The Holy Spirit Is Not a Man

The Holy Spirit, from the evidence found in the Bible, is not a person in a supposed Trinity. The Holy Spirit is the very nature, presence, and expression of God's power actively working in His elect.

(1 Corinthians 6:19) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

The teaching of the Trinity originated well after the New Testament was written rather than with the Bible writers themselves. How, then, do we define the Holy Spirit if it is not a person?

Rather than describing the Holy Spirit as a distinct person or entity, the Bible most often refers to it as and connects it with God’s divine power (Zechariah 4:6; Micah 3:8). Jewish scholars, examining the references to it in the Old Testament Scriptures, have never defined the Holy Spirit as anything but the power of God.

In the New Testament, Paul referred to it as the spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Informing Mary that Jesus would be supernaturally conceived in her womb, an angel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you …,” and he defined this as “the power of the Highest,” which “will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35).

Jesus began His ministry “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14). He told His followers, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8).

Peter relates that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38). This was the same power that enabled Christ to perform many mighty miracles during His ministry. Likewise, Jesus worked through the apostle Paul “in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God” (Romans 15:19).

The Holy Spirit is the very nature, presence, and expression of God’s power actively working in His servants (2 Peter 1:4; Galatians 2:20). Indeed, it is through His Spirit that God is able to be present everywhere at once throughout the universe and affect it at will (Psalms 139:7-10).

Again and again, the Scriptures depict the Holy Spirit as the power of God. Furthermore, it is also shown to be the mind of God and the very essence and life force through which the Father begets human beings as His spiritual children. The Holy Spirit is not God but is rather a vital aspect of God—the divine substance of the Father and Christ as well as the agency through which They work.

Divine inspiration and life through the Spirit

Repeatedly the Scriptures reveal that God imparted divine inspiration to His prophets and servants through the Holy Spirit. Peter noted that “prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

Paul wrote that God’s plan for humanity had been “revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5) and that his own teachings were inspired by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13). Paul further explains that it is through His Spirit that God has revealed to true Christians the things He has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9-16). Working through the Spirit, God the Father is the revealer of truth to those who serve Him.

Jesus told His followers that the Holy Spirit, which the Father would send, “will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26). It is through God’s Spirit within us that we gain spiritual insight and understanding. Indeed, we come to receive the very “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16)—also referred to as the “mind of the Spirit” (Romans 8:27).

Christ had this spiritual comprehension in abundance. As the Messiah, He was prophesied to have “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

As the Son of Man on earth, Christ portrayed in His personal conduct the divine attributes of Almighty God through completely living by His Father’s biblical standards through the power of the Holy Spirit (compare 1 Timothy 3:16).

Now returned to the spirit realm, Christ wields the omnipotent power of the Holy Spirit along with the Father. The Holy Spirit, we should understand, is not only the Spirit of God the Father, for the Bible also calls it the “Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9; Philippians 1:19). By either designation, it is the same Spirit, as there is only one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4).

The Father imparts the same Spirit to true Christians through Christ (John 14:26; John 15:26; Titus 3:5-6), leading and enabling them to be His children and “partakers of the divine nature” (Romans 8:14; 2 Peter 1:4). God, who has eternal life in Himself, gives that life to others through the Spirit (John 5:26; John 6:63; Romans 8:11).

Impersonal attributes of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is spoken of in many ways that demonstrate that it is not a divine person. For example, it is referred to as a gift (Acts 10:45; 1 Timothy 4:14). We are told that the Holy Spirit can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19), that it can be poured out (Acts 2:17, Acts 2:33), and that we are baptized with it (Matthew 3:11).

People can drink of it (John 7:37-39), partake of it (Hebrews 6:4) and be filled with it (Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18). The Holy Spirit also renews us (Titus 3:5) and must be stirred up within us (2 Timothy 1:6). These impersonal characteristics are certainly not attributes of a person.

It is also called “the Holy Spirit of promise,” “the guarantee of our inheritance” and “the spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 1:17).

In contrast to God the Father and Jesus Christ, who are consistently compared to human beings in Their form and shape, the Holy Spirit is consistently represented, by various symbols and manifestations, in a completely different manner—such as the wind (Acts 2:2), fire (Acts 2:3), water (John 4:14; John 7:37-39), oil (Psalms 45:7; compare Acts 10:38; Matthew 25:1-10), a dove (Matthew 3:16) and an “earnest,” or down payment, on eternal life (2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14, KJV). These depictions are difficult to understand, to say the list if the Holy Spirit is a person.

In Matthew 1:20 we find further evidence that the Holy Spirit is not a distinct entity, but God’s divine power. Here we read that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. However, Jesus continually prayed to and addressed God the Father as His Father and not the Holy Spirit (Matthew 10:32-33; Matthew 11:25-27; Matthew 12:50). He never represented the Holy Spirit as His Father. Clearly, the Holy Spirit was the agency or power through which the Father begot Jesus as His Son.

Paul’s example and teaching

If God were a Trinity, surely Paul, who recorded much of the theological underpinnings of the early Church, would have comprehended and taught this concept. Yet we find no such teaching in His writings.

Moreover, Paul’s standard greeting in his letter to the churches, as well as individuals to whom he wrote, is “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Yet in each of his greetings, he never mentions the Holy Spirit. (The same can also be said of Peter in the salutations of both his epistles.)

The same greeting, with only minor variations, appears in every epistle that bears Paul’s name (see Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; etc.) The Holy Spirit is always left out of these greetings—an unbelievable and inexplicable oversight if the Spirit were indeed a person or entity coequal with God the Father and Christ.

This is even more surprising when we consider that the congregations to which Paul wrote had many gentile members from polytheistic backgrounds who had formerly worshiped numerous gods. Paul’s epistles record no attempt on his part to explain the Trinity or Holy Spirit as a divine person equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

In all of Paul’s writings, only in 2 Corinthians 13:14 is the Holy Spirit mentioned along with the Father and Christ, and there only in connection with the “fellowship of the Holy Spirit” (NIV) in which believers share—not in any sort of theological statement on the nature of God. God’s Spirit, says Paul, is the unifying agent that brings us together in godly, righteous fellowship, not only with one another but with the Father and Son.

Yet here, too, God’s Spirit is not spoken of as a person. Notice that our fellowship is of the Holy Spirit, not with the Holy Spirit. As 1 John 1:3 tells us, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” The Holy Spirit is not mentioned.

Paul states that “there is one God, the Father, … and one Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:6). He makes no mention of the Holy Spirit as a divine person.

Other biblical perspectives

Jesus likewise never spoke of the Holy Spirit as a divine third person. Instead, in numerous passages, He spoke only of the relationship between God the Father and Himself (Matthew 26:39; Mark 13:32; 15:34; John 5:18; John 5:22; etc.). The Holy Spirit as a person is conspicuously absent from Christ’s teaching in general. Of particular interest in this regard are His many statements about Himself and the Father, especially when He never makes similar statements about Himself and the Holy Spirit.

We should also consider that, in visions of God’s throne recorded in the Bible, although the Father and Christ are seen, the Holy Spirit is never seen (Acts 7:55-56; Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 4-5; Revelation 7:10). Jesus is repeatedly mentioned as being at the right hand of God, but no one is mentioned as being at the Father’s left hand. Nowhere are three divine persons pictured together in the Scriptures.

Even in the final book of the Bible (and the last to be written), the Holy Spirit as a divine person is absent from its pages. The book describes “a new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1) wherein “the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them” (Revelation 21:3). Christ, the Lamb of God, is also present (verse Revelation 21:22). The Holy Spirit, however, is again absent—another inexplicable oversight if this Spirit is the third person of a triune God.

Clearly, the Holy Spirit, from the evidence found in the Bible, is not a person in a supposed Trinity. Regrettably, the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity obscures the scriptural teaching that God is a family—a family which, as we will see, is our ultimate destiny!

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS

The Holy Spirit is in you, not a person, but inside a person. In the Old Testament, God's Holy Spirit fell upon those whom God chose to speak for Him and do miracles and wonders which God did through them. In the New Testament, God's Holy Spirit dwells in you when you are born again from above.

A word spoken from the Spirit requires you to hear what the Spirit says to you. Only words you receive from God's Holy Spirit are to be spoken." Jesus said: "whatever I speak unto you is just as the Father has told me to speak. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him." (John 12:50, John 7:18).

(1 Corinthians 2:13) Which things we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; 4 combining spiritual truths with spiritual words.

(Acts 2:22) Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, WHICH GOD DID BY HIM in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

(John 12:49) For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

(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.

(John 7:16) Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me.

(John 5:19) Then Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. For whatever things he [the Father] does, these are also likewise done by the Son.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

(1 Samuel 10:6) The Spirit of the LORD will come UPON YOU in power, and you will prophesy with them, AND YOU WILL BE CHANGED INTO A DIFFERENT PERSON.

(Judges 3:10). The Spirit of the Lord CAME UPON HIM and he judged Israel.

(1 Samuel 10:10). When they came to there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God CAME UPON HIM, and he prophesied among them.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: (Exodus 31:1-3) "See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I HAVE FILLED HIM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship".

(2 Chron.15:1) The Spirit of God CAME UPON AZARIAH, son of Oded. 2 He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

(Psalms 51:11) 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

We are no longer servants. We are now family, but you don't want to aim to the be the mad relative living in the attic – be a healthy member of the family. 

So let’s be NT temples of the Holy Spirit, not OT servants waiting for guidance, expecting the extraordinary, but working as partners with God in the ordinary, and all the time, listening to that still small voice of God’s Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 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? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which is God's.

(Heb. 3:1:22) And when He [Jesus] had said this, He BREATHED ON THEM, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 (John 4:22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

God is a spirit, not a person [John 4:24]. The Holy Spirit is what proceeds, comes forth from God. Jesus was a man, approved by God Himself [Acts 2:22], whom God The Father filled him with His spirit/seed at the time Christ was conceived in his mother's womb. This is why Jesus is also called "The Holy One" [Luke 1:35]. Jesus Christ is a title, not his actual name. It means "anointed savior". Jesus actual name was Emmanuel [Matthew 1:22–23]. The first man Adam was CREATED, the second man Adam was SPIRIT BREATHED.

 

All praises and glory be to our Father in heaven Jehovah, and to His son and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

What is Body, Soul, Spirit

There are both earthly spirits and there are also heavenly spirits (2 Corinthians 5). All living souls have spirits in them, it's what keeps them alive, but when the spirit leaves the soul, the body dies. The Spirit that comes from God is different. It never dies, it is eternal and it is Holy.

BODY is the structure something or someone is made of. The body contains a soul and the soul contains spirit/s.

SOUL is the vessel in you that houses the spirit/s. The soul is comprised of the Intellect-Emotion-Will. The Creator is not a soul but has one (Leviticus 26.11-12).

SPIRIT is the entity in you that inspires and motivates you and reveals who you really are. A spirit can be both feminine and masculine, depending in who's soul it resides.

All living beings are made of skin, organs, bones, soul and spirit. The soul is a vessel that can be empty (dead) or occupied by spirit/s (alive). The spirit in all living beings on earth is something they inherited from their earthly parents. You where born with it and you die along with it.

The spirit that comes from God is not the same spirit you where born with, cause it never dies. The breath that God breathed in Adams' nostrils is not the same spirit in animals. It is a Holy Spirit, that proceeds from God and goes back to God when the soul dies, and God can give it to anyone He wishes, even animals. Not everyone has God's Holy Spirit in them, one has to earn it by being born again in the spirit of God. Jesus said "I am not of this world, I came from God and I will go back to God", meaning, that he is always alive since the spirit in him is born of God, from above. This is why Christ is called 'The second Adam'. He came to restore what the first Adam has done.

Those who are BORN AGAIN in Christ, are no longer part of the first Adam. This is also why Jesus called himself "son of man" meaning that he was born by the seed of his earthly parents, and "son of God" meaning he was also born by the seed of God, with God's spirit in him.

(1 Corinthians 15:40) There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.

The structure of a living being is Body-Soul-Spirit. (1 Thess 5:23) Now, may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(2 Corinthians 6-9) 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing ***(((From Parmenides Plato accepted the belief that the object of knowledge must be something immutable and grasped by the mind and not by the senses.)))***. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

 

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