My question is how to blaspheme a ":active force":?
Mark 3:29, ":But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:":
Luke 12:10, ":And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.":
The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of your resurrection.
2 Corinthians 1:22, ":Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.":
Ephesians 1:13-14, ":In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.":
How can an ":active force": be grieved?
Ephesians 4:30, ":And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.":
How can an ":active force": be lied to?
Acts 5:3, ":But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?":
How can an ":active force": have a bodily shape like a dove?
Luke 3:22, ":And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son: in thee I am well pleased.":
How can the Holy Spirit speak and call men to the work of the LORD if it is only an ":active force":?
Acts 13:2, ":As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.":
Acts 15:28, ":For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:":
Acts 20:28, ":Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.":
The Holy Spirit is another witness of Jesus:
Acts 5:32, ":And we are his witnesses of these things: and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.":
Acts 20:23, ":Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.":
The Power of God is destinctly separated from the Holy Ghost in these two examples:
Acts 10:38, ":How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost AND WITH POWER: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil: for God was with him.":
Luke 1:35, ":And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, AND THE POWER of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.":
As a bible believing Christian–the Holy Spirit is my guide and my comforter and my teacher, he is the guarantee of the resurrection (the redemption of my body from the grave on the last day).
Luke 12:12, ":For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.":
1 Corinthians 2:13, ":Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth: comparing spiritual things with spiritual.":
My Teacher and Comforter:
John 14:26, ":But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.":
My Comforter: Act 9:31
There is so much more!
God’s love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:5, ":And hope maketh not ashamed: because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.":
Even my body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 6:19, ":What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?":
The purpose of the Christian is two-fold: 1. To receive the holy spirit which is supposed to lead a sinner into a period of sanctification resulting in salvation. The person does not receive the ":forgiveness of sins": immediately but the bible talks about a testing of faith through a period of atonement, which involves suffering. First the saints must pass through tribulation, then they are raptured. Many are called but few are chosen!!! Once the sinner has been transformed by the holy spirit into a saint, they are pure inside and without sins or made holy, justified or redeemed. Once this happens, then and only then can the full power of the parakletos anointing be received, which entered the apostles at Pentecost. If a person has been genuinely anointing, then two things must be consistent with the NT accounts in Acts. 1. The holy spirit must make it’s presence known to the one receiving the anointing by the sound of rushing wind, and by the dancing of flames of fire on the believers’ head. 2. The anointing brings supernatural POWER for ministry though the ability of the one being anointed to perform miracles, signs and wonders. If there is no power or equipping for ministry and the signs of the arrival of the holy spirit are not present, then you can be sure that the anointing is counterfeit and that the believer is not truely holy or sanctified in accordance with the scriptures. So you can be a christian without the anointing for sure, but the NT saints were unable to minister with POWER until they had received the anointing at Pentecost. The purpose of the Christian life is therefore to have a spirit which is consecrated to God and so able to receive the anointing for the conversion of others through acts of power. If you read the gospel accounts of the acts of the apostles and you read the apocryphal accounts of their ministry, you will notice that the church we have today is missing something. What do you think that is?
Since the Watchtoer Society insists that the Trinity is unbiblical and false, they relegate the Holy Spirit to the role of GodвЂ™s impersonal active force which compels believers to do his will. In fact, they compare the Holy Spirit (which they render as ":holy spirit":) to electricity.
The Bible begs to differ, though. There are numerous verses in the New Testament which clearly demonstrate both the personality and divinity of the Holy Spirit. For example, in Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit says, ":Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.": In Acts 10:19-20, this ":impersonal force": considers himself to be a person. John 16 supports this idea by referring to the Holy Spirit as a ":he": 10 times in the same chapter. First Corinthians 12:11 states that the Holy Spirit ":wills,": which is an irrefutable attribute of personhood, as is the capacity to love we see demonstrated by the Spirit in Romans 15:30. Scripture also states that the Holy Spirit can: be lied to (Acts 5:3), speak (Acts 10:19-20), hear (John 16:13-15), know the future (Acts 21:11), testify (John 15:26), teach (John 14:26), reprove (John 16:8-11), pray and intercede (Rom. 8:26), guide (John 16:13), call (Acts 13:2), be grieved (Eph. 4:30), feel hurt (Is. 63:10), be outraged (Heb. 10:29), desire (Gal. 5:17) and be bl.asphemed (Mark 3:29). Only a person is capable of these.
These examples demonstrate sufficiently that the Holy Spirit is a personal being, and so now one must demonstrate that he is God. Acts 5:1-4 teaches that a lie to the Holy Spirit is a lie to God himself. Isaiah 44:24 insists that God alone created the heavens and the earth, but Job 33:4 and Psalms 104:30 explains that the Holy Spirit created them. Only God is everlasting, and this is likewise an attribute Scripture gives the Holy Spirit (Heb. 9:14). The Jews put Jehovah to the test (Ex. 17:2), and the Holy Spirit takes the words of God, and claims they ":tested and tried me": (Heb. 3:9). Unless the Holy Spirit is God, then he is an impostor. Again, in Hebrews 10:16, he claims to have placed his law in manвЂ™s hearts, though this was GodвЂ™s work in Jeremiah 31:33. There is but one Lord (Eph. 4:5), and one Creator (Mal. 2:10), yet both the Father and the Spirit claim they are him (Matt. 11:25 and 2 Cor. 3:17: 1 Cor. 8:6 and Ps. 104:30).
The Holy Spirit is a person in the Godhead. Who Is Creator with the Father &: the Word.
And also Who Is the Promised Comforter, the Spirit of Pentecost, the Minister above our Ministers.
When I was healed at the River, I was overfilled with the Holy Spirit of Promise. So the Holy Spirit is the Lord my Healer.
The Holy Spirit seals us Gods child when our souls get spiritualized (born again). Since I am a Spirit sealed &: filled Christian, the Holy Spirit is the still quite voice who speaks to my circumcised heart. Brings to my spirit &: soul (heart &: mind) scripture or what the LORD has said.
To me the LORD (Yahweh, Jehovah, YHVH) is God the Father, Word/Son &: Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit never leaves or forsakes me. He is always with me &: in me. And when I go through trials, He always confirms or teaches me discernment in spiritual things. Comparing spiritual with spiritual. And He confirms things in me by stirring His gift in me. And bring scripture to mind to confirm Truth.
Most importantly, when the world tempts me to doubt Gods love &: faithfulness, the Holy Spirit lets me know that God loves me. If I ignor the Holy Spirit, then He disciplines me until I repent to God for doubting who He Is &: that He loves my &: that He has promised to never forsake or leave me. That He keeps me in His hands. That He has loved me with an everlasting love. And that I am the apple of His eye.
When I was a jw I was taught that the Holy Spirit was nothing more than God’s electricity-like force.
Now that I am a Spirit anointed Christian I understand the Spirit to be a Helper, and Explainer, a Teacher, a Protector, and much more than some impersonal flow of electricity. The Holy Spirit to me is the very Soul of GOD.
Christian here. First and foremost, the Holy Spirit is God with us now, just as Jesus was God with us then. The Holy Spirit is co-eternal and co-equal with God and with the Word – Christ Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of Truth. There is only one Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:10: ":But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no-one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.":
Romans 8:9: ":You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.":
John 14:16: ":And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever – the Spirit of Truth.":
1 Corinthians 12:13: ":For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.":
The Holy Spirit is my Counsellor, my Comforter and my Guarantee:
Ephesians 1:13-14: ":Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.":
2 Corinthians 1:22: God ":put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.":
Jehovah’s Witnesses say the holy spirit is Jehovah’s active force and is impersonal. They have been told that only 144,000 persons since the time of Jesus can be anointed or born-again by the Holy Spirit. There are only just over 9,000 anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses. The 7.1 million who are not anointed have no guarantee, no deposit, no hope of salvation because they are excluded from the new covenant and Christ Jesus is not their mediator. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been led to believe that they can have ":a portion": of Jehovah’s active force – but only if they do as the Governing Body says and believe what the Governing Body teaches. The majority of them don’t know what the Holy Spirit is because they’ve never experienced Him and they have demoted Him to an inferior position.
I know this because I used to be a Jehovah’s Witness, but 13 years ago the Holy Spirit brought me to a place of repentance and forgivenss. After I gave myself to Christ Jesus and was baptised, the Holy Spirit convicted me – and it was an experience that left me in fear and trembling. The Holy Spirit is much, much more that Jehovah’s Witnesses would have you believe.
The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of THE SPIRIT OF GOD [not a person], and of the resurrected Christ, coming to dwell in the hearts and lives of all men who will be obedient to the gospel: also the Comforter, Sustainer &: the Keeper.
Christ warns if anyone denies Him before men that He will deny
this person before the Father, and that no one gets to the Father except by Him. So Jesus, being the only Name by which people can be saved, would have to be that Holy Spirit you speak of.
It may thus be compared to radio waves that can transmit a message from a person speaking into a microphone and cause his voice to be heard by persons a distance away, in effect, вЂspeakingвЂ™ the message by a radio loudspeaker. God, by his spirit, transmits his messages and communicates his will to the minds and hearts of his servants on earth, who, in turn, may convey that message to yet others.
The Holy spirit is NOT Jehovah’s power, but IS his active force. There is a difference.
вЂњPowerвЂќ is basically the ability or capacity to act or do things and it can be latent, dormant, or inactively resident in someone or something. вЂњForce,вЂќ on the other hand, more specifically describes energy projected and exerted on persons or things, and may be defined as вЂњan influence that produces or tends to produce motion, or change of motion.вЂќ вЂњPowerвЂќ might be likened to the energy stored in a battery, while вЂњforceвЂќ could be compared to the electric current flowing from such battery. вЂњForce,вЂќ then, more accurately represents the sense of the Hebrew and Greek terms as relating to GodвЂ™s spirit, and this is borne out by a consideration of the Scriptures.
The Holy spirit is Holy because it comes from God.
**Note about the erroneous answer below me:
Personification does not prove personality. It is true that Jesus spoke of the holy spirit as a вЂњhelperвЂќ and spoke of such helper as вЂteaching,вЂ™ вЂbearing witness,вЂ™ вЂgiving evidence,вЂ™ вЂguiding,вЂ™ вЂspeaking,вЂ™ вЂhearing,вЂ™ and вЂreceiving.вЂ™ In so doing, the original Greek shows Jesus at times applying the personal pronoun вЂњheвЂќ to that вЂњhelperвЂќ (paraclete). (Compare Joh 14:16, 17,В 26: 15:26: 16:7-15.) However, it is not unusual in the Scriptures for something that is not actually a person to be personalized or personified. Wisdom is personified in the book of Proverbs (1:20-33: 8:1-36): and feminine pronominal forms are used of it in the original Hebrew, as also in many English translations. (KJ, RS, JP, AT) Wisdom is also personified at Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:35, where it is depicted as having both вЂњworksвЂќ and вЂњchildren.вЂќ The apostle Paul personalized sin and death and also undeserved kindness as вЂњkings.вЂќ (Ro 5:14, 17,В 21: 6:12) He speaks of sin as вЂњreceiving an inducement,вЂќ вЂworking out covetousness,вЂ™ вЂseducing,вЂ™ and вЂkilling.вЂ™ (Ro 7:8-11) Yet it is obvious that Paul did not mean that sin was actually a person.
The Holy Spirit carrys me on my lowest days. It comforts me and gives me a boost to get through my trials. The Holy Spirit keeps me going in the right direction. It gives me just enough to stay humble.
The holy spirit is god’s active force, his power. it is what makes us walk, talk live move and breathe. jw