B17) Why Didn’t Anyone in the Bible Ever Direct Prayer or Worship to the Holy Spirit? [Can this Open to Deception as Derek Prince Warned? Does a misreading of “three (distinct) persons” as “three separate persons” lie behind this?]. Steve Dobbs, March, 2019:  [Re-written]

Part I: How did this error enter the churches and open Christians to deception?

i) Introduction: Although I don’t have a teaching ministry I believe God has given me the all clear to go ahead with this as it forms an extension to my footnotes for Prophecy (A40), Section B, (link). I also believe I've had repeated discernment on this issue and a witness in the Spirit that this article is correct overall, (although not necessarily word for word correct since it is an article not a prophecy). I’ve attempted to explain why no one in the bible ever appears to have directed prayer or worship to the Holy Spirit, and why attempting to do so can open Christians to deception as Derek Prince warned. I believe that this is one of the devils most insidious routes into deception today because it initially appears to parallel Trinitarian Doctrine although this is not, in fact, the case. I found this extremely hard to describe, though, as it deals with the phrases “three (distinct) persons" which have perplexed Christians since the late C2nd. To avoid any misunderstandings I’ve, therefore, included my Statement of Faith at the end to show that I agree with the Nicene Creed and do not accept the Oneness Doctrine as one reader wrongly assumed. I believe this unbiblical practice stems from people misinterpreting the phrases “three persons" and "three distinct persons" as "three separate persons" instead. This is a common error which all Trinitarian scholars have warned about throughout history. From that error many Christians then develop the false belief that the Holy Spirit is a separate person to the Father and Son instead of adhering to the bibles teaching that the Holy Spirit, (He), is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. This also explains, in a simple biblical way, why the three really are One God. I have used the K.J.V throughout, except when quoting from Derek Prince’s article.

“For God is not the author of confusion,” (1 Cor 14: 33).

ii) Derek Prince’s warning against attempting to direct prayer or worship to the Holy Spirit: Derek Prince was one of the UKs most respected interdenominational, Trinitarian teachers of modern times. In his article, entitled; Protection from Deception,” section “The Identity of the Holy Spirit,” (link), he wrote; “I have not found in the Scripture anywhere an example of a prayer addressed to the Holy Spirit. So far as I can understand, no one in the Scripture ever prayed to the Holy Spirit… Any spirit that focuses on the Holy Spirit and glorifies the Holy Spirit is not the Holy Spirit… a New-Ager… said about the "New Age," "When the holy spirit comes, then the New Age will be here." Of course I am sure most of you would understand that when she talks about the holy spirit, she is not talking about the same Holy Spirit that the Bible speaks about. This is one of various indications that there is a counterfeit holy spirit…” “It is nothing new for Satan to produce a religious counterfeit…  When we want the Holy Spirit to do something, we address our request to the Father or to the Son… the Holy Spirit does not speak from Himself; He has no message of His own… He only reports to us what He is hearing from the Father and the Son.” He then underlined these points by quoting the following scripture, using the N.K.J.V:

John 16: 13-14, 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 [literally: from Himself] 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,” (N.K.J.V).

iii) The error of "three separate persons:" I believe the unbiblical practice of addressing the Holy Spirit as a separate person to the Father and the Son arises when the phrases “three persons,” and “three distinct persons” are perceived, in image form, as three separate men, see fig 1 below. The fig 1 image lends itself to the false assumption that the Godhead consists of “three separate persons.” Trinitarian theologians have always warned that “three separate persons,” is an error, a misreading of these phrases. I believe that this common error is resulting in many Christians attempting to relate to the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person to the Father and the Son. This is not something that is taught in scripture or within Trinitarian doctrine. [It is important to note that the doctrinal phrases "three persons and "three distinct persons" do not exist anywhere in the bible so cannot be viewed as carrying the same authority as scripture].

                                                                               "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” (Hosea 4; 6).

                                                                                        Fig 1; this reflects “three separate persons,” which all Trinitarian                  Fig 2; doesn't suggest the separate persons” error. Instead the                      teachers state is a misinterpretation of “three (distinct) persons.”                Holy Spirit is depicted as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. 

iv) The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a third separate person to them:  Everyone agrees that the Godhead definitely does not consist of “three separate persons.” The following two scriptures reveal to us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son, (I will support this with a longer list of scriptures further down).  

"For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you," (Matt 10; 20).

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts," (Gal 4:6).

There cannot be two separate Spirits of God since the following verses prove there is only one Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

“God is a Spirit,” (Jn 4; 24).  

"There is... one Spirit," (Eph 4; 4).

So the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. [This also explains why the three are literally one, One God, not three separate persons who always happen to agree with one another as fig 1 wrongly suggests].  

v) This analogy may help? We know that man is made in Gods image. As a man’s spirit is that man himself, (as opposed to a separate person to that man), so Gods Spirit is the Father and the Son themselves not a third, separate person to them. This is why we don’t one day speak to a man named John and the next day try to address John’s spirit as if his spirit were a separate person to him. Today, however, many Christians try to address the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person to the Father and the Son when no one in the bible ever appears to have done this.

vi) The “three separate persons” error stems from a misunderstanding: I don’t know of any scriptures that suggest that the Holy Spirit is a third separate person to the Father or a third separate person to the Son. Instead He is their shared Spirit. All Trinitarian teachers, even the first, (Tertullian, see below), have always warned against an interpretation of “three separate persons.” So the concept of “three separate persons” is an error that is not endorsed by the bible or by Trinitarian teaching. The error stems from misinterpretation the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons,” to mean “three separate persons” instead. No one ever intended these two phrases to be interpreted as “three separate persons.” However this is an easy mistake to make.

vii) Tertullian, 155 - 240 AD:  The mistake of interpreting “three persons” as “three separate persons” has been around almost as long as the phrase “three persons” itself which was coined in the late C2nd. This phrase was promoted by Tertullian, considered by many to be the first Trinitarian. He wrote; “the Father, Son and Spirit are inseparable from each other…” but were being… “taken in a wrong sense by every uneducated… person, as if it predicated […] a separation among the Father, […] Son, and […] Spirit,” , (from “Tertullian Against Praxeas, 9, ANF3: 604). So this is not a recent problem but seems to have accompanied the phrase “three persons,” and the later phrase “three distinct persons,” since they were first coined. This may be why it was not included in either of the two Nicene Creeds.

viii) Problems with visualising the eternal Godhead: The man-made phrases have introduced unnecessary complication and confusion into Christianity. No such confusion about the Godhead appears to have arisen within the N/T church which relied solely on scripture for its descriptions of God. The bible gives a very broad and in depth description of the Godhead but I would argue that we need to study several scriptures together in order to understand this properly.  As I see it, the problem with the man-made phrases, “three persons” and “three distinct persons,” is that they attempt to condense all those scriptures into extremely short phrases, (by comparison the Nicene Creed didn’t attempt to do this). Many people’s minds will automatically perceive short phrases as visual images. A lot can end up being added or removed when our imaginations translate words into images in this way. This process often takes place subconsciously without us even realising our imaginations are doing this. There was surely good reason why God forbid the Jews from ever making an image of Himself. Although no such rule applies to Christians our images of the Godhead do become problematic. Both fig 1 and fig could be interpreted in ways that contain truth, whilst omitting other vital truths, at the same time as also suggesting error. Depicting the Holy Spirit as a dove in fig 2, for example, doesn’t defend the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Fig 1 does defend the personhood of the Holy Spirit because it depicts Gods Spirit in person form, however, fig 1 also depicts “three separate persons,” the very error all Trinitarian teachers warn against. Fig 1 thereby suggests that there are three persona/personalities in the Godhead, with a third attributed to the Holy Spirit. This changes the Holy Spirit from being the Spirit of both the Father and Son into being a third separate person to the Father and Son instead. This is not the Holy Spirit described in the bible but the alternative counterfeit “holy spirit” that Derek Prince warned us about.

ix) A third non-existent persona/personality is added to the Godhead: As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the two personas/personalities of the Father and the Son. As their Spirit the Holy Spirit doesn’t exhibit a third person/personality that is separate to theirs. This is mirrored by the fact that a man’s own spirit doesn’t exhibit a separate persona/personality to that man himself. Fig 1, however, strongly suggests that there are three personas/personalities in the Godhead, one for each of the three separate men depicted. An additional, third persona/personality is thereby created and added to the Godhead for which there is no evidence in the bible.*

x) **How this practice opens to deception: ** If we address an aspect or attribute of “God” that does not exist then we will not praying to the God of the bible. Our prayers will be misdirected to the “god” of our imaginations instead. This is exactly what unbelievers do, they address another version of “god” and thereby receive an occult counterfeit anointing sent from the devil in response. Christians who address a third separate person’s version of the “holy spirit,” are not addressing the God of the bible at all. They will not be perceiving the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son in line with scripture. Instead they will perceive a “holy spirit” that is a separate person to the father and Son with a third separate persona/personality to the Father and Sons. They will still address the Father and Son in line with the biblical description of them. However, when they come to address a third separate person version of the Holy Spirit they will not be addressing any aspect of the biblical godhead. Instead they will be addressing the counterfeit version of the “holy spirit.”  As a result Satan can send a deceiving spirit in response to those theologically inaccurate prayers. This other spirit will manifest as the unbiblical version of the “holy spirit” that these Christians perceive in their imaginations. This is how I believe this unbiblical practice will open Christians to deception and to the counterfeits of the real Holy Spirit that Derek Prince warned us about.

xi) Interactions with the Holy Spirit:The bible describes the Holy Spirit in ways that are sometimes distinct and different from the Father and Son, but this is always in impersonal form. Examples are as the anointing, Gods power, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit or as the peace love, fruit or comfort of God. The Holy Spirit can also minister messages to us from the Father or the Son. However, the Holy Spirit never reveals Himself with a separate third personality.* The Holy Spirit only ever appears to us in person form as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son according to scripture. This is because He is their shared Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the spirit of a third separate person.  This is why there are no conversations recorded between the Father and the Holy Spirit or between Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the bible.  Jesus and the Father dialogue with one another but neither ever have any dialogue with the Holy Spirit. Similarly the Father and Son are both addressed by Christians in the N/T but no one ever attempted to address the person of the Holy Spirit. This is because the Holy Spirit doesn’t operate as a third separate person to the Father or the Son, or have a third separate persona/personality to theirs, instead He is their Spirit. If we look at fig 1, however, we would expect the Father and Son to dialogue with the Holy Spirit as they do with one another, in contradiction to what the bible has revealed to us. By attempting to correctly depict the personhood of Gods Spirit, fig 1 also inadvertently suggests that there are three separate persons with three separate personalities in the Godhead, (a huge unintended theological error). The Spirit of the Father is the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of the Son is also the Holy Spirit, this is why the three are literally One God not three separate persons.

xii) Another spirit: Another spirit enters a church or an individual Christians life as they direct prayer or worship to a “god” that is not the God described in the bible. There is no third separate persons of the Holy Spirit, who has a third persona/personality that is separate to those of the Father or the Sons. Any prayer to such a spirit is not being addressed to any aspect of the God described in the bible. Many New Agers also address a third separate persons version of the ”holy spirit” in the same way as such any Christians do. In both cases, be it a Christian or the New Ager, they will be praying to a non-existent “god” of their imaginations. The devil will respond to this by sending an occult spirit upon them to counterfeit the real Holy Spirit.

xiii) “Three (distinct) persons:” It is not that “three (distinct) persons,” is wrong, it is correct when viewed from the intended perspective. It is unfortunate, however, that it is so easily misunderstood to mean “three separate persons” instead. This is because these phrases do not describe the ways in which they are “distinct” from one another. The tendency is then to wrongly assume that this is because they are “separate” from one another. “Separate” is one of the many ways things can be “distinct” from one another but this is not the case with the father, Son and Holy Spirit and no theologians has ever suggested that this is the case. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit do, together, number “three.” They are “distinct” (i.e. different in some ways from one another, for example only Jesus, not the Father was born with a physical body and since Jesus rose from the dead only the Holy Spirit is now with us on earth today, until Jesus’ second Coming physically). All three could also be said to be the “person” of God. “Person” is obvious so far as the Father and Son are concerned, however, the Holy Spirit could also be said to be the person of God since He is Gods own Spirit. He, the Holy Spirit, is God Himself not just Gods power or unction as Jehovah’s Witnesses wrong claim. The use of the word “person” becomes a little complicated, though, due to it not existing as a word in either the Hebrew or Greek, the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. This may explain why neither the phrase “three persons” nor “three distinct persons” exist anywhere in the bible. The word “person(s)” was a Latin construct, the language of Rome and introduced by the proto- Catholic Church. So we have been relying on non-biblical language to describe the Godhead which has not surprisingly led to much confusion. However, from the correct perspective putting the three words together as the short phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons” does make sense when viewed from that intended perspective. These phrases were designed to defend the deity of the Son and Holy Spirit along with that of the Father and they do this very effectively. They also stand effectively against the heresy of Arianism as well as the error of Sabbelianism, (from which is derived todays Ones Doctrine), which ware both rampant in the early post N/T church, (in particular the proto - Catholic Church). Both phrases also make clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself not just Gods power. The problem appears to me to be that whilst correctly defending the personhood of Gods Spirit these phrases at the same time fail to underline the biblical teaching that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. Once that emphasis is lost there is a tendency amongst many Christians to assume that the word “three” also means that there are three personas/personalities in the Godhead which simply isn’t biblical. This can then lead to the Holy Spirit then being wrongly perceived as a third separate person to the Father and the Son instead of being their shared Spirit. As the Spirit of the Father the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the persona/personality of the Father. As the Spirit of the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the two persona/personalities of the Father and the Son. There is no third persona/personality of the Holy Spirit for us to address prayer to other than those two. There is no third separate person with a third separate persona/personality version of the Holy Spirit for us to address our prayers to. If we want to address the person of the Holy Spirit, i.e. address one of His person/persona/personality forms, we must, therefore, either address the persona/personality of the Father or that of the Son, (Jesus Christ). There are no other personas of the Holy Spirit described in the bible for us to address prayer or worship to.* The Holy Spirit is the person of God, (Gods own Spirit), but He is not a third alternative separate person to the Father or Son. He. the Holy Spirit, is the shared Spirit of the Father and the Son.

xiv) The three are literally One: The Holy Spirit is One with the Father because He is the Fathers Spirit. The Holy Spirit is One with the Son because He is also the Sons Spirit. The Father and Son are One because they both share and are of the same Holy Spirit. The three are, therefore, literally one person, One God, as well as being “distinct” from one another, (different in some ways from one another). Although they are always in agreement with one another they are not One just because of this alone. They are not “three separate persons” with three separate personas/personalities and three separate minds who always just happen to agree with one another as is suggested fig 1 and 3 (below). Neither the bible nor Trinitarian teaching has ever suggested that they are “three separate persons.” This, therefore, represents an extremely serious theological error. I believe that the unbiblical practice of addressing a third separate person version of the “holy spirit” is derived from this error and I also believe I have a witness in the Spirit to this being the case.

xv) Conclusion: I am convinced that all the confusion concerning the Godhead stems from a misunderstanding that can arise from the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.” This occurs when these phrases are wrongly assumed to mean “three separate persons” instead. A counterfeit non-existent version of the Holy Spirit is derived from this misunderstanding. The biblical description of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son is then replaced by a “holy spirit” that is perceived to be a separate person to the Father and Son instead. This alternative counterfeit version of the “holy spirit” is thought to have a separate, third persona/personality that is separate to those of the Father and Sons. In reality though because the Holy Spirit is their shared Spirit He shares in and is the source of the two personalities/personas of the Father and the Son. A third persona/personality of God has been invented due to this misunderstanding and added to the Godhead, for which there is no evidence in the bible. If we address prayer to this unbiblical separate person’s version of the “holy spirit” we will not be addressing prayer to the God described in the bible. This will open such Christians up to another spirit. This false “holy spirit” will then be entitled to come upon them and deceive them with counterfeits. The same thing happens when New Agers try to address prayer to the “holy spirit” in this way.

​​​​​​    

Fig 3; wrongly suggests three personas/personalities in the Godhead.  Fig 4; suggests just two personas/personalities as we see reflected in scrip- ture. As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of, the two personas/personalities of the Father and the Son. There isn't a third persona/personality of God for us to direct our prayer or worship to, attempting to do so will open us to deception and another spirit that will counterfeit the real Holy Spirit parralleling Derek Prince' warning. 

xvi) The potential bad fruit of this practice: This practice has been propagated across the body of Christ since the 1970s by deceived ministers. This appears to have been the devils main agenda so far. The harm it can do has not yet been fully unleashed upon the church. This explains why so few people have been concerned about this practice. When the time is ripe the devil will then unleash its full potential to harm the body of Christ along with other forms of deception too. Imagine the danger for Christians who engage in this practice when they start rubbing shoulders with New Ages within the Interfaith Movement, (which is headed up by the Catholic Church). They will think all religions are praying to the same god. Both the Christians and New Agers, and for e.g. Hindus or Buddhists etc. who try engaging in this practice will be addressing their prayers to “the Holy Spirit,” and be receiving the same counterfeit anointing. This could lead the Christians to believe that all religions worship the same god, the same universal spirit, and that Christ death on the cross is not the only way to the Father. This counterfeit of the Holy Spirit can also lead such Christians into all the same occult spiritual practices and beliefs that unbelievers engage in. This practice can become a road into apostasy and rejection of the Doctrine of Christ. As well as individual Christians whole congregations can fall into this snare as they address prayer or sing worship songs to this alternative erroneous version of the “holy spirit.” Such churches can be flooded with counterfeits of the spiritual gifts, counterfeit prophecy etc. Even a counterfeit occult healing power which may heal some Christians in order to help the devil recruit others into following this other spirit. An entire counterfeit revival based on such occult power will one day result from this practice. Some people will appear to be blessed by this as the enemy raises them up in counterfeit ministries based on this power. Others will become oppressed as they receive this other spirit, and become spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically ill as a result. Death can even result from this. No counterfeit revival or move will produce lasting fruit though and most of those involved in this will eventually get discouraged as well as confused. Many will loose their faith in Christ altogether as a result. They will mistakenly assume that they prayed to the God of the bible but were then oppressed or made ill or led into deception by His Spirit as a result.  

xvii) Key to avoiding this snare: I think this is probably the most dangerous deception of all because it will appear to be backed up by the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.” This error is based on misinterpreting those phrases as “three separate persons” though. This is a tragedy waiting to happen. Few people even know about Derek Princes warnings about this. And it is also hard for those who do know to explain to others why this practice is so dangerous. All the present confusion about the Godhead that results from those man made phrase creates an atmosphere within which it is hard to teach. Once you start getting caught up in non-biblical terminology about the Holy Spirit, e.g. “three persons,” you end up getting tied up in knots. The key is to remember that no one in the bible ever attempted to direct any form of communication to Gods Spirit, instead everyone always addressed everything to Gods two personas/personalities, those of the Father or the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not an alternative separate person to them.

 

Part II: A more in depth bible study concerning this issue: 

i) Biblical evidence for just two persons/personas/personalities in the Godhead: Most of us would agree that it is clear from the bible that the Holy Spirit is God Himself not just Gods power, (also in every culture the word “spirit” is almost always thought to denote that person/being themselves not just that persons/beings power). Whilst the Holy Spirit can appear as "distinct," from(different in some ways from), the Father and the Son as far as I’m aware this is always when the Holy Spirit is appearing in impersonal form, for e.g. as the wind and tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost, as the anointing, the power of God, through the gifts of the Spirit or when the Holy Spirit is bringing peace, comfort or joy to someone without necessarily revealing God Himself to them at the same time.  At such times we can be aware of the Holy Spirit without necessarily being aware of any of the persons/personas/personalities of God. Whenever the Holy Spirit reveals His person to us, though, this will always be as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son. I am unaware of the Holy Spirit ever revealing Himself to Christians as anyone other than the Father or the Son when in person form.* I would argue, therefore, that the Farther and the Son are the two persons of God the Holy Spirit and there isn’t a third for us to adress prayer to since no third persona/pesonality of God is mentioned in the bible. There is no evidence in the bible that I have found, of a third persona/personality of God that is attributable to the Holy Spirit alone. I concluded above that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a separate, third, alternative person to them. We can look at this in more scriptural detail here starting with the scriptures we used before.

ii) Bible Study: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son: The first verse proves that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father, (as Jews have always believed). The second verse proves that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Son, (Jesus).

“For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you,” (Matt 10; 20).

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,” (Gal 4; 6).

Since there is only one Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Father must be the same Spirit as the Spirit of the Son.

“God is a Spirit,” (Jn 4; 24).  

“There is... one Spirit,” (Eph 4: 4).

The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. This is also reflected in the following verse:

“Jesus answered… and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him,” (Jn 14; 23).

When we allow the Holy Spirit to abide in us we are allowing both the Father and the Son to abide within us too because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. Since Jesus rose from the dead the Father and the Son are both seated in heaven at present but they both dwell within us by their shared Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.  I don’t know of any evidence in the bible that suggests that the Holy Spirit is a separate person to the Father or the Son and this also contradicts Trinitarian teaching too.  

iii) The following verses provided further evidence of the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of the Father: First are O/T scriptures which obviously refer to God as the Father because the Jews didn’t yet, (and still don’t) understand God as Jesus the Son. The point here is that the Holy Spirit is described here as the Fathers Spirit.

“but they rebelled and vexed his holy spirit,” (Is 63;10).

he that put his holy Spirit within him,” Isaiah (63; 11).

“the Spirit of the Lord,” Isaiah (63; 14).

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord,” (Zech 4; 6).

“the Lord of hosts hath sent his spirit,” (Zech 7; 12).

“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh,” (Joel 2; 28).

The following scriptures are from the N/T and also describe the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Father.

“I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh,” (Acts 2; 17), taken from Joel; 2; 28 above.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” (2 Cor 3:17).

iv) The next list of scriptures prove that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Son, Jesus Christ: 

“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you…” (Rms 8; 9, 10).

“Jesus… he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” (Jn 20; 21 - 22).

As Paul, Timothy and Silas were being directed by the Holy Spirit as to where to travel to next the bible says “When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to,” (Acts 16:7), from the NKJV and NIV although I couldn’t find this in the KJV. However the JKV states the following which are very similar:

Jesus said; “I will manifest myself to him,” (Jn 14; 21). Jesus still resides in heaven until his Second Coming but He has sent the Holy Spirit to us, so Jesus manifests Himself to us by His Holy Spirit. i.e. it is the Holy Spirit who reveals the person/persona/personality of Jesus to us.

“if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,” (Rev 3. 20), i.e. Jesus will come into him by the Holy Spirit, who must therefore be the Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself.

“Until the day in which he (Jesus) was taken up, after that, he (Jesus) through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen,” (Acts 1; 2).  So Jesus instructed the Apostles through the Holy Spirit after He had risen.

v) The following scriptures reveal that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son: 

 “Jesus answered… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him,” (Jn 14; 23).  As it is the Holy Spirit that resides within a believer then the Holy Spirit must be the Spirit of the Faher as well as the Spirit of the Son. We dont have two separate Holy Spirits within us only the one Spirit who is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.

So surely there can be no doubt it, there is an abundance of teaching in the bible that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. The false idea of the “Holy Spirit” being a separate person to the Father and the Son, who we can relate to as a third separate person, does not come from scripture. I believe it arises unintentionally when “three persons” and “three distinct persons” are misunderstood to mean “three separate persons” instead, the error all Trinitarian teachers have always warned about.

vi) We can now understand the otherwise mysterious statements Jesus’ made about Himself: We can now make sense of all the otherwise mysterious statement’s that Jesus made about Himself, those that do not make sense when viewed from the “three separate persons” perspective of fig 1 and fig 3.

When Jesus said “as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,” (Jn 17; 21), this is explained by the fact that  both the Father and the Son share the same Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Father was, therefore, in Jesus, and the Spirit of Jesus was in the Father. This is also reflected in the following verse; “ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him,” (Jn 10; 38). When we view the Godhead as wrongly as three separate persons this doesn’t then make any sense at all. I believe that all the confusion about the Godhead since the late C2nd stems from this.

Jesus also said; “but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.(John 14: 10). The explanation; because the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit, dwelt in Jesus the works were done by the Spirit of the Father, so the works were done by the Father.

“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” (Jn 14; 9). By seeing Jesus one has seen the embodiment of the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Jesus. Since the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Father they had also seen the Father as well. The following example is similar:

“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me,” (John 14:8-11).

Once again this is explained by the fact that the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit, is also Jesus’ own Spirit too, and so dwelt in Jesus too. It was the Holy Spirit who spoke as Jesus, and worked through Jesus.

vii) The Oneness Doctrine: I’d like to reiterate that I am not advocating the Oneness Doctrine here, that false teaching claims that the Father and Son can never appear together at the same time but are different alternative forms/manifestations that God takes at different times. The Oneness Doctrine is clearly wrong as the Holy Spirit was present at the same time as Jesus at Jesus’ baptism and descended upon Him as a dove. Likewise the Father was present with Jesus when He spoke to Jesus disciples saying “this is my son in whom I am well pleased.” The Oneness Doctrine is an error that attempts to but doesn’t solve the confusion of how God can be Three and yet One. Nor does it remove the likelihood of Christians addressing prayer or worship to an unbiblical third separate persons version of the Holy Spirit, a practice that can open us to deception and counterfeits just as Derek Prince warned.

viii) Overview: God did not give us an impossible to understand revelation of Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, instead He revealed Himself to us in a way that make compete rational sense when viewed from a scriptural perspective. God is not the author of all the confusion about the Godhead, the confusion came about as man replaced Gods words, found in scripture, with their own phrases, (well intentioned and useful throughout history though these have been), i.e. the phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.”  The question of “how can God be three persons and yet One God” was an unintended consequence of those phrases. There is no evidence in the bible that this question about Gods identity ever arose as an issue within the N/T Church. I believe that all the confusion emerged as intellectual pride took hold in the C2nd, as a scholarly  independent mind-set emerged, with such men coining their own phrases to replace scripture, phrases which were correct but at the same time  prone to being misunderstood as “three separate persons” instead. Surely if anyone is still in doubt about this they should stick with scripture alone for their definitions of the Godhead, and there is no mention of “three (distinct) persons” anywhere in the bible.

ix) Distinct but impersonal forms of the Holy Spirit: There are distinct forms of the Holy Spirit described in the bible though, where the Holy Spirit is revealed when the Father and Son are not. These occur where the (Holy) Spirit of both the Father and the Son appears to man without revealing Himself as the Father or the Son. These are always impersonal forms of God though, when the Holy Spirit is not revealing any persona/personality of God at all. Examples are when the Holy Spirit appears as the anointing, Gods power, the gifts of the Spirit, often when he brings messages or comfort or peace etc. There are many examples, one was when He, (the Holy Spirit), appeared as the wind on the Day of Pentecost. Whilst the Holy Spirit is not just God in impersonal form but is Gods own Spirit whenever He (the Holy Spirit), reveals His person/persona/personality to us this will always be as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son, with the persona/personality of either the father or the Son, (or sometimes both at once). There is no third person of God, no third separate person of God with a third separate persona/personality for us to pray to. This is why addressing prayer to a third separate persons version of the Holy Spirit will open us to deception and counterfeits of the real Holy Spirit.  Recap: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a third, separate person to them. Here are some scriptures which describe the Holy Spirit as distinct from the Father and the Son, you will notice that non describe any persona/personality of God at all, i.e. no third persona/personality of God:

… to continue later, (God willing):