Ministry Of The Paraklete

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Ministry Of The Paraclete

When Jesus was preaching in the temple; He said of Himself: “The Spirit of The Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor [in spirit] He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of our Lord.” (Luke 4:18,19)

Paraclete

Paraclete

Did Jesus anoint Himself? How can anyone say that The Holy Spirit is “really just Jesus,” in some sort of new/disguised form? Jesus clearly says The Holy Spirit ANOINTED HIM. Jesus didnt anoint Himself. God, The Spirit, is not a disguised version of Jesus.

Scripture is clear that because people were about to lose Jesus, as “their first Comforter,” that “ANOTHER” Comforter would be sent. “Another,” means exactly what it says. NOT the same in some ethereal different form “emanating” from God somehow, but ANOTHER. “ANOTHER” is the very opposite from “same,” contrary to what Arianism tries to say.

When we think of this more in depth, “Comforter” is an inadequate translation of the Greek word ‘parakletos,” as it Biblically depicts the NEW name for the NEW ministry upon which The Spirit was to enter. “Paraklete” is actually better translated as “advocate,” which most scholars would actually agree with, but this does not ever, in scripture denote somehow that The Spirit “must be” as in One and the same Person, just somehow “emanating” from Jesus, as The Holy Spirit.

Some have made a specialty of tricking people on this point via John 14 and John 16. Translations for the word “paraklete” could indeed be included, such as “representative,” “intercessor,” “pleader,” or “consoler.” but it is actually an untranslatable word for the English language.

It is the very same word used of Christ in reference to His work with The father:
“My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with The Father, Jesus Christ, THE righteous.” (1 John 2:1).

In ancient days, such as in Greece or Rome, (during New Testament times), an advocate would help the client in two different ways:

1)
Sometimes the advocate would speak for the client before the tribunal, in pleading their case for them;

2) at other times the advocate merely prepared the client’s speech for them, so that the client would be better able to just speak for themselves. Similarly, scripture views Christ as our Advocate with The Father, and The Holy Spirit, as Christ’s Advocate with us. Different roles, but not different natures. No scripture defines the physical Nature or Substance of Deity, only some of the typology, roles and actions.

One theory  claims from John 8:42, that “Jesus emanated from The Father” meaning they are supposedly, secretly, really the same One Person; but a slower reading of this scripture explains it correctly: “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

As always, scripture explains scripture here. Jesus Himself explains in that very verse what He meant when He said “I proceeded forth and came from God,” and the following phrase after that is crucial: “THE FATHER SENT ME.” “Proceedeth forth,” simply refers to the Roles for each Person of The Godhead, and the distinctive ways each of The Three were designated for their part in the plan of salvation. This verse has NOTHING to do with the physical Substance of any Deity. It is simply explaining that Jesus, who knew His purpose, by “proceeding from” and “being SENT” (not re-created into holy spirit) and His purpose was in complete harmony with the special ministry of The Paraklete & The Father in Heaven.

As Christ pleads for us before The Father, so The Spirit pleads for Christ in our hearts:

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:13-14)

When we are talking about the description in scripture regarding God The Father, God The Son, or God The Spirit, we are not talking about their physical composition or the very Substance of Deity. Scripture confines all descriptors, for all Three to their roles in the plan of salvation. Scripture calls each of The Three a Person, in one form or another, as it endeavors to describe each, distinctive Personality, in detail. But the closest thing to that of any Deity being a Person we find in Scripture, is simply that of the Three, distinct and separate Personalities, and their ROLES in the plan of salvation.

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It is only the distinctive ROLES of each of the Three which the Bible informs us of. Not the physical Substance, or essence. Saying that Jesus somehow morphs into some kind of “holy spirit” is presuming to know of the Substance of Deity, which we in fact cannot do, from Scripture. When Jesus was Incarnate; then yes, then, and only then could He be truly said to be a “person”, as in what we know here on earth to be a “person.”

No one knows, neither does scripture reveal, that any of the Three are any specific type of “PERSON;” as in any imagined kind of physical Substance or form. Its all just “one God.” (see Deut 6:4), and all three aspects of the “one true God” do carry out things that we know in our human realms to be that of some kind of a Person. But we have no way of describing this very Substance and make up of Deity. Scripture does not go there. Why should we try to do what Scripture clearly does not do. Why do we really need to know the exact physical Substance of Deity, when it is not revealed in Scripture?

In discussing the character of The Holy Spirit, its Biblically impossible to avoid a consideration of His Personality. And this would apply to both Old & New Testaments. He has of course, appeared visibly to the human senses in the form of a dove, or of ‘cloven tongues of fire,” etc. But all such incidences only reflect upon the distinct ministry or roles of The Three.

Some think of The Spirit as an influence or a power that we can “use,” and appropriate for our “salvation; and yet we are told in scripture how that “The Spirit HIMSELF bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God,” and “likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for, as we ought, but the Spirit HIMSELF (RV Version)(itself in other versions) makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.” (Rom 8:26)

If we degrade The Holy Spirit to just a force or influence that “emanates” or “proceeds” from Jesus, and that we can somehow (Arianism never explains how), “use,” then that’s what we will end up teaching people to do – just get some and “use it.” This sort of idea gives rise to several falsehoods by which many divisions and distractions are made in the body of believers around the world. It means that people will just pick & choose and “use” the Spirit for whatever version of “salvation” that they wish to conjure up. The use of scripture regarding The Holy Spirit in trying to prove it is just a “force” we can use at our will, simply results in people using said Bible verses much like the incantations used in witchcraft, (see 1 Sam 15:23) that they can “use” for “salvation” of any flavor they choose.

The Scripture is clear that when we recognize The Holy Spirit as a Person, having Personality, and capable of having a relationship with Christ-followers, and teaching them, as Scripture says of “Christ and Him crucified,” (Gal 6:14) then we are enabled to study intensely how to yield to Him, that HE MAY USE US in telling others the good news about Jesus, and of sharing our personal testimony about our personal experience with His leading in our lives. (see 1 John 1:1-3)

If we think that we “have” The Holy Spirit, as in some kind of force, possession, or influence, or in some fuzzy emanation “proceeding” from Jesus, (as in proceeding forth – John 8:42) then we will be mostly inclined to strutting about with self-inflation and virtue signalling that points more to us, than to The Savior. We will then be seen telling everyone how right we are and how wrong everyone else is, rather than personal testimony about our personal experience with Jesus. (1 John 5:11-12, 1 John 1:1-3)

Look at any web site that teaches anti-Trinity dogma, and you will find very few testimonies about Jesus, and His love; if any. What you will find are a constant barrage of sins that others, (usually The Catholics, or Adventists) are guilty of, and the love of Christ, and Him crucified, simply is not there.  These Arian-like tenets and methods are specifically designed to confuse and divide Churches, of all denominations. Some people who are disgruntled with the Church strike up their own, lone-wolf ministry with that stuff, and because so many do not study the Bible for themselves, they get deceived. This is one of the special points of attack on the Church because the devil knows many are either so busy detailing the sins of Catholics, or Adventists, or of not studying the Bible for themselves, that its easy to twist the scriptures on The Holy Spirit and then deceive so many people, by creating division, dispute, and confusion.

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The truth about The Holy Spirit and His ministry for Christ, and in our hearts, is simple. It leads to self-renunciation, and the total surrender to Jesus, and what The Paraklete is telling the world about Jesus. We cannot use The Spirit. GOD WORKS in His people, to “will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13). So many will not submit to be led; they prefer instead to lead, and be the boss of The Spirit, and to manage themselves, and “their” truth. This is why so many do not receive the heavenly gift of The Spirit.

Only to those who wait humbly upon God, wanting to learn His will, watching for His guidance and His grace, will the Spirit be given, to dwell in His Temple. (us). This promised blessing, when claimed by faith, will bring all other blessings in it’s train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ; and Jesus remains ready to supply every open heart, according to their capacity to receive.

The Bible basically teaches us that surrender to Christ is what the ministry of The Paraklete should lead us into.

For anyone interested, there are a few links on Lightintheclouds.ca that go into more detail about some of the ideas various people on the internet are trying to say on how The Holy Spirit either is not a Person, or is just a force or power of some kind. Or some even just try to say Jesus morphs into another form as “holy spirit,” as if putting that in lower case proves their point!

Some use John 14 & John 16 as their weapons of choice to “prove” their dogma, and to divide and confuse people; but in the links below you will find the scripture answer to all of those objections, and more. They are lengthy and very detailed, as I did them in response to an apologist who specializes in dividing and confusing churches on this point of essential truth for these end times we live in. Without the ministry of The Paraklete, we actually are lost; and there is no need for a resurrection; if Jesus is already here:

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (1 Cor 15:12-14)

Rev 4:5. Seven lamps type/example/symbol of The Ministry of The Paraklete.

“And out of the throne came lightnings and thunderings and voices. And seven lamps of fire were burning in front of the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.” (Rev 4:5)

Here the prophet was permitted to behold the first apartment of the sanctuary in heaven; and he saw there the “seven lamps of fire” and the “golden altar” represented by the golden candlestick and the altar of incense in the sanctuary on earth. Again, “the temple of God was opened” Revelation 11:19, and he looked within the inner veil, upon the holy of holies. Here he beheld “the ark of His testament” Revelation 11:19, represented by the sacred chest constructed by Moses to contain the law of God. {CCh 347.3}

John says that he saw the sanctuary in heaven. That sanctuary, in which Jesus ministers in our behalf, is the great original, of which the sanctuary built by Moses was a copy. {CCh 347.4} And this is one of the reasons why Arianism cannot say Jesus is here now because He is in the heavenly sanctuary, presenting His blood on our behalf. (see also Heb 7:25)

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The Lord says: “Unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Revelation 3:1-3. {6T 77.1}

Influences are to be set in motion that will proclaim to the world the first, second, and third angels’ messages. The time has come of which John writes, “The temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament, and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” [Revelation 11:19]. “The ark of His testament”–[this ark contains] the two tables of stone upon which are written, with the finger of God, the ten commandments. The ark is a symbol of the presence of God. In clear, steady rays, the light shines from it to the world. {18MR 187.2}

Having brought conviction of sin, and presented before the mind the standard of righteousness, the Holy Spirit withdraws the affections from the things of this earth and fills the soul with a desire for holiness. “He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13), the Saviour declared. If men are willing to be molded, there will be brought about a sanctification of the whole being. The Spirit will take the things of God and stamp them on the soul. By His power the way of life will be made so plain that none need err therein. {AA 52.5}

From the beginning, God has been working by His Holy Spirit through human instrumentalities for the accomplishment of His purpose in behalf of the fallen race. This was manifest in the lives of the patriarchs. To the church in the wilderness also, in the time of Moses, God gave His “good Spirit to instruct them.” (Nehemiah 9:20). And in the days of the apostles He wrought mightily for His church through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

The same power that sustained the patriarchs, that gave Caleb and Joshua faith and courage, and that made the work of the apostolic church effective, has upheld God’s faithful children in every succeeding age. It was through the power of the Holy Spirit that during the Dark Ages the Waldensian Christians helped to prepare the way for the Reformation. It was the same power that made successful the efforts of the noble men and women who pioneered the way for the establishment of modern missions and for the translation of the Bible into the languages and dialects of all nations and peoples. {AA 53.1}

And today God is still using His church to make known His purpose in the earth. Today the heralds of the cross are going from city to city, and from land to land, preparing the way for the second advent of Christ. The standard of God’s law is being exalted. The Spirit of the Almighty is moving upon men’s hearts, and those who respond to [His] influence become witnesses for God and His truth. In many places consecrated men and women may be seen communicating to others the light that has made plain to them the way of salvation through Christ. And as they continue to let their light shine, as did those who were baptized with the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, they receive more and still more of the Spirit’s power. Thus the earth is to be lightened with the glory of God. {AA 53.2}

God The Holy Spirit: Part One
(ministry of The Paraclete defined)

God The Holy Spirit: Part Two
(answers to “Did Jesus proceed from The Father?”)

The Spirit Speaks Expressly
(relationship of The Three members of The Godhead)

The Truth About Worshipping God
(the biggest argument of Arianism – “should we worship The Holy Spirit?”)

Springs Of Living Water
(the receiver of The Spirit becomes a giver)

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