"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; and so he is God. But, the Holy Spirit is a gift that God gives to repented people, by sealing it on them, to make them as born of the Spirit. Here, the Holy Spirit has become the third part of a born again person. Holy Ghost is God, and Holy Spirit is a creation of God.
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Praise the Lord, Alleluia. Today's study is the Declaration of Faith # 4. The declaration says: "The Holy Ghost is the third person in God; and so, he is God. But the Holy Spirit is a gift that God gives to repented people, by sealing it on them, to make them as born of the Spirit. Here, the Holy Spirit has become the third part of a born-again person. Holy Ghost is God, and Holy Spirit is a creation of God." Let us study this from scripture. Every Christian knows that "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost," are individually as well as jointly, God. So, the Holy Ghost is God. The Holy Spirit is the light that God has created on the first day. Declaration #5 explains it in detail. God gives the holy spirit to a man and calls it as the spirit of man. So, the holy spirit is the spirit of man. And, he is given to repented people as a gift. He leads the people to be holy and guides them to inherit eternal life. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot go to heaven.
God cannot have intimate relationship with the flesh. The flesh represents the world and worldly things. So, God gives the holy spirit to man, and calls it as the spirit of man. God builds his relationship with the spirit of man and thus he has relationship with his people. "1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 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. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." So, God gives us the knowledge of heavenly things and the things of heaven through the spirit that he has given to us as a gift. This spirit is the connecting link between man and God. It is the holy spirit and God also calls it as the spirit of man. He is the spirit of man, since he is given it to man and he is holy spirit, since he is holy, leads us in holy life and to eternal life.
The first sentence in the declaration says, that the Holy Ghost is the third person in God. So, he is God. Christians have no problem to accept that the Holy Ghost is God. However, for the topic sake, let me give a few scripture verses to prove that he is God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says All scripture is given by inspiration of God. So, if the Holy Ghost has inspired the scriptures, then the Holy Ghost is God. Acts 1:16 says that the Holy Ghost spoke by the mouth of David; which is scripture inspired. Acts 28:25 says well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet; again, scripture inspired. 2 Peter 1:21 says that holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. So, since the Holy Ghost has inspired scriptures, the Holy Ghost is God.
The creator is God. In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God, which is the Holy Ghost, took part in creation. Job 26:13 says, By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. They are creation. Job 33:4 says, The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. So, the Holy Ghost created Job. Psalms 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: Again, even though God the Father, created all things by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost also had part in the creation. So, the Holy Ghost was with God, and he is God.
Jesus Christ spoke in Matthew 12:31 the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 ... it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. That is, blasphemers of the Holy Ghost will eternally be damned. In Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira were killed on the spot for tempting the Holy Ghost by telling a lie. And great fear came upon them. "Matthew 10:28 says, 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." The scripture tells us to fear God only, and again tells us to fear the Holy Ghost. That is, the scripture tells us that the Holy Ghost is God. These are just a few scriptures.
However, it is very important to know that the holy spirit is not God and the Holy Ghost is not the holy spirit. Christians are already brain washed or conditioned. They all have unanimously accepted that the holy spirit is God; and, the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost are the same with different names. It is big error, according to the bible. The holy spirit is not God, and it is the light that God has created on the first day of creation. In declaration #5, the details are explained. Please refer declaration #5 and study the creation of the holy spirit. The holy spirit is given to us for our spiritual life. Let me explain: We are Souls. A soul is a person. In the process of our conception and birth, a flesh body is wrapped around the soul and we are born with the flesh body; and that is born of the flesh. So, we have a soul inside our body. Some of us may identify the soul as our conscience. We may have good conscience or evil conscience. In our life, we may be doing evil or sin. Even our soul or our conscience may not like what we do. So, we feel bad about it, but we could not overcome it. Jesus Christ says that we must be born again; that is to be born of the spirit; that is to receive the holy spirit from God, so that it may protect us from doing evil. For that, we must repent for our sins, and ask God to give us his spirit; and God will give us the holy spirit, to guide us in his ways. It is called born again or born of the spirit. When we were born, our soul received flesh to cover the soul; and it is called born of the flesh. So also, as we receive the spirit, the holy spirit covers our soul; and it is called as born of the spirit. Now, our soul has the flesh as well as the spirit. So, now we are complete with soul, body, and spirit. So, the holy spirit is the third part of a born-again man/woman. But the Holy Ghost is Omnipresent God; and he fills the universe.
Let us see about the holy spirit from the scripture. "2 Corinthians 1:22 (God) hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." Earnest is the down payment. So, God seals us, or gives us his spirit in our hearts, as down payment to us. So, this spirit is equivalent to a small amount. Then, how could this spirit be God? "Ephesians 1:13&14. 13 … ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance …" It says that this spirit is the holy spirit, and it is compared to a lay away money, which is insignificant. But the Holy Ghost is God, who has created the universe and will take part in destroying the whole solar system.
"Ephesians 4:30 says, grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit." The holy spirit is given to us for our redemption. Yet, the holy spirit is placed under us, and it is possible that we may grieve and even quench the holy spirit. Quench is to put him out. But, if we blaspheme the Holy Ghost, he will destroy us with eternal destruction, because he is God. So, the Holy Ghost is God and the holy spirit is not God.
Jesus Christ tells us to be born again, and it is to be born of the spirit. "John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." So, we must repent of our sins and ask God to give us the spirit. It is in Luke 11:9&13. "9 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, if we ask him as his children, God will give the holy spirit to you as a gift as the Father. God is Light and holy spirit is also light. The difference is that if God is as the light from the sun, the holy spirit is as the light from a candle. When God gives us the holy spirit, we have the light in us. "Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." God wants us to show the light to others, by the good works, it produces in our life. "Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." The holy spirit is in us to take us to everlasting life. Without this holy spirit, nobody can go to heaven. Our lesson is that Holy Ghost is God, and holy spirit is a gift from God, without which, nobody can go to heaven. So, you must be born again. We must receive the holy spirit from God. The holy spirit is the most important gift to us, in order to attain eternal life.
Please, you may study the lessons on these links: "Holy Spirit", "Ghost and Spirit Transcript." Thank you.
God Bless You