And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out MY Spirit upon all flesh. (Acts 2:17).
He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through HIS Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16).
By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of HIS Spirit. (1 John 4:13).
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put MY Spirit upon him. (Matthew 12:18).
When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:11-12).
But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew 10:19-20).
Just as nobody would say the spirit of Elijah is another person separate from Elijah we should not say the Spirit of God is another person separate from God the Father. Just as nobody would say their own spirit is not themselves but someone else, nobody should say the Holy Spirit of God the Father is another someone else.
John 4:24 - God is Spirit
At John 4:24, we read that God is Spirit.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth. (John 4:22-24).
Jesus said that God is Spirit and true worshipers must worship God is Spirit and Truth. Paul knew this kind of language meant worshiping in the Holy Spirit:
We are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God. (Philippians 3:3).
There were no capitalization conventions when the words in the Bible were written. Trinitarian translations tend to use a lower case 's' in this verse to read, "God is spirit." The word "God" in this context is obviously a reference to God the Father and it is not acceptable in Trinitarian doctrine to say God the Father is the Holy Spirit because they are two different persons in Trinitarian doctrine. However, the context reveals the truth of the matter.
God the Father is Spirit, Holy Spirit. God the Father is Holy. Our Holy God is therefore Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father. The Father IS Spirit, Holy Spirit. So when Jesus says that God the Father is Spirit, it is abundantly clear he is referring to a Spirit that is Holy, Holy Spirit.
Paul tells us there is ONE Spirit (Eph 4:4) and we know that this one Spirit is the Spirit of the Father (Matthew 10:20) and the Holy Spirit is the one and same Spirit. Therefore, Jesus cannot be talking about another Spirit. Since there is only one Spirit and the Spirit of the Father and the Holy Spirit are therefore the same thing, the Spirit in question is necessarily the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John 15:26) because God the Father is that Spirit. Jesus is here teaching about worshiping in the Spirit and in Truth. In the context of John's Gospel, it is quite clear that this is a reference to the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, which Jesus promises will come to the disciples. It is also quite clear that Paul's words about being the True worshipers and "worshiping in the Spirit of God" are referring to the same idea again. There is no way of honestly escaping the fact that this passage is referring to the Holy Spirit and that Jesus's words "God is Spirit" necessarily mean "the Father is the Holy Spirit."
When we honestly appreciate the facts before us, it is absolutely clear that the Spirit in question in Jesus' words, "God is Spirit," is the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the Spirit of Truth in which true worshipers worship, the Spirit in which we walk, the Holy Spirit. In Trinitarianism, the Father is NOT the Holy Spirit and so they must reject and deny Jesus' teaching here in John 4.
The Father of Baby Jesus
Believers in the doctrine of the Trinity, have to accept the absurdity of one person fathering baby Jesus but another person turns out to be Jesus father. In Trinitarian doctrine, the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and the Father is the first person of the Trinity. In Trinitarian doctrine these are two different persons and the Father is NOT the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is NOT the Father. And so they have the ridiculous situation of one person begetting Jesus, the 3rd person of the Trinity, but another person turns out to be Jesus' father, the 1st person of the Trinity. One person fathers Jesus but another person is Jesus' father. It is absurd.
In the Scriptures, we have a different story. The Father begets baby Jesus by the power of His own Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a different person than the Father but his own divine nature, His own power, presence, and life. And so we find the Father HIMSELF begetting baby Jesus and not another person as we do in Trinitarian doctrine. The very reason the Father is Jesus' Father is because He is the one who begat him and not someone else.
The Child who has been begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:20).
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you and for that reason the begotten holy one shall be called the Son of God.
The above facts concerning Jesus' birth demonstrate quite clearly that the Father and the Holy Spirit most certainly cannot be two different persons as they are in the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Father Our Comforter
Trinitarians have confused what Jesus is talking about concerning the Comforter in the Gospel of John. The Greek word for the Comforter is Parakletos. It is from the Greek words Paraklesis, Comfort, and Parakaleo, to Comfort. A Parakletos provides paraklesis. A Comforter provides comfort. Note what Paul says to the Corinthians:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all paraklesis, who parakaleo us in all our affliction so that we will be able to parakaleo those who are in any affliction with the paraklesis with which we ourselves are parakaleo by God.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all Comfort, who Comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to Comfort those who are in any affliction with the Comfort with which we ourselves are Comforted by God.
If you love Me, you will keep My commands. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Parakletos, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth.... If anyone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
The doctrine of the Trinity affirms that the Father is most definitely NOT the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Holy Spirit are two different persons in the doctrine of the Trinity. However, the Bible makes it abundantly clear that the Father and the Holy Spirit most certainly cannot be two different persons.
Created: November 13, 2011
Last Update: November 15, 2011