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Is Jesus the Holy Spirit?
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Is Jesus the Holy Spirit?

Introduction

The Holy Trinity is a fundamental belief in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is distinct in their personhood, but there has been some confusion among believers as to whether Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the same.

This has led to questions and debates on whether Jesus is the Holy Spirit.

In this blog post, we will dive into the topic of whether Jesus is the Holy Spirit, examining what the Bible has to say about it. We will explore the nature and personhood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and the relationship between them.

Understanding the distinct but united nature of the Trinity is crucial in honoring and worshipping God in all His fullness.

As we delve into this topic, it is important to approach it with an open mind and a heart that seeks to understand the truth. Our goal is not to prove a particular viewpoint but to seek the truth as revealed in the Bible.

It is my hope that through this article, we will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the unique and united nature of the Holy Trinity.

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The Personhood of Jesus Christ

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Holy Trinity. He is the Son of God and was sent to earth to save humanity from sin.

The Gospel of John describes Jesus as the Word made flesh, saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NKJV). This passage establishes Jesus as divine, but it also makes clear that He is distinct from the Father.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is consistently referred to as a person with a distinct identity. He is described as speaking, teaching, healing, and performing miracles.

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When Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove, and the voice of the Father is heard saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17 NKJV). This event demonstrates the separate identities of the members of the Trinity.

The Personhood of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity. He is the Spirit of God and is sent to dwell in the hearts of believers. The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as a person with a distinct identity.

In John 14:16-17, Jesus says, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – 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” (NKJV).

This passage shows that the Holy Spirit is not just a force or power but a person who can be known and dwells within believers.

The Holy Spirit is also involved in the work of sanctification. In 1 Corinthians 6:11, Paul writes, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (NKJV).

This verse shows that the Holy Spirit is actively involved in the process of making believers holy and righteous before God.

Jesus and the Holy Spirit: Distinct but One

While Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both distinct persons within the Trinity, they are also united in their nature and purpose. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples after He ascended to heaven.

In John 15:26, He says, “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (NKJV). This passage shows that the Holy Spirit’s work is intimately connected with the work of Jesus.

Additionally, the Bible describes Jesus as having the Holy Spirit within Him. In Luke 4:1, it says, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (NKJV).

This verse shows that Jesus had the Holy Spirit within Him, but it also makes clear that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons.

In John 10:30, Jesus says, “I and My Father are one” (NKJV). This statement does not indicate that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the same person, but rather that they are united in their nature and purpose.

Similarly, in John 14:10, Jesus says, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (NKJV).

This verse shows that Jesus and the Father are distinct persons, but they are also united in their nature and purpose.

In the same way, the Holy Spirit is also united with Jesus and the Father in their nature and purpose.

In John 16:13-14, Jesus says, “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. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (NKJV).

This passage shows that the Holy Spirit’s work is to glorify Jesus and to reveal His truth to believers.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both distinct persons within the Holy Trinity, they are also united in their nature and purpose. Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God who was sent to earth to save humanity from sin.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, the Spirit of God who dwells within believers and works to make them holy and righteous before God.

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not the same person, but they are united in their nature and purpose. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples to guide them and to testify of Him.

The Holy Spirit’s work is to glorify Jesus and to reveal His truth to believers. As believers, we should strive to understand and appreciate the distinct but united nature of the members of the Trinity and to honor and worship God in all His fullness.

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.