Among all the Christian doctrines, the nature of the Holy Spirit is among the most difficult to understand, and one that is commonly misconstrued.
If fleshly things become more important, we are on a trajectory toward death. We must exercise control, drawing on the power of God's Spirit.
Most of Christianity believes in the Trinity, but a slim minority holds to a much older belief, one that hearkens back to the earliest Christians.
The Father and the Son are two separate personalities, with the Father having pre-eminence. The Bible contains no evidence of a third person in the God family.
Theologians, misapplying grammatical gender and personification, falsely deduce a phantom third person, propped up by a spurious insertion (I John 5:7-8).
Christ frequently used 3rd person titles, such as the Son of Man and the Helper. Just as Christ sent the Helper—Himself—so Yahweh sent His Angel—Himself.
The Holy Spirit is never venerated as a separate being. Our hope is the indwelling of Christ, used interchangeably with 'Spirit of God' and 'Spirit of Truth.'
The five parakletos sayings of Christ prove that the Holy Spirit is the essence, mind, and power of God and Christ in us, providing us assistance and counsel.
We keep Unleavened Bread because of what God did to bring us out of sin (typified by Egypt). While God compels us to make choices, He is with us all the way.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon Philip's request to "show us the Father," suggests that Jesus has provided the way of knowing how God would lead His life in the flesh. Jesus is the way, the embodiment of the truth, and the mirror image of the Fa. . .
Martin Collins avers that relationship with Almighty God, through the means of God's Holy Spirit, leads to mightily transformed lives, enabling us to walk in the light. When we slip because of sin, we have an advocate with Jesus Christ, who has been commis. . .
John Ritenbaugh, after recapping the parallels and differences between the pilgrimage of ancient Israel and the Israel of God, affirms that God intends that we go forward, prodding us onward as well as blocking us from returning to spiritual Egypt. God has. . .
Focusing upon the "causeless curse" principle in Proverbs 26:2, John Ritenbaugh suggests that both blessings (health) and curses (disease) are governed by law. The principles governing spiritual well-being are reflected in the physical creation. . . .
John Ritenbaugh points out that Jesus Christ, through His voluntary humility (giving up all the perks of being God), has given us a model of the mindset that we need to have in order to attain membership in the family of God. Paul, desiring the Philippian . . .
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