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The Spirit of Truth
by Wayne Blank
"the Father that dwelleth in me"
The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth because "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested His Word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour." (Titus 1:2-3 KJV). On the other hand, The Spirit of Antichrist is by definition a liar - it denies Christ, Who not only spoke the Word of God ("the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me," John 14:10 KJV), but He was The Word of God ("In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth," John 1:1,14 KJV). It is by the Word of God that we are to "prove all things."
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
The Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit of God, comes from God. The Holy Spirit of God is not a "he" or a "person," even though it is translated into English as "he" - that is merely an inappropriate translation of how the Greek language (other languages do as well e.g. French) uses grammatical "genders" - English doesn't use grammatical genders.
The Holy Spirit can be accurately referred to as "He" in another way however - it is God's Spirit, that comes from The Father, so the "He" is actually God, not a separate entity of a "trinity." That is what Jesus Christ was referring to in the verses quoted above. The Holy Spirit in Christ was "the Father that dwelleth in Me" (John 14:10 KJV). Christ's Name "Emmanuel" ("Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Matthew 1:23 KJV) literally means in man is God and refers to the same thing because Christians have the same Holy Spirit that Christ did i.e. "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all" (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 KJV)
"But now I go My way to him that sent Me; and none of you asketh Me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Fact Finder: Does the natural ("carnal") mind of man love or hate God's Law? Why?