John 15:26 - But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, (even) the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
When Jesus said baptize the people in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit it was not because their order is in that fashion. The Father and Holy Spirit were there even before the Father declared the Son. That does not mean the Son came latter.
The Son was there from the beginning and was part of the Father, before He was declared. It is also because of this that the Son is identical to the Father, yet the Father is God even unto Him.
Now another matter that people are confused about is the Spirit of God. All know that we received the Holy Spirit because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Does that mean the Holy Spirit was not there among man before that? If the Spirit of God was not among man then who was authorizing the Bible by man and who was working through the men of God?
We get the answer to this in the book of Joel
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Removing the words which are not a part of the script but have been added for readability (Italics words in KJV) we get as follow.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first.
The Former Rain which is the Holy Spirit Who came among man before Jesus Christ, came moderately. The Spirit of God before Jesus was mission specific. He came on only those who had a mission to do (like in the case of the Patriarchs) or on a person only during the time of mission (like in the case of King Saul). The Spirit of God did not stay among man for long.
After the Blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ we received the Holy Spirit via Jesus Christ (Who is referred as the First) and is now the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Latter Rain. The Latter Rain is not moderated as the Former Rain. We receive just a token of the Spirit of God when we believe and are baptized in Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Truth is a part of the Seven Spirits of the Holy Spirit, of Whom we receive just a token. It is only when we grow in Spirit; the Spirit grows in us, both in capacity and variety.
It is the Spirit of Truth Who gives us the ability to understand the Word of God and bring the Truth (the whole Bible from the start to the end is completely to do with Christ) unto us. Only when the Truth is in us we are able to hold the Testimony of Jesus Christ. That does not mean we now have the full Truth in us.
It was only in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit was whole. From the time of Jesus, man has been growing in the Spirit of God (although for a period of time anointed men were hidden away from the world) until the Truth gets revealed in full in man and the Testimony is completely in us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are the Spirit of God and You are Almighty. We thank You for both the Former Rain and specially for the Latter Rain. Let the Latter Rain fill up in us that we may walk in power and your glory fill the earth. Help us to grow in You and thus hold the complete testimony of Jesus Christ in us...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him (Moses), and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
1 Samuel 19:24
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
21 Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit:
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
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