Let's take a look at some of the verses used to support this mainstream trinity doctrine, that there are three persons of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit being
a separate divine being. You may be surprised at the simple Bible truth regarding this.
VERSE USED - Matthew 28:19 ...'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'
Now if we were to take this verse on its own, then surely we could teach that there are three persons of the Godhead right? But we cannot do that, we
have to use the whole council of God. And what does the vast majority of the Word of God teach? That the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit, and that there
is only two persons of the Godhead, God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. So there must be a problem with this Bible verse in Matthew 28. To confirm
this, let us take a look at the apostles baptizing:
Acts 2:38 ...'Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.'
Acts 8:16 ...'For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.'
Acts 8:36-38 ...'What doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both
into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.'
Acts 10:48 ...'And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.'
Acts 19:5 ...'When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.'
Acts 22:16 ...'And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'
Romans 6:3 ...'Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?'
These Bible verses clearly show two things. That there is either a problem with the verse in Matthew 28, or that the mainstream understanding of it is wrong, because the apostles
clearly didn't baptize in the 'name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit'. So why did the disciples baptize in Jesus' name only?
1 John 2:23 ...'he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.' ... Because if you acknowledge Jesus
as the Son of God, then you also automatically have the Father. And as we learned above, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ and the Father. It's THEIR Spirit.
So by baptizing in Jesus' name only, like the disciples did, you are automatically acknowledging the Father, Son and THEIR Spirit!
VERSE USED - John 14:16 ...'And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.'
Now there is a simple Biblical truth that so many people miss with regards to this verse. They just take this one verse on its own and exclude
the context of what Jesus was saying. Let's look at this verse in context:
John 14:16-17 ...'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.'
Do you see this amazing truth? The Holy Spirit had not been sent at this point, and yet Jesus said .. You know
Him for He dwelleth with you! Then Jesus said .. I will not leave you comfortless, I WILL COME TO YOU. Jesus was talking about HIMSELF.
He was talking about His Spirit that He would send. Would you like more verses to confirm that?:
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.'
Jesus was saying He would send His own Spirit, which is the same Spirit as the Spirit of the Father, because they
are one in spirit and mind! Have a really good think on John 14:16-17. Prayerfully think about it and the truth will shine forth!
John 7:39 ...'But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that
Jesus was not yet glorified.' ... Why did Jesus need to be glorified before the Spirit could be sent? Because it is the Spirit of Christ HIMSELF.
John 14:22-23 ...'Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto
us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will
come unto him, and make our abode with him.'
Now many people look at John 14 and say .. Well, Jesus was referring to another person, because He said 'he' regarding the comforter. And what they don't realize is
that Jesus referred to HIMSELF as a 'third person' elsewhere. Take a look ... John 17:1-2 ...'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.' Do you see? Jesus spoke about HIMSELF in a 'third person'. So Jesus talking about the comforter as 'he' is no proof at all that
the comforter would be another person.
NOTE: The Greek word for 'comforter' is 'parakletos', which means 'intercessor, advocate, comforter'. If you
take a look at 1 John 2:1 it says that Jesus Christ is our 'advocate'. And the Greek word used for advocate in this verse is the same 'parakletos'
used for comforter in the other verses regarding the Spirit. 1 Timothy 2:5 also confirms we only have ONE mediator (advocate) with the Father, and that
is Jesus Christ. So what was to be 'sent' as a comforter for us? The Spirit of Christ.
"The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be." (E.White, 8MR 49)
"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is
withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, 'Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
(E.White, Desire of Ages, p.166)
"Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of Christ. He is the Comforter. He will
abide in their hearts, making their joy full." (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903)
Speaking of Satan, Ellen White says ... "He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves,
who warns, who admonishes them, saying, 'This is the way, walk ye in it." (E.White, RH, August 26, 1890)
"It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Holy
Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, 'the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name.' '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.' [John 14:16, 17]. This refers to
the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter." (E.White, Manuscript Releases 14, p.179)
Who does Revelation 1:13 say is walking amongst the candlesticks (churches)? A separate third being? No, it is Jesus Christ Himself!
VERSE USED - John 16:7-8 ...'Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the
Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgment.'
Many people look at these verses and say ... "you see! Jesus is talking about another person here, because Jesus says 'HIM' and 'HE' referring
to the Holy Spirit." ... Well, did you know that Jesus also said 'he' and 'him' when referring to Himself? Take a look at
the following prayer from Jesus to His Father in heaven in John 17...
John 17:1-3 ...'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. And this is life eternal, that they might
know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.'
Do you see? Jesus is speaking of Himself in a 'third person'. So John 16:7-8 is no proof at all of a 'third person'. Jesus is just speaking
of Himself and HIS Spirit that He is going to send. And why does Jesus need to go to heaven first before He can send the Holy Spirit? If the
Holy Spirit is another 'God' of the Godhead, then he could just come anytime himself. But the simple truth is, Jesus had to go to heaven first
before sending the Spirit, because it is Christ's OWN Spirit that He receives from the Father. Therefore the Spirit could not come
until Jesus was in heaven with the Father.
Now take a look at this ... John 15:26 ...'But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.' ... That word 'proceedeth' in the
original Greek means to literally COME OUT of someone. So the Spirit which Jesus was to send literally comes out of the Father.
It is God's own Spirit!
VERSE USED - 1 John 5:7 ...'For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.'
There are many scholars who believe that this verse is not a valid inspired verse, which has been added by man. And it does actually contradict what Jesus said
Himself in John 8:16-18, where He says that there are only TWO who bare witness - Himself and God the Father. But even if this verse is valid, of which I do
not have the knowledge or authority to say either way, then we can easily explain it. Take a look at the following verses from Paul:
Romans 8:10-16 ...'And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him
that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in
you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of
bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are
the children of God.'
A couple of things we can see from these verses. One is that the Spirit here is clearly being referenced as God's and Christ's OWN Spirit which dwells in us.
And second, did you notice that Paul refers to the Spirit as an 'it'? And if you look into the original meaning of 'itself' here, you will see it comes from
the Greek root word 'aer', which means AIR. Which is why the King James translators used the word ITSELF. Showing that the Spirit which bears witness is not
a literal person separate from the Father and Son. But THEIR OWN Spirit.
What did we learn earlier concerning the original meaning of the Spirit or Ghost? It means 'breath' or 'thought/mind'.
So this verse is saying that the three which bear witness is God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Breath or Mind. So logic tells us it is
talking about the breath or mind of God and Jesus Christ, because it makes no sense that there is a 'Holy Breath' or 'Holy Mind' existing in of itself.
I cannot stress this enough. We must not create a doctrine from only a few verses that actually contradict the
rest of scripture.
'All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the
Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.' (Luke 10:22)