Christians: Where in the bible is the Holy Spirit eluded to being 'God the Spirit'?
Or being equal to God, or being the same as God, or being called God, or being a sentient entity... anything like that?
Because i am curious how Holy Spirit got added to the "Godhead".
- fixerkenLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Definition: The Hebrew word ru′ach and the Greek pneu′ma, which are often translated “spirit,” have a number of meanings. All of them refer to that which is invisible to human sight and which gives evidence of force in motion. The Hebrew and Greek words are used with reference to (1) wind, (2) the active life-force in earthly creatures, (3) the impelling force that issues from a person’s figurative heart and that causes him to say and do things in a certain way, (4) inspired utterances originating with an invisible source, (5) spirit persons, and (6) God’s active force, or holy spirit.
A comparison of Bible texts that refer to the holy spirit shows that it is spoken of as ‘filling’ people; they can be ‘baptized’ with it; and they can be “anointed” with it. (Luke 1:41; Matt. 3:11; Acts 10:38) None of these expressions would be appropriate if the holy spirit were a person.
Jesus also referred to the holy spirit as a “helper” (Greek, pa·ra′kle·tos), and he said that this helper would “teach,” “bear witness,” “speak,” and ‘hear.’ (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26; 16:13) It is not unusual in the Scriptures for something to be personified. For example, wisdom is said to have “children.” (Luke 7:35) Sin and death are spoken of as being kings. (Rom. 5:14, 21) While some texts say that the spirit “spoke,” other passages make clear that this was done through angels or humans. (Acts 4:24, 25; 28:25; Matt. 10:19, 20; compare Acts 20:23 with 21:10, 11.) At 1 John 5:6-8, not only the spirit but also “the water and the blood” are said to ‘bear witness.’ So, none of the expressions found in these texts in themselves prove that the holy spirit is a person.
The correct identification of the holy spirit must fit all the scriptures that refer to that spirit. With this viewpoint, it is logical to conclude that the holy spirit is the active force of God. It is not a person but is a powerful force that God causes to emanate from himself to accomplish his holy will.—Psalms. 104:30; 2 Pet. 1:21; Acts 4:31.
Acts 1:8 says that when Jesus’ followers received holy spirit they would be witnesses about him. According to Acts 2:1-11, when they did receive that spirit, observers were impressed by the fact that, although the ones speaking were all Galileans, they were speaking about the magnificent things of God in languages that were familiar to the many foreigners who were present. But the record does not say that there were any emotional outbursts on the part of those who received the spirit.
The Trinity doctrine was in most pagan cultures, The Two Babylon's had this to say about the Babylonian trinity god: So utterly idolatrous was the Babylonian recognition of the Divine unity, that Jehovah, the Living God, severely condemned His own people for giving any countenance to it: "They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens, after the rites of the ONLY ONE, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together" (Isa 66:17). In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians, there were three persons, and to symbolize that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. *The Babylonians had something of the same. Mr. Layard, in his last work, has given a specimen of such a triune divinity, worshiped in ancient Assyria."At the top of the picture is a representation of the Holy Trinity. We beg to speak of it with due reverence. God the Father and God the Son are represented as a MAN with two heads, one body, and two arms. One of the heads is like the ordinary pictures of our Saviour. The other is the head of an old man, surmounted by a triangle. Out of the middle of this figure is proceeding the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove. We think it must be painful to any Christian mind, and repugnant to Christian feeling, to look at this figure." (PARKHURST'S Hebrew Lexicon, "Cherubim.17th July, 1856)
While this had been the original way in which Pagan idolatry had represented the Triune God, and though this kind of representation had survived to Sennacherib's time, yet there is evidence that, at a very early period, an important change had taken place in the Babylonian notions in regard to the divinity; and that the three persons had come to be, the Eternal Father, the Spirit of God incarnate in a human mother, and a Divine Son, the fruit of that incarnation.Source(s): rs p. 380 Spirit
- 8 years ago
"Baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" - end of Matthew.
Also you could look at Acts 5 where it's clear the Holy Spirit is God from what Peter says.
Are you aware the Spirit (ruach) is also spoken of a lot in the Old Testament. If He was just a force of some impersonal sort, then it would have referred to a force of God.
2 corinthians 3:12-18
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom"
Can we get you free of JW deception? The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so that they cannot see the glory of God in the face of Christ. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness comprehends not. To those who did believe He gave the right to become, not Jehovah's witnesses, but children of God. Hebrews 1 should tell us that Jesus is not an archangel.
- ?Lv 78 years ago
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
- johnsenLv 43 years ago
Jesus pronounced that he could die so as that he ought to deliver the "Comforter" to them . yet while Jesus develop into particularly baptized via somebody who develop into pronounced as of God as develop into Aaron ( somebody who's a minimum of as sturdy as John The Baptist ) basically then did he receive the "Holy Spirit" of God , his Father in Heaven . maximum , so pronounced as "Born lower back" Christians did receive Jesus' "Comforter" ; and multiple of them have been and / or are getting used via Jesus while they submitted to his will ( if yet temporarily ) , in spite of the shown fact that it does no longer mean that they won God's "Spirit" as Jesus did . click on my solutions in this project so as to be sure the place a man or woman could have this ensue to them .