Walter Wagner Holy Spirit Today

Walter Wagner, Slater-Marietta Church of Christ in Marietta, all Holy Spirit Scripture in order and explained. A complete study of the meaning of God's Spirit as God's Word.  RETURN TO THIS PAGE as we will keep it updated with excerpts from Walter's bookd.  If you have any questions you can mail me Kenneth Sublett.

Updated 11am 3.16.10

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Walter Wagner is a faithful preacher who understands the nature of the Spirit OF Christ ans not another "people" who guides them into "further truth."  Men lik Rubel Shelly and John York claim that the first Bible was the people "working out their own salvation" which they think means "their own Scriptures" with some help from the Holy Spirit. Lipscomb University was always the source of a "trinigy" in the South consisting of three equal members of a god family. This holds that a Holy Spirit "person" lives inside of them and gives visions or audible voices to guide the latter day church into NEW TRUTH to replace the old, outdated Bible.  Preachers are being ridiculed for preaching or teaching "that which has been taught" from the Bible.  It is clear from the modern sermons that they no longer consider the Bible as the only sourcebook because they lived in "a changed culture."   Here is a trail of tears to prove that Lipscomb University is the only source of the belief that the Godhead includes a third "person" who speaks to and through them:

1. ASSERTION: H. Leo Boles was the first person in history who, in 1938 at FHC, taught that the Godhead is three, separated persons (people) able to hold meetings and decide what to do.  John Mark Hicks at LU calls God "three centers of consciousness able to commune with one another. This is the rationale for removing Christ from the public confession and becoming The Family of God: as a community church it is defined in terms of COMMUNE."

2. CHALLENGE: a reader called my attention to the views of David Lipscomb. These views were written by J.W.McGarvey who defined SPIRIT as PERSONALITY as indeed all historic literature does.  "He has a nasty spirit" means that he has a nasty personality. I reviewd this request at this link.

3. t clear that neither he nor any Restoration Movement teacher believed that the Spirit OF Christ speaks to any person except through His Word.

DANGER: either out of delusion or using psychological violence claim that the SPIRIT told them that the music (noise) of the cursed sacrificial system was God COMMANDING INSTRUMENTAL PRAISE and WE MUST NOT DISOBEY this direct command.   This is THE WAY for Satan to deceive people and Peter outlawed private interpretation or further expounding as the MARK of a false teacher.


Jesus as the Christ of God made know BOTH the Father and the Son.  In John it is clear that the Spirit is the BREATH which passes between the Father (thought within the Son) and Son defined by classical trinitarians as the WORD of the One God.

The false teachers insisting that they are BORN FROM ABOVE and that they have a BEING named The Holy Spirit living inside of them is, as far as we can determine, invented at DLC and first published by H. Leo Boles in 1942.  This defines the godhead as does John Mark Hicks, John York,
Allen Black, Earl.Edwards and others at Lipscomb University which denies all of the key teachings of those who founded it.

There are only a few people who understanding the meaning of "spirit" because having the mind of Christ they search ALL of the Scriptures to be qualified to speak for Christ.  By reading and rehearsing the Word of God you will fulfil the purpose of the synagogue or ekklesia and in the process the MIND or mental disposition will be your mind so that you think like Christ wants you to think. Without that Mind of the Logos (logical, rational) in you God will not lift you up.
Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Phil. 2:6 Who, being in the form of God,
        thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

        [did not cling onto His Spirit nature]
Phil. 2:7 But made himself of no reputation,
         and took upon him the form of a servant,
        and was made in the likeness of men:

Phil. 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man,
        he humbled himself,
        and became obedient unto death,
        even the death of the cross.

Phil. 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
        and given him a name which is above every name:

We will list important statements by Walter Wagner in his complete study of The Work of the Holy Spirit At Our Present Time.
We know of no book in print which does not list select verses from a lexicon grouped to prove the opinion of the writer. Walter's BOOK USES THE HEBREW GRAMMAR AND THE GREEK GRAMMAR TO EXPLAIN EVERY VERSE IN THE BIBLE WHERE THE WORD "SPIRIT" IS FOUND.  This book is ideal for a study of the Holy Spirit in a Bible Class.  Furthermore, because the text and context is arranged in Biblical order there would be no better way than to study the whole Biblle by using the this CORE concept.  On purpose you will learn about how God's Spirit works in our lives today and, as a byproduct, have a rational understanding of the Bible being "taught as it has been taught" as Paul's command to the elders.
The first lesson begins by answering the question, "what is a spirit?"  It will then examine each verse in the Bible.  When your class has read through the whole Bible about God's Spirit you will be able to resist those who take you captive by claiming that they speak under the direct guidance of a holy spirit.

By defining the word SPIRIT the context can better be understood. 
Walter Wagner: The Hebrew word that is translated"spirit" is the Hebrew noun #7307 ruw-ach. Ruw-ach is a neuter gender noun gained from the verb #7306 ruw-ach, (The two words, the noun and the verb, are pronounced alike). As a verb, the word ruw-ach means "to blow." As a noun, the word ruwach speaks of"that which is blowing." It could be the wind, or by resemblance breath, or an sensible, or even violent exhaling (of air): figuratively it means life or anger, and by resemblance it means spirit, but only the spirit of a rational being. This information is a combinationof older Hebrew references. And for the best references that you may obtain see Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, page 107 of the dictionary section.
Because I have more space I have listed Walter's definition in order: you will notice that this Hebrew Word never speaks of a person (people) but only by far-down resemblance the breath OF a rational Being. Jesus Christ is God's LOGOS or rational argument.
H7307 rûach roo'-akh From H7306 ;  
                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).

        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,

You will see that Ruach never speaks of a person: God is holy spirit or WHOLLY spirit in nature.
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. -

THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST INSPIRED THE WRITING PROPHETS AND APOSTLES: a Holy spirit does not tell a preacher to IMPOSE musical idolatry which was noise to accompany the animal slaughter that God did not command. Therefore, in the New Testament it is confirmed that we look for authority in the Prophets and Apostles.  The prophecy of the spirits (flickering flames) which would rest on Messiah as the Branch and they are not little persons.
Is. 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
        and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Is. 11:2 And the spirit of the [1] LORD shall rest upon him,
        the [2] spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might,
        the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Is. 11:3 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:
Is. 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
        and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
        and he [Christ]shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, [Word]
        and with the breath [spirit]of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
In the Greek spirit never means a being unless you have a "demon" infesting you.  The spirit "fluttered" over Jesus and that is what a wind or Holy Breath does. There is not a god person which looks like a dove: that symbol was to dispute that God's messenger was a DAUGHTER of A MOTHER as in ancient and end-time Babylonian mother of harlots (Rev 17) who uses lusted after fruits (same as in Amos) as slick speakers, singers and instrument players. John called them sorcerers who had deceived the whole world.
Walter Wagner: Note: That Strong has "but only the spirit of a rational being."  He does not say that the "spirit" itself is a rational being, it says, "the spirit of a rational being."  We know know that, in the Hebrew language, a "spirit" is something that is neuter in gender, and that a "spirit" is possessed by a rational being in the Old Testament, the neuter gender Hebrew nown #7307 ruw-ach....The times that Hebrew word ruw-ach is translated "spirit" and "mind," are the times that the word "ruww-ach" or"spirit," speaks of a mental intellect. We must note that it is never translated as a masculine gender personality. 
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, etc.,
        or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit,
        the Holy spirit:—ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590 .
In Acts 2:38 Peter promised those who were baptized FOR (in order to) the remission of sins A holy spirit.
In 1 Peter 3:21 BAPTISM SAVES us because that is how we request A good conscience.
Only those saved at baptism were added to the church by Christ and called disciples or Christians.
One needs A holy personal spirit to be able to read BLACK TEXT on BROWN PAPER (2 Cor 3:2)

Contrary to the "scholars" a person called The Holy Spirit does not leap into our bodies as a gift. Because A holy spirit is the MENTAL DISPOSITION of Jesus Christ which is the name (singular) of The Paraclete or Comforter.
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:
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 commandment

1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come,
        and hath given us an understanding,
        that we may know him that is true,
        and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
        This is the true God, and eternal life.
When we are baptized to be be sanctified (with A holy spirit).  Baptism SAVES us because we request A good conscienc. This is so we can understand the Word virtually obliterated, says Jesus, by the doctors of the law.

John York, Rubel Shelly and the Lipscomb staff--beginning with H. Leo Boles believes that the Spirit OF Christ is a third member of the "family of Gods."  However,

Eph. 5:26WEB That he might sanctify and cleanse it
        with the washing of water
        [INTO] the word,
        WEB  In endu denotes either rest or motion within or into a place or thing;
Washing of water into:
assume the person on, enter, enter the contest,
Xen. Cyrop. 8.1.12 If, therefore, those by whom the most numerous and most important affairs of state were to be transacted were not what they ought to be, he thought that his government would be a failure. But if they were all that they ought to be, he believed that everything would succeed. In this conviction, therefore, he took upon himself this charge; and he determined that the same practice of virtue should be his as well.
        For he thought that it was not possible for him to incite others
        to good and noble deeds, if he were not himself such as he ought to be.

Enduo (g1746) en-doo'-o; from 1722 and 1416 (in the sense of sinking into a garment); to invest with clothing (lit. or fig.): - array, clothe (with), endue, have (put) on.

for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Ga.3:27NIV

Washing of water into: 
Vulgate In the Word. Il.; en paidotribou the school of the training master.
1Cor. 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ,
        yet have ye not many fathers:
        for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
1Cor. 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
1Cor. 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son,
        and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ,
        as I teach every where in every church.

Eph. 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church,
        not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
        but that it should be holy and without blemish

From the church in the wilderness onward the purpose of the church and synagogue was to "teach that which has been taught" or in Romans 15 "that which is written" and it was written for out learning.

It is clear that those who think they have 1/3 of a god family indwelling them have been deceived by a false spirit.  If they cannot read the Word of God they cannot be trusted to give us FURTHER INFORMATION. This false claim--which carries a death penalty--intends to subvert the Chures of Christ into the Lipscomb patternism which includes the defense of instrumental music, a larger role for women and premillennialism.

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“As all the influence which my spirit has exerted on other spirits, at home or abroad, has been by … my written or spoken word; so believe I that all the influence of God’s good Spirit now felt in the way of conviction or consolation in the four quarters of the globe is by the Word, written, read and heard, which is called the living oracles.” (Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, vol 6, pg. 356)

“Every single step in the divine plan, from the time the sinner decides to become a child of God until he sweeps through the gates into the heavenly realm—every step is effected by God’s word! There is no such thing as the Spirit of God operating away or distinct from the written word.” (N. B. Hardeman, Hardeman-Bogard Debate, pg. 80).

“The only spiritual instruction, guidance, or influence possible to man is to be gained through coming to the word of God and taking it into the heart as the seed of the kingdom, treasuring it there, and guiding our feelings, thoughts, purposes, and lives by its sacred teaching. In this way the Spirit that dwells in the word, introduced into our hearts, infects pervades and molds our feelings, thoughts, purposes, and lives.” (David Lipscomb, Salvation from Sin,  pg. 93)

“The word of God is the ‘sword of the Spirit’ (Heb. 4:12.) It is the instrument which the Spirit uses to accomplish his mission. To illustrate: A man uses an axe to chop wood. The energy is inherent in the man; but, it is transmitted through the axe to the timber, and the axe is the means by which the energy resident in the man is applied to the wood. Similarly, the Holy Spirit, in both conversion and sanctification, operates on human hearts; but, he does so through the medium of the word which is his instrument. And, as there is not direct impact between the man and the wood, neither is there direct impact between the Spirit and the human heart; the influence is wrought by means of the word, ‘the sword of the Spirit’.” (Guy N. Woods, How the Holy Spirit Dwells in the Christian, pg. 12)

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