Augustine on the Trinity: A Summary
Faith Facts: The Holy Spirit
Faith Facts: 1. Hughes in his book says that many young people within the church of Christ think their traditional view of the Holy Spirit is "Lashing the Spirit of God to an objective book of paper and inkor, indeed, circumscribing the Spirit with any kind of rational constraintsultimately impoverished the soul and drained life of its meaning." Does this charge concern you?
Consistently with the definition of "spirit," the clear statements by Jesus Christ and classical trinitarians churches of Christ students do not believe that the spirit OF John Doe is another person (people). The "personal' Holy Spirit is Jesus of Nazareth in His post-resurrected and post--glorified state. He said that His words were spirit. That is not another person but the Mind of Christ. Disciples understand that the Mind of Christ is revealed in the Bible: you cannot be a Bible-based disciple and feel the need to go beyond "that which is written for our learning." Those who claim to read "beyond the sacred pages" prove that they cannot read what is within the sacred pages.
Jesus said that "doctors of the law take away the key to knowledge." He named thes Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. In the Ezekiel 33 model Christ in Spirit named preachers, singers and instrument players. THE primary meaning of a hypocrite is a rhetorician. That especially applies when the preacher goes beyond "that which is written for our learning."
That is a fact because Hughes etal SAY (and say and say and say) that's what we USED to beleive "but now we are educated." The Church of Christ has the same view of the spirit OF Christ as all of the Bible and historic Church Fathers. Anyone who went through preopsitional phrases 101a understands that the spirit OF a person is the person's own spirit or mind or mental disposition. When the foolish people thought that Jesus was speaking of eating His fleshand Drinking His blood he was just fooling the foolish where the Khana-Baal or the Priests of Baal in all paganism were cannibals:
.....It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
<font color="#FFFFFF">.....the WORDS that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
Christ the Spirit put the same message into Isaiah to draw a parallelism between God's Word and God''s Spirit--again God's Spirit is God's Mind and not another god person inside of Him:
Isaiah 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 seeds seed, saith the LORD,
..........from henceforth and for ever.
Having read all of the Bible and especially 1 Corinthians 2 those weaned on the Bible in Churches of Christ understand that Paul -- as he often does--draws a parallel:
The Holy Spirit OF God
.....Is to God
What our spirit
.....Is to us.
Then "but WE have the mind of Christ."
None of the classical trinitarians failed to understand that
There is only ONE GOD the Father of the Universe.
There is only ONE Son, Jesus of Nazareth, whom the Father "made to be both Lord and Christ."
The creeds then add as an afterthought "and we believe in the Holy Spirit" but they did not make IT a part of the ONE God in heaven and ONE man on earth to be His Mediator: Moses said 'another prophet like me.'
John who said that the "another Comforter" was Jesus Christ the Righteous also said that if you don't believe in the
One God in Heaven
One Son on Earth
Spirit ONLY means "wind." It is used in a figurative sense of the "breath" of the One Father revealing His Mind to the One Son. In Matthew 23 Jesus said that parables were to fool the foolish Scribes and Pharisees. He called them hypocrites and Christ in Ezekiel called them Rhetoricians (sellers of wined water), singers and instrument players.
Then you are ANTI-Christ and a Blasphemer because you CLAIM something Jesus Christ The Holy Spirit did not reveal to you.
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Theophilus of Antioch: Doctrine of the Trinity
Theophilus was the first person to use the word "trias." This was in the year 181 and the Anathasian Creed was not formulated until the fifth century.
You will say, then, to me, "Is God angry? "Yes; He is angry with those who act wickedly, but He is good, and kind, and merciful, to those who love and fear Him; for He is a chastener [not punisher] of the godly, and father of the righteous; but he is a judge and punisher of the impious.
Chapter IV.-Attributes of God. Theophilus of Antioch, Theophilus of Antioch,
And He is without beginning, because He is unbegotten; and He is unchangeable, because He is immortal.
And he is called God on account of His having placed all things on security afforded by Himself; and on account of any of any foreign means (of) running, and moving, and being active, and nourishing, and foreseeing, and governing, and making all things alive.
But he is Lord, because He rules over the universe;
Father, because he is before all things;
Fashioner and Maker, because He is creator and maker of the universe;
the Highest, because of His being above all;
and Almighty, because He Himself rules and embraces all.