"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God has created the Light on the first day. "Genesis 1:3 God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also." God has created Lights on two days, on the first day and on the fourth day. The fourth day light is, the illumination. They are the son, moon, and stars which gives light to the earth. Then, what is the Light that God has created on the first day? It is not the physical light of illumination. Let us see what it is. Jesus Christ says in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Jesus Christ has this light, and he also gives this light to those who follow him. This light is of the spirit nature, but not the physical illumination. "John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Here also Jesus Christ is the light and he gives the light to any person in the world, who will repent of sins and obey God. "John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men." Again, the light is the life of men, so this light is life, it is not the natural life that is in the blood, but it is the life of the soul. As the truth, it is symbolical, light is the spirit from God and darkness is spirits of the devil or demonic spirits. This light or the spirit, God has created on the first day, but he also has divided it from darkness. The light is the holy spirit, which God gives to obedient people, which manifest to men as light.
God has created man and woman on the sixth day. They were just souls. "Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." So, God has created man in the image of his soul. Genesis 2:7 says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,.." This body of dust was given to the soul of man, and now man was body and soul. Then, "Genesis 2:7 ... and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." If we are not careful, we may misunderstand this verse. Most Christians think that God made a clay statue of a man, and breathed into his (its) nostrils the breath of life to bring the statue into a man. That is not what the verse says. Man is already made by the soul and the body. Then, God breathed into him the holy spirit (not empty air), and this man (who is already a man) became a living soul (born again man). God has created man in two stages, 1) ordinary flesh man, and then 2) as born again man, or as spiritual man. So, Jesus Christ also says that we must be born again, and gives the holy spirit to his people. So, in creation, God has created the spirit or the light on the first day. And on the sixth day God has created the soul in his own image, then the flesh man from the dust, and put them together as an ordinary man. God then gave the spirit (light) to this man and made him as a living soul or as a spiritual man. This man is complete with body, soul, and spirit. At birth, we have body and soul. So we must be born again, that is, we must receive the spirit to be a complete person, even to see the kingdom of God. Without the holy spirit, a living man is a dead soul, but with the holy spirit, he is a 'living soul'. Genesis 2:7 says, "God .., and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." The breath of life is the holy spirit.
"Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 1 Corinthian 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;" God created Adam as a man and then as a living soul, or as 'born again' man. That which was true in Adamís time is still true today. When the holy spirit enters a man, he becomes a born again man. As a born again man, he becomes a child of God. As a child of God, he gains the ability to see the kingdom of God according to John 3:3 says: "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." But if a person is not born again, he does not have the holy spirit. God says a person without the holy spirit is a dead person. Ephesians 2:1 says: "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;". The person does not have the spirit and lives in sin. So, God considers this living man as dead man. Now, God quickened, that is raised him from death, by giving him the holy spirit. Now the person is a living soul, or he is a spiritual man. He was physically a living man, but God saw him as a dead man before. Now his soul is guided by the holy spirit in the ways of God. When Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, they became dead at the same day they ate. Genesis 2:17 says "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:6&7 says "6... she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;" Since the spirit left, they were spiritually dead. The spirit had glory, and it was their covering since they were in paradise. As the spirit left, they saw the nakedness of the flesh. They were considered dead on the same day that since the spirit has left them. But, they were physically alive, but dead in souls, and lived for several more years in the world.
The holy spirit, is not God. Christians are taught that the holy spirit is God, mistaking for the Holy Ghost, who is God and one of the three persons in God. But it is taught that Holy Spirit is God universally by all teachers, which is wrong. Ephesians 4:30 says: "grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." This verse refers to the Ďholy Spirit of Godí; not to ĎGod the Holy Ghostí; the holy spirit is a gift given by God, but it is not God himself. Also, how can the almighty God be stamped as a seal on a man? Luke 11 says: "9) I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; 13).. how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" The holy spirit is a gift given to people from God. God will not give himself as a gift to man.
Spiritual things cannot be sensed or proven by worldly means or intelligence. If we have not received the holy Spirit from God, we will not understand spiritual things. Proverb 20:27 says: "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." 1 Corinthians 2:10 says: "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Here, we have come to an important distinction that is critical in understanding the word of God. This verse refers to Ďhis spirití, which is Godís Spirit (that is the Holy Ghost). Remember that the Holy Ghost is God person, and the holy spirit is Godís gift to man. So, Godís Spirit (that is the Holy Ghost) searches the deep things of God and reveals these things to us through the holy spirit. 11 says: "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." This verse highlights a key difference between the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost. It says that the Ďspirit of maní (that is the holy spirit that is in man) knows the things of man. Further, it says that the Holy Ghost (that is God) knows the things of God that no man knows. 12 says: "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." Verse 12 refers to the holy spirit (that is the spirit we have received from God). Since we have the holy Spirit, we have the opportunity to know the things that God freely gives us. 13 says: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." Since we have the holy spirit in us, we are able to speak of the things that the Holy Ghost (that is God) teaches. So, we can understand spiritual things, which enables us to compare spiritual things with spiritual. 14 says: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Those without the holy spirit cannot comprehend spiritual things; to these people, spiritual things appear as foolishness. In these verses, we have seen that the Holy Ghost (God) teaches the holy spirit, who is the spirit of man (a gift of God that lives in born again man), and they understand.
When a baby is born, we see the infantís body. We canít see the infantís soul, but we know the soul is present inside the body (Matthew 10:28 and many other scriptures). When we are born again, God births (implants) the holy spirit into our body, wrapping our soul. At the spiritual birth, the holy spirit is united with our soul. This is 'born again'. Galatians 5 says: "16) Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh." Since our flesh and our spirit desire opposite things, God tells us to turn away from the flesh and to follow the spirit. If we walk in the spirit, we will not sin. Romans 8 says: "13) if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." So, if we fulfill the desires of our flesh (that is, if we sin), we will die eternally. Conversely, if we fulfill the desires of the holy spirit, we will not sin. So, we abandon sin, following the leading of the holy spirit, our sinning is mortified (that is, it is put to death). Thus, we will become sons of God. Those, who will strive in spirit to become as pure as Jesus Christ is pure, and they will become his bride, we refer them as 'bride of Christ' and Jesus Christ as the bridegroom.
The phrase 'born again' is a reality to a spiritual Christian, but it is a fake clichť to a carnal Christian. 'Born again' can be understood in that it refers to the birth of the holy spirit within a person. This holy spirit is also referred in the Bible as the 'spirit of man'. This spirit is the first day creation of God, that is called the light. So, the holy spirit is not the Holy Ghost, but it is the first day creation of God.
Usually Christians think that holy spirit is God. This mistake arises because preachers confuse the holy spirit (which is a gift God gives to man), with the Holy Ghost (who is the third person in God). God gives the holy spirit to a man as a gift to make the man holy. Isaiah 63:11 says: "he (God) put his holy Spirit within him (man)." Zechariah 12:1 says: "God form the spirit of man within him." So, the holy spirit is also called as the spirit of man, because it is given to man. 1 Corinthians 2:11 says: "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." Proverbs 20:27 says: "The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly." Ecclesiastes 3:21 says: "Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?" Zechariah 12:1 says: "... the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him." Notice that the spirit of man is used as another name for the holy spirit in these verses; both names refer to one and the same spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Man. Note, however, that man is not forced to follow the leading of the holy spirit. If the man chooses not obey the holy spirit, by continuing to commit sin, or grieves the holy spirit, God will take the holy spirit away from him or the man may quench the spirit. For example, when David had sinned, he was afraid that God would take the holy spirit away from him. He prayed to God in Psalm 51:11 says: "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me." David recognized that the holy spirit is a gift from God; as such, God may give the holy spirit and he may also take it away. In Davidís case, God granted Davidís request. God did not take the holy spirit from him.
God gives the holy spirit a gift to people. "Luke 11:13 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?" Further, God gives diversities of gifts of the spirit for different manifestation in the work of the ministry. Holy Spirit is given to people as the spirit of man, who is one of the three parts of man, which are soul, body and spirit. A person is born with a body and a soul. Later in life, God gives the Spirit as a gift, upon the request of the person. But the gifts of the Holy Ghost are given for ministry for different manifestations like healing, gift to speak with tongues, gift to interpret, etc. These are like angels are made spirits for ministerial services. These gifts are given to people by the Holy Ghost, who is God. "1 Corinthians 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?" Not all supposed to receive these gifts. But if we do not have the holy spirit, which is the spirit of man, he/she is a spiritual dead person, he/she is not born again, and he/she will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the ministerial gifts are not part of us as the spirit of man. Churches people, even ministers, make a mistake by considering the receiving of a ministerial gift as born again by the spirit. They do not know the difference of the holy spirit as a gift from receiving a gift to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit is a matter of life and death, and no one will inherit the kingdom of heaven without the Holy Spirit. A whole lot of people put up a show by the gift of speaking in tongues, gift of healing, gift of prophesy, etc, which has no guaranty to inherit the kingdom of God. Many shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost and will receive gifts to do the ministry. Ministerial gifts can be manifested for us to see, but the gift of the holy spirit in our life may not be seen outwardly as the ministerial gifts, but the life of the person will be lead away from sin, to inherit eternal life.
God gives the holy spirit to people by measure, to lead them in holy lives, and so it is the light of life. Jesus Christ is the Light of the World; he is the keeper and the custodian of the light of life (i.e., the holy spirit). Jesus gives this light of life to every man who repents and asks him for this light. John 8:12 says: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 1:9 says: "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Even when Jesus Christ was a man, the entire light (the holy spirit package) was given to him or lit in him so that he may light it to other men, who will come to him as Matthew 3:16 says: "the heavens were opened unto him, and the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him." As long as he was in the world, he was the light of the world. Jesus says in John 9:5: "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." But, soon after, he leaves the world, he wants those who are born of the Spirit, or those who have the light of life, to be the light of the world in his place. Matthew 5 says: "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." Here Jesus explains that the light of the holy spirit is not to be hidden; rather, the born again people is to shine as a light before other men so that others may see their good works. Ephesians 2:10 says that born again people are "created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them".
Those who follow Jesus, are promised this light of life. The gift of the holy spirit is given to those who repent and ask God. Matthew 4:17 says: "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Luke 11 says: "9) I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given 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?" Ephesians 1:13 says: "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise." The same message is also found in John 4:10, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16, and Matthew 7:7-11. Romans 8:9 refers the holy spirit as the the Spirit of Christ, may be the reason being that the holy spirit is given to people through Jesus Christ, and he is the keeper of the holy spirit. Here, four different names, the 'light of life', the 'holy spirit', the 'spirit of man,' and the 'Spirit of Christ' refer to one and the same 'holy spirit'. This holy spirit is not God, because God does not give himself to a person; it is a spiritual gift from God. The holy spirit, when given to man, does not compel a man to live a holy life; but he teaches the word and guides the man to live a holy life. Then it is up to the person to live a holy life. If this person chooses not to live a holy life, he is rejecting the holy spirit and he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Ephesians 4:30 says: "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." 1 Thessalonians 4:8 says: "He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit." So, God gives the holy spirit to us as a gift as well as a seal, so that we may be redeemed.
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