Hebrews 9:14 (CSB) — 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God?
One of the hidden gems of Scripture is found in a text where the incomparable greatness of Christ and his work in us oftentimes overshadows what is revealed about the Spirit of God. Yet I would suggest that this is intentional because the incomparable greatness of Christ and his work are meant to be inextricably linked to the Spirit of God. Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God as the atonement for our sins in order to satisfy and bring about God’s demand for uprightness. And this work is accomplished by the eternal Spirit of God, who inhabits time-without-end and brings about the work which God has desired to do. Therefore, Isaiah the prophet introduces the Savior of the World by saying “I will put my Spirit on him” (Isaiah 42:1), showing that everything that Christ is and does is inextricably linked with the Holy Spirit, who searches and knows the depths of God, and everything that our Messiah did was accomplished in the power of the divine Spirit.
Because we have received the deposit of God’s eternal Spirit, we should greatly rejoice in this attribute because it means that all of the Spirit’s mighty works are eternal. He produces in us “an eternal weight of glory” such that even in our sorrows and sufferings, what is temporal and passing away in this life will give way to that which is eternal and everlasting in the next life!
One might observe that Christians, who are meant to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 3:15), gain a greater perspective on eternity as they mature in Christ because of the communion that we have with him in the eternal Spirit of God. The more I live in this world and discipline myself to walk by the Spirit rather than by my temporal flesh that is passing away, the more I grow in eternity. Indeed, that expression might sound strange. What does it mean to “grow in eternity”? Is this some kind of new-age garbage? No. Although I’m sure someone somewhere has used this phrase in an unbiblical way, what I mean by “growing in eternity” is that Christians grow in the things that will never pass away (i.e. the fruits of the Spirit [Ga. 5:22ff] and the divine nature of God [1 Pt. 1:3ff]).