Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit

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Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;
Now Christ is the Spirit today.
Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;
So turn to your spirit and say—
  O Lord, Amen,
O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!
O Lord, Amen,
O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!
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Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;
Now Christ is the living Word too.
The Spirit will flow in our spirit,
The Word will be life to us through—
  Praying, reading, praising and
Calling upon His name;
Praying, reading, praising and
Calling upon Him.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

What does it mean that the last Adam became a (not "the") life-giving Spirit in 1 Cor 15:45b? Does it mean that the 2nd of the Trinity became the 3rd of the Trinity? No.

1Cor 15:44  It is sown a soulish body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual one.

45  So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul”; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

46  But the spiritual is not first but the soulish, then the spiritual: (RcV)

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v45 explains "soulish body" and "spiritual body" in the previous verse.

A soulish body is a body dominated by the soul. Thus it is written in Gen 2:7 that when God breathed into Adam's nostrils the breath of life, Adam became a living soul. Adam had a body, soul and spirit, but the whole Adam became a living soul which means that his body was dominated by his soul.

The last Adam (Christ) corresponds to the first man Adam.

"life-giving spirit" corresponds to "living soul", where "living" corresponds to "life-giving" and "spirit" to "soul".

In a corresponding way that Adam in creation became a living soul because his body was dominated by his soul, so Christ in resurrection became a life-giving spirit because His body is dominated by His spirit. So the resurrected Christ's body, soul and spirit is a life-giving spirit.

Christ's human spirit is not just "living" like Adam's soul, but is "life-giving", which is infinitely superior.

(Side note: Most translations translate "soulish" in vv 44 & 46 as "natural". That may be a correct meaning, but it loses the connection between "soulish" in vv 44 & 46 with "soul" in v45. The Greek word which RcV translated as "soulish" is the adjective form of the Greek word for "soul". )


Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

Christ is the life-giving Spirit!


Akua Barima

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Thank God we have a spirit.


Matthew and Jonathan

Irvine, CA, United States

O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah! Christ is the life-giving Spirit to us!


Nelson Liu

Irvine, CA, United States

O Lord, amen, hallelujah! Christ is the life giving Spirit!


Hamma

Orlando, Canada

I love this song and yes the Spirit is the lif- giving Spirit!!!!!! The Lord God's Spirit testifies in each one of our spirit. Let's praise Him for that. Amen.


Marlon Tecson

Philippines

Praise the Lord that He is a life-giving Spirit today and able to enter into our human spirit to give us life and uplift us in our degraded situation to restore us to turn to Him. Hallelujah!


Melissa H

Dallas, TX, United States

Oh Lord! Amen! Hallelujah! Praise God for this song which turns me to my human spirit to contact the life-giving Spirit!

Today many who come to the meetings do not know how to light the lamps. They need to learn how to light the lamps in order to enlighten the meeting. When we were in Elden hall in the years from 1969 to 1971, the lamps were lighted long before the announced time for the beginning of the meeting. But in some of the meetings today the lamps are not lighted until well after the announced time of meeting. Moreover, during those years in Elden hall, the saints prepared to light the lamps while they were still at home or while they were on the way to the meeting. During those years, the saints wrote many living songs and hymns, such as "Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit," one that I especially like. This song brings in light. Many saints have been stirred in their spirit by singing it.

Christ is the life contained in Himself as the Word of God (John 1:4a; 11:25; 14:6; 10:10b) to be the base of a believer's life. Our regenerated life is based upon the very divine life in Christ as the Word. If we are going to enjoy Christ's life, we must come to the Word of Christ. We must pray His Word, say "Amen" to His Word, and sing "Hallelujah" to His Word.

We can be vitalized by singing the following song with an exercised spirit: "Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit./Now Christ is the Spirit today./Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit,/So turn to your spirit and say,/O Lord! Amen! O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!/O Lord! Amen! O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!" In one meeting in Elden Hall in 1965 I told the saints that we can all say four words. When I spoke this, I did not know what the four words were. Then I said that we can say, "O Lord! Amen! Hallelujah!" This is a simple way to touch the Lord by turning to our spirit. We have a spirit (1 Thes. 5:23), and the Lord is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17) who dwells in our spirit. Therefore, we should turn ourselves from our mind to our spirit, from our thinking to praising.

The problems in the church life cannot be solved by any human methods. Over fifty years ago I began to labor in the ministry and often the saints came to me with problems. Most of these problems were related to marriage. I thought that I could render the saints some way to solve their problems, but eventually found out that this did not work. By reading the holy Word, I realized that we cannot solve any problem. The only way to solve people's problems is to minister this enjoyable Christ. I began to tell people that they had to experience Christ and take Christ as their life and life supply.

Although I shared these things with the saints in the 1940s I had not seen the matter of calling on the Lord's name. In the years from 1966 to 1968 we began to practice pray-reading the Word and calling on the Lord's name in Elden Hall in Los Angeles. Elden Hall is a memorial of pray-reading and calling on the name of the Lord. In one evening meeting, the saints pray-read the entire book of Ephesians. That was marvelous. Our meetings were filled with calling, "O Lord Jesus! Amen."

One day in a meeting I stood up and told the saints that all of them could say something. When I said this to the saints, I myself did not know what to tell them to say. Then I said, "All of you can say four words." At that moment I did not know what four words I would tell the saints to say. Then I said, "All of you can say O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!" We practiced saying "O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah" for a period of time. I thought that I had made a mistake in the order of these words by telling the saints to say Amen before Hallelujah instead of saying Hallelujah, Amen. Then I checked with the New Testament. Actually, the biblical way is not "Hallelujah, Amen," but "Amen, Hallelujah" (Rev. 19:4). In those years we sang the following song again and again:

Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit;

Now Christ is the Spirit today.

Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit,

So turn to your spirit and say—

O Lord, Amen!

O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!

In those days, around 1969, we were "crazy" in the enjoyment of Christ. Every day the saints would be calling, "O Lord Jesus, Amen!" Before that time we seldom said "Amen." Now to say "Amen" has become a custom among us. Today whenever you meet a brother, you say, "Amen." This brother will respond by saying "Amen" to you. Our custom of saying "Amen" came from the song mentioned above. When we say, "O Lord, Amen, Hallelujah," we have to testify that we enjoy the Lord. No one can deny this.

According to [Exodus] 27:21, the priests were to set the lamps in order 'from evening until morning.' Nothing is said here about the day. During the Christian life, we are in the night, not in the day. Because we are in the night, we need the light to shine until the day dawns. By the light shining in the meetings during this age of night, we are enlightened to see more of Christ and to see more clearly the way into the Holy of Holies.

Today many who come to the meetings do not know how to light the lamps. They need to learn how to light the lamps in order to enlighten the meeting. When we were in Elden hall in the years from 1969 to 1971, the lamps were lighted long before the announced time for the beginning of the meeting. But in some of the meetings today the lamps are not lighted until well after the announced time of meeting. Moreover, during those years in Elden hall, the saints prepared to light the lamps while they were still at home or while they were on the way to the meeting. During those years, the saints wrote many living songs and hymns, such as 'Now Christ is the life-giving Spirit,' one that I especially like. This song brings in light. Many saints have been stirred in their spirit by singing it.