Whence The Holy Spirit?
By Joseph Molnar and William Rawls
Most church members understand that the Bible contains spiritual principles, but unfortunately precious few diligently seek them for themselves. For example, church members are told and firmly believe that Jesus used parables to help the people understand his teachings. However, just the opposite is true. Matthew 13 presents one record of it.
Jesus had been speaking to the crowds, and later when he was alone with his disciples they asked him why he spoke to the multitudes in parables. He replied that the casual crowds were a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
They will listen and
listen, and never understand
And they will look and look, and never see!
For this nation’s mind has grown dull,
And they hear faintly with their ears,
And they have shut their eyes,
So as never to see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their minds,
And repent, and let me cure them! Matthew 13:15
(ASV, KJV, Darby, Goodspeed)
This concept must have been very important as it is repeated in Isaiah 6:10, Matthew 13:15, John 12:37-40, and Acts 28:26-27. The crowd did not fail to understand Jesus because they had not listened to him speak. They did not fail to understand him because they were the lowest of sinners, or because they were predestined to a life of ignorance. It was because they had shut their own eyes. Jesus was not referring to their lack of visual perception; he was citing their unwillingness to seek spiritual wisdom. The crowds wanted to eat free bread, but had little or no interest in spiritual concepts (John 6:26). Jesus repeatedly makes it clear that a spiritual understanding of his teaching is what is important.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, He cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).
It is the spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are Life (John 6:63).
God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24).
The same circumstance exists today. Too many church members have blindly swallowed what men have said about the holy spirit, but have not sought truth from the Bible, nor do they even possess a desire to seek truth. As a result, they listen and listen and never understand. They look and look, but never see.
This pamphlet has been written to give living water to the thirsty, and to help seekers find what the Bible says about whence the holy spirit. Make no mistake about it. Why? Because the correct understanding of the Holy Spirit is essential to the correct understanding of all of the New Testament.
In this pamphlet no attempt is made to cite all the important events in Scripture, but only those which significantly aid in our study. All evidence to support each point comes from the Bible, and unless otherwise noted is from the King James Version.
The authors recognize that, what you read may be different from what you have been told. So, before discarding this pamphlet as error or heresy, we ask you to do two things:
ask the Holy Spirit to make you thirsty
for the truth.
study your Bible with an open mind
searching for the truth.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and you shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Luke 11:9).
Do not take our word for the Bible references given in this pamphlet. Check them out in your own Bible. In all cases, you are encouraged to rely on your Bible as the final authority, not this pamphlet, not the word of other men, but your Bible - together with the help of the holy spirit. Remember, God does not force the truth on anyone. As an aid to your study, a chart showing the chronological chain of circumstances, leading to the shedding of the holy spirit is presented on page 17. Referring to this chart may help you follow these events as they unfold.
Many Christians believe that ‘The ‘beginning’ as described in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 was the beginning of everything. But this is not what the Bible says. The beginning referred to in Genesis and John was the creation of the physical universe. However, much went on in heaven before that. For example, the rebellion of Lucifer and a third of the angels. But, more importantly, the Bible tells us that the Father’s first work was to begat His son. (Proverbs 8:22-31).
This son is His spiritual son in heaven. The Bible also tells us that the Father anointed His son with His spirit (Proverbs 8:22-24 NIV, Young’s Translation, others). By receiving His Father’s spirit, the son possesses a mind-set just like his Father’s - loving what the Father loved and hating what the Father hated. Other scripture tells us that the Father gave of His spirit to His son without measure, that is, withholding nothing that he required. (John 3:34).
This anointing is very important for three reasons:
1. It shows that God’s spirit could be imparted to another.
2. It means that God’s son became The Anointed one, or The Messiah (Hebrew), or The Christ (Greek).
3. It means that the son, because he possessed his Father’s spirit, loved righteousness and hated lawlessness (Heb. 1:9).
God placed His spirit into others as well. Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 61:6, Joel 2:28, Judges 3:10, 6:34, 3:25, 1 Samuel 10:6 and 16:13, Matthew 12:18, and many other verses. While God placed His spirit in his son ‘without measure,’ all other recipients were limited as demonstrated by their lives.
God’s Son of Flesh and Blood
In the fullness of time, God sent his only begotten son into the physical world (John 17:37). He is born in Bethlehem, to the Virgin Mary and given the name Yesuah or Jesus. (Matthew 1:23) At the beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and, the Father again anoints His son (now in the form of man) with His spirit (Matthew 3:16, John 3:34).
Throughout his earthly life, Jesus suffers human hardships (as hunger, thirst, cold, grief, rejection) and is sorely tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4:1). In spite of all this physical and mental anguish, he remains completely obedient to his Father (Philippians 2:8). Jesus only does what his Father shows him, and speaks what his Father tells him (John 3:32, John 8:28).
to a warning that King Herod
“Go ye and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils and do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected (or completed)”
This statement is very important. It tells us that before his resurrection, Jesus was incomplete, that is, something else must be accomplished before he would be perfected, or completed as stated in many versions. We know this concept comes as a surprise to many Christians and demands more explanation. However, let’s leave it for now. Later, we will give you other verses which explain Jesus’ statement in Luke 13:32.
Beginning To See The Holy Spirit
The apostle John gives
us information about the holy spirit of which few Christians are aware. Yet,
it has been in our Bibles all the time – we
just did not ‘see’ or understand it. Here it is. Jesus was speaking
in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles when he cried.
“If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).
In the next verse John helps us understand the spiritual meaning of Jesus’ statement.
But this spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive, for the Holy Ghost was not yet (given), because that Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)
Notice in your King James Bible the word ‘given’ is in Italics. This means that the word ‘given’ was not in Greek manuscripts, but was added years later by translators. Now read the verse again, but this time omit the word ‘given’. The verse now reads like the original Greek, telling us that the holy spirit did not exist at the time Jesus was speaking. And, John tells us why – ‘because Jesus had not been glorified.’ Ah! Now Jesus’ statement in Luke 13:32 in the preceding paragraph begins to make sense. To be perfected or completed, Jesus needed to be glorified, and before his Father would glorify him, he needed to successfully complete his mission on earth.
We will discuss the how, when, and where of this completion and glorification later. But for now, we ask that you please do not discard this pamphlet as error because you have never heard this before, or that it is contrary to what you have been told. There are many verses in the Bible that confirm what you are now reading, and we will give them to you. Please note we are only presenting what is in the Bible, not any man-made doctrine, not any double talk, not any hocus-pocus, not any mystery, but only quoting verses from the Bible. Please ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the truth!
Next, let’s examine closely a promise that Jesus made to his disciples at the Last Supper.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever. (even, or that is) the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, but ye know him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you (John 14: 16-18).
Here, Jesus is promising his disciples that the Father would send (note the use of future tense) them another comforter (the spirit of truth). He tells them that they already know the spirit of truth (they knew Jesus), that the spirit of truth already dwells with them (Jesus was dwelling with them), and later this spirit would be in them. (the holy spirit would be in them). Then Jesus adds that he would come to them. Of course this coming would be in spiritual form. Later we shall read the Biblical account of this spirit coming to the disciples.
Perhaps you already know that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). If Jesus is the truth, then the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of truth. This same concept - that Jesus will come and be in his disciples, is expressed in Revelation. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20). Perhaps now you see that Jesus fulfils all of the requirements of John 14 to be the comforter and the spirit of truth.
Just before his ascension, Jesus reminds his disciples that his Father would send them power from on high.
And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:48-49).
Garden of Gethsemane
After the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples journey to the nearby Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden, the sins of the world are placed in the mind of Jesus. This causes him such anguish that he sweats blood and would have physically died had not his Father sent an angel to strengthen him (Luke 22:43-45). Jesus never sinned, but he bore our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Thus, he became spiritually Dead. For the first time in his life a veil separates Jesus from his Father. That is what sin does; it separates us from God.
The son must now rely completely on faith that his Father will save him out of Death. This is what is called The Faith of Jesus. It is the faith of Jesus that saves those who believe in Jesus. While this concept is extremely important and needs to be understood, it cannot be covered here. It is covered in the author’s booklet Seeking Jesus of the Bible, which you are encouraged to read. The separation of the Father and His son lasted at least until Jesus was physically dead, as Jesus cried from the cross, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). This was the same spiritual Death that came upon Adam and Eve after they sinned and God removed His presence. Since the fall of Adam, every man remains spiritually separated from God until he is born again, this time of the spirit (John 3:3-8).
In the hours following his arrest, Jesus is spit-on, slapped, mocked, beaten, and crowned with thorns. He is scourged, so heavily that he is barely recognizable. Finally at Calvary he is crucified and physically dies. Jesus’ physical death symbolizes the destruction of sinful flesh (Romans 6:6). His body is prepared for burial and laid in a sealed tomb.
After three days and three nights, God raises His son out of Death into everlasting life (Matthew 12:40, Galatians 1:1). From his spiritual Death Thursday evening in the Garden of Gethsemane until early Sunday morning is three days and three nights just as Jesus foretold. Early Sunday morning, Jesus instructs Mary Magdalene not to touch him, as he has not ascended to his Father, that is, he is not glorified (John 20:17). Later that same evening he freely shows himself to his disciples (John 20:20).
Although the Bible does not provide details, it is reasonable to conclude that he permitted his disciples to touch him that evening because he had received word by an angel that his Father accepted his atonement, and that the salvation of mankind was assured. Jesus would now be glorified.
The main difference between Jesus before and after his glorification has to do with his life on earth. After glorification he possesses the spirit which his father had given him; plus, he has the experience of successfully rejecting the world’s temptations; he has accepted and suffered spiritual Death; and he has accepted and suffered physical death. Jesus can now empathize with man in a way that the Father, who had never known temptation nor Death, could not.
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 (Hebrews 4:15).
Let’s go back to resurrection day. The Father’s spirit, combined with Jesus’ earthly accomplishments, now becomes the spirit, which the New Testament calls The Holy Spirit, or the spirit of truth, or the comforter. Proof positive that this is true is confirmed by Jesus himself, when late resurrection evening, Jesus breathes on his disciples, and says, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit.” This is the first giving of the Holy Spirit to man. But, this giving was with measure (was limited). Jesus was giving the disciples only the ability to receive instructions from the Holy Spirit. The reception of the Holy Spirit’s power would come later.
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen (Acts 1:1 2, NIV Version).
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” . . . But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. (Acts 1:4, 5, 8 NIV)
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
For forty days after his resurrection, Jesus appears many times to the apostles and other believers.
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (Acts 1:2-4).
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen Mark 16: 14-15, also Luke 24:13-32, Luke 24:36-49.
At the end of forty days, Jesus blesses his disciples and gives them instructions to baptize and make disciples of all men. In their presence he is taken up into heaven.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark:16:15-16).
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight (Acts 1:9).
Jesus Receives the Promise
Between Ascension Day (the 40th day after resurrection) and Pentecost (the 50th day) Jesus is in heaven as our High Priest. He performs the office of the High Priest by entering into The Most Holy Place and offering his blood once and for all as atonement for all sin.
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heaven (Hebrews 8:1).
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Jesus now receives the promise made to him by his Father and at the appointed time will send this promise to his disciples who are obediently waiting in Jerusalem. It is the promise of the holy spirit with power.
And, being assembled together with them commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, ye have heard of me (Acts 1:4).
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear ( Acts 2:33).
The Apostles Receive The Holy Spirit
After Jesus’ ascension, the Apostles remain in Jerusalem as they had been instructed. Day by day, they rejoice together; they eat together; and they pray together (Acts 1:12-14). They elect Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, who had hung himself (Acts 1:26). Then, on the tenth day after Jesus ascended, or fifty days after Passover, something remarkable happens.
Seven weeks plus one day (fifty days) after Passover is a Jewish feast day to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. It is celebrated in Jerusalem by animal sacrifices and by waving before the Lord leavened bread made from new grain. The loaves are considered the first fruits unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23). The Greek word for ‘fiftieth day’ is Pentecost. Pentecost is how Christians now identify the day of this remarkable event recorded in Acts.
It was nine o’clock in the morning and all the disciples were together in a room with other believers. Suddenly, they heard a mighty breath and saw flaming tongues settling on each of them. Many disciples began to speak things of God which foreigners from more than fifteen different provinces could understand in their own native tongue. This was the physical manifestation of the holy spirit coming with power.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind (or breath, see John 20:22), and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:1-11).
Unbelievers who heard the commotion accused the disciples of being drunk (remember Jesus had said that the world would not be able to receive nor to see the Holy Spirit), but Peter stood and rebuked them. He cited the miracles done by the Son of God. He cited his teachings and the Jew’s rejection. He reminded them that the prophet Joel prophesied of such an outpouring.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And, also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit (Joel 2:28-29).
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. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil (Joel 2:23-24)
Many translations concede that this portion of Joel has been poorly translated by offering alternate readings in the margin or as footnotes. For example the “former rain” is better-translated “The Teacher of Righteousness.” This fact, together with the knowledge that God’s word is frequently represented by water in its many forms, enables Bible students with spiritual understanding to read these verses as:
Be glad then, ye spiritual seed of Abraham (believers), rejoice in Yahweh your God, for He hath given you Jesus, The Christ (the teacher of righteousness), and He (God) will cause to come down for you the rain (the word of God). First the former rain (the teacher of righteousness), then the latter rain (the Holy Spirit) for the first time. And the floor shall be full of wheat (the harvest of repentant believers will be large) and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil (sound doctrine and the holy spirit shall abound) (Joel 2:23-24, paraphrased).
In addition to speaking in tongues, the book of Acts records many other ways that the power of the Holy Spirit was manifested in these days. Peter healed the sick, and made the lame to walk. He possessed the courage to defy Jewish authority and when jailed, escaped by a miracle. The Holy Spirit gave Stephen great faith, the courage to address his adversaries, and the love to forgive those who killed him. (Acts 3-8)
Today you and I are moved to accept God’s gift of eternal life by a direct act of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. Christians everywhere are moved to emulate the life of Christ by a direct act of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, speaks to his sheep through his spirit, the Holy Spirit. Glory to God the Father, and to His obedient son who sends his spirit into our hearts.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Galatians.. 4:6).
As the first of His works, God births His son and gives him of His spirit without measure. In the fullness of time God sends His son into the world as flesh and blood to destroy the works of the devil and to become the ransom for sinful man.
The son overcomes the world by living a sinless life in complete obedience to his father. He willingly suffers spiritual Death at Gethsemane and physical death at Calvary.
The son is raised out of Death by his father. He is glorified for his victory over Satan, and receives the gift of the holy spirit as promised by the Father.
The son, who can now empathize with the trials and temptations of all men, adds his earthly experience to his father’s spirit.
The Father sends His spirit through His son to the disciples waiting in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, this spirit is called the Holy Spirit, or the comforter, the spirit of Jesus, or the spirit of truth.
For those of you who have read this far, and continue to believe that the Holy Spirit is correctly presented by the Trinity doctrine, we have added this supplement. This is by no means all the evidence opposing the Trinity, but only major points regarding the holy spirit.
First: You are encouraged to read the history of the Trinity. Most accounts will be satisfactory as long as it was not written by the Roman Catholic Church. That denomination’s role in this affair was abominable, and their account of it cannot be trusted. The Trinity was not given by divine revelation, but was forged by priests and kings over scores of years. There was much opposition to this doctrine within the church, and it prevailed only by secular intervention and drastic ungodly acts by those who favored it. Please look behind the scenes at the history of this belief before you decide that it is from God.
Second: Please be aware that the Bible was completely in the hands of Trinitarians and Trinitarians alone for nearly one thousand years. They owned all the copies, and forbade anyone else to own one. They controlled all duplication. They forbade the Bible to be translated into any language of the people. They even forbade anyone who was not a priest to read it. While the Bible was in their control, they systematically “translated” its wording to support their doctrine. Some examples of these changes are given in the following paragraphs.
1. In 1 John 5:8, the KJV says, “For there are three that record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Response: In short, the underlined words above while found in the Latin Vulgate Bible by Jerome, a Roman Catholic monk (405 AD), they have never been found in any Greek manuscript penned before the sixteenth century (1500 AD). Most Bible scholars acknowledge that these words were not in the original manuscripts, and almost all recent translations omit them.
2, Matthew 28:19 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Response: The baptism instructions in Matthew disagree with the baptism instructions given three times in the book of Acts, two by Peter and one by Paul. (1). “Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38). (2). “To be baptized in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:38). (3) “They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19:5).
Further, Eusebius, a 3rd century Bishop, quoted Matthew 28:19 twenty-three times, but he always wrote, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations and make disciples baptizing them in my name.” Even the Roman Catholic Bible, The New Jerusalem Version, has footnoted this verse casting doubt on its authenticity.
3. Acts 2:17 in the KJV reads, “And it shall come to pass in the last days saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh,”
Response: This reading gives the impression that God’s spirit was separate from himself. However, the Greek Text reads, “I will pour out from my spirit. With this correct translation, a reader can more readily see that God’s spirit is an integral part of himself, not a separate entity.
4. The Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit as ‘he’ and ’him’’ thus proving that he is a being.
Response: Yes it does, and the Bible also gives personal traits to many words including riches (Matthew 6:24), sin (John 8:34, Romans 5:21), and death (Revelation 6:8). However, no one would consider these traits as a ‘being’. Many times the word ‘he’ referring to the Holy Spirit is not in the Greek manuscript, but is added by the translator. Further, the Greek pronoun ‘autos’ sometimes translated as ‘he ’or ‘himself’ is often translated as ‘it’ or ‘itself’. In 1 Peter 1:11, the spirit of Christ is referred to as ‘it’. Thus, Biblical references to the Holy Spirit as ‘he’, is no proof at all.
5 There are over two-hundred verses in the New Testament that contradicts the doctrine of the Trinity. When Trinitarians are asked to explain these contradictions they say, “No one can understand it; it is a mystery”.
Response: Look at the two verses below one by Mark and One by Paul and see that God has revealed the mystery of His kingdom, not mystified it.
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.” (Mark 4:11).
“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God (Romans 16:25-26).
6. Read the book of Revelation completely looking for evidence of the Holy Spirit as a being in heaven or in New Jerusalem. The Father is mentioned; the son is mentioned but the Holy Spirit is not mentioned. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Father sent through the perfected Lord Jesus Christ and not a separate being as stated by the Trinity.
For a more detailed account of the true account of the Trinity read the author’s pamphlet, “Is The Trinity Really A Mystery”.
It is one thing to say what the Holy Spirit is not: it is another to say what the Holy Spirit is. In this portion we shall attempt to explain that the Holy Spirit is not the third member of the so-called Godhead, but is the spirit of the Lord God Almighty working through His glorified and completed son. The prophet Isaiah wrote of this very thing hundreds of years before Christ. Notice how God’s spirit influenced Jesus’ mind.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 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 (reverence) of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked (Isaiah 11:1-4).
Next, let’s take a quick look at language. All of the world’s languages are impure. That is, they do not always permit the reader to understand clearly what was in the writer’s mind. Fortunately God has promised that one day He will return to us a pure language.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent (Zephaniah 3:9).
But until that day, we must struggle with what we have. Let’s look at the word ‘church’. In English, the word ‘church’ may mean, a building (Our church is made of stone.), a worship service (Did you stay for church today?), or a denomination (To what church do you belong?). Most of the time we understand which meaning to apply-but not always, especially since the New Testament church really is the body of true believers. See how confusion can arise so easily?
Like the English word ‘church,’ the Greek word ‘pneuma’, in the New Testament has a variety of meanings. It is used to convey the idea of a movement of air, the wind, the breath, the source of power and influence of ones emotions and desires, God’s power over world affairs and over the church. This one word has been translated as wind, breath, power, spirit, Holy Spirit, spirit of God, spirit of the Lord, my spirit, spirit of truth, spirit of Christ.
So, which English word or phrase best conveys the concept the writer intended when he wrote the word pneuma? If we believe John, the Holy Spirit did not exist until after Jesus had been glorified. However, many times the Bible records acts of the Holy Spirit before Jesus was glorified. How could this be? Perhaps over zealous scribes took it upon themselves to ‘improve scripture’ by making the Holy Spirit appear as something it was not. We have already presented evidence that they knowingly and willingly altered scripture in other ways to strengthen the Trinity doctrine.
Examining the oldest manuscripts now available will not yield the answer, since except for a few fragments, the manuscripts we have are copies made by fervid Trinitarians. We know they were Trinitarians since the ‘visible church’ exterminated known dissenters. However, the truth is still in the Bible to those who seek for it. God does not force truth on anyone. He offers it, but it is up to you to desire it. You must seek! You must ask! You must knock!
Are you seeking,
or are you just content to be a part of the crowd that goes to a popular
whatever they are told? Thousands of faithful
believers have given their lives that you and I could have a copy of
the Scriptures. What do you do with it; read it once a week,
and on occasion take it with you
to church? Stop treating the word of God as something of little value.
It is man’s most valuable possession. Come! Leave the curious crowd
and become a seeker of spiritual truth. ________God______.
As the first of his works God begets His only begotten Son.
The Father anoints His son with His spirit, and instructs
The angels to worship him.
Proverbs. 8:23 Hebrews. 1:9
The Son of God, The Anointed One (The Messiah)
The son agrees to take a human form and become the ransom for sinful man. Zechariah 6:12,13
The spiritual son of God
leads Israel out of Egypt.
1 Corinthians 10:4
Jesus is born of a Virgin in Bethlehem. Matthew 1:23
The Father anoints His
Earthly son with His spirit.
Matthew 3:16, John 3:34
Jesus, The Lamb of God .
Jesus is tempted by Satan, but remains obedient to his Father.
Jesus only speaks what his Father tells him. John 3:32, 8:28
After forty days, Jesus ascends to his Father
to receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:16, Acts 2:33
For forty days, Jesus appears in bodily form to
many disciples. The saints who were raised
with Jesus are also seen by many disciples.
Acts 1:3, Mark 16:12-20 Matt. 27:50-53
Jesus, now perfected, breathes on the Apostles
enabling them to receive instructions from the
Holy Spirit. John 20:22, Acts 1:1
Jesus, The Resurrected Lord .
After 3 days and 3 nights, God raises His
Son out of death into everlasting life.
Matthew 12:40, Galatians 1:1
Jesus, The Crucified .
Jesus offers his life as ransom for all sinners
and is crucified at Calvary. John 10:15
Jesus promises to return to his disciples in
spiritual form. John 14:15-22, Rev. 3:20- 21
John tells us that the Holy Spirit did not exist
before the resurrection because Jesus had
not been Glorified. John 7:39
Jesus declares that he will cast out devils and
do cures, and after 3 days he will be perfected
(completed). Luke 13:32, Hebrews 5:7-9
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Jesus now glorified by his father becomes our High Priest and offers his blood once-
and-for-all for the sins of mankind.
Hebrews. 4:15, 8:1, 9:11-12
Jesus, now “perfected” and glorified by
successfully enduring every human
temptation and suffering, and having
received from his father the promised
Holy Spirit, is now sent by his father
to lead man into salvation as The
Holy Spirit, fulfilling his promise
to come to his disciples.
John 14:16-22, Galatians 4:6
Jesus Christ, Our Comforter,
Our Interceder, The Spirit of Truth,
The Holy Spirit
At Pentecost, many disciples receive power
from the glorified Son of God, now made
known as the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8, Acts 2:22, Corinthians 3:17
The Holy Spirit is shed abroad unto
all the earth. Joel 2:28- 29, 2:23, Acts 2:33