Tell me nothing but the truth – Part 5
From Part 4, we continue here.
We have one last question to discuss. Now that we have seen that there is only One God the Father, who has one only begotten Son who is God by inheritance, what about the Spirit? Is the Spirit God? Let us see what the Bible says.
The Bible is clear that the Spirit belongs to God. This fact is stated over fifty times. The Bible says:
“Spirit OF God” – 26 times/witnesses in the Bible
“HIS Spirit” – 9 times/witnesses in the Bible
“MY Spirit” – 12 times/witnesses in the Bible
“Spirit OF Christ” – 2 witnesses/times in the Bible
“THY Spirit” – 5 times/witnesses in the Bible
The small words, i.e. OF, HIS, MY and THY are completely ignored in the one in three god doctrine. If these small possessive words could be considered as they are, it would become immovably clear that the Spirit which is OF God belongs to the One God, not that the Spirit is a third part of who the One God is.
So, if we are to establish the truth on the basis of a “Thus saith the Lord”, we can says, “Thus saith the Lord, the Spirit is OF God, it belongs to God”. That would be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. God is the one who has the Spirit as His own, which he sends, gives, takes, etc. as He sees fit, and that by that Spirit, he is present everywhere. In fact, there is no record in the Bible where the Spirit active except when explicitly sent by God. Not once is the Spirit not sent!
In all the verses about the Spirit of God there is nothing about forming a One God out of three persons. There is no verse which says the Spirit is God. The Spirit is never addressed as God in any statement in the Bible. But there are a few verses where that assumption can be made. Let us study one of them.
- Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost (the Spirit). And it was said that, Ananias lied not to man, but to God. So, it is concluded that, if to lie to the Spirit is to lie to God, then the Spirit is God.
But is that what the verse is saying? What does it mean to say the Spirit is God?
Just to be clear. What is stated is that Ananias lied to the Spirit and that Ananias lied to God. The connection that this Spirit is itself the God who was lied to is not there in this verse. That connection is reasoned out by assumption as we will now demonstrate.
But is this reasoning always so? Is it even correct that if to lie to someone is to lie to God, then that someone has become God himself?
May be the question should be:
Would it be true that to lie to the Spirit is to lie God if the Spirit belonged to God and was sent by God?
Yes. Let us see how.
Is the Spirit God? Well, Yes and No.
The simple answer is:
WHAT YOU DO TO THE ONE WHO WAS SENT
IS WHAT YOU DO TO THE ONE WHO HAS SENT.
Here are examples of this simple principle which occurs in the Bible, that to do something to one sent by God is to do it to God.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
If you despise man, to whom God has given His Spirit, you despise God, not man.
Is man God? Yes and No.
How yes? Figuratively, man is standing in place of God and is a god. John 10:34 puts it this way:
- John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken.
So the ones to whom the word of God came so that they can give it to others, i.e. the ones who were sent with God’s word were called gods, because they were a conduit of the words from God.
How no? Not literally. Man, who has received the word of God and the Spirit of God is not the God we worship neither does he part of forming the One God we worship.
Man is god by virtue of representing God, but is not the One God whom he is representing. Hence, we can say “the Man of God” but we cannot say “God the Man” or “Man the God”.
- Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
To do good to Christ’ brothers (owned and sent by Christ) is to do good to Christ himself. Similarly, to do evil to men who are Christ’s brethren, is to do evil to Christ himself.
Are Christ’s brethren Christ? Yes and No.
How yes, they stand in Christ’s place therefore what is done to them is done to Christ.
How no? Not literally, Christ’s brethren are not the Christ who paid for our sins, the one we worship, neither are they part of forming who the One Christ is.
Christ’s brethren are Christ, by virtue of representing him, but not literally the One Christ they represent. So we can say the ‘brethren of Christ’ but we cannot say ‘brethren the Christ’ or ‘Christ the brethren’.
- Exodus 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
When you chide with Moses, who is owned, sent and given by God, you chide with God.
Is Moses God? Yes and No.
How yes? Figuratively, Moses stands in place of God and is to be obeyed by Pharaoh as obeying the very God himself. Exodus puts it this way:
- “Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee A GOD TO PHARAOH: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.”
How no? Not literally. Moses is not the One God we worship neither is he a part that forms the God we worship.
Moses is god by virtue of being sent by God, but Moses is not literally the God who has sent him. Hence, we can say “Moses of God” but not “God the Moses” or “Moses the God”.
So we can see clearly that Acts 4:5 or any other verse, when weighed against the evidence of the Bible, to harmonise it with the most important truth about the Spirit, it says nothing about the Spirit being a person that forms the One God. The Spirit which is OF God, when sent by God, is to be obeyed as God himself. Yet the Spirit remains “Thus saith the Lord, the Spirit is OF God”, not forming a third part of who God is.
- The spirit can think, speak, and show the qualities of a personality
Remember we want a clear “Thus saith the Lord” only to establish the truth.
There are many verses that show the Spirit doing that which you would expect a person to do. Here are some examples:
The Spirit intercedes for us with groaning – Romans 8:26
The Spirit searches – Romans 8:27
The Spirit speaks – 1 Timothy 4:1
So, yes the Spirit shows the qualities of a person. But what to we do with the fact that the Spirit belongs to God and is sent by God to do God’s will? Let us look further. We have an interesting hint in 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11. It says,
- 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
The Bible does something interesting here. The Bible compares the spirit of man and the Spirit of God. What the spirit of man does to man is the same that the Spirit of God does to God, i.e. know the deep things of God.
So far, the Spirit of God is still the Spirit belonging to God, searching the things of God, knowing the things of God, and as sent by God revealing the things of God to us. Yet in doing so, the Spirit exhibits a personality, by doing, speaking, even thinking. That’s all that we have from the Bible directly stated about the Spirit of God. Beyond that we can have our speculation, but it is not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Let us look at the spirit of man. We do so because the spirit of man to man has been compared to the Spirit of God to God by the Bible. How does the spirit of man relate to man? Or from a different angle, when Paul compared the spirit of man to the Spirit of God, was that something he could find in the Bible?
Let consider this case of Jacob and his spirit, the spirit of Jacob.
- Genesis 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
Would you say according to this statement, the spirit of Jacob showed a personality? Yes, a person is revived by receiving good words. So was the spirit of Jacob after receiving the good words from Joseph and seeing the wagons from Joseph. But who was revived? Was another person other than Jacob, i.e. a second person called Jacob’s spirit revived? No. The revival of the spirit of Jacob is the revival of Jacob himself, in his very life or spirit.
- Psalms 77:3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
The spirit of David showed to qualities of a person. The spirit of David was overwhelmed and also made diligent search. So, of a truth the spirit of David has a personality just like David. But, is the spirit of David a second person to David or a second part of who David is? No. The Spirit of David is David himself. When the spirit of David is overwhelmed, David is overwhelmed. When the spirit of David is making diligent search, David is calling to remembrance.
We have many more examples of the attributes of God and man displaying personalities. Here are a few more.
Agape love (charity) shows a personality in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 when charity “suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
Wisdom shows a personality in Proverbs 9 when wisdom “builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city”
Grace shows a personality when it “bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11) and “frustrated” (Galatians 2:21).
Just like the Spirit of God, the love of God, the wisdom of God and he grace of God all have a personality. If having a personality is the evidence of being another person which makes a part of who God is, then we have more than three on one god. We have five if not more than five in one God.
However, in all these cases we know already that the love of God, the wisdom of God and the grace of God are God’s attributes that belong to him. The Spirit of God has also been presented as an attribute that belongs to God. Thus, we can say, just as much as the love, wisdom and grace of God accomplish that which God wants, so is the Spirit of God. Just as much as to frustrate the grace of God (Galatians 2:21) is to frustrate God Himself not another person called the grace of God, so is the lying to the Spirit lying to the God who owns and sends His Spirit to us.
Here is how David understood the Holy Spirit of God.
- Psalms 51:11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
- Psalms 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
According to David, the Spirit of God can be fled from. The Spirit of God is the presence of the same God.
So let us summarise what we have seen.
- There is only truth in God, no truth mixed with a lie.
- All lies come from one source, the devil.
- We must know the true identity of the One God we worship, that is eternal life.
- We must decide only on the basis of a clear “Thus saith the Lord” because Christ spoke in simple language simple enough for babies.
- We measured the statement that says:
- The One God is formed the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The One God is made up of three persons.
- The One God is not a person, but a concept of unity.
Against a clear “Thus saith the Lord”.
- We found that:
- The One God of the Bible is the Father.
- God has a Son begotten from eternity before the world was created.
- The Son of God is God by inheritance but not the One God.
- We do not have two Gods, but one God and His divine Son.
- The Spirit belongs to God as God’s own presence..
- Of all these points, we did not make an assumption.
- Those who believe that the One God is made up of three persons teach that they assume this doctrine because it is not clearly taught in the Bible.
- We therefore conclude that the idea of a One God formed out of three persons is a lie. There is no “Thus saith the Lord” in this idea, but there is “Thus saith the men”.
God’s blessings to you all.
The Rock Fortress Ministries
05 September 2020