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  1. The Scriptures present the Holy Spirit as a Person so many times, yet some dismiss those Scriptures as “personification” and then foolishly ask where in Scripture does it say that the Holy Spirit is a Person…this is typically irrational double talk based solely on an assumption that these passages are personification. I will say again that it is exegetically problematic to claim that the Holy Spirit is a power when there are many passages of Scripture where all that needs to be done is substitute “power” for “Spirit” to see the absurdity of such an idea. <><
  2. It is exegetically problematic to claim that the Holy Spirit is a power when there are many passages of Scripture where all that needs to be done is substitute “power” for “Spirit” to see the absurdity of such an idea. Instead, the apostle Paul confirms for us that the Holy Spirit is a real Person by declaring that the Spirit possesses a mind (Romans 8:27). “But He that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is...” The Greek word in this verse translated “mind” is φρονημα (phronéma). The word appears 4 times in the NT, and in these other
  3. Some ask silly questions like, “where in scripture does it say that the Holy Spirit is a Person”? This same question can be asked of the Father, where in the Scriptures does it say that the Father is a Person? Now just because Scripture does not actually say that the Father is a Person, we can still know that He is because of certain contributing factors. Regardless, some think that because the Holy Spirit has the personal pronoun ascribed to Him that this is just personification, just as Jerusalem is personified in some passages. Personification is a rhe
  4. We read in Scripture that the Holy Spirit has a will, and He decides which gifts to give believers: “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills (kathōs bouletai).” (1 Cor. 12:11) The Greek word βουλεται (translated “will”) is the present indicative of βούλομαι and grammatically is referring to the Holy Spirit. The present tense of the word in this verse “emphasizes the habitual or repeated action. He gives not according to the merit or wishes of men but according to his own will.” (Linguistic Key to th
  5. The Scriptures tell us that in the last days there will be a falling away of the truth; “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1) True Christianity will decrease (but not cease) and false teachings will increase…sadly some seem to rejoice in this… Some like to blame Trinitarians for all that is wrong in the world. They will ignore the continual rise of false political idealism to blame Trinitarians for wars. But this kind of self-r
  6. In the farewell discourse in the up-stairs room found in John Gospel chapters 14 to 16, Jesus clearly presents the Holy Spirit as a Person performing personal action. He is presented as “another Helper” and as Jesus’ successor, and in many respects, substitute: a force/power/influence of some kind, or anything less personal than Jesus Himself, would necessarily be something or a disappointment. In Scripture we clearly see how the Holy Spirit enjoys both the distinctness from the Father and the Son, as well as the unity with both. The distinction (e.g. the Father sends the Spirit
  7. First, there is the claim; “The Holy Spirit is not a person, let alone power” Instead what followed was the Sabellian form of teaching (hailed by another as irrefutable proof) that the Father is the Holy Spirit; “there is only ONE Spirit. Jesus teaches that God the Father is Spirit. Since there is only one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, Jesus is telling us WHAT God is. The Holy God is Holy Spirit by nature. That is His divine nature, the Spirit of Truth in which we must walk and worship” But then, like a boat without a rudder, the claim turns comp
  8. The Scriptures (not youtube or some movie) teach that there are three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and these three Persons are God. The Holy Spirit is a distinct Person to the Father. Some will try and identify the Holy Spirit as the Father but when shown how absurd that is return to that old misused excuse identifying the Holy Spirit as “his power” which is just as absurd, see Acts 10:38 which would read “"anointing with power and power". What about the Greek used by Jesus in the up-stairs room of the Gospel of John with relation to
  9. One of the clearest indications of Jesus’ self-understanding is found in connection with His trial and condemnation. When Jesus was condemned to death by the Jewish Sanhedrin, the Jews insisted to Pilate, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God” (John 19:7). Prior to this, the high priest who was the president of the Jewish council, put Christ under oath, Matthew reports the high priest to have said at the trial, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” (Matt. 26:63).
  10. Strong’s dictionary has for the Hebrew word “echad”, Strong’s number 259; “A numeral from 'achad; properly, united, i.e. One…” My electronic version of Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament has “united” as one of the meaning for the Hebrew word (see pages 28-29 in the hardcopy version). Also the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible has as the basic meaning for the word as “unity”. BDB also identifies the word as "plural" in meaning. According to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament echad is closely identified with
  11. I will address some allegations. Here is two claims; “The Holy Spirit is not a person, let alone power”. The first claim is that the Holy Spirit is not a Person, the second is that the Holy Spirit is not power either. But notice all you JW, the last time I checked the Watchtower website they say that the Holy Spirit is “God’s power”.
  12. Bible believing Christians understand the Hebrew word echad is used in the Old Testament to mean one and one alone. But we acknowledge that this word has two meanings: unified and the singular one (see Strong’s Dictionary and Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament). For Christians the word "echad", used to describe God's oneness in Deut 6:4, is exactly what we would expect to find because it is the only Hebrew word that can denote a unity or unified oneness. The use of echad in Deut. 6:4 is exactly what Trinitarians expect to f
  13. SCRIPTURE shows that the Holy Spirit is a Person, and when the Bible mentions the Holy Spirit we Christians do acknowledge those passages as referring to the third Person of the Trinity which some claim as absurdities. But if the Holy Spirit is not a person but a designation for some sort of power then we would not find passages where both the Spirit and an influence are co-coordinately named. For example the words in Acts 10:38 "anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power" makes the idea that the Holy Spirit is a mere "force" or "attribute" as redundant, "anoi
  14. Mr. Smith, You did not answer my question, either you love Jesus more, or you do not. You even cite Mark 12:30-3, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” We know from Matt. 10:37 and John 21:19 that Jesus does not fall within the second ordinance, therefore there only remains the first. <><
  15. Hello Gone In Mark 12:30-31 we have these words; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” We know from Matt. 10:37 and John 21:19 that Jesus does not fall within the second ordinance, therefore there only remains the first. But you guys don’t like this fact and do whatever you can to explain away the clear teaching, claiming to look for certain words or phrases ignoring the obvious be
  16. For me one of the clearest indications of Jesus’ self-understanding is found in connection with His trial and condemnation. When Jesus was condemned to death by the Jewish Sanhedrin, the Jews insisted to Pilate, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God” (John 19:7). Prior to this, the high priest who was the president of the Jewish council, put Christ under oath, Matthew reports the high priest to have said at the trial, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God” (Matt. 26:6
  17. Personality consists of possessing intellect, emotions, and will. The Holy Spirit has all three. All of these characteristics of personality are repeatedly ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures. Yet there are some who, without any Biblical evidence, flatly deny the Personality of the Spirit basing their bias opinion on their own ridiculous claims. These misguided individuals fail to note that the Holy Spirit is endowed with understanding/wisdom, which is the first inseparable trait of an intelligent person: “for the (S)pirit searches
  18. Mr. Smith, Jesus’ words are quite clear; our supreme love must be for Him (see also John 21:15) because as you reason, He is the very truth we are to believe in (John 14:6). So my question to you is, do you LOVE HIM more than your immediate family? <><
  19. Hello Gone, It’s not “the actions of the children”, but the response of Jesus to the Jews that you should be considering. Well, to Matthew 10:37 could be added John 21:15! I believe that they do, but by all means show me. Not at all, the Israelite kingdom was called the “throne of Jehovah” because it was set up by Him, but then later by no fault of God, divided and subsequently ceased to exist, that is not the Kingdom of God spoken of in the Scriptures…the two are not the same. <><
  20. Hello Gone, Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36) while David’s clearly was. In John 14:1 Jesus admonishes His followers to have the same faith in Him as they have in God. He is linking Himself directly with God (see below). The Hebrew word used in the Scriptures that you reference does not have the same denotation. Yes we are to love others even fellow believers, but notice that Jesus requires us to love Him over and above (supremely) even our immediate family (Matt. 10:37). When Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusal
  21. Folks, The Scriptures show that Jesus claimed other prerogatives of God as well. Jesus even made direct claims. We note, in examining the Gospels, that the claims become more explicit in the latter stages of His ministry. In the beginning He allowed the people to draw inferences about Him from the power of His moral teaching and His miracles. In the later portions, however, the focus is much more upon Himself. In Matthew 25:31-46 He speaks of judging the world. He will sit on His glorious throne and divide the sheep from the goats. The power of judging the spiritua
  22. Hello JW insider, Did the scribes reason correctly is what you are getting at, right? As I told “Gone” the fact is Jesus does not deny their inner thoughts, He nowhere rebuffs what they were thinking, which He could have done. I hope that helps. <><
  23. Mr. Harley Please provide your reasoning for why you say that. I did! <><
  24. Hello Gone, You changed your pseudonym I see, if you don’t mind I’ll just call you “Gone” from now on as it’s a lot easier, OK? Firstly, I’m happy to hear that you are still following along on the other thread, stay tuned as there is much, much more evidence coming. Like the names Jamie or Chris, my name can be applied to both sexes. So is the person calling me a sister correct? For me it really is irrelevant. You know I could also ask, because you hide under your own nom de plume, are you male or female? Does it really matter anyway? B
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