For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Philippians 1:19.
I have spent much of the last two years demonstrating to my readers that when a spirit in the bible is referring to the personal spirit of Jesus Christ whether that be in the gospels or in the Old Testament, it is always rendered as a lowercase "s" when writing the word "spirit". It is one of the wonders of the King James Bible and it is under frequent attack by well meaning but errant editors. Yet here in Philippians 1:19 that seems to be turned on its head. An uppercase "S" is used. Why?
It is variations just like this that cause many to throw in the towel and say that there is nothing behind the use of upper and lower case "s"s in the King James Bible. How wrong they are! Back in July of 2018 I posted a blog entry titled Studying Spirits (Click here to read it). In that post I explained that there are 14 different titles of the word "Spirit". When studied in context, 7 of them do the work of or identify the Holy Ghost, and 7 of them do the work of or identify the Father. There are 7 titles of "spirit" (lowercase) that identify the person of Jesus Christ.
These are the the Seven Spirits of God but they each take on different titles based on which person of the trinity they are manifesting. For example, Spirit of your Father, Matthew 10:20 is not the Holy Ghost. It says so right in the text. It is the Father's Spirit. All together there are seven names of Spirits which are the work of the Father and emanate from his person. There are seven names of the Spirit that emanate from the person of the Holy Ghost and do the work of the Holy Ghost. There are seven names of the spirit which do the work of Jesus Christ and emanate from his person.
Listed below are the seven Spirits of God, but broken down so that each of the three names each Spirit takes can be seen as they manifest each person of the Godhead.
Holy Spirit Luke 11:13
Spirit of God, Genesis 1:2 and throughout the bible
Spirit of grace Heb 10:29
eternal Spirit Heb 9:14
Spirit of Christ I Pet 1:11
Spirit of truth John 16:13
holy Spirit of Promise Eph 4:30
Spirit of your Father Matt 10:20
holy Spirit Isaiah 63:10, and 1st Thessalonians 4:8
Spirit of the Lord II Cor 3:17
Spirit of adoption Rom 8:16
Spirit of his Son Gal 4:6
Spirit of Jesus Christ Phil 1:19
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus Rom 8:2
spirit of God Ex 31:3
spirit of the LORD Gen 6:3
holy spirit Ps 51:11
spirit of the LORD God Ezekiel 39:29
spirit of truth I John 4:6
spirit of his mouth II Thes 2:8
spirit of prophecy Rev 19:10
Some of you are ready to cry "foul" on that. How can the Spirit of Jesus Christ be a personal Spirit of the Father? To understand that it is necessary to remember and believe what Jesus Christ said; At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you, John 14:20. How is Jesus in the Father? Is his foot in him? Is he living in him like someone might live in a house? No, if we were dissect the Father (as we are begged to understand God throughout the scripture) we would find that one of the seven Spirits of God that make up the Father is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus is in the Father.
It is through the intertwining of the seven Spirits of God that the three distinct persons who manifest themselves in scripture, and who all are rightly called God, and of whom the Godhead is composed are distinguished throughout the volume of the book and yet can claim the identity of each other and still maintain their own identities. Only one of those three persons came to this earth and became a man. The soul and the spirit of Jesus Christ are eternal.
There has never been a time when they were created. They are as old, as young and as eternal as God because they are God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God, John 1:1,2. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth, John 1:14. What is the flesh of Jesus Christ? It is the Word. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 1st John 1:1.
What did the apostles see? What did they hold with their hands? They held the body of a ruddy Jew. That flesh is the eternal Word of God. The Word was made flesh. What is the flesh? It is the Word of God. How much of God did God make into flesh? For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell, Colossians 1:19. It was the Father who chose that nothing that could be called God should be missing from the flesh of Jesus Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, Colossians 2:9.
We are all familiar with the declaration that Jesus made to Phillip; 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, Shew us the Father? John 14:9. Yet how many are familiar with the claim of Jesus Christ that he is also the Holy Ghost? I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you, John 14:18. Jesus Christ claimed that to see him was to see the Father, and he claimed that when the Holy Ghost came it would be him.
This has caused the oneness heresy to claim that there is only one person in the Godhead. Wrong, wrong, wrong, there are three distinct persons in the Godhead and they manifest themselves through the seven Spirits of God, through distinct and different works, and through three distinct different personalities. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones, Isaiah 57:15. All three persons of the Godhead and each of the Seven Spirits of God in each of their three titles is incorporated into the flesh of Jesus Christ. That is the Father's choice. That is why Jesus says; My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all, John 10:29. He calls the shots.
How then are we incorporated into this? After all, didn't Jesus Christ say in John 14:20, and ye in me, and I in you? Again, it is done through a union of spirit, But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit, 1st Corinthians 6:17. Where is the spirit of Jesus Christ today? It is in his body. Where is his body? It is seated at the right hand of the Father. Is his spirit in that body? Yes, because if it was not, he would be dead and he is not dead, he is alive forevermore. Herein is a great marvel. One group of Christians tries to make that body to be some floating cloud in the air and call it the church. Another group tries to deny that there is a spiritual bond in heaven called the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is the body of Jesus Christ. It is a real body that was born of a virgin. It lived on this earth. It was crucified and died. It was buried in a grave. It rose again on the third day. It demonstrated that it was alive by many infallible proofs. It arose into the third heaven. It sits next to the Father. The spirit of Jesus Christ abides in that body. I am one with that spirit. I abide in that body. John Wesley abides in that body. The Apostle Paul abides in that body. Any single person who can claim to be joined with the Lord is in that body because they are one spirit with Jesus Christ.
Am I really to believe that you are joined with one spirit, and John Wesley was joined with another, and the Apostle Paul was joined with another, and I am joined with yet another? Of Course not, we are all joined with the physical body of Jesus Christ in heaven by being one with his spirit. If you make that a substitute for your obligation to join yourself with a body of believers on this earth under the direction of duly ordained elders ministering the ordinances as instructed in the word of God, you are a rebel against God. It is wrong to say that there is no union of spirit in the body of Jesus Christ in heaven, and it is wrong to pretend that because you are in that body that you can put your fingers in your ears, put your hand over your eyes and pretend that you have no obligation to unite with a body of believers on this earth to continue the Church of Jesus Christ as it was left to us by Jesus Christ and the Apostles through his word.
All that aside, (if you can) let's get back to the Spirit of Jesus Christ. It is a manifestation of the Father's work. How can we know that. We have a King James Bible which if printed properly (that's a big if) keeps the Godhead distinct and recognizable through the use of upper and lower case letters. Secondly, look what that Spirit is doing. It is an auxiliary Spirit sent forth to save Paul from his plight. It is not the personal spirit of Jesus Christ sent forth to save him from sin. It is the Father looking upon the Apostle Paul and pitying him. It is the Father sending the Spirit of Jesus Christ to turn the circumstances of Paul into salvation through the prayers of the saints and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
A lot can be learned by believing a King James Bible just as it is written.