III. THE SON’S INCARNATION
BEING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Matthew 1:18 says, "Mary...was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit." Verse 20 says, "For that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit." Luke 1:35 says, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you...wherefore also the holy thing which is born will be called, Son of God." These verses tell us that the Son is born of the Holy Spirit. His source was the Holy Spirit. The Spirit entered and the Son came out. One may say that the Spirit became the Son at His incarnation. In Jesus’ being is the essence of the Triune God.
IV. THE SON COMING "FROM-WITH" THE FATHER
John 6:46 says, "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except Him Who is from God, He has seen the Father." The word "from" in Greek is "para," which means "by the side of." The sense here is "from-with." The Lord is not only from God, but also with God. While He is from God, He is still with God (John 8:16, 29; 16:27). When you receive the Son, you also receive the Father, because the Father is with Him (1 John 2:23).
V. THE SON BEING THE SPIRIT
Furthermore, the Son is also the Spirit. Some people think that the Son is separate and different from the Spirit. They think that the Spirit "represents" the Son. But according to the Bible, the Son not only was born of the Spirit, lived according to the Spirit, worked and fought by the Spirit (Luke 4:14; Matt. 12:28), but He even became the Spirit Himself through crucifixion and resurrection. First Corinthians 15:45 tells us that "the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit." The "last Adam" here refers to the Son, Jesus, Who died to end the Adamic race. In resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit. Second Corinthians 3:17 says "the Lord is the Spirit." It is exceedingly clear that the Son is not only the Father, but also the Spirit in resurrection.
VI. ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD
DWELLING IN HIM
From all these points we should be very clear that the Son is the entire Triune God. He is not merely the second of the Trinity or only one-third of the Trinity. Neither is He a separate God or someone other than God. The Lord Jesus is the Mighty God, the Eternal Father; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and He even is the Spirit; and His coming was "from-with" the Father. This is why Colossians 1:19 says, "For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell," and 2:9 says, "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Christ is the embodiment of the Triune God; all the fullness of the Triune God dwells in Christ bodily. He contains all that God is and expresses God in all His riches. What a Person is the Son!
- What verse refers to the Son as God?
- In what verse is the Son called the Father?
- What verse reveals the Son is the Spirit?
Quoted Portions from (Lee/LSM) Publications
- The All-Inclusive Spirit of Christ, pp. 3-4.
- Life-study of Matthew, p. 59.
- Life-study of Romans, p. 259.
- The Revelation of the Triune God According to the Pure Word of the Bible, pp. 11-15.
- Concerning the Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, pp. 17-22, 25-28.
- Life-study of Luke, pp. 4-5.
- The Divine Dispensing of the Divine Trinity, pp. 7-8.
- The Spirit and Body, pp. 40-41.
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, pp. 3-4.
- Life-study of Colossians, pp. 151-152.
(Lesson Book, Level 2: The Triune God—The Triune God and the Person and Work of Christ, Chapter 3, by Witness Lee)