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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Identity of the Holy Spirit

We'd love to share with our readers something we've discovered in scripture. This is a heavy topic that most Christians fear to even question, but I do believe that God wants us to find the truth which is the reason why He has given us His Word. One of the foundations of modern Christianity is the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet, it is strange that the word "trinity" is never mentioned in the Bible. Surely, if God wanted us to acknowledge and worship the trinity, then He would have made that very clear.

Many will stop here without continuing to read further. We won't give you anything that isn't in scripture. The Bible is the final authority. I ask you to check the Bible and be open, and teachable. Paul commended the church of the Bereans for testing what he was saying and comparing it to scripture first (Acts 17:10,11) . He praised them because he knew that the Bible was the final authority and he wouldn't want us to just take man's word for it.

Moving back to the subject, if you're still with us, then please check out these verses about the Holy Spirit. We are taught that there are three in the godhead, but throughout the chapter of John, it talks about the relationship between the Father and the Son. The holy Spirit is nowhere in this.

And what we've found is that the holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father. Here is what we have found:

Compare both verses which are speaking of the very same instance, but one is in Matthew and one is in Luke.

"But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." Mark 13:11-13

 "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." Matthew 10:19,20

See this? One says that it is the Holy Ghost speaking in us, but then the next one says that it is the Spirit of our Father that speaks in us. The Bible does not contradict itself. These are obviously speaking of the same Spirit, which is God the Father.


"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." Rom 8:11

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." 1 Peter 3:18

"Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)" Gal 1:1

So, is it the holy Spirit that was in Christ that quickened Him from the dead, or was it God the Father who raised Him from the dead? Again, there is no contradiction. They must be speaking of the same Spirit, which is the Father's Spirit.

Before I go further, here is proof that God the Father is a Spirit:

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24

Now that we've clarified that, let's move on.

 It was the Holy Ghost that came upon Mary and gave her the fruit of the womb, which was Christ (Matthew 1:20) but Jesus is the Son of God the Father. Was He conceived by the Holy Ghost? Is He the Son of the Holy Ghost or the Father? It wouldn't make sense unless both were speaking of the one and same Spirit.


"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Cor 6:19

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" 1 Cor 3:16

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Cor 6:16

"That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us." 2 Tim  1:14

*The blue is to show who dwells in us, and the red is to show whose temple we are.

So.. are we the temple of God the Father, or of the Holy Ghost? God said He will dwell in us, and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Our conclusion is that we are the temple of God the Father's holy Spirit, and that He dwells in us. But, we'd rather have you check and study the scripture for your own conclusion. Hopefully, we are helping provide information for you to look into for yourselves. The key is that if it is truth, then see if it matches everything else! Test the scriptures!

Here are some more to think about:

The OT constantly refers to God the Father as "the Spirit of God." *(italics added for emphasis)

Example: "And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly." 1 Samuel 11:6

"Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me." Isaiah 48:16

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound" Isaiah 61:1

"Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD." Ezekiel 39:29 

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit  upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" Acts 2:17

(note: the Bible says that when Jesus was on earth, it was during the last days. When Jesus left, the Spirit of God was sent and given to us, just as God promised.)

 Here is something interesting:

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 1 Cor 12:13 

Are they talking about two different beings with the Spirit of God and the Holy Ghost? Let's check the Greek translation:

"Spirit (Pneuma meaning Spirit/blast) of God (Theos meaning diety)" and "Holy (hagios meaning sacred and most holy) Ghost (Pneuma again, meaning Spirit).

There is no reason that Spirit and Ghost would be written differently, both have the same translation. "The Spirit of God" and "The most holy Spirit." Again, this verse is talking about the one and same Spirit.

Here's another:

"He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." 1 Thess 4:8

This one doesn't capitalize "Holy"  although it is the same word as above: "hagios" which means most holy and sacred. Why would the verse above capitalize "Holy" and the verse below not capitalize "holy?" Keep an eye out and be keen over punctuations and capitalization in the English translation.

God has given us HIS holy Spirit. God is a Spirit and He is holy. He gives us His holy Spirit.

"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." 1 John 4:12,13

 "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Eph 4:30 *(not capitalized again, but is this more clear? I hope so!)

"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." 2 Cor 3:3

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor 6:11

"No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." 1 John 4:12,13

 The Bible also tells us that God the Father is the Father of spirits (plurality in Heb 12:9), and in Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, 5:6,  it tells us that God has sent seven Spirits to the world.

The Bible mainly speaks of God the Father loving His Son and giving all things to His Son. It testifies of their relationship. Jesus is one with the Father, and the Father is one with Jesus, and they dwell in us and make their abode in us (John 14:23). The holy Spirit (if a third person) is never mentioned in this unification.

Try these verses out and see if they fit. If it is truth, then it will fit them all from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Paganism of Catholic "Holy Days"

This is an excellent video for my Catholic friends, and for so many Christians that are partakers of holidays. How all these things are connected is bone-chilling. Personally, I do not celebrate any holidays because of studying it's true roots and origins. We cannot sup both at the table of the Lord, and at the table of devils.

This video is by Jim Arrabito who traveled all over the country warning others about these things, but his plane was sabotaged in 1990 and he was killed along with his two sons.

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