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" God: the Holy Spirit "
    "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and instruct all the nations, immersing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen." (Mt28:18-20)

    "God is Spirit, and those who do homage to Him must do homage in spirit and truth." (Jn4:24)

    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void, with darkness on the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." (Ge1:1-2)

    "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Ge1:27)

    "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1Th5:23)

    "For the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Heb4:12)

Where is the heart of man? According to the Word, we are given to understand that the "soul is in the blood" (Ge9:4, Le17:11) And yet man 'became' a "living soul" after God -breathed- into him the "breath of life" (Ge2:7) The word for "breath" and "spirit" are the same. Where does memory reside? Within that (physical) blood? Science likes to think of the 'brain'; and science fiction likes to speculate about 'transfering' a person's memories to a computer, and thus transfer the 'personality' in such a manner. If so, then, what happens when man dies and his body reverts to dust? (Ge3:19, Job10:9, Ec3:20) If man is resurrected to stand before God, to be judged based on good or bad deeds, how do those memories get preserved?
    "Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward?" (Ec3:21)
What about God's Holy Spirit? On one hand we are told not to presume too much authority upon Him, that the Spirit (if you will) 'relays' information to us; "whatever He hears". (Jn16:13) And yet "Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Mt12:32)

What is the nature of God's essence? And since man is made in God's "image", what is man's essence?

First of all, God's essence is Spirit. Thus, those who speak of God and Jesus, leaving the Holy Spirit to a status as 'unmentionable' are in danger of not being able to be forgiven. Of being under eternal judgment.

On the other hand, neither is the Holy Spirit the 'main entity'. We don't do like one preacher who had officiated some time of "worship", with jumping, dancing, clapping, jibber jabber in "tongues", and everything else that went with that; claiming it to have been done by/with the Holy Spirit; and then conclude when inordinate amount of time had been used up with their 'partying' that "We won't have teaching from the Word tonight...we've had the spirit."

The Holy Spirit may be the definition of God's essence, but God is also a "gentleman". The "spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets" (1Co14:32) God does not -force- Himself upon people against their will. And contrary to most of these activities, if something is of God it is -understood-. The Spirit does not "come upon" a person and "slay" them into unconsciousness.

    "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the mind (understanding). I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the mind (understanding)." (1Co14:15)
On the other hand, if a Believer is to do something for God, he cannot do it minus the Holy Spirit of God. When God -spoke- the commands in Genesis ch1, it was the Holy Spirit that was hovering over the waters. (Ge1:2) When God spoke, it was the Holy Spirit who -did- the work. When people in the OT did mighty works, it says (the literal words) that they were "clothed" by the Spirit. (Jdg6:34) Or that the "Spirit of God -rushed- upon" them (Jdg14:19)

You see...it's a question of -which- spirit is at work. God's Holy Spirit? Or Satan's demon spirits? Satan appears as an angel of light, and his ministers as "ministers of righteousness" (2Co11:14-15) Satan has been around God's presence since the beginning of time. He knows what the "real thing" is. He knows how to mimic the appearance of power. When he challenged "I will be like the Most High" (Is14:14), he has a pretty good idea how to imitate, because he started out as the "anointed cherub that covers". (Ez28:14) He was RIGHT THERE with God. You see, that's why his deception is so great.

And so, because satan is so skilled at imitating God, how many Christians are 'afraid' to give the Holy Spirit His full due? No, we are not commanded to "pray to" the Spirit. We pray to the Father. (Eph3:14) But how often do we neglect to receive the full power the Spirit wants to channel in our direction? His "power TOWARD us". (Eph1:19) We are "filled BY the Spirit" (Eph5:18)

There might be a couple of reasons a Christian might fear the Spirit. First of all, in a similar way that a person is afraid of a dog after having been bitten, or perhaps in their inexperience they "lost it" when riding a bike around a curve, so they 'gingerly' approach it next time; they 'failed' the first time they thought they were dealing with the Holy Spirit, and got burned by satan instead; they are afraid to get burned again...?

And since the Holy Spirit is not something that one 'sees', when we see spiritual events, how do we know it is God? How do we know that 'stirring' we feel in the soul is God; or is it merely the 'emotions' of the flesh?

It's somewhat like a person who studies money to know the real from the counterfeit. The bank teller spends -lots- of time handling money. REAL MONEY. Studying counterfeit might not be productive, because there are many ways to counterfeit. But when a person handles and studies the REAL money over and over...then it won't matter. If you know the real, a counterfeit shows itself and you know it instantly. It's not like the real money.

The Believer needs to SPEND TIME with God. If you spend time being filled by the Holy Spirit, then when satan or one of his demons comes along, you will recognize that it is NOT God's Holy Spirit, and you can tell him to "take a hike"!!! "Go away, satan!" (Mt4:10)

Do not be deceived. How do we know if what a spirit 'over there' says something different from a spirit 'over here'? If a person claiming to be "spirit-filled" is proclaiming a "prophetic utterance", but that utterance differs from what the "holy men of God" (2Pt1:21) spoke; remember that God's Word was given "once for all". (Ju1:3) And the prophecies have "ceased" (1Co13:8) If some spirit comes along proclaiming something new/different from "what has been" proclaimed (Ga1:8-9); even if it is a supernatural-seeming "angel from Heaven" with visions and bright lights, Paul is quite clear: LET HIM BE ACCURSED. And what if, when the vision is finished, you are surrounded by a sense of calm and serenity? That, too, is satan's deception.

Many years ago my (at the time) unequal yoke and I visited the home of the leaders of the local "No Names Church". It was a cult. When we first entered the home there was this "yucky sweetness". Very much like the spirit of those involved with the Unification Church (moonies). As we visited I began to wonder if the leader was receiving "divine insight" to me, as he seemingly had understanding about me that was beyond the natural. But then, at a certain point, he made a statement that was clearly non-Scriptural, and I called him on it, and confronted the false teaching. And suddenly, like throwing a huge circuit breaker, that former yucky-sweetness turned into venemous growling and shouting and verbal attacks. We got up to leave, and as we were driving home, my ex (unequal yoke) voiced concerns about the 'tea' that they had given us, concerned that they might have 'spiked' it, or put poison in it. I didn't know yet, that she was not saved. But calmed her with the assurance that "no weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Is54:17); and Jesus' words: "Behold, I give you authority...upon the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Lk10:19) That 'serenity' through which we had entered the house, as we were leaving had become the growling and snapping of satan, himself; the "roaring lion" (1Pt5:8)

The thing that alerted me was the doctrine. He was proclaiming that "we are -all- 'christ'"

Otherwise, you notice we are not spending lots of time studying the Holy Spirit. What does He look like, what does His voice sound like? Things that are not discernable to the physical senses. Jesus said He is the "helper". He will not draw attention to Himself. He does not compose orders. If you hear somebody say that "The Holy Spirit told me to tell you" you know it is false. That is not what the Holy Spirit does. He 'relays' what is given to Him. He 'reminds' us what Jesus taught. He does not teach things "originating from Himself" (Jn16:13) He does not stand up, "Ahem! May I have your attendion please." But he is a "helper".

Otherwise, it is kinda hard to know how to describe the Spirit. He is there. You know He is there. And He makes you aware if you are being obedient. And He obviously is of great power. But, while He ushers His power towards us, our attention and adoration is to the Father and Son.

And yet, what a dichotomy! While Jesus the Son is due our attention and praise, offenses against Jesus can be forgiven. But offenses against the Holy Spirit, whom we do not address, are eternally(?) non-forgivable.

While I have thoughts, questions and ideas on this topic, I would not dare to be presumptuous to suggest my thoughts, when these things are not spelled out in Scripture. Something for later when we...

    "Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." (1Jn3:2)

    "For now we see through a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall fully know just as I also am fully known." (1Co 13:12)

But our main duty in this life is as...
    "Or do you not know that your body is a TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?" (1Co6:19)
As Jesus explained it...
    "When an unclean spirit goes out from a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, I will return to my house from which I came out. And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first." (Lk11:24-26)
This might represent a couple of scenarios? The unclean spirit has come out, so why is the 'house' empty? Is the person reticent to receive Jesus? The Holy Spirit is not invited in? The evil spirits are not so 'polite'...if there is a "vacancy" sign lit up they come ram-charging right in.

Or, has the person "drawn back"? And notice it says "to destruction" (Heb10:39) Is this what Jesus means by "speaks against"? When a person invites the Holy Spirit of God to come in and live, it becomes a special relationship. What closer bond is there than of being Spirit-to-spirit? If a person knows God in-the-Spirit, there is nothing closer. There is no greater 'knowing'. And so if that relationship is ripped up and trashed, it's like when a spouse says, I have no more desires here, and leaves with a "lover". And in the OT when somebody did that, that original marriage could never more be mended. It was done! To return would make the land "greatly polluted" (Jer3:1, De24:1-4)

And yet God implores Israel to "yet turn back to Me" (Jer3:1) The father sees the prodigal son way off in the distance and runs to welcome him back. (Lk15:20)

But most of all, how we should conduct our lives before God:

    "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." (Eph4:31)
In our present state as "flesh and blood" (1Co15:50) we cannot go to Heaven until our bodies have been "changed". (1Co15:51-53, Rom8:23) It is the Holy Spirit that "seals" us as the "earnest" unto Salvation. (2Co1:22, Eph1:13) Jesus redeemed us with His own blood. And it is the Holy Spirit who promises us sure passaged into Eternal Life.

Amen!


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