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The Spirit of God

The Spirit has an owner:

But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. (20) For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Mat 10:19-20)

In today’s key text we notice that the holy spirit is specifically declared to be “the spirit of your Father.” Not, “the spirit of God,” which some people take to mean that the spirit is one person of a three person God. Here the spirit is specifically spoken of in such a way that there can be no mistaking the fact that it is the property of the Father.

The very first book in the Bible tells us that it was the Spirit of God that moved upon the face of the waters. It was not “God the Spirit,” but “the spirit of God.” This verse and many other similar verses indicate very clearly that the spirit belongs to God.

According to Jesus what is the source of the holy spirit? John 15:26

“The Bible shows us God in His high and holy place, not in a state of inactivity, not in silence and solitude, but surrounded by ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of holy beings, all waiting to do His will. Through these messengers He is in active communication with every part of His dominion. By His Spirit He is everywhere present. Through the agency of His Spirit and His angels He ministers to the children of men.” {MH 417.2}

How does the Bible indicate that the holy spirit has no will of its own, but is controlled by the will of the Father? Acts 2:17; Ps. 51:11

Of the Comforter it is written, “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 show you things to come.” Through the Holy Spirit, Christ will open more clearly to those who believe on him that which he has inspired holy men to write concerning the truth. . . . {RH, April 12, 1892}

The Spirit is the personality or the mind of God and not a separate individual.

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