"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The Holy Ghost is the third person in God, so he is God. God gives the Holy Spirit as a gift to people, by sealing it on them, and so they become born again, of the Spirit. So, the Spirit is the third part in born again people. It is ignorant to say that both Spirits are same, with different names.
If you prefer to hear the video clip also, please click on this link: "Declaration 4"
Praise the Lord, Alleluia. Today we will see the Declaration of Faith item # 4; It is about Holy ghost and Holy Spirit. The declaration says: The Holy Ghost is the third person in God and the Holy Spirit is the third part in born again people. Churches say that both spirits are the same, with different names. But, Holy Spirit is a gift that God gives, if we repent. God seals the Spirit in us, and we become born again, of the Spirit. Let us study this from scripture.
The first sentence in the declaration says is that the Holy Ghost is the third person in God, and so he is God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says All scripture is given by inspiration of God. So, it is God. But, if the Holy Ghost has inspired the scriptures, then the Holy Ghost is God. Acts 1:16 says this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before. So, it was the Holy Ghost. Acts 28:25 says well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers. Again it was Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. So, according to these verses the Holy Ghost has inspired the scriptures. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we saw that God inspires the scriptures. And so, the Holy Ghost is God.
Next, the creator is God. In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God moved upon the waters, so he has part in creation. Job 26:13 says, By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. So, the Holy ghost has created. Job 33:4 says, The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Again, the Holy Ghost has created Job. Psalms 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: Again, he was the creator. In the New Testament, according to Luke 1:35 & Hebrews 10:5, the Holy Ghost joined with the Most High God to create a body in the womb of Mary so that Jesus may be born as a man. Holy Ghost is the creator, he is God.
Jesus Christ spoke in Matthew 12: 31 I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. That is, blasphemers will eternally be damned. So, he must be reverenced highly and he must be feared. According to Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira were killed on the spot for tempting the Holy Ghost by telling a lie. Scripture says that it was to inflict fear among the people and it says great fear came upon them. "Matthew 10:28 says And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." So, it says to fear God only. Here, God wants us to fear the Holy Ghost and so the Holy Ghost is God.
1 Corinthians 3:17 says If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. This person is temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, ? Here we see that this person is the temple of the Holy Ghost. So, the Holy Ghost is God.
Let us see about the holy spirit. God gives us the Holy Spirit as a gift. "2 Corinthians 1:22 Who (God) hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." So, God seals us with a spirit. "Ephesians 1:13&14. 13 ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance " This spirit is holy spirit, and this spirit help us to walk in the ways of God on earth. It is the earnest of the spirit, so as soon as it reaches heaven, it will be glorified, and then it will be like the glory of Jesus Christ.
But, "Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." The holy spirit is given for our redemption. Yet we grieve the holy spirit. But we cannot do it to the Holy Ghost. "1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit." We may even quench the holy Spirit. Quench is to put him out. But, if we do such thing to the Holy Ghost, he will destroy us immediately, because he is God. But the holy spirit will return to God. Then, our eternity will be in hell. Without the holy spirit, we cannot go to heaven. The holy spirit is given to us for our eternal life. But, he is not God.
God created Adam and the holy spirit was given to him. He became a spiritual man, or it says that he became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 says that God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." But, as Adam sinned, he lost the spirit, or we may say that he died to the spirit. "Romans 5:12 , as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, " The sin of Adam and the spirit death by sin, have entered the world and on all of us. Because of the spiritual death, we are born without spirit, but only with soul and body. So, we are all spiritually dead. Ephesians 2:1 says that we "were dead in trespasses and sins:" So, Jesus Christ tells us to be born of the spirit again. "John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." So, we must repent of our sins and ask God to give us the spirit. It is in Luke 11:9-13. "9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. ... 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" So, God gives us the holy spirit. We get our spirit back and we are born again; born of the spirit. And, we will be with God in heaven in glorified spirit body forever. Thank you very much for listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
Please, you may study the lessons on these links: "Holy Ghost", "Holy Spirit", "Ghost and Spirit Video." Thank you.
God Bless You