The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
16. Spirit and Truth
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
With Bible doctrine one must always go back to the place of origin.
In connection with the origin of creation we must go back to the Creator, in connection with redemption we must go back to the Redeemer. The great plan of salvation that God has provided is realised in the fact that He brings His sons and daughters back to their original position. To them He gives eternal life and they will be eternally with Him. God unfolds His Plan of Redemption before us and we are partakers of His provision. Not just knowledge about God — it must be accurate knowledge, namely that God was in Christ, His only begotten Son, the anointed One, to reconcile the world with Himself (2 Cor. 5: 19). The Son said, »Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.« (Jn. 14: 11). The Father, Who is God the Spirit, was in heaven on the throne and on earth in the Son at the same time. Doctrine, knowledge or religion does not bring salvation, God Himself did it through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
It is totally absurd to think that God would give salvation depending on a religion or a church. How well we know that everyone tries to present salvation in a way they prefer! The mother church, claiming salvation admits that after death her followers go on to purgatory; where those from other churches go to is uncertain. This isn’t right! Were we born locked into a religious culture of unscriptural tradition? The challenging message sounds forth: »Back to the beginning! Back to the Word!«
Almost all theologians apparently made the same mistake: They assumed designations for God are the same as names. This is the premise upon which all their arguments are based, starting with the church fathers. For instance, they took for granted that Father and Son are names. They never understood the spirit of the Old Testament prophetic Scriptures and they never found the tie, which binds both together, as the promises merge into fulfilment. God is the Father, but that is not His name, that is what He is. His name is not Creator, He is the Creator. His name is not judge, He is the judge etc. etc. The same applies to the Son. Son is not a name, the Son is who He is.
When His promised birth was about to take place we read, »… and thou shalt call his name Jesus« (Lk. 1: 31). He was born as a son, but only one week later at His dedication He was given His name: »And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus , who was so named by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.« (Lk. 2: 21).
God became »the Father« with the birth of the Son, as a man becomes a father who has begotten a child after it is born.
Would the Holy Spirit, Who is responsible for begetting the Son, be another person altogether? If so then the Son should have to be called accordingly the Son of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power of the Most High which overshadowed Mary. Paul did not come with philosophical arguments about the sending of the Son. He had the divine purpose in view: »But, when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.« (Gal. 4: 4-7).
Jesus repeatedly emphasised having been sent by the Father and said, »But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said unto you … Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.« (Jn. 14: 26+28).
The resurrected Lord was taken bodily into heaven before the eyes of His disciples (Lk. 24: 50-51). In the Spirit He came back on the day of Pentecost to indwell His Own. Through the Holy Spirit the Redeemer comes into the redeemed, that is »Christ in us — the hope of Glory«. As He came forth from the Father to be with us, so the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father, to be in us. As it is written, »But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father , he shall testify of me …« (Jn. 15: 26).
»For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world; … His disciples said unto him, … Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee; by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.« (Jn. 16: 27-30).
»At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.« (Jn. 14: 20).
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. For God has promised , »… I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh …« (Joel 2: 28). This He did as recorded in Acts 2. According to Acts 1: 4-5, the Lord commanded His disciples »… not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard from me. For John truly baptised with water; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.« That happened on the day of Pentecost and continues till now (Acts. 10 + 11 a. o.) Peter confirmed this event to be the fulfilment of the promise given through Joel before thousands who gathered and heard his first sermon. He said, »Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.« (Acts 2: 33). For those who accepted Christ at the very beginning, the infilling of the Holy Ghost was an experienced reality. It was the endowment with the power from on high for service (Acts 1: 8).
At first the Redeemer was the anointed One, »… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, and with power ; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him« (Acts 10: 38).
Since Pentecost the redeemed are anointed with the same Holy Spirit . »Now he who establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God« (2 Cor. 1: 21). »But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.« (1 Jn. 2: 20). In Luke 4: 18 our Lord refers to the Prophet Isaiah, chapter 61, and states, »The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor …«
The Hebrew Word Mashiach and the Greek word Christos is the English word »anointed«. In Antiochia the believers who were filled with the Holy Ghost were first called »anointed«, that means »Christians« (Acts 11: 26). In the same way as the Son Who was begotten by the Spirit and anointed with the Spirit did not glorify the anointing, but gave praise unto Him, that anointed Him, so do all sons and daughters of God who are begotten by and filled with the Spirit even today.
»By this know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh — as the Messiah — Ha Mashiach, Christ, the Anointed One — is of God« (1 Jn. 4: 2).
Jesus said to the woman at the well and says the same to us who are willing to hear His Voice, »But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.« (Jn. 4: 23-24).
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth and the Word of God is the Word of Truth. Real worship of God can only be done by people who are in the Spirit and in the Word of God. The Spirit inspires the Word — holy men have spoken as the Holy Spirit moved them (2 Pt. 1: 20-21). Only whoever is moved by the same Holy Spirit and led as they were (Rom. 8: 14) has access to whatever was written as revealed to them.
The argument that the Spirit of God would be self-existing because He can speak, guide, comfort and can be grieved etc. confirms what comes from the human mind which has no access to the divine realm. Why should the Spirit of God not be able to do all these things? Even the spirit of man can do all that!
All who fear God have left everything found in the Scripture unchanged, even the Lord’s prayer. They did not add to »Our Father, Who art in heaven«, »Our Son, Who art …« or »Our Ghost, Who art …«, not a »Father-Mother« edition. Only those who celebrate themselves, using God and His Word and interpret the same as they like, lift themselves up even as does the antichrist above God and His Word and do as they please. In spite of that, with God all things remain in the original form. Even today true Bible believing Christians pray respectfully, »Our Father Who art in heaven …« No one has a right to change the Scriptures or to add anything to it. No one can pray, »Heavenly Son …«, because such a thing does not even exist; but all can pray, pleasing unto God, »Heavenly Father …« or »Lord Jesus Christ …« or »Son of God, I thank you, I praise you …«
The manifestation of God as Father is heavenly, His manifestation in the Son is earthly. In the Holy Scripture we only find the term »everlasting Father« — for the everlasting One became our Father — but never »everlasting Son«. We do read about the Son who is perfected forever (Heb. 7: 28b). All sons and daughters of God are perfected in Him for all eternity. Humanity was led astray through false teachings. Prophets and apostles never explained God, they did not divide Him, and they received Him the way He manifested Himself. Only those to whom God reveals Himself, they know Him and He knows them.