What Is The Holy Spirit?

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To truly find out what the Holy Spirit is, we need to use the Bible and the Bible alone, for this is the Word of God and God’s Word is what we should base all of our beliefs on. So what does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit? Let’s start off with the Old Testament. But before we do, let me make an important point. Any major doctrine we teach MUST be supported by the Old Testament. We cannot teach a doctrine that is only based on a couple of verses in the New Testament. So let us look at a selection of Old Testament verses:

Genesis 1:2 …’And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’

Genesis 41:38 …’And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?’

1 Samuel 10:10 …’And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.’

Psalm 51:11 …’Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit away from me.’

Isaiah 63:11-12 …’Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put His Holy Spirit WITHIN him? That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?’

Now if you search right throughout the Old Testament, you will not find one reference to a third being of the Godhead. What you will find are lots of references to God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He was to send to save us. ALL the references to the Holy Spirit are revealed as the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit being God’s own Spirit. But the New Testament and inspiration tells us that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of Christ.

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.’

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.’

“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God; it is also the Spirit of Christ. It is that divine, mysterious emanation through which they carry forward their great and infinite work.” (Uriah Smith, GC Bulletin, March 18, 1891, pp. 146,147)

“Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.” (E. J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, p. 23, 1890)

“We learn from this language that when we speak of the Spirit of God we are really speaking of his presence and power.” (J. N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, September 20, 1898)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency, that through His grace we might be complete in Him.”(Ellen G. White, 14 Manuscript Releases, p. 84)

“While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’ Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.” (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 166)

Notice what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 …‘For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is IN him? even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.’ … So Paul is saying that JUST AS no man knows us apart from our OWN spirit INSIDE us, likewise no man knows God, but God’s own Spirit which is ALSO in Him. Paul is saying it’s the same concept. God’s Holy Spirit is not another being, but God’s own Spirit.

Did you know? The original Hebrew and Greek meaning for ‘Spirit’ with regards to the Holy Spirit means: ‘Breath, Mind or Essence’? So the Holy Spirit would mean ‘Holy breath’ or ‘Holy mind/essence’. Does that sound like a literal person, or does it sound more like the mind/essence of someone, as in the ‘essence or mind’ of God?

Let’s back this up with what John the Baptist said in Mark 1:8 …‘I indeed have baptized you with water: but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.’ Do you see? John said he baptized with water, which is a substance. But Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit, which again is a substance – a “substance” of God. It makes no sense to think that Jesus would baptize people with another person. But it does make sense that Jesus would baptize with the Spirit of God. In other words, with the mind or essence of God.

Now before we tackle the well-known New Testament verses that are used to support the trinity doctrine, let us take a look at how the apostles viewed the Godhead:

Romans 1:7-8 …’Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all.’

1 Corinthians 1:3-4 …’Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ.’

Ephesians 1:3 …’Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

Ephesians 6:23 …’Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’

James 1:1 …’James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.’

2 Peter 1:2 …’Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.’

2 John 1:3 …’Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.’

‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 1:3)

‘Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,’ (Galatians 1:3)

‘Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Ephesians 1:2)

‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Philippians 1:2)

‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Colossians 1:2)

‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Thessalonians 1:1)

trinityThe sample of verses above is an example of what is written right throughout the apostles writings in the Bible. Do you see who they are giving credit and worship to? They are giving credit to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. They are not giving credit to any third person of the Godhead. Only two! Which supports the Old Testament teaching. And remember, we are to use the WHOLE council of God, not just a couple of verses.

So according to the trinity teaching, the Holy Spirit is a separate literal being of the Godhead, and is an equal, co-existent, co-eternal God alongside the Father and Son. And yet not one time in the greetings of Paul and the other apostles is the Holy Spirit uplifted or praised.Just God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. WHY IS THAT? …..

1 Corinthians 8:6 …’But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.’ …. THAT’s WHY.

Matthew and Luke talk about a certain event. Look at what they both say … Luke 12:11-12 …’take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.’ Now we will read the same account recorded by Matthew, but notice the words he used to describe the Holy Spirit. Matthew 10:19-20 …’take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.’ So Luke says the Holy Spirit would teach us, but Matthew reveals that ‘Spirit’ to simply be the Spirit of God the Father.

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Now take a look at Jesus’ own words … John 14:10 …‘Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.’ You see? Jesus Christ and the Father. And it is THE FATHER that dwells in Jesus and in us. In other words, the Spirit of the Father that dwells in us.

Also, take a look at what Jesus said as He prayed to the Father … John 17:21 …‘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.’Where is this so called third person of the trinity? Jesus is clearly revealing the Godhead as the Father and Son, that’s it! No third equal divine being, just the Father and Son. And they are one in spirit and mind, just like the believers are one in spirit and mind.

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.’

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.’

You see? It wasn’t a third being of the Godhead that dwelt in God’s people. It was the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ, which is the same Spirit, as they share the same One Spirit. See the following verses which confirms this:

Ephesian 4:4 …’There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling.’

1 Corinthians 12:13 …’For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.’

Ephesian 2:18 …’For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.’

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