Martes, Mayo 1, 2012

"Why is it very important for men to have the right knowledge about the Holy Spirit?"

"Why is it very important for men to have the right
knowledge about the Holy Spirit?




 Why is it likewise important for man to confess the right understanding concerning the Holy Spirit? Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself points this out, thus:

"The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:17, NKJV)
 Those who do not know the Holy Spirit will not receive Him. The Holy Spirit dwells only in those who know  Him. Hence, just as it is important to have the right knowledge and understanding concerning the Father  and the Son, so is having the right understanding concerning the Holy  Spirit. And the right understanding concerning them is founded on the teachings of the Bible.
Concerning the Holy Spirit:

The teaching of the Bible regarding the Holy Spirit is crystal clear. If people would only strictly adhere to this teaching, they would not fall into the mistake of taking the Holy Spirit as God. This is how the Lord Jesus Christ introduced the Holy Spirit:
"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." (John 14:26, King James Version)
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter whom the Father sends in the name of Christ.   He teaches the chosen ones everything and reminds them of what Christ had said. And aside from the Father, the Son also sends the Holy Spirit for the benefit of the servants of God. Christ points this:
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." (John 15:26, Ibid.)
Another role of the Holy Spirit is to guide the chosen ones into all the truth. He does not speak of Himself but does so only according to the commandment of the one who sent Him.: 
  "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority,] but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." (John 16:13, Ibid.
"The Holy Spirit, whom the Son and the Father send, could not have been God. The Bible testifies that there are "seven Spirits of God sent  out into all the earth" (Rev. 5:6, NKJV)
"And I looked, and behold, in the midst of throne and the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth." (Rev. 5:6, NKJV)
Were the Holy Spirit God also, it would appear that there are not only three Gods but nine Gods because there are seven spirits being sent by God. The fact that the Holy Spirit is being sent proves that He is not, and could not be God, because the one who sends is greater than the one sent.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him." (John 13:16, NKJV)
Even adherents of the Trinitarian doctrine concur to this. James Cardinal Gibbons, a Catholic authority, rhetorically asks: "Is not the power that sends an ambassador greater than he who is sent?" (The Faith of Our Fathers, p.96). In view of this, the Son is greater than the Holy Spirit and the Father is greater than both the Son and the Holy Spirit because both of them are being sent by the Father. Clearly, then, the so-called three persons of the Trinity are not equal as claimed by its proponents.
Not found in the Bible:

Believers of the Trinitarian doctrine themselves tacitly admit that the Bible does not call the Holy Spirit God. Catholic authority, the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Pohle, wrote that "the Bible nowhere expressly calls the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity 'God'" (The Divine Trinity; A Dogmatic Treatise, p.109).  Indeed, not only is such doctrine not found in the Bible, it is also against the revealed teaching of God written therein concerning the Holy Spirit. As to how this doctrine came about, Catholic author, the Rev. Clement H, Crock, provides this information:
"In 381, at the Council of Constatinople, it was defined that is is an article of faith that the Holy Ghost is God."  (Discourses on the Apostles' Creed, p.206) 
As the Christ-is-God doctrine is an invention of a Catholic church's council in the 4th century, so is the teaching that the Holy Spirit is God, this time by the council of Constantinople in 381 AD, more than half a century after the former was formulated as an official  doctrine of the Catholic Church in 325 AD.
Hence,  these  teachings,  upon  which  the   Trinitarian  doctrine stands, are man-made and they run counter to the teachings of the Bible. Those who have accepted such doctrine possess a wrong understanding regarding the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Had they conformed with what is written in the Bible, they would not have been misled into believing such an erroneous teaching. 
The right understanding regarding the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is indeed very important because it goes with the attainment salvation and eternal life.
Crock,   Clement   H.    Discourses  on the Apostles Creed. Nihil Obstat: Arthur J. Scanlan,      STD. Imprimatur: Pat Cardinal Hayes. New York: John Wagner, Inc., 1938.
Gibbons, James Cardinal. The Faith of Our Fathers. Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and   Publishers, Inc., l980.

Pohle, Joseph. The Divine Trinity: A Dogmatic Treatise. n.p.: B. Huder Books Co.., 1911
Source: The above excerpts are from the article: Biblical Truths Concerning the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit by Ruben D. Aromin. God's Message, February 2007, p.17-18
Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.