101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 9 

Is God Totally a Spirit?

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The Bible shows that the Father is a spirit. It shows that Christ Jesus is a spirit. It shows angels are spirits. And each human being has a spirit.
Jesus said that the Father is spirit (or, a spirit) (John 4:24). The apostle Paul also said that Christ Jesus is a spirit. Paul said that "the Spirit makes intercession for the saints" (Romans 8:27) and then followed up by saying that he was talking about "Christ… who makes intercession for us" (Romans 8:34). But all the angels are also spirits. "Who makes his angels spirits" (Hebrews 1:7). Indeed, instead of just one spirit being in association with the Father and Christ, the apostle John in the Book of Revelation said there are "the seven spirits" (Revelation 1:4,5). And each human has a spirit (Romans 1:9) and "our spirit" is united to "the Spirit of God" (Romans 8:9,16).

Now all these particular "spirits" are certainly personalities. The Holy Spirit that caused Mary to be conceived with Christ was the Father in his role as being a spirit (Matthew 1:18,20). This "spirit" was the Father because Christ could not conceive himself in order for him to become his own father. And if this "spirit" were the third "person" of the Trinity as viewed by those who invented the Trinity doctrine, then this would make that spirit to be Christ's Father, and not the Father being his Father. But without doubt, in the conception of Jesus in Mary's womb, it was the Father who begot Christ in his role as "the Spirit."

On the other hand, Christ is the only mediator between the Father and mankind (I Timothy 2:5), and he makes intercession for each of us (Romans 8:34) but in two previous verses Paul simply said it was "the Spirit'" who made the intercession (Romans 8:26,27). This time, obviously, it is Christ Jesus who does his job as "the Spirit".

In other circumstances, the seven angels who reveal most of the Book of Revelation under the authority of Christ Jesus are called "the seven stars, the seven churches [ekklesias], the seven candlesticks" (Revelation 1:20) and they are identified in Revelation 1:4 as being "the seven spirits." Thus, angels can do their individual jobs by also being "the Spirit." It is normal usage in the Bible to call an angel "a spirit" or "the spirit" (I Kings 22:21; Ezekiel 1:12 passim).

But not only that, when Jesus was speaking about us humans and the natural weakness that we have, he said: "Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41). So there is a power associated with each human which is also called "the spirit."

Why am I giving these examples? It is simply to show that when the Bible shows that "the Spirit" does such and such, it can mean the Father as the spirit (which he is); it can mean Christ Jesus as the spirit (which he is); it can mean an angel as the spirit (which they are); or it can mean you and I as the spirit. At no time in the above usages would anyone think "the Spirit" was a third member of the Godhead.

The invention of the Spirit as an equal member of a humanly devised triune Godhead which was created in the time of Constantine is a very unbiblical doctrine that the mainline preachers and priests have accepted as orthodoxy. Yet, I say, if they are right, then the Spirit as a personality is shaped in bodily form just like a male bird called a dove. But the absurdities of Trinitarianism will not stand. The generic spirit is simply the power of God and Christ to perform their functions in the universe, and they themselves are composed of spirit bodies in the form of human beings.

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