The Holy Spirit

Galatians 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Now that you have seen from the Bible that GOD is the Father and has a Son, JESUS Christ, what about the Holy Spirit? First, there is no where in the Bible that calls the Holy Spirit, "God the Holy Spirit"! This term is a man made term and should not be used. Let us start in 2 Peter.

2 Peter 1:21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 This verse is used to prove that the Holy Spirit is a third person, but does this verse really say that. One problem is that there is no further verses that we have looked at yet. Bible study is not taking one verse and making a doctrine out of it! Let us look at what Peter says in his other book.

1 Peter 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1 Peter 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

 Here we have used one of the methods of Bible study. A question arises, Are there now two persons in the prophets? The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Christ? Or is this the same person? The Spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit are the same person as the Bible says "Christ in you".

Colossians 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 Paul says "Christ in you", not somebody else. It is only JESUS that can help us as He is the only One that knows what we go through as He lived on this planet and was tempted as we are.

Hebrews 4:15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

It is the Spirit of Christ that we need to be able to overcome.

Romans 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:9  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.

Paul says "in the Spirit". Which Spirit is this? It is the Spirit of GOD, and as we see in the same verse it is the same Spirit that is in Christ as Christ came forth from the Father so He has the same Spirit  as the Farther. This is the Spirit that we need.

Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Paul understood that it is the Spirit of Christ that we need in us to overcome not some other third person called "God the Holy Spirit". We have been looking for another person to help us and not looking to the Son of GOD for our help. No wonder we are struggling as Christians. No wonder we can't overcome. We need to stop listening to man and get back to the Bible. Wrong doctrine cannot save us as a people!

What about blasphemy to the Holy Spirit? This is one question that always comes up. Let us look at what the Bible says about blasphemy. Yet again we can't take one verse and assume what we think or are told what it means. We need to read this verse in context with the whole passage and with other related verses in the Bible.

Matthew 12:31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

This verse is quoted alone and then said, "you see you are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit". Is this true? Why did JESUS say this? and what was He accused of doing?

Matthew 12:23  And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

Matthew 12:24  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

JESUS was been accused of using the power of the Devil to cast out devils. Let us read JESUS' reply.

Matthew 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Matthew 12:26  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Matthew 12:27  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

Matthew 12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Matthew 12:29  Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Matthew 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Matthew 12:31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Matthew 12:32  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Matthew 12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Matthew 12:34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

 JESUS says that it is by the Spirit of GOD that He casts out devils. The Spirit of GOD is not the same as "God the Holy Spirit". The Spirit of GOD is personal and is part of the Father., whereas "God the Holy Spirit" is a third person. As we have noticed that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of GOD. This shows that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father. We need to have the same Spirit in us.

1 Corinthians 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Is the spirit of the world another person that we receive? No it is the character of the world that we take on and that lives in us. The same as with the Spirit of GOD. If we have the Spirit of GOD, then we will become like Christ and take on His character.

Isaiah 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Micah 4:12  But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

We need to have the thoughts of GOD and not our own. The only way to to have His Spirit in us.

Blasphemy is calling one thing something that it is not. As in the above verses the pharisees were calling the Spirit of GOD that of the Devil. It is this that cannot be forgiven.

John 10:33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

The Jews knew what blasphemy meant. It is calling something something else. As in this verse, they accused JESUS of making Himself GOD while He is just a man.

Mark 14:61  But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

Mark 14:62  And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 14:63  Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?

Mark 14:64  Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

The high priest did not believe that JESUS is the Son of GOD. He said that JESUS was blaspheming. Calling Himself something that He is not. 

JESUS uses the word in the same way.

Revelation 2:9  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Here are Christians that say they are, but they are not actually Christians, they are part of Satan's camp. This is blasphemy, calling something that it is not.

We all know that it was JESUS Christ that died for us, but in the next verse it says something different.

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Here it says that the Holy Ghost shed his blood for us! Who is the head of the church?

Ephesians 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

It is Christ that is the head of the church. The Holy Spirit as we have seen above is the Spirit of Christ. Have a look at the next verses from the book of Revelation.

Revelation 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:29  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:6  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Here it is repeated seven times, "let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches". It is JESUS speaking to the churches, so who must we listen to? It is JESUS that we must listen to. How? Through His Spirit. His Spirit is part of Him, not a seperate person.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Holy Spirit is a third person, as in the way the Trinity doctrine describes the Holy Spirit. 

JESUS is our Comforter. The verse that is used to prove that the Holy Spirit is a third person is:

John 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

If we read further to verse 18.

John 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The Father has not sent a different person as in the third person in the Trinity doctrine. He has sent the Spirit of His Son to us. What a blessing this is to the Christian as he is closer to Christ than the disciples were, as we have Christ in our hearts!

Galatians 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 

 

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