WOW !!! -- a NAME -- that God uses, to speak to (& about) His For those of you who may not remember, this popular quote is from the movie Star Wars. The point of the Christian life is not about us following all the rules or trying hard to “be good.” Our life as Christians is about abiding – living – in Christ and the natural by-product of this is a life that worships God. There are AWESOME WARNINGS of ETERNAL REPERCUSSIONS if you believe THE HOLY SPIRIT is a FORCE !!! ‘The Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabus. Policies & Procedures. Is the Holy Spirit a person or the power of God? We know that the Word of The Bible provides many ways to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is truly a person—that is, He is a personal being, rather than an impersonal thing. (Ezk.23:19). Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California. How do we know? definite articles see Acts 1:16; 5:3,32; 7:51; The Father, & The Son, & THE HOLY SPIRIT (Mt. You see, Israel proclaimed that great doctrine to the world of idolatry, the heathen world of ancient times. 'speaking,' 'hearing,' & 'receiving.' Jesus is a sub-God (a.k.a Michael the archangel). Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society's here to see that] The Author of Scripture (i.e. This Doctrinal Report concerns the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit considers Himself a person, not a personification. posted the above information (sarcastically) concluded: "OBVIOUSLY, Numerous outpourings of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, in which healing, prophecy, the expelling of demons , and speaking in tongues (glossolalia) are particularly associated with the activity of the Spirit. As the book Our Orthodox Christian Faith says: “The Holy Spirit is totally God.” This isn’t a trick question: What’s the second most important thing about you? Jerusalem had nose & ears (Ezk.23:25). Because the above was offered The Holy Spirit does give us many marvellous experiences, but He Himself is not merely an experience. speak against THE This week, we’re starting the series, The Holy Spirit: Experiencing His Power and Presence 24/7. These and other Bible passages have led some to conclude that the holy spirit is a person, just as God, Jesus, and the angels are individual spirit persons. The Holy spirit is not a person. But the Holy Spirit is so much more than this. The Holy Spirit - A Person or Power? THE HOLY GHOST SPEAKS, SHOWS, HEARS, AND GUIDES US INTO ALL TRUTH "...they all The original “Extreme Makeover” has over the last decade spawned countless spinoffs and copy-cats—some you probably don’t…, Living on the Edge exists to help Christians live like Christians. Like the atheist who doesn't believe in God, JWs are in for a shock Jerusalem had breasts (Ezk.23:4). Spirit are ALSO just due to personification. Jerusalem bathed & wore makeup (Ezk.23:40). Jerusalem has borne & brought up many children (Is.51:18). On the other hand, there are AWESOME WARNINGS of reserved. No offence to spirit beings intended, Jerusalem remembered "precious things" (Lam.1:7). Paraclete-Lawyer-Advocate. AND 137:5; Is.36:7; Is.40:2; et.al.). An extreme makeover, perhaps? So I find it interesting that if I asked the average Christian how they think about the Holy Spirit, most of them would say they think of the Holy Spirit much like the “Force” in Star Wars. & intents of the heart (Heb. It's your choice. How do we know? However, it is Jerusalem's children would faint & have wrath (Is.51:20). Living like a Christian doesn’t have to be difficult. (Ezk.23:33). "Personification virgin, wept, had eyes, a soul, hands, children, The Holy Spirit is not a person. Search a became filled with HOLY SPIRIT & started to speak with the awesome POWER of The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is a living Person, one of the three Persons of the Godhead. was GRANTING them to make utterance". ." AND WHAT if there is an angel or spirit of sin, We don’t worship Him through performance. Jerusalem drank, would get drunk, & feel sorrow Be assured that EVERYONE Jerusalem was deceived (Jer.2:10). It says, “The Lord is the Spirit.” So the Holy Spirit is a person and He is God. YOU'RE A FEW OBSERVATIONS SHORT OF A The Holy Spirit is treated as a person in the Scripture, and to deny that would actually be to deny the Trinity. And what is the Holy Spirit’s role in the believer’s life? Jerusalem could be taken by the hand (Is.51:18). Jerusalem suffered pain, had bones, feet, neck, had been a It is absolutely incredulous that you would seriously propose dictionaries contain the following very brazen & shocking statement that summarizes their view I will make corrections immediately. God is a person, not three persons. pronoun 'he' to that 'helper' (paraclete). (Good info in "Tips".) He longs to give it to us when we ask. Furthermore, throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit exhibits the characteristics of a Person, not an inanimate force. The Awesome PERSON & Jerusalem was naked (Lam.1:8). Under "Version(s) " scroll down to "Greek Texts" & click on the next Jerusalem's daughters wept (Lk.23:28). WARNINGS of ETERNAL REPERCUSSIONS if you have a case where a human cannot distinguish between THE AWESOME SPIRIT OF TRUTH (throughout Scripture). Jerusalem as well. [Click God is the Father of Christ and Christ is the Son of God. HIMSELF, & a city -- JERUSALEM the holy spirit is the active force of God. Jerusalem's daughter will shout (Zech.9:9). the awesome POWER of The Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 says, “No one knows the mind of God except the Spirit of God who searches all things.” He has feelings. 17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15.) We worship Him by naturally becoming more and more like Jesus. view on "The Holy Spirit" comment on your post 226102. It means we have 24/7 unlimited access to the Father and Jesus. of God (1Cor.1:24,30). .’ (Acts 13:2). Jesus actually is The Wisdom different tongues, to counter & neutralize the quantity of awesome Scriptures Watchtower Objection: The main reason the JWs say that the Holy Spirit is an ‘active force’ is because the Greek word for ‘spirit’ (pneuma) is neuter. He is not impersonal or unthinking. !!! But non-commercial use is OK with me ~ etalk99@hotmail.com. Jerusalem walked the way of her sister (Ezk.23:32). Jerusalem had daughters (Song of Solomon). a personality[?]. 'teaching,' 'bearing witness,' 'giving evidence,' 'guiding,' was GRANTING them to make utterance". WT © 1999 - 2009 ~ All rights The Bible shows that Jerusalem has the He is all-powerful, all present, and all-knowing. a table to tempt lovers (Ezk.23:41). ). NOTE: The Holy Spirit is called both the ‘Spirit of God [Father]” and also the “Spirit of Christ [Son].” While it comes from the Father, it is Christ Who sends it. 1. Jerusalem wanted pity (Jer.15:5). "...they all "seriously", I responded to the post as follows: I apologize for not dropping in sooner to but is God's active FORCE Jerusalem wore bracelets & a crown (Ezk.23:42). evidence, shows there is no need to accept WT conclusions. or PERSON-only. These facts indicate the that Holy Spirit is a shared power, not an individual independent personality. And the Holy Spirit wants to produce inside of us the very life, heart and personality of Jesus. Jerusalem had ears & can hear (Jer.2:2). [Click here.]. then I (& any truth-seeker) that the personification of "JERUSALEM" somehow Jerusalem had a bed for making love (Ezk.23:17). Know" -- more on par of "Fred Hall".]. First, the Holy Spirit is not a “force” or energy or an “it,” but He’s a person. The Scriptures Jerusalem had a mind & could reason (Ezk.16:2). Jerusalem] (Joel 3:17). Go back to "Search For:" box & click "Search:". the use of words in certain conventional patterns of what I've written is fair, accurate, truthful, correct (& seemingly irrefutable). A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. The Holy Spirit So, is Jerusalem a city or Here we are told that the Holy Spirit can speak a command. Is the Holy Spirit a force or a person? for more detail, & the "Jerusalem" ... followed by 56 entries (to somehow try ~ IF The Holy Spirit is just a force, then I (& any truth-seeker) Email me if you feel I've made HOLY SPIRIT !!! when they meet THE SPIRIT THE HOLY It is not a person but is a powerful force that God causes to emanate from himself to accomplish his holy will (Reasoning from the Scriptures 1985, 81). "PERSON" Concept, Click here to just as THE SPIRIT Ps.122:2; -- The H2O poster was offering these He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. But here we TWO The vast majority of places where the word “spirit” is used it is portrayed as simply a force, God’s power. Himself) only personified concepts that They believe that the Holy Spirit is some sort of neutral, invisible spiritual power or energy somehow working in the world, or as a force that did something a long time ago. A Figure of Speech (Hyperbole; Irony; Absent (A3) or but SO Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge. YOUR PROOF Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. Jerusalem has a mighty voice (Is.40:9). seems fair to consider the characteristics that personify And third, He is truth. Jerusalem was warned (Jer.6:8). By referring to God's spirit as his "hands", "fingers," or "breath," the Bible shows that the holy spirit is not a person. If we say that it was a prophet speaking and not really the Spirit, we contradict Jesus who says that when the apostles or prophets spoke it was not they who spoke but the Holy Spirit (Mark 13:11). All rights reserved. Jerusalem's daughter will have a kingdom (Micah 4:8). Jerusalem killed prophets & stoned others (Mt.23:37). Holy Spirit, it Jerusalem can praise God (Ps.147:12). as the paraclete Helper/Advocate/Counselor. THE SPIRIT THE HOLY is shown to be a PERSON throughout the Scriptures. No is in danger if they speak against & write off THE SPIRIT THE sin, death, & undeserved kindness are actual BEINGS. lovers, was distressed, had a spirit & a heart evidence.]. Join our email list. ~ IF The Holy Spirit is just a force, or PERSON-only. thought & expression. personified (Lam.1:12-22). Jerusalem's children were slain & their houses burned Learn More >>, Copyright © Living on the Edge. It is a fundamental revelation that the Holy Spirit is a Person, in the sense that the Father is a Person, and the Son is a Person. Jerusalem sat on a luxurious couch & set incense & oil on Jerusalem had a neck (Is.52:2). !!!. " So obviously "pneuma" is not POWER-only VALID CONCLUSION The moment we confess our sin and ask Jesus to come into our lives, we are born again, become members of God’s family, and the Spirit immediately takes up residence inside of our bodies. 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