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You Can Sin Against and Insult

the Holy Ghost

      A very important point to consider is that one can sin against the Holy Ghost. "Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for-given unto men." Blasphemy against the Son can be forgiven, but not against the Holy Ghost (verse 32). One can lie and tempt the Holy Ghost. Speaking about Ananias and Sapphira's deception, Peter asked, ""Why have Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost . . .How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?" (Acts 5:3, 9). Paul speaks of doing "despite to the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29). You can only blaspheme, sin, or tempt a personality!

He Has the Attributes of God

      The book of Job gives us a clear reference that the Holy Spirit created us. "The Spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty have given me life." (Job 33:4). If we couple this with the

account in (Genesis 1:26), where God declared, "Let US make man..." Who is the "us"? it certainly must have included the Holy Spirit since He was present at creation, moving upon the "face of the waters "

(Genesis 1:2), and Job said that "The Spirit of God made me."

      Then after man's sin, the Lord had to drive Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, and God gave the reason: 'And the Lord God said, behold, the man is become as one of US, to know good and evil . . ." (Genesis 3: 22). This reveals, like Genesis 1:26, that God here is plural and that it includes the Holy Spirit. This same thought is brought to view in reference to the rebellion at the tower of Babel, "Let US go down, and there confound their language . . ."

      Thus these passages reveal the truth of the Trinity, including the Holy Spirit who also bears the qualities of God.

     This is further borne out in (Psalms 139:7 -10); there we find that the Holy Spirit is omniscient, and omnipresent because we cannot flee from His presence—He is everywhere and knows what we are doing at all times. Such characteristics belong only to the Almighty God.

". . .God is One Lord."

      Moses told Israel, "Hear, O

Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." (Deuteronomy 6:4). How

does this fit, you may have asked?      

     There is no question that the Old Testament maintains a stern

monotheism—no doubt to safeguard them against the ubiquitous polytheism (many gods) around Israel. Nonetheless, the text should not be taken to mean that the term, "One Lord" refers strictly to "one person" or 'one being" or "one entity," but the ontological oneness of the divine nature. That is, they are one in purpose, one in aim, one in love, one in justice, one in power, grace, and so on. That "the same worship is paid, the same works are ascribed to each of these persons, and in such a way as to indicate that these three are united in the fullness of the one living God."11

      It is similar to the way that a husband and wife are to be "one" (Genesis 2:24), although they are two separate persons. It is interesting to note, that the Hebrew word for "one" in Genesis is the same as that of (Deuteronomy 6:4).

The Controversy Over 1 John 5:7

      (1 John 5:7) is generally regarded as spurious by many scholars, and therefore not considered reliable evidence of the Trinity. "For there are three

that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

      The claim was that this passage

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