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The Holy Spirit is not an end in Himself and does not function independently from the union with God that is achieved by the new covenant. This is to say that if we make a thing out of the Holy Spirit and imagine that He is a kind of pick-me-up or a super-charger for our old covenant based religion, we should not expect that that we will grow the Kingdom of God. Holy Spirit transplanted into the law will not work and was never meant to work. The natural post- cross order of things is that we have been made one with Christ by the AT-ONE-MENT and this oneness is made real and active in our life by the incarnation - which is the fullness of God manifesting as us.


"In his coming the Holy Spirit does not glorify himself or speak from himself but speaks whatever he hears and makes known what is still to come. ‘He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and make it known unto you. All that the Father has is mine, and that is why I said “he will take what is mine and make it known unto you.”’ It is not the function of the Spirit, then, to bear witness to himself in his distinctive personal Being, but to bear witness to Christ and glorify him as Lord and Saviour." (1)


It is for this reason that Holy Spirit presence and anointing does not function properly in company with the law. The Gifts of the Spirit arise from the incarnation. From the incarnation because of our union with God in the undoing of Adamic separation. Holy Spirit and the gifts outside of the new covenant can quickly fade because they have no root. Dysfunction may appear as polluted 'words', the propagation of false doctrine or fade out. Holy Spirit does not hang about if we insist on gospels of our own making and are too stubborn to accept that a law-based gospel is not Christ's gospel but quite another gospel.

Christ's Gospel is the trinity in you. It's the happening in you of John 17. It is the I am in you and you are in me as your relationship with God. This 'oneness' with God is the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Gospel that Paul preached and the Gospel that Jesus is - His life as our life.

(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 65-66). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.