Spirit of God, Born of the Spirit, and Baptism of the Holy Ghost: Transcript.



"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, ... 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.

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1). Three Spirits are known as Spirit of God

Our study is about "the Spirit of God." There are three Spirits that has the same name in the Bible. They are, 1). The one and the only Spirit, who has omni-powers, and who is God. The omni powers are omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. Three souls are in this omnipotent Spirit, and they are also God, because they are part of this Spirit. 2). The Holy Ghost is one of the three souls in God. A soul is a person, and so, the Holy Ghost is a person. A soul is not a spirit, even though it is like a spirit. However, God refers him as a 'Spirit of God.' And 3). The Holy Spirit is also a 'Spirit of God.' Please notice, the Holy Spirit is not the Holy Ghost; both are different. God gives the holy spirit as a gift to people, to make their souls alive spiritually. It is also called as spirit of man, since it is given to man, and it will be an integral part of a born-again person. This spirit is a creation of God. But even bible scholars say that the Holy Ghost is the holy spirit; and they are wrong. All the above three spirits are referred as "the Spirit of God." If we pay attention to the context that the name is used, we will not make a mistake. 

1 A). The One and only Omnipotent Spirit.

God is one Spirit, who has three Souls or Persons in him. John 4:24 says "God is a Spirit:" So, God is one Spirit, and he is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; and these are his power attributes. God is Omnipotent according to Job 42:2, Psalm 147:5, Revelation 19:6, etc. Absolutely nothing is impossible to him. He has created all things; from an invisible atom to stars much larger than the sun. God is Omnipresent according to Psalm 135:6, 139:7&8, etc. So, he fills the entire universe at any time. God is Omniscient according to Job 26:6, 34:21&22, Psalm 139:4, etc. God knows everything; even he knows what we think. Nothing is hidden from him. So, with the omni-powers of his Spirit he is God. According to Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Kings 8:60, Mark 12:32, John 4:24, and 1 Corinthians 8:4, he is one God, and he is one Spirit. This Spirit is considered as the body of God, and he is also called as the 'Spirit of God'. This Spirit, as Godís body, holds three Souls; so, the souls are also called God, because they are part of the omnipotent Spirit God. However, the Soul the 'Most-High God' or 'God the Father' is considered as the prime Person in the body of God, and the other two Souls 'the Word' and 'the Holy Ghost' are subject to him.

1 B). Holy Ghost is Soul; but called as Spirit of God.

The Holy Ghost is one of the Souls or Persons in God. He is also nested with the other two Souls, in the Omnipotent Spirit body of God. And so, he is also God. Genesis 1:2 says, "... And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." So, he is also the 'Spirit of God' and he took part in creation. The Holy Ghost did the ministry of God in the old testament, as well as in the new testament. In "Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?" That is, the interpretation of the dreams of Pharaoh, the wisdom of God that is revealed to Pharaoh through Joseph, and the fulfillment of them, all are the works of the Holy Ghost, in the Old Testament; and he was known as the 'Spirit of God'. In "Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." It is the Holy Ghost, and he was referred as the 'Spirit of God' in the new testament also. "Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:" Here, the word 'Spirit of God' refers to the Holy Ghost descending upon Jesus and abides in him, as well as, he lights the entire 'Holy Spirit', which was the first day creation, into him. That is, the Holy Ghost made Jesus Christ as the custodian of the holy spirit by lighting the spirit, the first day creation, into Jesus. The Holy Spirit is also called Light and as the spirit of man.

1 C). Holy Spirit, is Spirit of Man, is also Spirit of God.

This spirit is the third part of a born-again person. Jesus Christ gives the holy spirit to repented people, if they will ask him so that they may live a holy life, as in Luke 11:13. It says, "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?"  The receiving of holy spirit is referred as born again or born of the spirit. This holy spirit is also referred to as the 'spirit of God' in Romans 8:9, 14, 1 Corinthians 2:11, 14, 12:3, Ephesians 4:30, and 1 John 4:2. The holy spirit is not God, but he is called the holy spirit because he is a spirit, and he will lead the person in holy life. This spirit is weak, and he is like a candle and he may even be quenched by man. This spirit is also called as the spirit of man in 1 Corinthians 2:11, since it is given to man. Christians think that this spirit is God. They often are confused the holy spirit with the Holy Ghost. Preachers and bible teachers make the same mistake, because they do not study the bible, but study the books of theologians. Even if we showed it to them, most of them will not accept it.

Ephesians 1:13&14 say, "13 ... after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance ..." The holy spirit will be sealed into us, and if we are led by the spirit, God promises us an inheritance in his kingdom. The Holy Spirit will not push us around where he wanted us to go, but he will lead us and guide us, if we want to go. We should not grieve or quench the holy spirit as in Ephesians 4:30 & in 1 Thessalonians 5:19. The Holy Spirit is a part of born-again man, but the Holy Ghost is God. God has breathed the same Holy Spirit into Adam as part of him at creation as in Genesis 2:7. The holy spirit is referred as the 'Spirit of God, even in Job 27:3. Romans 8:9 says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Here, the holy spirit is called as 'Spirit of God' and is also called as the 'Spirit of Christ'.

2). Baptized and being Filled with the Holy Ghost.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is a very controversial subject among denominational Christians. One side, people think that it is to speak in tongues, and they lean to utter some meaningless syllables and call it as baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is ignorance, that create counterfeit. On the other hand, people get smart and wise; and think that the holy God will not manifest speaking in meaningless syllables, and so, they call it as the manifestations of demons and devils. These people commit blasphemy and they will go to hell for it. It will be better for them, if they are not smart. Some people get excited, emotional, act like insane maniacs or drunk people, and do wild things and call this as baptism of the Holy Ghost. Mostly it is all a mess. But the bible talks about the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Let us see what the bible says.

John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" John the Baptist points out that Jesus Christ will baptize people with the Holy Ghost. Most of all, Jesus Christ tells his disciples not to begin the ministry without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Donít go without it. "Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." It is Jesus Christ told this. They did not depart Jerusalem and waited there until they received the baptism. Then only the ministry began. There is no ministry of Jesus Christ without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But the highly educated theologians have ministries of a very high caliber, but they are not of Jesus Christ. Those ministries are of the religion and of the world; and those ministries do not belong to Jesus Christ. Let us hear Simon Peter. "Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?" Apostle Peter recognized the manifestation of God and called it as the action of God. Theologians call them as the works of the devils and demons. It is sad. But the Holy Ghost gives the gifts and power of God, to the chosen people of God, and it is an ordination to do his ministry. It is ceremonially called the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The bible says in many places that the Spirit of God came upon them or filled them. It may be just to give gifts to them, or to give boldness to them, or such things. This is the doing of God, or we may say, that they are manifestations of the Holy Ghost. Let us see a few verses: "Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." The Holy Ghost has given them boldness to preach the gospel in the midst of enemies. "Acts 9:17 .. Ananias ... said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 13:9 Then Saul, (who is apostle Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord." So, the power of the Holy Ghost in Paul, struck the child of the devil to be blind.

3). Gifts of the Holy Ghost: Spirit from Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ baptizes people with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost gives gifts to people to do the ministry of God. Then again, Jesus Christ gives the holy spirit to people to live a holy life. Gifts and spirit are two different things. People may receive none of these two, or may receive one of them, or may receive both of them. "Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." If we just read this verse, we may see that we receive the gift of speaking in tongues, and we speak in tongues. But if we study this verse carefully, we may notice one more thing. If we are born of the spirit, then the spirit receives the gift, and the spirit gives the utterance to us, and then we speak. So, there are two steps. "Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries." Jesus Christ gives us the holy spirit and the Holy Ghost gives the gift of speaking in tongues. When we pray to God, both gifts come to help us to make us effective to communicate with God the Father. So, it is important that we are born of the spirit also, so that the gifts of the Holy Ghost may be more effective. If we are not born of the spirit, then our flesh will speak in tongues, and there will be room for mistakes and counterfeits. But, if we have the Holy Spirit in us, the spirit which is the inner life of the soul, will pray in tongues with groaning. That is, the Holy Ghost gives us utterance, the Holy Spirit gives us groaning, we the persons can pray in tongues, and God will answer our prayers. This way we can be in touch with God, or even be abide with God. So, receive the holy spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost. And abide with God.

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