Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Majority of Christians today believe the Holy Spirit is the 'third being' of the Godhead. They believe that the Holy Spirit is a separate being from God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son of God. But is this truth? Does the Bible really teach this? You may be surprised to learn that the Bible does not teach this. So who or what is the Holy Spirit? The book of Revelation holds the key to this question.
Revelation 5:1,6,7 ...'And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals ... And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.'
This is a very revealing verse regarding the Holy Spirit. Notice that the Lamb, which is Christ has 'seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God to send forth into all the earth'. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit, and who is it that HAS the Holy Spirit to send? It is Christ, 'the Lamb'. And this lines up with what is revealed in Revelation, chapters 1 and 2. Notice the following in Revelation 1 and 2.
Revelation 1:12-16 ...'And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man ... And he had in his right hand seven stars.'
Revelation 2:1,7 ...'Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks ... He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.'
First of all, who does John see 'speaking' to him? He sees Jesus Christ right? Then Jesus confirms it is He who is holding the seven stars and walking in the midst of the candlesticks, who is speaking to the churches. It is Jesus Himself speaking to the churches. Now look at what Christ says at the end of each message to the churches ... He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Jesus confirms that HE is the Spirit speaking to the churches. Which confirms what Revelation 5 says regarding Christ being the one who HAS the Holy Spirit to send to us. It is Christ's OWN divine Spirit, which He sends, not another 'third being' like the trinity teaching says.
Revelation 3:1 ...'And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars.'
So the 'Spirit' speaking in Revelation was Jesus Christ Himself! Not some third being separate from the Father and Son. Now, this isn't just limited to the book of Revelation. There are many other New Testament verses which support this truth of the Holy Spirit actually being the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Let's take a look at some of them.
John 14:16-20 ...'And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.'
Now, many people look at this 'comforter' quote and just automatically think that Jesus was talking about sending someone else. And yet Jesus reveals in these verses exactly who the comforter was going to be. Jesus told the disciples that they knew the comforter, because He was actually with them. Who was with them? Christ Himself! Jesus told the disciples that He would not leave us comfortless, HE would come to us HIMSELF! And Jesus also confirmed that HE would be the one inside us, not someone else!
Where many people stumble regarding the comforter is when Jesus refers to the comforter as 'he'. But there need not be any confusion. If you look at John 17, where Jesus is praying to His Father in heaven, you will see how Jesus refers to HIMSELF ... "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him." (John 17:1-2). Can you see how Jesus is referring to HIMSELF as 'he' and 'him'? And this is exactly what He was doing in John 14 speaking of the comforter. He was referring to HIMSELF as the comforter, which is why He said ..."I will come to you."
Galatians 4:6 ...'And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.'
2 Corinthians 3:17 ...'Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.'
This is the same Spirit which guided the prophets in the Old Testament ... 1 Peter 1:10-11 ...'Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.'
It is Christ who 'dwells in our hearts' (Ephesians 3:17). It is Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). It is Christ in us, that 'Spirit' which gives us life (Romans 8:10-11). And as Paul confirmed in Galatians 4:6, God was to send the Spirit of HIS SON to us, not some other third being. Which is why Paul also said in 2 Corinthians 3:17, that the LORD [Christ] is that Spirit.
This is so important friend. We need the Spirit of Christ, as the Holy Spirit, not 'another spirit being' ... Romans 8:9 ...'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.' ... The Holy Spirit that Christians have in them is NOT 'another third being'. We have the Spirit of God the Father, which is manifested through His Son, Jesus Christ.
We do not need a being who cannot sympathize with our affirmities. We do not need a being who cannot understand what it's like to be tempted in this mortal, sinful flesh. We need a being who has been tempted in all points as we are. We need a being who knows how to deliver us from sin and temptation. We need a being who gained the victory over sin and knows what it takes to live a perfect life in obedience to, and full dependence upon God the Father. We need JESUS CHRIST as our Comforter! And the Bible confirms that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. He is the one who comes to us and helps us.
"It is not safe to catch the spirit of another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ." (E.White, Letter 66, April 10, 1894, par.17-18)
"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." (E.White, 8MR 49)
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