    3. God the Father = “Fullness of the Godhead BODILY”
    4. Christ the Son = “Fullness of the Godhead MANIFESTED”
    5. The Spirit = “IN all the Fullness of the Godhead” – that is, it is something that originates “IN” the Father and Son. This Spirit is the sum total of Their Omniscience + Their Omnipotence. It flows out to all creation THROUGH THE WORD. This is established over and over again.
    6. The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life.” John 5:24. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. Every seed brings forth fruit after its kind. Sow the seed under right conditions, and it will develop its own life in the plant. Receive into the soul by faith the incorruptible seed of the word, and it will bring forth a character and a life after the similitude of the character and the life of God. {COL 38.1, 2}.
    7. Since every seed has its germinating principle, the underlying issue then is, the Holy Spirit is the germinating principle of God’s word, THE LIFE THAT WAS PUT IN THE WORD BY THE FATHER but not the word itself. TWO ENTITIES YET INTRINSICALLY INSEPARABLE

 

It will be great to see how at last this will lead to the worship of true God and the whole atonement understanding. I will repeat the words of the prophetess [MUCH IS BEING SAID REGARDING THE IMPARTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, and by some this is being so interpreted that it is an injury to the churches. ETERNAL LIFE IS THE RECEIVING OF THE LIVING ELEMENTS IN THE SCRIPTURES AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD. This is eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God. To those who do this, life and immortality are brought to light through the gospel, for GOD’S WORD IS VERITY AND TRUTH, SPIRIT AND LIFE. It is the privilege of all who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour to feed on the Word of God. Letter 132, Oct. 10, 1900]. Truth sanctifies, error does. We are sealed as we settle in truth not in errors of who or how the spirit is imparted. We want to share in the glory which we refuse to accept what it is, indeed this is another mystery in the mysteries of the Holy Spirit.

 

Blessings

 

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