Father, Son, Holy, Spirit - Personification - God's
Mind - Mind of Christ:Holy Spirit is a personification of God's Mind. A
holy spirit is having the mind of God. God is pure or the Holy
Spirit. That is, He is not flesh and bones and blood. He has no
"parts" which are not Spirit. Therefore, He is undiluted or Holy
Spirit or Mind. When His Spirit manifests itself both Hebrew and
Greek use the "wind" to represent the invisible expression of God as
it works in the physical dimension.
The body returns to the dust and the spirit returns to God Who gave it.
The body of Jesus of Nazareth did not see corruption but was taken into
the spiritual realm.
The Spirit OF Christ is the Spirit which belongs to Christ. It is the Mind of Christ and not another God person.
When Jesus died, was resurrected and ascended back to God Who gave the
spirit, He received the PROMISE of the Holy Spirit. Thereafter,
the Holy Spirit is Jesus of Nazareth. Spirit is the mental
disposition of a person and never a person other than those who live in
the Spirit realm.
Jesus Christ the Righteous, as the "another" Comforter as Holy (wholly)
Spirit promised that in that state, He would guide the apostles into
all truth. To qualify Paul as an apostle Christ the Lord both
appeared and spoke to Paul. He would also guide Paul into all truth: He
would appear to Paul as requested.
Peter defines the written "memory" as the eye-- and ear-- witness of
the risen Christ which was not subject to private interpretation or
"further expounding." That would repudiate the Power of Jesus Christ as
Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth. That supplies us all
that pertains to life and Godliness.
As the letters are sent out "The Holy Spirit" is minimized and the ONE
GOD THE FATHER and One Jesus Christ the man as the only mediator
between man and God.
I have collected many of the references in the epistles which apply to
all who are NOT prophets or apostles. Because Christ HAS guided the
apostles into all truth He does not guide us. Thereafter, the
"Spirit" OF Christ or the Mind of Christ is barely mentioned
Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens:
but he saith himself, The LORD
said unto my Lord,
Sit thou on my right hand,
Acts 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
that God hath made
that same Jesus,
whom ye have crucified,
both Lord and Christ.
See that even as the "another" Comforter or different state Jesus of
Nazareth is promised in John 14, the mutual indwelling is Father-Son
abides with the obedient, the obedient abide in Father-Son at the same
Father Son Holy Spirit Trinitay collection of passages.
See the Personified Spirit Part One
See The Fruit of the Spirit as the Fruit of
See The Tritheism Dogma.....Max Lucado and Rubel Shelly
who searcheth the Spirit: Who groans?
See the overwhelming evidence
that God or Full Deity is made known to us as "Father" and "Son."
Paul speaks of the Spirit OF the Son and the Spirit of the Father.
There is only ONE Spirit.
the Holy Spirit a third member of the "god family" or is this a power
or force or mental disposition of God Who is pure or Holy
Rubel Shelly: In both Greek and English, "Spirit" is a
noun. And we think of a
neuter noun as an "it" rather than a he or she. Thus we think of the
theology in a peculiar
Father we visualize in
warm, personal terms.
God the Word (i.e., Logos) we more often speak of as
God the Son and think of personal images ranging from Bethlehem to
Nazareth to Jerusalem.
Not so, however, with the
Both the neuter noun and the biblical images of fire and anointing tend us away from personal to impersonal imagery, from Spirit as divine personality to
Spirit as divine emanation. How unfortunate.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus
invites us to know about, expect, and experience the Holy Spirit. And
he speaks of the third
member of the divine family in terms that are personal. In fact, he challenged
his original followers to think of the Holy Spirit in the same personal ways they had experienced him.
"Holy" is not the first name of
a third member of the God family. Holy means PURE or undiluted.
Therefore only GOD is pure, undiluted, holy SPIRIT with no visible
features. Only when God is Lord or works in the realm of mankind do
we hear of the Face, Arms, Hand or Back of God. God rides on the
wings of the Holy Spirit or wind but the Holy Spirit is not a
If God is 100% Spirit and the
Holy Spirit is 100% Spirit then the Holy Spirit is God. Before Christ
"laid aside" His majesty and Glory as 100% God He was 100% Spirit.
Thus, Paul speaks of the spirit OF Christ, the Spirit OF God and the
spirit of mankind in conflect with flesh.
Therefore, when the Holy Spirit
is identified as HE then Scripture is speaking of the Lord Who is the
Holy Spirit and not a third member of the "God family."
Now the Lord
is that Spirit:
and where the Spirit
of the Lord is, there
is liberty. 2Co.3:17
But we all, with
open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the
Spirit of the Lord.
The pagan triad of Gods is
swept away when we understand that when the Holy Spirit is spoken of
as a being doing things, the problem evaporates if we know that the
NAME of the Holy Spirit is Jesus, Joshua or Jehovah- Saved Who is
"son" of the Father Who is Jehovah- Righted. (Zech 6)
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS NOW IN HIS POST-RESURRECTION SPIRITUAL STATE
Acts 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord;
for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
Acts 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time,
What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Acts 10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Acts 10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he
had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius
had made enquiry for Simons house, and stood before the gate,
Acts 10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
Acts 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision,
the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Acts 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
When the Spirit Lord appeared and spoke to Paul His name was Jesus
Acts 22:8 And I answered,
Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me,
I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
Jesus of Nazareth was born of a virgin, the SEED of Abraham: He
did not exist before He existed. Christ took on the form of a man
to die on the cross. He died, was resurrected, was transfigured or
changed. He did and does exist in the same state we will be in
after we are resurrected. After Jesus received the promise of the
holy spirit form HE returned at Pentecost and made Himself known by
fire and tongues, John says that the "another" or in a different
form Comforter bears the name "Jesus Christ the Righteous: there is
only one Paraclete.
|Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, |
that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh,
he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell,
neither his flesh did see corruption.
|1Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, |
and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,
and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory.
|Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. |
Acts 2:33 Therefore (Jesus) being by the right hand of God exalted,
and having received of the Father
the promise of the Holy Ghost,
HE (Jesus) hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
|1Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? |
O grave, where is thy victory?
1Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin;
and the strength of sin is the law.
1Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
|Jesus was given the OFFICE of th Holy Spirit:
Epagg-elia , hē,
A. command, summons, Plb.9.38.2
b. announcement, notice
.[Example: For why was it, do you
suppose, men of Sparta
, that your ancestors, when Xerxes sent an ambassador to your town]
3. offer, promise, profession, undertaking, D.21.14; tas huperbolas tōn e. Arist.EN1164a29, cf.
2. as law-term, e. (sc. dokimasias) summons to attend a dokimasia tōn rhētorōn
Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
|Jesus as Holy Spirit has the SOLE role in Church
of magistrates after election, to see if they fulfil the legal requirements of legitimacy, full citizenship,
tōn hiereōn Pl.Lg.759d;
d. tōn rhētorōn a judicial process to determine the right of a man to speak in the ekklēsia
examination of recruits, PLond.3.982.6 (iv A. D.).
|Acts 2:34 For David is not ascended into the
heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit
thou on my right hand, |
Acts 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
both Lord and Christ.
|1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, |
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.
When the Spirit Lord appeared to Paul He said "I am Jelsus of Nazareth." There is NO OTHER name.
Why Jesus Spoke in
You have heard the old story
that parables make the teaching of Jesus easier for us farmers? Well,
not quite! Christ's clear words were hidden inside parables and other figures of speech. Parables are spiritual
because they are figurative mind exercises.
When asked why He spoke in
parables which no one could understand unless He explained, Jesus
said that it was to keep the insincere from seeing and hearing Him.
The secret was in that old
Bible all along just as clear as the nose on your face!
Jesus explained by quoting
Therefore speak I
to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matthew 13:13
And in them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias,
which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not
perceive: Matthew 13:14
For this peoples
heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their
eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew
When Isaiah saw
Then said I, Woe is
me for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a
people of unclean
lips: for mine eyes
have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Isaiah 6:5
Isaiah's job was to warn
those who did not love the truth:
Also I heard the
voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I;
send me. Isaiah 6:8
And he said, Go,
and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not;
and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Isaiah 6:9
Make the heart of
this people fat,
and make their ears
heavy, and shut their eyes; lest
they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand
with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Isaiah 6:10
In a similar passage in Isaiah
chapter 29, these people with be the magicians who believe that they
are priests able to bring you into the presence of God:
And thou shalt be
brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground,
and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be,
as of one that hath a familiar spirit (h178 = empty wineskin), out of the ground, and thy speech
out of the dust. Isaiah 29:4
multitude of thy strangers (committing adultery) shall be like
small dust, and the multitude of the terrible (tyrants) ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it
shall be at an instant
suddenly. Isaiah 29:5
For the Lord hath poured out
upon you the spirit of
deep sleep, and hath
closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers,
hath he covered. Isaiah 29:10
And the vision of
all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I
cannot; for it is sealed: Isaiah 29:11
J.H.Garrison: "There is God and
Jesus: all the rest is opinion."
Rubel Shelly: "There are seven facts
about Jesus: all the rest is muddled apostolic opinion." Eyes are
closed and we are forced to go to the bookstore.
As music intruded into the
civil worship of Israel only after the elders demanded that Samuel
"set a king over us," modern music never intrudes until the church
abandons itself to destruction and insists that you set a king over
us. Thereafter, the magical, mystical claim to lead you into the
presence of God is identified by Henry Banford Parkes as "the world's
oldest profession" and his kingship will flounder if the music is
allowed to cease - instrumental or A Cappella (meaning "after the
Wherefore the Lord
said, Forasmuch as this people draw near
me with their mouth,
and with their lips do
honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear
toward me is taught by
the precept of men:
I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a
marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall
perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Nagash (h5066) naw-gash'; a prim. root; to be
or come (causat. bring) near (for any purpose); euphem.
to lie with a
woman; as an enemy, to
attack; relig. to worship; causat. to present; fig. to
argument; by reversal,
to stand back: - (make to) approach (nigh), bring (forth, hither,
near), (cause to) come (hither, near, nigh), give place, go hard
(up), (be, draw,
go) near (nigh), offer, overtake, present, put,
The Spirit of Christ (1 Pet 1:11) prophesied in the Old
Testament that, in Person, Jesus (Jehovah-Saved) would not call great
assemblies which are rarely "noble." The multitude was really a class of people who were just borne along with the great crowds or
by "winds of doctrine" -- whatever is new and improved.
The word multitude is from the
meaning: "to be diseased, followers or tremblers." Just parrots! To protect
His Holy Spirit Word from the rabble:
All these things
spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto
them: Matthew 13:34
That it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my
mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret
from the foundation
(conception) of the
When did God begin speaking this language?
Jesus said, "From the
foundation of the world." The first written account was by Moses.
For this they
willingly are ignorant
of, that by the
word of God the heavens were of old, and the
out of the water and
water: 2 Pet 3:5
Peter then said that with God
"one day is as a
thousand years." (3:8) That is, in a non-parable or literal sense,
time is not part of God's life. The number 10 is abstract
completeness. 1,000 is completeness of Divinity. The rabbis taught
that "the days of the Messiah are a thousand years." That is,
whatever time it takes.
In 3:9 Peter said that God
doesn't count the way we count. He also said that Paul used the same
kind of language (3:16) which has to be wrestled with to grasp. The
stars or asteroids)
"torture the word on a rack" and get themselves spiritually wrecked.
Therefore, When God
manifests Himself as Father, Son and Spirit we are not to be fooled
that God is three persons.
Tertullian, the "Father" of the
idea, denies that God is three separate persons. Rather, a Holy
Spirit was a personification of God's Mind speaking His
Word. Tertullian was the inventor of the word trinity or trias.
However, consistent with the early church writers, he understood that
to call the third person a person meant personae or mask or mode
of being. These personae were the personification of God's Word and
Wisdom which were internal to the One God:
"For God is
rational (spiritual), and Reason
was first in Him; and so all things were from Himself. This Reason is
His own Thought
(or Consciousness) which the Greeks call logos,
by which term we also designate Word or
Discourse and therefore it is now usual with our people, owing
to the mere simple interpretation of the term, to say that the
Word was in the
beginning with God;
although it would be more suitable to regard Reason as the more ancient; because God had not Word from
the beginning, but He had Reason
even before the beginning; because also Word itself consists of
Reason, which it thus proves to have been the prior existence as
being its own substance.... He became also the Son of God, and was
begotten when He proceeded forth from Him (Tertullian from chs. 5,7).
> "Again--Some will say, What does the expression Holy Spirit
Well, in scripture
it stands first
for God the Holy
and secondly for the holy mind or spirit
-for illustration, take Peter's
words to Ananias, "Why has Satan tempted you to lie to the Holy
Spirit; you have not lied to men, but to God," (the Holy Spirit.) And
the Saviour says, How much more will your heavenly Father
give A holy
spirit (as it should be translated) to those that ask him.
Again--Praying in A holy
says he approved himself God's servant "by knowledge, by long
sufferings, by kindness, by A holy spirit'" by A mind innocent of the love of gain, or commerce, or
Walter Scott Early Restoration Movement leader.
It is important to establish that the concept
of a Holy
Spirit exists at both a Spiritual and a human level. The book
of Jubilees defines a "spirit."
Jubilee 1:20 Thee.
Let thy mercy, O Lord, be lifted up upon Thy people, and create in
........... an upright spirit, and
........... let not the
........... rule over them to accuse them before Thee, and to ensnare them
Jubilee 1: 21 from all the
paths of righteousness, so that they may perish from before Thy face.
But they are Thy people and Thy inheritance, which thou hast
delivered with thy great power
from the hands of the Egyptians:
........... create in them a clean heart and a
spirit, and let them
not be ensnared in
Jubilee 1: 22 their sins from
henceforth until eternity.'
And the Lord said
unto Moses: 'I know their contrariness and their thoughts and their
stiffneckedness, and they will not be obedient till they
Jubilee 1: 23 their own sin and the sin of their fathers. And after this
they will turn to
Me in all uprightness
and with all (their) heart and with all (their) soul, and
I will circumcise the foreskin of their heart
and the foreskin of the heart of their seed,
> and I will create in them A holy spirit,
> and I will cleanse them so that they shall not turn away from Me from that
day unto eternity.
Jubilee 1: 24 And their souls
will cleave to
Me and to all
commandments, and they
will fulfil My
Jubilee 1: 25 commandments, and
I will be their Father and they shall be My children.
And they all
shall be called children of the living God,
and every angel and every spirit shall know, yea, they shall know that these are My
.......and that I am their Father in
uprightness and righteousness, and that
This is exactly the meaning of David: David
wanted A holy spirit and not a third member of the God "family"
living inside of:
Hide thy face from
my sins, and blot out
all mine iniquities.
........... Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew A right spirit within me. Psa 51:10
........... Cast me not away from thy presence; and
take not thy holy
spirit from me. Psa 51:11
........... Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with
thy free spirit. Psa 51:12
Then will I teach
transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psa
To say "God's Spirit" is to say God. As
Paul's body fought with his innermost being, God has within Himself
Whither shall I go
from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence? Psalm 139:7
If I ascend up into
art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of
the sea; Psalm 139:
... Even there shall thy hand lead me, and
hand shall hold me.
God, Who is not flesh and bones and blood, does
not procreate but creates. When His invisible power is manifested in
manipulating His physical world that power is His
expressing Itself. This
Spirit in Hebrew does not speak of a
(h7307) roo'-akh, roo'-akh; from 7306 (anticipate, perceive, quick
understanding); wind; by resemblance breath, i. e. a sensible (or
even violent exhalation; figurative life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extens. a region
of the sky; by resemblance spirit .. of a rational being including its expression and
Therefore, when the Psalmist could not escape
God's Spirit he could not escape God's mental presence as it
itself to him. When he could not escape
God's physical manifestation for or against hime, he understood that
it was God's right hand. Paul recognized that the invisible or "unknown" God
was the One he preached. He did not need to be manipulated by
singing, dancing and playing musical instruments to be aroused. He
was "in the midst" of two or three recognizing His invisible, Spirit
that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is
heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Acts 17:24
worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to
all life, and breath,
things; Acts 17:25
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all
the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before
appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Acts 17:26
That they should
seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him,
though he be not far
from every one of us:
When Stephen spoke to the Father he said, "Lord
Jesus." When the Spirit presence spoke to Paul and continued to lead
him, the presence identified Himself as "Jesus whom thou
Therefore, the Spirit is personified with the
use of personal pronouns but not because He is a Person
separated from full Deity. Rather, as my spirit groans within me
and argues with me (Romans 7-8), God's invisible Spirit is
personified because it belongs to Him. Furthermore, this is a common
way of "humanizing" even inanimate objects:
is sometimes personified in the Bible, as in John 16:7-8, and this has led
many to believe that it is a person. They do so because they do not
take into account an idiom of the original Greek language. In Greek,
inanimate objects which in English would be couched in the
gender, are given a
masculine or feminine
gender, if those
objects are identified with any particular individual. ' For example,
a chair is described as "it" in English, because it is neuter, being
neither masculine nor feminine.
But in Greek that chair can be
identified with its owner. If it belongs to me, the chair is
described as he; if
it belongs to my wife, as she.
"This God is never
called a person.
The word person was never
applied to God in the Middle ages. The reason for this is that the
three members of the Godhead were called personae (faces or countenances): The Father is persona, the
persona, and the Spirit
Persona here means a special characteristic of
the divine ground, expressing itself in an independent hypostasis.
Thus, we can say
that it was the nineteenth century which made God into a person,
with the result that the greatness of the classical idea of God was
destroyed by this way of speaking...
but to speak of God as a person
would have been heretical for the Middle Ages; it would have been to them a
heresy, because it
would have conflicted with the statement that God has three personae,
three expressions of his
being. (Tillich, Paul,
A History of Christian Thought, p. 190)
Wisdom is defined in much
the same way as the Word. Wisdom is Sophia in Greek and her daughter
and co-Logos is ZOE. This is why Sophia and ZOE are intimately
connected with the notion of a personal Spirit. Wisdom is a "she" as
"Spirit" is a "he" but as "God has His Word and His Wisdom with Him"
we cannot believe that they are separated persons:
without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: Pr.1:20
WISDOM hath builded her
house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: Pr.9:1
"To our discussion of the Word
we may here add the passage, "By the word of
the Lord were the heavens rounded, and all the power of them by the
breath of His
mouth." Some refer this
to the Saviour and the Holy Spirit. The passage, however, does not
necessarily imply any more than that the heavens were founded by the
reason (logos) of God,
as when we say that
a house is built by the
plan (logos) of the
architect, or a ship by the plan (logos)
of the shipbuilder.
In the same way the heavens
were founded (made solid) by the Word of God, for they are of a more
divine substance, which on this account is called solid; it has
little fluidity for the most part, nor is it easily melted like other
parts of the world, and specially the lower parts. On account of this
difference the heavens are said in a special manner to be constituted
by the Word of God.
"The saying then stands, first, "In the beginning was
"we are to place that full in our view; but the testimonies we cited
from the Proverbs
........... led us to place wisdom first, and
........... to think of wisdom as preceding the Word which announces
"We must observe, then, that
the Logos is in the
beginning, that is, in
wisdom, always. Its being in wisdom, which is called the beginning,
does not prevent it from being with God and from being God, and it is not simply with God, but is
in the beginning, in wisdom, with God. Origin speaks of personae
Consistent with this, in Romans eight (the key
proof-text for three gods) Paul did not speak of "The Holy Spirit"
but the "Spirit of God" or the "Spirit of Christ."
The spirit of a man knows the
of the man but the spirit is not a second "person" of the man. In the
same way, the Spirit or Mind of Christ knows the thoughts of full
Deity embodied in Jesus Christ. A holy spirit is our having the Holy
Spirit or Mind of God. Therefore, a Holy Spirit is a personification
of God's Mind. This Holy Spirit will not ever delude us into doing
something Christ in Person would not do.
The "Spirit Father" gave Himself to become the
"Indwelled Son." He will give Himself Again in pure or Holy Spirit
And I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16
Even 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. John 14:17
I will not leave
you comfortless: I will
come to you. John 14:18
In making promises to the apostles, Jesus said
that the Comforter will come because I have many other things
to teach you. This was through Jesus
Christ again working within His Spirit,
Nevertheless I tell
you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter (Christ in 14:18) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will
send him unto you. John 16:7
he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8
have yet many things
to say unto
you, but ye cannot bear
them now. John 16:12
God would not be speaking through the VISIBLE
Jesus but through the invisible Spirit Who is Christ. God's greatest
gifts have been selected men who are empowered by God to Speak spirit
to Spirit with God. Only in the SPIRIT does God speak truly spiritual
The Bible consistently shows that our minds can
control our spirit. Our mind is our power to think and manipulate
things. Our spirit is the mental disposition of our mind:
And did not he make
one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore (you) take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of
his youth. Malachi 2:15
In Greek, because the spirit
of the man belonged to the man, it would be called a "he." Yet, the man's spirit
was not a separate person.
Jesus guarded against contradicting Himself by
making His Spirit another
Person rather than another Comforter.
This "Spirit of truth" will not be a ghost or a person who has the power to
speak a single word from His own Spirit.
The Spirit will not glorify a "Holy
Spirit Person." The Spirit of Truth is the Spirit which is Truth.
In human terms my "spirit" glorifies me. My
mental disposition and power of creativity which comes from my mind
gives glory to me the "person." The miraculous power of Christ
through His Spirit working through the Apostle-Prophets doing what
Jesus Christ said would be done validated Jesus Christ as God
Incarnate. He was and is what He claimed to be. The word
means to honor or worship. Therefore, the Spirit of Christ shows the
worth of Jesus Christ. That is, the Spirit worships the visible Son
Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of
truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth: for
he shall not speak of
himself; but whatsoever
hear, that shall he
speak: and he will shew you things to come.
me: for he shall
mine, and shall
shew it unto you.
Here the Holy Spirit is the
Spirit of Christ. Therefore, as our spirits or minds speak for us the
Holy Spirit speaks through the Mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2).
Jesus said that His Words were "spirit and
life" (John 6:63). When He spoke He "breathed" holy Spirit upon the
apostles through teaching them the Word. When the Spirit of this
truth came he would not be another person. He doesn't even have any words to speak. Therefore, the only words you are ever going to get
from the Holy Spirit will come from the Mind of Lord Jesus Christ.
By analogy, if people honor human mind or
intellect and tell others about it while ignoring the "person" and
diminishing his worth, they insult the person. To grieve the Spirit
of God is to ignore the Words of God. To grieve our spirit you ignore
our words. This is not "a mystery" better felt than told.
"For this reason,
the Holy Spirit has frequently been personified in Scripture, identifying it with God, and so it is
personified as he.
"However, if the
Holy Spirit were actually a person it should be rendered as he in every place where the word is referred to; but it is not. It is
sometimes rendered in the neuter.
In Romans 8:16, Paul writes: "The Spirit itself
beareth witness with our spirit." The neuter, itself is used, and this is in accord with the Greek text,
as any Greek scholar will acknowledge.
"To personify inanimate
objects is normal in
Scripture. Wisdom is represented as a woman
(Proverbs 9:1), mammon
is described as a friend
(Luke 16:9), sin is personified as a slave-owner (Romans 6:16), the Holy Spirit as a comforter (John 14:26), expressing the spirit of Truth. So
Micah declared: "I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord" (Ch. 3:8). The prophets were
moved by the spirit to record the Scriptures
(Nehemiah 9:20; 2 Peter 1:21), and God used the same means to speak
to Israel through His Son (Hebrews 1: 1). For the rest of the quote
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. 2 Pet 1:21
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. 1 Pet 1:11
"Personification.-- This is a figure of speech by which
inanimate beings are spoken of as animated, or endowed with life
and volition; animals are endowed with feelings akin to those of
"This is well
suited to an imaginary condition of mind, and therefore frequently
employed in Hebrew Scriptures. Indeed, it is now a staple in the
market of communication, and we use it so commonly ourselves that whe
have almost ceasted to speak of it as a figure of speech." (Prof. D.
R. Dungan, Hermeneutics, p. 324, Gospel Light Publishing)
Some examples of personification
saw that there was no man, and
wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm
brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Isaiah 59:16
In the beginning was God's power of thought.
The power was with God and the power was God. It would never do
to call Mother earth a "he." Yet when we speak of her we do not prove
that mother earth is a person:
And it came to
pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the
ground clave asunder that was under them: Numbers 16:31
earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all
the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. Numbers
As far as we know, the sea does not have eyes
and the power to get so fearful that it runs away. Yet,
The sea saw it, and fled:
Jordan was driven back. Psalm 114:3
........... The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. Psalm 114:4
What ailed thee, O thou
sea, that thou
........... that thou wast
driven back? Psalm 114:5
Many of the musical passages in the Old
Testament speak of the "earth" singing or the trees singing. The land
truly rejoices and obeys God's laws when men are destroyed and
The whole earth is
at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Isaiah 14:7
rejoice at thee, and
the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no
feller is come up against us. Isaiah 14:8
The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the
voice, and lifted up his hands on high. Habakkuk 3:10
The sun and moon
stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they
went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. Habakkuk 3:11
Take therefore no thought for
the morrow: for the morrow
thought for the
itself. Sufficient unto
the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34
Making the Godhead into three separated persons
or members of the "God family" and one only because they are
made of the same God
stuff leaves Father and Son somewhere
else while the Holy Spirit as the "person" competent and fitted for
the church age rules our lives.
This diminishes Father-Son-Spirit by denying
that Lord Jesus Christ in His fleshly form or image is full Deity's
expression of itself to mankind. And Christ, in Whom dwelled full
Deity, is denied the role He prophesied when He said that "I will
come to you" as the "another" Comforter.
An apostrophe turns from the real and speaks
of an imaginary thing. For
sword of the
Lord, how long will it
be ere thou be
quiet? put up
thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still. Jeremiah 47:6
How can it be
quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore?
there hath he appointed it. Jeremiah 47:7
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often
would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye
would not Luke 13:34
A theophany is God making Himself visible or
know to the human eye. God inhabits the whole universe and is not
therefore limited. However, mankind inhabit only physical time and
space. When God wants to instruct selected people He reveals Himself
in human form or in symbols.
"God appeared to
Abraham in a vision,
as a smoking
lamp, and as a
man (Genesis 15:1; 15:17; 18:1-33). In this
last instance, God and
angels appeared in the
form of three
men (18:2) and ate food
provided by Abraham. The two angels left to go to Sodom while
God remained to talk to
Abraham (Genesis 18:22;
God appeared to Jacob in a
dream and as a man
(Genesis 28:12-16; 32:24-32). On the latter occasion Jacob
wrestled with the man and proclaimed, "I have
seen God face to face." The Bible also describes this appearance as
(Hosea 12:4). God appeared to Moses in a cloud
of glory and in fire on
Mount Sinai, spoke to him face to face in the Tabernacle, and
revealed to him His back (partial glory), but not His face (all His
glory) (Exodus 24:12-18; 33:9-11; 33:18-23). These references to
God's face and God's glory probably are metaphoric of the presence of God and could apply to many
different types of manifestations.
"God manifested Himself in the
sight of all Israel through thunder, lightnings, a cloud,
a voice of a
and earthquakes (Exodus 19:11-19; Deuteronomy 5:4-5, 22-27). He also
showed His glory and sent fire
from His presence in the sight of all Israel (Leviticus 9:23-24;
"Job saw God in a
whirlwind (Job 38:1; 42:5). David K. Bernard, J.D.
We honor all views of the Godhead by denying
that they are three, separate Beings able to stand "side by side and
face to face to hold conferences." We should seek a holy spirit by
conforming our lives to the revealed Word or Spirit of Christ.
To see that Holy Spirit is a personification of
God's Mind, and that the Mind of Christ is the Holy Spirit see First
Corinthians, chapter two.
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