The impartation of the Spirit

 

The problem has always been with people thinking that when we say the spirit is gotten by the word and becomes a personality then the spirit is the word. This is the same problem that James was saying people confound the presence of God with God himself, The thought inspiration is that the word and the holy spirit is inseparably one just like the humanity of Jesus and Divinity were inseparably one. Now this is not my making but inspiration:

 

“…The words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life” John 6:63. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17. “The life of Christ that gives life to the world is in His word. … 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 When His visible presence should be withdrawn, the word must be their source of power. …”  {DA 390.3} “In receiving the word, we receive Christ. And only those who thus receive His words are building upon Him”  {MB 148.2} “And every one that eats of Christ, that takes his word and practices it, should have eternal life. It is in him, because it is in Christ, and Christ is in him. Now here is the way the matter is presented.” {SpM 167.1}. “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}. “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 ideas and actions…. The words of Christ are spirit and life. We cannot, 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….” {TM 389.1}. “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 divine influence accompanying the word, that brings souls in penitence to the foot of the cross. {RH, September 4, 1888 par. 12}. “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. “The words of Christ are spirit and life. Receiving them, you receive the life of the Vine. You live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4. The life of Christ in you produces the same fruits as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.”  {DA 677.1}. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” John 16:7, 8 “The “eye-salve,” the Word of God, makes the conscience smart under its application; for it convicts of sin.” {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.” {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 that 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 the ministry of His Word, by His providences, by His inward working, God stamps the likeness of Christ upon the soul.”  {TMK 94.4}. “When truth becomes an abiding principle in the life, the soul is “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” This new birth is the result of receiving Christ as the Word of God. When by the Holy Spirit divine truths are impressed upon the heart, new conceptions are awakened, and the energies hitherto dormant are aroused to co-operate with God.”  {AA 520.1}. “Let us catch from His Word the spirit of heaven and bring it into our life here below.”  {CG 99.2}. “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}

 

As you can read above, it is just futile to try separate the word from the spirit. Inspiration tells us how Christ gets formed within and becomes a personality in us. We cannot drift in the direction of the Pentecostal view of how we are possessed by the spirit and neither can we say the spirit is the word but divorcing the two is like trying to separate the life in the blood.

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