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THE REAL HOLY SPIRIT
AUTHOR: Computers for Christ
PUBLISHED ON: May 2, 2003
DOC SOURCE: CCN

                      THE REAL HOLY SPIRIT

    In Mormonism the “Holy Ghost” is a personage, or a god, but
the “Holy Spirit” is an impersonal force. The Mormons refer to
verses that the Holy Spirit is symbolized by  oil, fire and water
and show that these are “impersonal”. The Bible refers to the
Father and the Son as “bread of life”, “living water” and other
“impersonal” terms. Again, we must look at the context.
    In John 16:7, our Lord is placing His emphasis on His going
away and the Holy Spirit’s being sent by the Father to replace
our Lord himself. This change (or replacement), Jesus says, would
be beneficial for His disciples. AN IMPERSONAL FORCE COULD HARDLY
IMPROVE ON THE PERSONAL PRESENCE OF OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST!
    The word in Hebrew and the word in Greek for SPIRIT and
GHOST both mean the same, “breath or wind” and the “translators”
of the King James Bible noted that the Greek word denoted a
neuter gender and mistranslated to be an “IT”, but they did
utilize the word Ghost and Spirit and interchanged them on many
occassions.
    The words as translated are from only ONE word in Hebrew and
ONE word in Greek – therefore there are NOT two words for  SPIRIT
and GHOST – only ONE. Now, let’s look at this ONE entity called
the HOLY SPIRIT. In John 16:13 and 14 we see our Lord, Jesus
telling us this about the Holy Spirit, “HE shall not speak of
HIMSELF … HE shall glorify me … HE shall receive of mine
….”. NOTE that our LORD  gives PERSONALITY to the Spirit.
Otherwise our Lord would have used the term that Mormons use
“IT”.
    Jesus repeatedly (John  16:7-15) uses the MASCULINE PERSONAL
pronoun “He” when referring to the Spirit. Jesus used the term
clearly to tell us that the Spirit had personality and intimacy.
    Ananias was struck dead for lying to the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts
5:3). You cannot lie to an impersonal force! It would be like
walking up to a window box fan, turning it on and facing its
“force” and then telling lie after lie to it  – IT WOULD NOT CARE
THE SLIGHTEST, WOULD IT? Now, you look at Ananias and, if you are
not a complete idiot, you would not repeat his behavior, now
would you? The Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are not two
different items mentioned in the Bible. There is only one entity
referred to as both HOLY GHOST and HOLY SPIRIT.
    The Holy Spirit is a person. The Spirit may be “grieved”
(Ephesians 4:30) and “sinned against” by UNFORGIVABLE blasphemy
(Mark 3:29). None of these things are possible for an “impersonal
force”.

The  Holy Ghost does things which only a person COULD do.

He  SPEAKS:

    “The Spirit said unto Philip, ‘Go near'” (Acts 8:29)

He STRIVES:

    “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Genesis 6:3)
– “The  Spirit also helpeth our infirmity … [and] MAKETH
INTERCESSION for us.” (Romans 8:26)

He REVEALS, SEARCHES, and KNOWS:

    “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the
Spirit searcheth all things … the things of God knoweth no man
but the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2:10,11).

    Other verses can be shown in which the Spirit IDENTIFIES
with believers (Acts 15:28), The Spirit is ETERNAL (Hebrews
9:14), OMNIPRESENT (Psalm 139:7-10), DOES GOD’S WORK (Genesis
1:2), INVOLVED IN REGENERATION (John 3:8), participates in the
RESURRECTION (Romans 8:11).
    Paul identifies the Spirit as the speaker to Isaiah. Acts
28:25-26 and Isaiah 6:8,9. An impersonal force does not counsel,
speak, feel, or anything resembling personality. The HOLY SPIRIT
is a person – one of the THREE ENTITIES of the ONE TRUE GOD.

Computers For Christ

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