Who is the Holy Spirit?

Theological question concerning God the Holy Spirit:“Is the Holy Spirit a separate entity from God or is it just the Power of God like wind?”

Christian response,

God the Holy Spirit is traditionally held as the 3rd-Person of the Trinity. This numeric positioning is not meant to suggest the Holy Spirit is somehow less of God but in reality, the Holy Spirit is the active force, the tangible expression of the LOVE of God manifest in tangible ways in order that Creation, Redemption, Salvation can manifest within the Realm of Time. The Holy Spirit is first introduced to us in Genesis 1:2 and throughout Scripture the Holy Spirit literally “gets things done.”

It is the Holy Spirit that implanted Messiah into the womb of Mary (Luke 1:35) and it is the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11) and it is the Holy Spirit that worked through Messiah’s ministry of healing, raising the dead, casting out unclean spirits (Acts 10:38); without God the Holy Spirit, there would be no life, no hope (John 3).

It is the Holy Spirit that Seals us in the day of redemption, that is, He is our Guarantee of relationship with God the Father subsequent to our confession of Jesus Christ as Lord for the mediation of our sin (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is indeed MOST WORTHY of our praise and worship and honor as He is our indwelling Gift from the Father who abides with the faithful forever as He walks us through the process of sanctification and prepares us for service in the Kingdom of God (1 John 2:27)!

Atheist mocks God’s Mercy, a rebuttal…

Atheist mocks God’s mercy: “Christians say God is merciful, yet His mercy can’t be found in a children’s cancer ward at the hospital. I wonder why?”

Christian response,

God is Just, Holy, Merciful, True. Cancer is the resultant of man’s rejection of God and God’s Covenant of Sustenance as genomic mutational degradation is the result of the Adamic Curse and cancer is but one unfortunate outcome. Elohim warned, man did not listen but chose narcissism over obedience.

Every child that dies before attaining an age of accountability is immediately translated into the Kingdom as children are not held culpable for sin because God has so decreed that where there is no Law, there is no sin; in other words, until an individual attains an age/cognitive acuity sufficient to understand God’s righteous decrees upon their life and the ramifications for disobedience/sin, that child in not considered “guilty” in accordance with God’s mercy and justice.

God is merciful and has given Himself in death upon a Cross to express that mercy, but the spiritually dead and foolish individual existing in the facade of atheism fails to understand the relevance and depth of God’s mercy; therefore, they have destined them self, in their rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord, to a physiological death in sin and the “second death” in Hell pertaining to both the resurrected body and the soul (John 8:24; Revelations 20:11-15; Matthew 10:28).

Sin-nature v. Sinner by Choice?

Sin-nature or sinner by choice? Theological statement on FB: “I wasn’t born a sinner, I became one. You cannot repent from something you were from birth, only something you have chosen to become after. This is why as long as Christians believe they were born sinners, they will have no idea what sin is… Sin is transgression of the Law of God.”

Christian response,

Must a child be taught to disrespect his parents? Must a child be taught to lie or steal? You were born with a sin-nature inherited from your father who inherited that sin-nature from his father who ultimately inherited it from our first father, Adam. We all sin (Romans 3:23) because we’re sinners by nature. This is why Messiah was born through the womb of a virgin woman as He bypassed the sin-nature passed through the seed of man, Adam – Joseph.

It is that sin-nature and the accompanying sin, when having attained an age of reason/accountability, that separates us from God and that chasm can only be bridged by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, as your God and Mediator for sin because in Adam, all die and the unrepentant, those who reject Jesus as Lord, will die the “second death” in Hell because God the Father is NOT going to permit your unrepentant sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (1 Corinthians 15:22; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:27).

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

Faith v. Works – rebutting a theological error

Rebutting a theological error concerning a works salvation:“In reading Matthew 25 v 41-46 l cannot see anything other that ‘works’ getting a person into the Kingdom. And, in fact, ‘lack of works’ seems to guarantee eternal punishment. It does not even say you have to have ‘Faith’.”

Christian response,

If you could “work” your way into relationship with the Father, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die (Galatians 2:21). From Genesis 3:21 forward, God’s plan for redemption has always mandated that God HIMSELF would be the Redeemer, the Propitiation, the Lamb of sacrifice, for our sin apart from works or any form of human effort (Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 22:8).

God tells you that even on your best day, your works are as a bloody menstrual rag in His nose (Isaiah 64:6). Without faith, you cannot approach God the Father and without faith, God will not lend you a listening ear (Isaiah 66:2). Your works, philanthropy, good deeds, all become relevant SUBSEQUENT to your confession of Jesus as Lord and Mediator for your sin and subsequent to receiving the Holy Spirit as your Seal and Guarantor of relationship.

It is your good behavior – obedience – loving your neighbor as yourself, that verifies, authenticates, validates, your confession as being from the heart in sincerity and the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life actively walking you through the process of sanctification. First, you must be “justified” before the Father by grace thorough faith in Jesus, alone – then – that faith becomes a verb and produces good works as you are led by the Spirit of God in sanctification.

Cult confusion INRE to Messiah’s virgin birth, a rebuttal…

Rebuttal to cult confusion concerning the virgin birth:“Just imagine, John 3:16 says that God has ‘begotten’ Jesus! “Begotten” means – Something is begotten when it has been generated by procreation — in other words, it has been fathered by mean of sexual intercourse. Is this how Christians view God? That God begets?”

Christian response,

God the Father is free to bring forth His Messiah in any manner He chooses but from The Beginning (Genesis 3:15) God the Father chose to bring Messiah into the World through the seed of the Woman through the power and sovereignty and dominion of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). What does “only begotten” mean concerning our Messiah?The ” only begotten” in reference to Messiah means “the One and Only” “the Unique One” “the Only One of it Kind.”

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NASB) *see footnote = [a] Or unique, only one of His kind

Greek text: “only begotten” = μονογενῆ > monogenē = monogenés: only begotten

Original Word: μονογενής, έςPart of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: monogenés Phonetic Spelling: (mon-og-en-ace’) Definition: only begotten Usage: only, only-begotten; unique.

HELPS Word-studies

3439 monogenḗs (from 3411 / misthōtós, “one-and-only” and 1085 /génos, “offspring, stock”) – properly, one-and-only; “one of a kind” – literally, “one (monos) of a class, genos” (the only of its kind).

See John 3:16 (Greek): https://biblehub.com/text/john/3-16.htm

See “only begotten” in Greek: μονογενῆ > monogenē @ https://biblehub.com/greek/3439.htm

Note: If you reject the deity of Jesus Christ, you are not saved nor are you secure in God the Father as you do not possess the indwelling Holy Spirit who testifies of Messiah’s deity and the necessity for same. If you deny Messiah’s deity, you will die in your sin (John 8:24). Jesus Christ was not born of the seed of man (Joseph-Adam) but of the seed of the virgin woman via the Holy Spirit (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35) thereby circumventing the sin-nature transferred genomically though the man, Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12-21).

Colossians 2:9-10 (NASB)

The Law – or – Faith: Error rebutted…

Theological error rebutted: Error> “By relying on your faith you are endangering your soul. Follow the law and you won’t be misled.”

Christian rebuttal,

The Law of Moses, the Commandments, are good moral guides concerning the “moral” aspects of those Laws but attempted obedience to a Law cannot save you (James 2:10; Romans 3:20) as the Law is absent actual regenerative atonement (Hebrews 10). Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Law of Moses, the Commandments (Matthew 5:17) and ONLY by grace (unmerited favor you cannot earn) through faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus Christ as your God who died to pay your sin-debt will you find atonement-forgiveness for sin, the imputation of Messiah’s righteousness-perfection over your life thereby establishing a relationship with God the Father and receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Law cannot save you.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NASB)

Biblical Support for Free Will?

Theological request posted on FB: “Biblical support of free will?”

Christian response,

Void free will, love and relationship with our God could not manifest with purity and authenticity because if we were created as robots, we could be programmed to comply but we could never truly love. True love and authentic relationship cannot be predestined nor can they be coerced. Void free will, God’s love would be meaningless, life would be nihilistic and the suffering of Jesus would be futile. Calvin is wrong!

Atheist asked: “What are the flaws in Aquinas’ argument?”

Atheist asked: “What are the flaws in Aquinas’s argument?”

“We see that things which lack knowledge, such as natural bodies, act for an end, and this is evident from their acting always, or nearly always, in the same way, so as to obtain the best result. Hence it is plain that they achieve their end, not fortuitously, but designedly. Now whatever lacks knowledge cannot move towards an end, unless it be directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence; as the arrow is directed by the archer. Therefore, some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God.” — Thomas Aquinas

Christian response,

I would not refer to Aquinas’ argument for design and predestination of the soul as flawed but perhaps a misunderstanding of God the Father, His desire for relationship and thus the necessity for free will. It is true that God is immutable; that is, He does not change e.g. His divine nature is fixed (Malachi 3:6); His attributes are eternal but God is also a God consumed with love (1 John 4:8) and that love has motivated the creation of both the angelic realm and the creation of human kind.

In order for relationship with God to exist in purity, undefiled, with authenticity, created beings designed to relate to God with intimacy MUST possess free will to choose to love or hate; to choose good or evil; to choose obedience or disobedience; otherwise, love and relationship would be virtually impossible as love cannot exist in an atmosphere of coercion and authentic relationship cannot manifest void volition i.e. a sincere desire to commune with another. It is at this juncture that I disagree with Aquinas in that God does definitely move Time and Eternity toward a foreordained conclusion but the PROCESS by which that conclusion comes to fruition is FLUID; in other words, though God’s Plan for Time and Eternity is immutable and all that the prophets have exclaimed will come to pass, God, in His omnipotence, chooses to endow His created beings with free will so that an interpersonal relationship with Him can manifest with intimacy – or – those created beings can choose to reject intimacy with God while simultaneously via His omnipotence God meticulously works through and around our personal choices in this life to bring His ultimate Plan for Time and Eternity to pass in accordance with His perfect will.

In conclusion,

For all things to be predestined by God would render the love and justice and compassion and grace of God of no effect and all life nihilistic and futile and most tragically, the suffering of Christ meaningless.

What does it mean to be led by the Spirit and not under Law?

Theological question shared on FB: “Who knows what it means to be led by the Holy Spirit and not under Law?”

Christian response,

Concerning God’s promises in the New Covenant established in Messiah’s blood (Matthew 26:28),

And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord:I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them,”He then says, 17 “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Jesus said concerning the indwelling Holy Spirit’s work in the New Covenant,

25 All this I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.John 14:25-27

Discussion,

Being led by the Spirit means that those who are “born again” by the Holy Spirit by grace through faith in Jesus Christ have subsequently received the indwelling Holy Spirit as their Seal and Guarantor of relationship with God the Father forever through faith in Jesus as Lord and Mediator for sin (Ephesians 1:13-14) meaning that we are then “justified” by faith in Jesus before God the Father (Romans 5:1).

Subsequent to our confession of faith in Jesus as Lord, God the Father gives the faithful the indwelling Holy Spirit Who then becomes our Tutor, our Teacher, our Instructor and Guide in righteousness through obedience (1 John 2:27; John 14:16) not to the letters carved in stone or etched upon parchment but the Law having been written in our heart and placed in our mind through the Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 10:16); this same Law, to a lesser degree, has been relevant since the creation of the angels and the creation of our Earthly father, Adam.

Necessity for the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15),

The Law of Conscience infused within the angels and human kind by our Creator is essential for at least two-reasons,

  1. The sustainability of human kind as a bulwark against unrestrained narcissism-hedonism culminating in extinction of the species.
  2. So that Judgment in Eternity can manifest with equity and due process; every man and woman having died in the body rejecting Jesus as Lord will be without excuse in the Day of Judgment of the Condemned (John 8:24; Revelation 20:11-15).

The Law of the Spirit (Conscience) v. The Law of Moses,

It is the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15), the Natural-objective-Moral Law written in our heart and infused in our mind at conception by our Creator that the Holy Spirit takes and magnifies in the believer and carefully guides them to follow God’s Law which now includes mens rea i.e. the mind of mankind e.g. the thoughts of mankind are now subject to culpability (Matthew 5:27-28) which supersedes the Law of Moses and the Commandments, these having faded away and given way to the Law of the Spirit in the New Covenant of Grace (2 Corinthians 3:4-11; Romans 7:6).

The Law of Moses, the Commandments, were given specifically to the Hebrew Tribes and converts to Judaism and they were NOT given to the Gentiles or the New Testament Church (Acts 15). In the New Covenant of Grace, a Christian is NOT under Law but under Grace in Jesus Christ and through the Spirit (Romans 6:14). The Law of Moses/The Commandments cannot save or redeem (Galatians 2:16) because lasting regenerative atonement for sin is not available in the Covenant of Law (Hebrews 10:4); though men and women found righteousness (a right standing) with God the Father in the Covenant of Law through their faith, the Law of Moses/the Commandments only condemn as the Law of Moses only defines sin (Romans 3:20; Romans 8:1-4).

Messiah’s Commands established in the New Covenant,

Following is a short list of Messiah’s “Commands” that the Spirit is careful to teach us in our walk of sanctification in Him (2 Timothy 2:15)…

Repent (Matthew 4:17)

Follow Him (Matthew 4:19)

Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16)

Be reconciled (Matthew 5:23–24)

Don’t Lust (Matthew 5:27–30)

Make no oaths (Matthew 5:34, 37)

Don’t resist evil with evil (Matthew 5:39-42)

Love and pray for your enemies (Matthew 5:44–46)

Be perfect (in love) (Matthew 5:48)

Seek God’s Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33)

Don’t Judge (Matthew 7:1)

Don’t give what is holy to dogs (Matthew 7:6)

Treat people as you want to be treated (Matthew 7:12)

Enter (heaven) through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14) (Matthew 7:15–16)

Follow Jesus (Matt. 8:22)

Ask God to send out workers (Matthew 9:37–38)

Don’t fear those who can kill the body (Matthew 10:28)

Come to Jesus for rest (Matthew 11:28)

Confront brothers in private first (Matthew 18:15–17)

Forgive Seven times Seventy (Matthew 18:21–22)

Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s (Matthew 22:21)

Love God (Matthew 22:39)

Partake of Communion (Matthew 26:26–27)

Keep guard against sin (Matthew 26:41)

Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)

Preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15)

Be on guard against greed (Luke 12:15)

Invite the poor (Luke 14:12–14)

Love one another (John 13:34) (John 15:12) (John 15:17).