Summary: Understanding the Trinity,the Purpose & the Benifits
I/ THE INDWELLING
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
This may seem to be a strange place to begin to talk about the Trinity,
But remember verse headings are added by man.. I have underlined the truth we must start with. That all of the Spirit of God dwelt in Christ.
Now lets look at another verse: Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Here, I have underlined the three persons of the Trinity. All three are
to dwell in us.
But how are we to understand the Trinity?
First we have seen That all of the Spirit of God dwelt in Christ,
above. Next we will see that all of the Spirit of Christ is in the Holy Spirit. In the verse above, Paul makes it clear that the Spirit, he is talking about in the first part of the verse is the Holy Spirit, not our human spirit. When he says ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Next, he says that if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
So we see that in some sense, just as all the Spirit of God dwelt in Christ, so all the Spirit of Christ is in the Holy Spirit.
Consider the following verses:
John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:4 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
Here Jesus says, that His Father is the owner of the Vine, That He is
the Vine and we are the branches. Now the branches He says can do nothing by themselves, they cannot create fruit without the Vine. Here
we must liken the Holy Spirit to the vine juice that runs though the Vine to the branches because the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit can bear fruit in us.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Now we can try all we want to have love, joy, peace, etc. but only the Holy Spirit dwelling in us can bring about that fruit. Now to bear fruit we must be attached to the vine (be saved) and to allow the life giving Juice which is the Holy Spirit to completely flow through us or have free course to control us, and He the Holy Spirit will bring the fruit to our branch.
Notice: John 14:26 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. Then look up to verse 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.
Now lets step back and look at this:
1. All of the Spirit of God dwelt in Jesus, remember when he said to Philip, John 14:9 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?
2. All of the Spirit of Christ dwells in the Holy Spirit, notice:
John 16:7-14 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: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.