Now concerning the Godhead, you know that I have no need to write unto you; for you already know that it is written, In him continuously dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily: that is Christ Jesus. But, I shall like to commend unto you a few things concerning that which you have received concerning the truth of Christ.
I know that God, that is the Spirit, was in the world; reconciling the world unto himself. As it is written, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever continuously believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And again, I am in him, and he continuously dwells in me: the Spirit is all, but the body is one, Christ Jesus.
I am not here to reveal any new doctrine, but to open up unto you the truth of the unity of the Godhead, and to show that they are all of one Spirit, Body, and Living Soul. As it is written, Therefore go you, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name belonging1 to the Father, and the name belonging to the Son, and the name belonging to the Holy Ghost. And again, that there is no name under heaven given among men, whereby you must be saved. So that at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that he is Lord, both of things in heaven, or things in earth, or things under the earth.
It hath been said by them of old, that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three (separate and distinct) persons in one. Do they not know? Do they not understand? Do you think that the scripture says in vain, Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord he is one Lord. Wherefore do not think it strange that this has been said; for we know that many damnable heresies have been brought in unawares. But I say unto you, that I am the Father (Spirit), I am the Son (Body), and I am the Holy Ghost (Living Soul). as it is written. I am and there is none else besides me. Therefore we know that it is written, That God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit, and in truth. Amen, so let it be.
With this in mind, we know little of the vast arena of the Son of God (Body of the Holy Spirit); which is Jesus Christ robed in the flesh. As it is written, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared for me: For lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will O God. So let us take heed in comprehending Christ’s Father; for we know that when we have seen Christ, we have seen the Father also. As it is written, Have I been so long with you Philip; when you have seen me, you have seen the Father (Spirit) also, so how sayest thou shew us the Father.
Henceforth I shall no more declare unto you the Father, but the Holy Spirit which is the Father. As it is written, And the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, and she conceived, and bare a son whose name is Immanuel: that is, God with us. So this I say, Have I been so long time with you Philip, that thou hast not known me. When you have seen me you have seen the Spirit also, so how sayest thou show us the Spirit. And again, I and my Father are one. But I say unto you, that my Body and my Spirit are one, reuniting that which hath been separated for so long. And again, Holy Spirit, the hour is come; glorify thy Body, that thy Body also may glorify thee. And furthermore, it is written, that all men should honour the Body, even as they honour the Spirit. He that honoureth not the Body honoureth not the Spirit which hath sent him. For the son of man came not down to do his own will, but the will of the Spirit which sent him.
So to confirm to you the extent of my reason, I hope that you shall comprehend what is the depth, (that is the Spirit,) what is the height, (that is the Body,) and what is the breadth, (that is the Living Soul). For we know that the Father is the Holy Spirit Jn 4:24 and the Son is the Body Col 2:9, and the Holy Ghost is the Living Soul Jn 14:18.
Shall I draw out for you the deep wellsprings of the Spirit that you might feast upon the Body, and be filled again with a new and Living Soul? John 6:53;58 You must be wise in understanding that which is the truth concerning the Godhead. For we know that there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. So likewise is there but one and only one God. For truth saith he, I am, and there is none else besides me, and I will not give my glory unto another.
The Father is the Spirit, and the Son is his Body; likewise is the Holy Ghost that Living Soul which has been perfected, and they all commune as one, and are one. 1 Jn 5:7
So many vast dimensions of God: so many wonders that need to be known. The Spirit which is; all, in all: I am in him, and he dwells in me. So come to me by my Body alone, which I have shown to all. The Body was the manifestation of God, which came to fulfill the Spirit’s call; by making of one, that which had been separated in the fall.
The Holy Ghost which is the Living Soul was made known unto us by the Son of man; which I should say was the Body of the living soul. For all us know that in the garden of past, that God did breathe into man, and he became a living soul. Therefore Christ came, not only as the Body of the Holy Spirit, (that is the Son of God), but also as the Body of the living soul, (that is the Son of man).
For when Adam and Eve were in the garden had partaken of the tree, they forfeited their souls unto sin. As it is written, the soul that continuously dwells in sin it shall surely die. Now, seeing that it was necessary: that after we had died, we should be born again. There was needed a sacrifice; that is, a Soul that should ransom us from death. And seeing that the sacrifice of sheep and oxen were not meet, because that after their blood had been poured forth, there was no more life in them. Therefore God gave us his Body, knowing full well that he was able to raise it up again, because there was found no sin in him.
Therefore Christ came as the Body of the living soul (Son of man), to atone for the fall; that we might, by his resurrection, receive a new and Living Soul. Seeing that it is written, that thou hast made his soul an offering for sin: so that we might obtain a new and Living Soul which cannot sin. 1John 3:6
Seeing as he has suffered death, and then rose again and now continuously lives in you who were dead in trespasses and sin. But now have been made alive by a new and Living Soul; which continuously makes intercession for us all by his blood which he has taken, and presented before his throne.
Therefore, in the beginning the Living Soul (Ps 16:10, Isa 1:14, Isa 42:1 Isa 53:10 Jer 5:9) existed, and the Living Soul was with the Spirit, and the Living Soul was Spirit. And the Living Soul fashioned a Body and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten image of the Spirit, full of grace and truth. This is that Living Soul which was sacrificed for us. For God, descended down, made in the likeness of man: to atone for sin; that we might again live in him.
Therefore Christ is the bodily manifestation of God; and we are the bodily manifestation of Christ in which the Living Soul abides. And we all commune as one, and are one in spirit and truth, by that body which was lifted up for us; to atone for the transgression of our father Adam as it is written, that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
For Adam sinned, not willfully, but according to the election: that is, he which subjected the same in hope. That he might glorify the Body by the things which he suffered; that according to the richness of his eternal Spirit, he might have a Body; not by creation, but according to his foreordained election.
1. The word of denoted the concept of belonging to something.