John T. Willis and Jo Bass The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit or Spirit OF Christ: never a person who CORRECTS Jesus' Word
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John T. Willis
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In 1947-1951 I was in High School at Abilene High School.  Jay and Jo Bass played an important role in our development.

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John T. Willis: At the Highland Church of Christ, a faithful Christian woman who studied the Bible very carefully,
        TAUGHT the elders at Highland that THIS TRADITIONAL view was far from the truth of the Bible.
        She cited numerous texts in the Bible that the Holy Spirit works in our lives  just as much as he did in the first century.
Slowly, but surely, the whole church listened and learned and changed our position FOR THE GOOD.

ALL of the SILENCE passages in Scripture refute the MAD WOMEN IN CORINTH who, when usurping, will always promote the ancient Sumerian-Babylonian QUEEN OF HEAVEN who, like the SUMERIAN EVE (Abomination) claimed that the "gods" spoke only through them.  They always served as, for example, the musical-harlots or Muses of APOLLON worshipped by the abandoned Jews when the women let the INSTRUMENTAL AND SEXUAL PLAY at Mount sinai.
Jer 44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth,
        to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done,
        we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem:
        For then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
Jer 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN.
        and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things,
        and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

--rēgīna , Sarcastically: regina Bithynica, of Cæsar, as paramour of King Nicomedes, A. A goddess: “Juno,Plaut. Cist. 2, 1, 37; Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 72, § 184; Liv. 5, 21; Verg. A. 1, 9; 1, 46: “o Venus, regina Gnidi Paphique,Hor. C. 1, 30, 1;
D. In gen., she that is first, a leader, directress, mistress (mostly poet.): “silvestris regina chori,” i. e. the leader, Stat. Th. 4, 379:
chŏrus , i, m., = khoros [cf. Lidd. and Scott under khoros]. I. A dance in a ring, a choral dance, a dance, = chorea: “chorus et cantus,Tib. 1, 7, 44; cf. Prop. 4 (5), 6, 70. “Nympharum leves chori,
căno , cĕcĭni, cantum (ancient I.imp. cante = canite
I. Neutr., to utter melodious notes, to sing, sound, play.
A. Of men: “si absurde canat  harundine,Ov. M. 1, 683; Suet. Caes. 32: “cithara,
--Jūno planet Venus I.the goddess Juno, daughter of Saturn, sister and wife of Jupiter, and the guardian deity of women;
nymphē   nymphs, demi-goddesses, who inhabit the sea, rivers, fountains, woods, and mountains

Corydon
Nymphae, noster amor, Libethrides, aut mihi carmen,

Verg. Ecl. 7
CORYDON
“Libethrian Nymphs, who are my heart's delight,
grant me, as doth my Codrus, so to sing—
        Carmen , sound, both vocal and instrumental, magic formula, Circe [Holy whore, Rev 17) LADED BURDENS]
next to Apollon he—or if to this
we may not all attain, my tuneful pipe
here on this sacred pine shall silent hang.”

THYRSIS
“A bowl of milk, Priapus, and these cakes,
yearly, it is enough for thee to claim;
The Nymphs were muses or BRIDES who were Apollon's dirty prostitutes as SHERPHEDESS.  They engaged in the Hires Gamus promoted by Pepperdine University as a result of adding one of the PRODUCES as female Chaplin

Hes. Th. 1
From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, [5] and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius, make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon and move with vigorous feet.

"[25] the Muses of Olympus, daughters of Zeus who holds the aegis: “Shepherds of the wilderness,
        wretched things of shame, mere bellies,
        we know how to speak many false things as though they were true;
        but we know, when we will, to utter true things.”
            ...and they bade me sing of the race of the blessed gods that are eternally,
                but ever to sing of themselves both first and last.

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Priapus complains that the Esquilian mount is infested with the incantations of sorceresses.

Now one may live in the Esquiliae,4 [since it is made] a healthy place; and walk upon an open terrace, where lately the meloly passengers beheld the ground frightful with white bones; though both the thieves and wild beasts accustomed to infest this place, do not occasion me so much care and trouble, as do [these hags], that turn people's minds by their incantations and drugs. These I can not by any means destroy nor hinder, but that they will gather bones and noxious herbs, as soon as the fleeting moon5 has shown her beauteous face.

I myself saw Canidia, with her sable garment tucked up, walk with bare feet and disheveled hair, yelling together with the elder Sagana. Paleness had rendered both of them horrible to behold. They began to claw up the earth with their nails, and to tear a black ewe-lamb to pieces with their teeth.

5 The moon presided over all enchantments, and was believed to be most favorable when in the full, decorum os, because she then infused a stronger spirit into the magical herbs.

Dominant Females and Lectio Divina

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John T. Willis This was a VERY IMPORTANT truth. Unfortunately, many of the issues
        which we used to think were very important were insignificant,
to say the least, as future blog will point out.
If ANYONE studies the Bible,
        it will become clear that the Holy Spirit not only exists,
        but is very ALIVE and important in the lives of individuals and the church.

The NAME of Holy (wholly) Spirit is Jesus Christ the Righteous.  Father-Son dwell IN those who Keep God's commandments. Thos who keep God's commandments dwell IN father-Son.  The DOVE as a parable REFUTING the FEMALE Semiramis never flew INSIDE of Jesus.

Theologians (Study of the WORD ONLY) think that THE Holy Spirit as a God is a SECOND comforter, mediator, intercessor. However, speaking of the Spirit OF TRUTH Jesus said I WILL COME TO YOU.

1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
         And if any man sin, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father,
         Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Tim. 2:5 For there is ONE GOD
        and one mediator between God and men,
        the MEDIATOR Christ Jesus;

1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only,
        but also for the sins of the whole world.
1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him,
        IF
we keep HIS commandments.

1John 2:4 He that saith, I know him,
        and keepeth not HIS commandments, is a LIAR,
        and the truth is not in him.
1John 2:5 But whoso keepeth HIS WORD,
        in him verily is the love of God perfected:
        hereby know we that we are in him.
1John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him
        ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.



SPIRIT
in all languages means literally WIND.  BREATH is a PARABLE WORD to define for the DISCIPLES how God the Father puts His WORD directly into the MOUTH of the PROPHETS and finally JESUS.  Jesus SPOKE the Words God put into His MOUTH and when He articulated these WORDS He said they are SPIRIT and LIFE (John 6:63).  If God's BREATH was another "god REQUIRED to make His words INTELLIGIBLE" then to use the artiche THE would insult "him."

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The LATIN SPIRITUS is personified as APOLLON who is the Leader of the Muses who are the LOCUSTS.

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me OF my Father:  [There is no spirit god between father and son]
           and no man [or Woman] knoweth who the Son is, but the Father;
           and [no woman knows] who the Father is, but the Son,
           and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
When Jesus promised "another comforter" as Holy (wholly) Spirit He said I will come to you.
Jesus returned to the Upper Room in His PROMISED ROLE as Holy (whollly) Spirit without flesh and bones.
Jesus promised to guide the Apostles into all truth.  Jesus will be in SPIRITUAL FORM.
Jesus had to let Paul SEE Him and HEAR Him to be qualified to REPEAT the Words Jesus spoke to Him.
When the Holy Spirit forbade Paul from going to Bithynia it was the SPIRIT OF JESUS.

Acts 16:6   And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia,
        having been forbidden of the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia
ACTS 16:7  7 and when they were come over against Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia;
        and the Spirit of Jesus suffered them not;

THE NAME OF THE COMFORTER OR PARACLETE
1John 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
        And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Tim. 2:5 For there is one God,
        and one mediator between God and men,
        the MAN Christ Jesus;

1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep HIS commandments.
1John 2:4 He that saith, I know him,
        and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his WORD, in him verily is the love of God perfected:
        hereby know we that we are in him.
1John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

THERE IS NEVER A HOLY SPIRIT GOD PERSON BETWEEN GOD THE FATHER AND THE MAN JESUS.

Jesus said that "Doctors of the Law take away the key to knowledge." That iis their Job, they are foreordained.


John T. Willis The problem here is the very same one which we face about God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. For example, there are MANY TEXTS in the Bible [Hebrew Bible and New Testament] which declare that God sends rain on our land.

GOD HAS A LAW CALLED THE "WATER CYCLE" ISAIAH 55. GOD DOES NOT SEND RAIN TO AARON AND LET JOSEPH'S LAND DRY UP.

Even Jesus declared this truth in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:45 [see also Amos 4:7-8; Psalm 104:13; Job 37:10-13; 38:25-30; and there are MANY OTHERS]. BUT even today many people do NOT REALLY BELIEVE that God "sends rain" on the earth. Instead, rain is a "natural phenomenon." All such arguments are based on the Enlightenment, not on biblical truth.

John T. Willis loves to say that Churches of Christ (Which fed his face) is based on the human to know God and come to Him by natural means. Of course that is just COPY-CAT. mantra.   Restoration, urged by John Calvin, is based on the teachings of the Apostles and Prophets.  He-they love to say that NOT using "machines for doing hard work" to facilitate and ENCHANT the audience was INVENTED by Churches of Christ.

Matthew did not say that God makes the sun rise but that God is not partial.  It is not honest to take verses out of context:

Matt. 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said,
        Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matt. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
            and pray for them which despitefully use you, and PERSECUTE you;

Matt. 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
        for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
        and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

THE GOSPEL IS SENT TO THE WHOLE WORLD AND JUST AND JUST HEAR THE WATER OF THE WORD.


Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
         for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

CONDITION:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth [Pistis means to COMPLY]
        and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth NOT shall be damned.

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God established the Water Cycle and He does not FORCE each drop of rain to hit both the good and bad:  If he, Calvin-Like causes the rain to fall then he DEPRIVES everyone of rain in a dry season.


Jesus said that God HIDES from the wise or SOPHISTS: speaking for hire, singing or playing instruments.  I am certain that DOCTORS have no need to read Isaish which defines the future REST from clergy both inclusively and exclusively.

Is. 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.
Is. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

AS indicates a figurative example to understand that God sends His WORD but that does not mean to ACU.

Is. 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.
Is. 55:10 For AS the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
        and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud,
        that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Is. 55:11 So shall my WORD be that goeth forth OUT OF MY MOUTH [His breath does not produce a GOD PERSON but WORDS]
         it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please,
         and IT shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Is. 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
        he mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
        Gand all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


AS PUNISHMENT FOR SIN:

Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression;
        and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
Amos 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish
        the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.
Amos 4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
        and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.


John T. Willis
Amos 4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
Amos 4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.


THE ELDERS WERE NOT APT READERS SO THEY BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION O
F A WOMAN CLAIMING SUPERNATURAL POWER.

A Document written bo Jo Bass on the Holy Spirit led to the spiritual collapse of Highland Church of Christ.  Not even the Doctors of the Law at ACU could prevent the discord which spread throughout the world.  If Jo Bass taught John T. Willis and John T. Willis taught Jo Bass and neither were taught by the WORD as it has been taught then no wonder that so much massive and intentional discord has been spread: by design according to one "scholar."
Gen. 49:25 By the God of thy father who helpeth thee,
And the Mighty One who blesseth thee, Blessings of the heavens from above, Blessings of the deep lying under, Blessings of breasts and womb; —

Deut. 32:17 They sacrifice to demons — no god! Gods they have not known — New ones — from the vicinity they came; Not feared them have your fathers!


There is never another "god" person between the Lord-God and those He blesses.  He never ASSISTS anyone to put THEIR WORDS into the Mouth of someone else.

1 Cor. 8:4   As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols,
        we know that an idol is nothing in the world,
        and that there is none other God but one. 
1 Cor. 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth,
        (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 
1 Cor. 8:6 But to us there is but one God [Theos], the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;
        and one Lord [Kurios] Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.


The ONE GOD THE FATHER did not need a Spirit person and a Son person:

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 10:6 Now these things were our examples,
        to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written,
          he people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Paizō  4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamo [flute]phthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16. 5. play amorously, “pros allēlous

"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

1Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
        and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Anti-Christ denies the ONE GOD the Father and ONE SON whom God "made to be both Lord and Christ."
John T. Willis on The Holy Spirit: he teaches that the Spirit OF (preposition) Christ is another member of a god family.
1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
         He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

John T. Willis  The Role of Exodus 4:24-26 in the Book of Exodus John T. Willis ... as Cornelius also was enriched with the gift of the Holy Spirit before he was baptized

Cornelius wanted Peter to tell him what he had been told about WORDS WHEREBY YOU MUST BE SAVED.
Peter commanded Cornelius to be BAPTIZED for the Remission of Sins.
First, God continued to work miracles to DISQUALIFY the doubting Jews.
When SPIRIT fallsor is POURED out is it ALWAYS in the form of WORDS.  BREATH PRODUCES WORDS ONLY.


And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit FELL upon them just as He did upon US IN THE BEGINNING
“And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”  -Acts 11:16,17


Leonard.Allen.POURED.OUT.The.Spirit.of.God.Empowering.the.Mission.of.God

Is. 34:16 Seek ye out of the BOOK of the Lord, and READ:
        no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate:
        for my MOUTH it hath COMMANDED,
        and his SPIRIT it hath GATHERED them.
Is. 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord;
        My SPIRIT that is upon thee,
        and my WORDS which I have put in thy MOUTH,
        shall not depart out of thy
MOUTH,
        nor out of the
MOUTH of thy seed,
        nor out of the
MOUTH of thy seed’s seed,
        SAITH the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.


SPIRIT is BREATH and produces WORDS or INFORMATION but does not Remit Sins or add one to the church.


Pr.1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold,
.......... I will POUR out my SPIRIT unto you,
.......... I will make known my WORDS unto you.

H5042.  naba{, naw-bah´; a primitive root; to gush forth; figuratively, to utter (good or bad words); specifically, to emit (a foul odor):—belch out, flowing, pour out, send forth, utter (abundantly).

prō-fĕro  2.  Of pronunciation, to utter, pronounce (post-Aug.): “extremas syllabas,Quint. 11, 3, 33.—
B  To bring out, make known, produce in public, publish (class.): “ejus (orationis) proferendae arbitrium tuum,Cic. Att. 15, 13, 1: “artem,to exhibit To bring forward, quote, cite, mention

h7307. , roo´-akh; from 7306;
        WIND;
        by resemblance BREATH, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation;
        figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality;
        by extension, a region of the sky;
        by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):—
        air, anger, blast, breath, x cool, courage, mind, x quarter, x side, spirit((-ual)), tempest, x vain, ((whirl-))wind(-y).

BREATH 5397.  nshamah, nesh-aw-maw´; from 5395; a puff, i.e. wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect. or (concretely) an animal:—blast, (that) breath(-eth), inspiration, soul, spirit.

Joel 2:28 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:


Effundo
  I.  to pour out, pour forth, shed, spread abroad to pour out, pour forth, drive out, cast out, send out
A.  In gen.: “effudi vobis omnia, quae sentiebam,” i. e. have freely imparted, Cic. de Or. 1, 34 fin.; cf. id. Att. 16, 7, 5; id. Fl. 17, 41; Quint. 2, 2, 10; 10, 3, 17; Val. Fl. 7, 434: “procellam eloquentiae,Quint. 11, 3, 158: “totos affectus,id. 4, 1, 28: “tales voces,Verg. A. 5, 723:
prŏcella    3. Of a storm of eloquence: “priusquam illam eloquentiae procellam effunderet (Ulixes),
Quint. Inst. 8 6.7 For none of these things can be more literally described in its own words than in those which we import from elsewhere. But it is a purely ornamental metaphor when we speak of brilliance of style, splendour of birth, tempestuous public assemblies, thunderbolts of eloquence, to which I may add the phrase employed by Cicero1 in his defence of Milo where he speaks of Clodius as the fountain, and in another place as the fertile field and material of his client's glory. 

I will pour out my spirit unto you,
I will
make known my WORDS unto you. Proverbs 1:23

Profera B. [select] To bring out, make known, produce in public, To bring forward, quote, cite, mention
she that presents, makes known

spīrĭtus , breathing or gentle blowing of air, a breath, breeze ( Breathed air, a breath
The breath of a god, inspiration: by a divine inspiration,

Jo Bass   The Holy Spirit
Notice the slander of those who pay him to teach folly to their youth. 

John T. Willis When I first became a member of the denomination called The Churches of Christ, a big issue was the Holy Spirit.

In fact a denomination is not just a named group but they will have headquarters, address, a head, and a set of laws sent out to all of the preachers under their control. John T. Willis uses "denomination" to deny any uniqueness. It is a fact that John Calvin called for a Restoration of the Church of Christ: this would happen when you pry off all of the laded burdens and burden laders.  "the lazy asses can be fed while the ploughing oxen starve" (John Calvin.)

Many preachers and author of written articles in PULP MAGAZINES argued that the ONLY way the Holy Spirit works is THROUGH the written word of God, that is the present Bible. These advocates based this on two texts:

1. Ephesians 6:17: "Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of God."

Jesus defined Holy Scripture as the prophets and other prophecies CONCERNING ME.  When these were fulfilled the law would lose it's power and the Priests and Levites would be excluded from the LAOS or the fellow-members of the Church.

Is. 59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us:
        for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Is. 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
        and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt,
        conceiving and UTTERING from the heart WORDS of falsehood.
Is. 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:
        for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Is. 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:
        and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Is. 59:16 And he saw that there was NO MAN, and wondered that there was NO INTERCESSOR
        his arm brought salvation unto him;
        and his righteousness, it sustained him.
Is. 59:17 For he put on
        righteousness as a breastplate,
        and an helmet of salvation upon his head;
        and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
        and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Is. 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
        fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies;
        to the islands he will repay recompence.

2Pet. 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pet. 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now,
        by the same WORD are kept in store, r
        Reserved unto FIRE against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Is. 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.
        When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
        the SPIRIT OF the Lord
        shall lift up a standard against him.
Is. 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion,
        and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
Is. 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord;
        My SPIRIT that is upon thee,
        and my WORDS which I have put in thy MOUTH,
        shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed,
        nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord,
        from henceforth and for ever.

Eph. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation,
        and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of God:
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The TESTIMONY OF JESUS is the SPIRIT of the Prophets.  Jesus said MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT.

Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,
        and of thy brethren that have the TESTIMONY of Jesus: worship God: for the TESTIMONY of Jesus is the SPIRIT of prophecy.

Rev. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is CALLED The WORD of God.

Word is LOGOS and outlaws personal opinions or experiences, rhetoric, singing, playing instruments or ACTING.
Rev. 19:15 And out of his MOUTH goeth a sharp SWORD, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.


The Word or Logos is called the Regulative Principle: it is the oppposite of rhetoric, singing, playing instruments, acting or dancing.  Isiah 8 says that if you do not SPEAK the word There is No Light in you.

John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
        the WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are life.

Spirit is almost always the Spirit OF something or some one. OF is a Preposition and the Spirit OF Christ is the Spirit OF God which is God's Mental Disposition and can never be a PEOPLE.

SPIRIT in Hebrew. Holy just means WHOLLY with no flesh, bones, or blood.
SPIRIT in Greek.  Spirit can never define a PERSON but only the Mental Disposition or MIND OF That person
H7306 rûach roo'-akh  A primitive root;
        properly to blow, that is, BREATHE;
        only (literally) to smell or
        (by implication perceive
        (figuratively to anticipate, enjoy):—
        accept, smell, X touch,
        make OF quick understanding.

nephesh From H5314 ; properly a BREATHING creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): MIND
G5594 psuchō psoo'-kho A primary verb; to BREATHE (voluntarily but gently; thus differing on the one hand from G4154 , which denotes properly a forcible respiration; and on the other from the base of G109 , which refers properly to an inanimate breeze), that is, (by implication of reduction of temperature by evaporation) to chill (figuratively):—wax cold.

G5590 psuchē psoo-khay' From G5594 ; BREATH, that is, (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222 , which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [ H5315 ], [ H7307 ] and [ H2416 ]:—heart life, mind, soul, + us, + you.
H7307 rûach roo'-akh From H7306 ;
wind;
by resemblance BREATH,
that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation;
figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality;
by extension a region of the sky;
by resemblance spirit,
        but only OF a rational being
                (including its expression and functions
):—
air, anger, blast, BREATHE, X cool, courage, mind,
tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).
G4151 pneuma pnyoo'-mah From G4154 ;
        a current of air,
       that is, BREATH (blast) or a breeze;
        by analogy or figuratively a spirit,
                that is, (human) the rational soul,
       
(by implication) vital principle,
       mental disposition
,
        or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or   
        (divine) God,  [God IS Spirit or Mind]
        Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit:—ghost, life,
            spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590

G4154 pneō pneh'-o  A primary word; to BREATHE hard,
        that is, breeze:—blow. Compare G5594
The Spirit OF Christ BREATHED or INSpirited the Prophets

The Prophets radically repudiated the Civil-Military-Clergy complex as robbers and Parasites (PARASITE defines religious instrument noise makers such as Miriam and the Levites. And those who do NOT speak that which HAS been taught.

Christ in the prophets warned about the mercinary prophets who stole words from workshops and told lies.
God made Jesus TO BE both Lord and Christ so that He said My WORDS are SPIRIT. He made the prophecies more certain and the inspired writers left us a memory or THEIR PART.

Peter said this eye-- and ear-- witnessed record is NOT subject to private interpretation or further expounding.

Peter said that the MARK of a false teacher is one who does not speak that which is written for our LEARNING.
Jesus said that Doctors of the Law "take away the key to knowledge." They do that by ignoring that the "the church is built upon or educated by the prophets and apostles."  You can get a bucked of Phds without having read the Prophets: that is where the Spirit OF Christ defined the Church of Christ (the Rock) both inclusively and exclusively.  The godly preachers before the good sister took the leadership at Highland and filled the elders with false teachings.

Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward,
           and justice standeth afar off:
           for truth is fallen in the street,
           and equity cannot enter.

Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey.
           And the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

Jas 5:6 YE have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man,
           and wondered that there was no intercessor: [come between]
           therefore his ARM brought salvation unto him; [yasha]
           and his righteousness, it sustained him.

1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye IN Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us
        wisdom, and
        righteousness, and
        sanctification, and
        redemption.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of
glory, may give unto you the
    spirit
of
wisdom and
    [spirit of]
revelation in the
    [spirit of]
knowledge of him:
               Ep.1:17
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son,
       this day have I begotten thee?
And again,
       I will be TO HIM a Father, and
       he shall be TO ME a Son?
WILL BE means that he WAS NOT before WILL BE. That would mean that the Son is NOT eternal.  Secondly, "I will be TO HIM a Father" means that the Invisible God Who is the Father of the Thought (in classical trinity) BEGAN to be a Father. And the begotten (not hatched) Son became or came into being at a point in time. Therefore, people with A holy spirit do not try to make the ONE DEITY into an idolatrous "family of people."

Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate,
           and a helmet of salvation upon his head;
           and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
           and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

Eph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
        but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
         against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
        that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

We do NOT wrestle against flesh and blood: 

Pale (g3823) pal'-ay; from pallo, (to vibrate; another form for 906); wrestling: - / wrestle 

Pallô, poise, sway a missile before it is thrown, sway, brandish, she drove it furiously, tripped on the shield-rim, quiver, leap, esp. in fearII. Pass., swing, dash oneself, Pi.N.5.21; vibrate, of strings, Pl.Phd.94c (psalloito ap. Stob.);  leap, bound, quiver, quake, phrena deimati pallôn S.OT153 (lyr.); dash along, of horses, E.El.477 (lyr.).  

Euripides, Bacchae: Already like fire does this insolence of the Bacchae blaze up, a great reproach for the Hellenes. [780]  But we must not hesitate. Go to the Electran gates, bid all the shield-bearers and riders of swift-footed horses to assemble, as well as all who brandish the light shield and pluck bowstrings with their hands, so that we can make an assault against [785]  the Bacchae. For it is indeed too much if we suffer what we are suffering at the hands of women.

Pi.N.5.21   Pindar, Nemean 5.

[15] how indeed they left the glorious island, and what divine power drove the brave men from Oenone. I will stop: it is not always beneficial for the precise truth to show her face, 
  •     and silence is often the wisest thing for a man to heed. [19]
  •     But if it is resolved to praise wealth, or the strength of hands, or iron war,
[20] let someone mark off a long jump for me from this point. I have a light spring in my knees, and eagles swoop over the sea. The most beautiful chorus of Muses sang gladly for the Aeacids on Mt. Pelion, and among them Apollo, sweeping the seven-tongued lyre with a golden plectrum,  [25] led all types of strains. And the Muses began with a prelude to Zeus

There joyful bands welcome the god with the cry of reed-pipes, and contend with the bold strength of their limbs.[40] The fortune that is born along with a man decides in every deed.  And you, Euthymenes from Aegina, have twice fallen into the arms of Victory and attained embroidered hymns.

CantoIII. In the lang. of religion, as v. n. or a., to use enchantments, charms, incantations, to enchant, to charm, cantata Luna, exorcised by magic, ignis, Cantus With instruments, a playing, music: in nervorum vocumque cantibus, citharae, horribili stridebat tibia cantu
     
Incentor, one who sets the tune or begins to sing, a precentor, singer, carminis, incentore canam Phoebo Musisque magistris. [Phoebe=fear=Apollo or Abaddon]
        II. Trop., an inciter, exciter: igneus turbarum, rebellionis totius meaning "a renewal of war, revolt, rebellion"
Magicus, belonging to magic, magic, magical. superstitiones, vanitates, that were invoked by incantations:
linguae= skilled in incantations, cantus, magicae resonant ubi Memnone chordae, mysterious
Eze.13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them:
 

2. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13: "Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for TONGUES [referring back to 1 Corinthians 12:10 and expanded in 1 Corinthians 14], they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

In those days in the 1950s and 1960s, exponents argued that God empowered Christians to speak in tongues through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 14), but 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 CLEARLY teaches that after the deaths of the early apostles, speaking in tongues and other miracles cannot occur.

The Spirit OF Christ in the prophets defined the future Church of Christ as REST or a Safe House away from the sorcerers or witches who were marked by prophesying in an alien language to make themselves seem supernatural. The priest interpreted the gibberish to answer the question in the "sealed envelope" and the musician set it to verse and sang the lying prophecy.  Speaking in tongues and Prophesying has the same meaning. As the ANTITHESIS God empowered the Apostles and those they placed their hands to speak tongues or the minor dialects. 

Zechariah 7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts,
        saying, Execute true judgment,
        and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
Zechariah 7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger,
        nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to hearken,
        and pulled away the shoulder,
        and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone,
        lest they should hear the law,
        and the words which the LORD of hosts
        hath sent IN HIS SPIRIT by the former prophets:
        therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.

Therefore it is come to pass, that

as he cried, and they would not hear;
so
they cried, and I would not hear,
saith the Lord of hosts: Zechariah 7:13

Peter said that Jesus made the prophecies more certain and that defined the church both inclusively and exclusively

Matt. 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father:
        and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;
        neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
        and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
        he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
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

Peter claimed that HIS PART (meros) was based on Eye-- and Ear-- witnesses of the risen Jesus and:

2Pet. 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
        through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pet. 1:3 According as his divine power
        hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
        through
the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Peter left a WRITTEN MEMORY of His experiences proving that we would not hear beyond that revelation. And to guard against the sorcerers and witches:

2 Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Ep;ilusis means "further expounding" which would deny that the Spirit OF Christ spoke once for all times.

Sophisma A.acquired skill, method, stage-trick, claptrap, rhetorikos 2. of persons, skilled in speaking, fit to be an orator Pi.O.13.17 2. in less good sense, sly trick, artifice, dikên dounai s. kakôn E.Ba.489 , cf. Hec.258; eph' hêmas tauta paronta s. Th.6.77, cf. D.35.2; stage-trick, claptrap

Pi.O.13.17 Pindar Ode 0.13 [17] the Seasons rich in flowers have cast ancient inventiveness. But the fame for every work is due to its inventor. Whence did the graces of Dionysus first come to light, with the ox-driving dithyramb? [20] Who invented the bridle for the harness of horses, or placed the double king of birds on top of the temples of gods? And in Corinth the sweet-breathing Muse blossoms, and also Ares, with the deadly spears of young men.

INSPIRATION VERBALLY AND IN A WRITTEN MEMORY IS THE ONLY WAY TO MARK FALSE TEACHERS.

WHY YOU CANNOT DISPUTE OR EXPOUND WITH RHETORIC OR MUSIC AS MAGIC.

2 Pet. 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
        even as there shall be false teachers among you,
        who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
        even denying the Lord that bought them,
        and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pet. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
        by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pet. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
        whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


Here are ONLY a few texts about the work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

1. Romans 8:26-27: "Likewise the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

Paul never uses THE HOLY SPIRIT in connection with a god person.

Rom. 1:9 For God is my witness,
        whom I serve with MY spirit in the gospel of his Son,
         that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Rom. 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
        So then with the mind [spirit] I myself serve the law of God;
        but with [my] flesh the law of sin.

Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
        for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
        but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the MIND of the Spirit,
        because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

2. Galatians 5:16-18: "Live by the Spirit, I say, and do no gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law." All of God's true people must LIVE by the Holy Spirit and BE LED BY the Holy Spirit.

Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the FLESH.
Gal. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:
        and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Gal. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

3. Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Our hope, joy, and peace comes from the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rom. 15:4 For whatsoever things were WRITTEN AFORETIME
        were written for our LEARNING, that we through patience and comfort of the SCRIPTURES might have hope.
Rom. 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you
         to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Rom. 15:6 That ye may with ONE MIND and MOUTH glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Text and historic scholarship understands that to be the UNISON SPEAKING of the WORD of God: not singing outwardly.

Rom. 10:17 So then FAITH cometh by HEARING, and hearing by THE WORD OF GOD.

Rom. 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
        in BELIEVING, that ye may abound in hope,
        through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Rom. 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness,
        FILLED with all KNOWLEDGE, able also to admonish one another.

4. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body."  The Holy Spirit dwells in our body as a worshipper dwells in a temple.

Baptism REMITS Sin from OUR Spirit and the result is that WE have A holy spirit or A good consccience.

1Cor. 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God
        in your body, and in YOUR spirit, which are God’s.

5. 2 Timothy 1:14: "Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us." The Holy Spirit lives in us as he helps us to carry out God's purposes in life.

2Tim. 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,
        which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the SPIRIT OF FEAR;
         but [
SPIRIT] of power,
        and
[SPIRIT]  of love,
        and
[SPIRIT] of a sound mind.
2Tim. 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the TESTIMONY OF OUR LORD, nor of me his prisoner:
        but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

God put His WORDS into the MOUTH of the Prophets without the need of another "god."
The Prophets define the Kingdom of Christ both inclusively and exclusively.
This is Holy Scripture, says Jesus, of that CONCERNING ME.
Jesus made these Prophecies MORE certain and the Apostles left us a memory
Thus Jesus said my WORDS are SPIRIT and LIFE.

Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him.
            And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant,
            and of thy brethren that have
            the TESTIMONY of Jesus: worship God:
            for the 
TESTIMONY of Jesus is the SPIRIT of prophecy.

This SPIRIT produces only WORDS of INSTRUCTION.

2Tim. 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
        not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,
        which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, [Aion or Messianic Kingdom]
2Tim. 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
            who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2Tim. 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Tim. 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed:
         for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded
        that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2Tim. 1:13 Hold fast the form of SOUND WORDS which thou hast HEARD of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2Tim. 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep
        by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
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These texts are just a tip of the iceberg. I am so thankful that many people in Churches of Christ now realize that the Holy Spirit is vibrant and motivating and transforming all of us into the image of God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. From time to time, we will be discussing the works of the Holy Spirit in future blogs.


Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
        but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Eph. 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of YOUR mind;

Col. 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:


Share your wishes and questions and experiences and failures and successes with others. Let me hear from YOU.

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