Article: What Does the Bible Say About... The Holy Spirit?

Article: What Does the Bible Say About... The Holy Spirit?

Joined: March 8th, 2007, 6:53 am

February 22nd, 2010, 5:57 am #1

What Does the Bible Say About... The Holy Spirit?
"I will ask the father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth..."
by David Treybig
On the evening before the day He would pay the penalty for all the sins of mankind by His death on the cross, Jesus told His followers what would happen to Him. He explained what He was going to do for themand usin the future.

After Jesus observed the Passoverwhich Christians are still to observe as an annual memorial of His deathHe told His disciples that He would answer their prayers asked in His name. Jesus also reminded them to show their love for Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:13-15).

Jesus then made this astounding promise: "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you" (verses 16-17, New American Bible).

Many translations use the pronouns "He" and "Him" in reference to the Holy Spirit in these verses, but this is an error in translation. The flaw springs from the mistaken idea that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. The doctrine of the Trinity, which describes this common belief, is nowhere found in the Bible.

Instead, the Bible reveals the Holy Spirit to be the "power" of God (Luke 1:35; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13)as well as His life force through which He imparts life to others, His mind and His very essence (compare John 5:26; 6:63; Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:16; John 4:24). For more information on the fallacy of the Trinity and what Scripture reveals about God's true nature, see the booklet offered at the end.

An advocate is a helper or comforter. While on earth, Jesus was an advocate for His disciples. Various translations of the Bible also use the terms "Helper" and "Comforter" to describe this additional Advocatethe "Holy Spirit" (John 14:26)that was going to come from God and reside in Christians.

What's so important about having the Holy Spirit?
The Bible reveals several important benefits that come to us if we have the Holy Spirit. These benefits include:

Understanding God's truth. Jesus called the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17) and added that it would teach us all things (verse 26).

Being identified as Christians. Although well-intentioned people throughout the centuries have come up with various humanly-devised checklists to determine who is a Christian, the Bible says that having the Holy Spirit within us is what identifies us as "children of God" (Romans 8:14-16).

The promise of eternal life. Romans 8:11 says, "If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you" (New Revised Standard Version).

How can we receive the Holy Spirit?
During another of God's annual festivalsthe Day of PentecostJesus' disciples, who had been waiting in Jerusalem as He had commanded, received the Holy Spirit in a miraculous way (Acts 2:1-4). Peter then explained how others could also receive it:

"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call'" (Acts 2:38-39).
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Joined: July 13th, 2009, 1:50 pm

February 22nd, 2010, 1:14 pm #2

...speaking from the perspective of the United Church of God. This Church faithfully teaches the doctrines of the now deceased Herbert W. Armstrong, (ARMSTRONGISM) who was a very charismatic and controlling leader of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), which was widely considered to be a cult. Armstrong believed that he was an end-time apostle proclaiming the soon-coming 'Kingdom of God'.

So now that it has been established their thinking would be cultic, it is no wonder that Treybig would search for a Bible that fits the teachings of the cult. It is also strange that gerardo would quote from a Catholic Bible, a religion he vehemently derides. Other translations of the same Scripture Treybig quoted read as...


John 14:16-17
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE may abide with you for ever;
17 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. (KJV)

John 14:16-17
16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (NKJ)

John 14:16-17
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--
17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (NIV)


John 14:16-17
16 "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;
17 {that is} the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, {but} you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. (NAS)

This is the trait of ALL the cults. They're very selective of the material they use and will choose ONLY them that fits their cultic theology.

You should greatly notice this when reading the rest of Treybig's article because he has purposely avoided the verses that show the Holy Spirit is a Person and is NOT IMPERSONAL. Why has Treybig avoided using the WHOLE BIBLE?

1.The Holy Spirit mentioned on equal level with God

A.Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,"
B.2 Cor. 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."
C.Eph. 4:4-6, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all."
D.2 Cor. 3:16-18, "but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."

2.Names of the Holy Spirit

A.Spirit of God
i.Rom. 8:9, "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." See also Gen. 1:2
B.Spirit of Christ
i.Rom. 8:9, "However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him."
C.Spirit of your Father
i.Matt. 10:20, "For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."
D.The Spirit of Truth
i.John 14:17, "that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you." See also, John 15:26.
E.The Spirit of the Lord
i.Acts 8:39, "And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing." See also Judges 15:14; 1 Sam. 16:12

3.The Holy Spirit is referred to as a person by scripture

A.Who
i.Rom. 8:11, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you."
ii.John 6:63, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
iii.1 John 5:6, "And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth."
iv.See also 1 Cor. 2:12; 2 Tim. 1:14;
B.He
i.John 14:26, "These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
C.Himself
i.Rom. 8:16, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,"
ii.Rom. 8:26, "And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words"

4.Personhood of the Holy Spirit (has emotions, is aware, speaks, knows, etc.)

A.Grieves
i.Isaiah 63:10, "But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore, He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them."
ii.Eph. 4:30, "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
B.Loves
i.Rom. 15:30, "Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me."
C.Has a mind
i.Rom. 8:27, "and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
D.Speaks
i.2 Sam. 23:2, "The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue."
ii.Acts 8:29, "And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
iii.Acts 10:19, "And while Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you."
iv.Acts 11:12, "And the Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings. And these six brethren also went with me, and we entered the mans house."
v.Acts 13:2, "And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
vi.Acts 21:11, "And coming to us, he took Pauls belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This is what the Holy Spirit says: In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles."
vii.Acts 28:25-26, "And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, "The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying, Go to this people and say, "You will keep on hearing, but will not understand."
viii.1 Tim. 4:1, "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,"
ix.Heb. 3:7-8, "Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, 'Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness,"
x.Rev. 2:7, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God." See also Rev. 2:11,17,29; 3:6,13,22.
xi.Rev. 14:13, "And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."
xii.Rev. 22:17, "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost."
E.Knows
i.1 Cor. 2:11, "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God."
F.Has an awareness of goodness
i.Acts 15:28, "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials."
G.Can be lied to
i.Acts 5:3, "But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land?"
H.Can be tested
i.Acts 5:9, "Then Peter said to her, 'Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test?'"
I.Makes overseers
i.Acts 20:28, "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
J.Can be a witness
i.Acts 5:32, "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."
K.Can be resisted
i.Acts 7:51, "You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit."

5.Activities of the Holy Spirit

A.Teaches
i.John 14:26, "These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
ii.Luke 12:12, "for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
B.Intercedes
i.Rom. 8:26, "And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;"
C.Leads
i.Matt. 4:1, "Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
D.Gives life
i.John 6:63, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
E.Filled by
i.Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance."

6.Forms of the Holy Spirit

A.Dove
i.Matt. 3:16, "And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him."

7.Miscellaneous
A.Can be spoken against
i.Matt. 12:32, "And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come."
B.Can be baptized with the Holy Spirit
i.Mark 1:8, "I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
C.The Spirit is given
i.John 3:34, "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.
D.The Spirit is received
i.John 20:22, "And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
E.The Spirit forbids
i.Acts 16:6, "And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia."
F.The Spirit searches all things
i.1 Cor. 2:10, "For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
G.The Spirit is the truth
i.1 John 5:6, "And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth."

I think gerardo will be overwhelmed with the FACTS. It would be interesting to watch him rebut.










Unless we LOVE the truth, we cannot know it ~~ Pascal

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February 23rd, 2010, 1:48 am #3

Ignore the information and attack the source ... eh?

Sure.

-Vince
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February 23rd, 2010, 3:50 am #4

if nothingNucc is predictable.

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February 23rd, 2010, 3:53 am #5

Ignore the information and attack the source ... eh?

Sure.

-Vince
Doesn't it fit into your parameters?

Unless we LOVE the truth, we cannot know it ~~ Pascal

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February 23rd, 2010, 3:56 am #6

if nothingNucc is predictable.

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What's the matter too much Holy Spirit? You can try and continue to defend your false claim, but you know where you always end up.

Unless we LOVE the truth, we cannot know it ~~ Pascal

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February 23rd, 2010, 5:37 am #7

you really, ithink anyhow, convince yourself of the rheotrical nonesense your spout off. i do pity you Carmine....seriously.
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February 23rd, 2010, 4:58 pm #8

It's another cult you've embraced gerardo. Nothing rhetorical, just me giving you the FACTS as usual, and you being silenced as usual.

Unless we LOVE the truth, we cannot know it ~~ Pascal

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