Part Four: One Spirit...
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who intend to make My people forget My NAME?" Jeremiah 23:26-27
"...baptizing them in the NAME of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Matthew 28:19
"But when help comes alongside, which I will impart to you from the Father, the spirit of truth, which goes out from the Father, He (YHVH) will bear witness about me." John 15:26
"The wind (spirit) blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of spirit." John 3:8
It is a source of constant wonderment to see how men can extract a single verse out of scripture and build an empirical doctrine of theology around it that has no consistency of support or verification anywhere else in scripture. But, this is not a new phenomenon - as seen in the passage from Jeremiah above. The last article, In Addition (click on highlighted words to view content), ended with this question - "Ask yourself, if the Father's intent is for us to really come to know Him in Truth, and the scriptures were given to help us verify Truth - then why does the word "Trinity" not appear in any manuscript of scripture and why is the concept itself not to be found historically any further back than 300 years after the Resurrection (even then only emerging within the nefariousness that was the origin of the Constantinian Roman Catholic Church)?" The answer to this question can be found in the lies perpetuated by the tradition of men which carry an agenda of their own intent (that of Replacement Theology) that have been handed down to us for centuries. The early church fathers who were in command of the translations of scripture were all, to a man, Gentile, anti-Semitic, Platonic philosopher-theologians. They had every reason to include a formula asserting a radical and fundamental identity difference between Judaism, even Messianic Judaism, and Christianity couched in the Greek categories of "person."
For instance - are you aware that even with all the translations available, Matthew 28:19 is the only verse in the entirety of all scripture where this phrase, "...the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" are linked together in this fashion in the same passage? The Shem-Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew 28:19-20 simply says, "Go and (teach) them to carry out all the things which I have commanded you forever" with no mention of the triune formula. Particularly with all the traditional doctrinal emphasis placed upon there being a triune god - do you not find this an odd occurance? When you couple this fact with the additional observation from the previous paragraph and with the knowledge that the Greek word used for "Holy Spirit" in this passage, pneuma, is not the same Greek word used for "Comforter or Helper" in John 14:16-20 (parakletos) - do not even more questions begin to arise? After all, are not both instances supposed to be referring to this same "third person" of the trinity?
Spirit / Wind
In the same regard, the Hebrew words ruach hakodesh which appear throughout the Tanakh (OT) to mean "the spirit of holiness" were only capitalized when they were translated as "Holy Spirit" into English to conform the words to an pre-formulated agenda (there is no capitalization in either Hebrew or Greek). "Saint" is another word that appears throughout the Tanakh to describe a member of the family of YHVH. In Hebrew, the word translated "saint" is kadosh and means "holy". The word "holy" in both the Hebrew and the Greek simply means "to be set apart" (Deuteronomy 33:3). There is but the Father and the Son - no one else.
The confusion in all of these issues lies in not understanding, not knowing this Hebrew Spirit for Who He says He is in Truth - who scripture speaks of Him as; and, instead, relying on and following the dictates of the tradition of men (Mark 7:13). Every letter of every book in the Book (including all those of the NT) were written by Hebrews, from a Hebrew perspective, out of a Hebrew culture primarily to a Hebrew audience who understood the nuances of the Hebrew language. When we consider 2/3 of this Hebrew Book to not be relevant because everything has been replaced, we find ourselves at a serious disadvantage when it comes to comprehending these Hebrew concepts contained in those Hebrew words (see Who's Word Is It? for more).
There is a consistent theme found in scripture from cover to cover of the Book. Every premise contained in all the other scriptures are built around and upon this one, distinct, single Truth that every Hebrew knew when these books were written and knows now - even Yeshua, born a Hebrew, confirmed it. That theme is the Shema - "there is but One Spirit and His Name is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Mark 12:28-30). Yeshua said in John 4:24 that "God IS Spirit" - so, everytime the word "God" is read in scripture, we should be thinking "Spirit". To know the Source of Life Who is an eternal Spirit and the Messiah, the One Whom He Sent as the image of that Spirit displayed among us, IS eternal Life (John 17:3). When someone calls your name, they are calling you, not some other person inside of you - it is your identity.
Wind / Spirit
In Hebrew, names, like words, mean things. They are not simply abstract references, as is illustrated in 1Samuel 25:25 where Nabal is described "...as his name is, so is he." Names in Hebrew have intrinsic meanings. This speaks to the name as describing the character of the bearer of that name. The Hebrew language began as pictures - images of what was essential to the object described. When Adam named the animals, he didn't just pull their names out of thin air. The names he chose revealed what he saw, images displayed before him, that made that particular animal what it was. The same is true of Hebrew names for humans. Nabal is not just any name. It is a name that describes who Nabal is. He is foolish as his name says. So, the composite Paleo-Hebrew pictograph that the individual Hebrew picture/letters N-B-L comprise mean, "one pulled along by activity in the house." In other words, Nabal's world is focused entirely on what is happening within the confines of his being, his house. His world is centered only on his own concerns and that, from a Hebraic perspective, is the essence of a fool.
Now, notice that the Hebrew noun, nabal, is really a description of actions. It doesn't just refer to a person who happens to be called by this word. It reveals the actions of that person. His name can not be disconnected from how he lives. To name something is to designate its true essence. Consequently, a name like Balaam Numbers 22 is not just the name of a prophet who is to speak a curse against Israel. It is his identity. In the case of Balaam, his name means not of the people. Names mean things and this concept of naming is found throughout the Tanakh (OT), becoming very important in how we view these Hebrew words - as we shall see in the next article, ...One Name.
Part One, the Godhead
Part Two, Agreement
Part Three, In Addition
Part Four, One Spirit...
Part Five, ...One Name
|"Whoever keeps his commandments abides in YHVH and YHVH in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by His Spirit He has given us." 1John 3:24|
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