Hebrew Israelite Myth #9 : The Holy Spirit is not God himself, but an impersonal force or the literal words of God
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Type of Error : Incomplete Analysis
Response: The Hebrew Israelites are misguided about who and what the Holy Spirit is, most of them interpret the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force, the literal words of God. If that is the case how would the BHI's respond to the following questions?
- Does the Holy Spirit speak ? (Acts 8:29, 11:12, 13:2) - YES
- Does the Holy Spirit have it's own will ? (1 Cor 12:11) - YES
- Does the Holy Spirt have it's own mind ? (1 Cor 12:10) - YES
- Does the Holy Spirit have emotions ? (Eph 4:30) - YES
- Can a person fellowship with the Holy Spirit ? (Phillipans 2:1) - YES
- Can a person have communion with the Holy Spirit ? (2 Cor 134:14) - YES
- Is the Holy Spirit called a person ? (Romans 8 : 15-16)
- As a personal pronoun "He/Him"? (John 16:7-13)(John 15:26) - YES
- Is the Holy Spirt omniscient, does he know ALL of Gods thoughts ? (1 Cor 2:11) - YES
- Is lying to the Holy Spirit the same as lying to God? (Acts 5:1-4) - YES
- Is the Holy Spirt called the "LORD" (2 Corth 3:17-18) - YES
So by these verses it is clear that the Holy Spirit teaches, speaks, convinces of sin, declares things that are to come, has HIS own will and is called the Lord, referenced as he / him and distinct from the Most High Father and Jesus (John 15:26).
In John 14:16-17, Jesus says,
And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you (emphasis added).
In John 15:26, Jesus says,
But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, hewill bear witness to me; and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning (emphasis added).
And in John 16:7-13, Jesus makes it very plain,
Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment; of sin, because they do not believe in me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you (emphasis added).