God’s Holy Spirit – Aspects

(This will be presented as a work in progress until it is completed)

Many claim that God’s Holy Spirit is a person, the third person of an alleged Holy Trinity. We do note that God’s holy spirit is likened to God’s finger (as the power of God). (Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20) As the instrument of the revealing of truth, the holy spirit is likened to God’s “mouth”. (Deuteronomy 8:3; 1 Kings 8:24; 2 Chronicles 6:4; 36:12,21; Ezra 1:1; Isaiah 1:20; 40:5; 45:23; 48:3; 58:14; 62:2; Jeremiah 9:12,20; Ezekiel 33:7; Micah 4:4; Matthew 4:4; Mark 12:36; Acts 1:17; 28:25; Hebrews 3:7; 9:8; 10:15,16; 2 Peter 1:21) Are we to think of God’s finger or his mouth as a separate and distinct person of God (using trinitarian terminology)? Is your finger, or your mouth, a separate and distinct person of yourself? Although one’s finger and one’s mouth are integral to one’s being, it would not be exactly appropriate to that say one’s mouth is fully one’s being — and certainly not that it is a separate and distinct person of the being to whom that mouth belongs to.

Baptized With Holy Spirit

Here we wish to present a series of observations, much of which is being borrowed from Paul S. L. Johnson’s book, Christ-Spirit-Covenants, at least as far the scriptures presented. On page 362 of that book, Brother Johnson lists a series of scriptures that show that people are baptized with God’s Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; 11:16. Normally, one would not think of a person being baptized with another person, so these scriptures tend to show that God’s Holy Spirit is not, of itself, a person.

Filled With the Holy Spirit

The following scriptures show that a person can be filled with, and/or be full of God’s Holy Spirit: Luke 1:15,41,67; Acts 2:4; 4:8,31; 6:3,5; 7:55; 9:17; 11:24; Ephesians 5:18; Exodus 31:3; 35:21,31. Normally, we do not say that one person is filled with or full of another person, thus these scriptures tend to show that God’s Holy Spirit is not a person. One can be filled with power, strength from God, or one can be filled with the fruits of the spirits, but it is not very likely that these scriptures are speaking of being filled with a person of God Almighty.

God’s Holy Spirit is Poured Out

The Bible shows that God’s Holy Spirit can be poured out on people; it is poured out on God’s people now, but will poured out on the whole world in the age to come: Isaiah 32:15; Ezekiel 39:29; Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:17,18,33=. Again, such terminology is not usually applied to a person; the Bible never speaks of a person being poured out on another person or persons.

God’s Holy Spirit Lives in God’s People

The following scripture show that God’s Spirit rests upon, or lives or dwells in His people: Numbers 27:18; Isaiah 11:2; 63:11; Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26,27; 37:14; Daniel 4:8,9,18; 5:11,14; John 14:17; Romans 8:9,11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Ephesians 2:22; 2 Timothy 1:14; James 4:15; 1 Peter 1:11; 4:14. While the scriptures speak of God being in his people also, this does not mean that we need to imagine and assume that His Spirit is a person of Himself. Paul says that God’s people “are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.” — Ephesians 2:22.

More to follow, as God permits…

         
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