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Christ Sends the Holy Spirit

A. God is Spirit.

This is clear from the words of the Lord Jesus himself. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth ( Jn 4:24) , and also from the Apostle’s words: “Now the lord is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3;17).

B. God is the one who pours out His Spirit.

This is clear from the Lord’s words in the Book of Joel; ” I am the Lord your God and there is no other…And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh ; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams ( Joel 2; 27-29).

C. God sends his spirit to the world.

The Psalm says ” You send forth your Spirit , they are created; and you renew the face of the earth ” (Psalm 104:30). The Lord says in the Book of Ezekiel : ” I will put my Spirit within you” ( Ez. 36:27) and in the Book of Numbers  the Lord says ; ” Oh , that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them! ( Num 11:29).

St. Paul says , ” God who has also given us Hosly Spirit ( 1 Thes. 4:8).

 

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D. The Lord Jesus Christ pours out God’s Spirit on His Disciples.

This is obvious from the book of Acts, chapter 2, verse 33. This point does not need any proof to Jehovah’s witnesses. They confess in their book “Let God Be True” that “the Spirit of God was poured out on the disciples by the Hand of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost.”

E. The Lord Jesus sends God’s Spirit

This is clear from the Gospel according to St. John, where the Lord said to His disciples: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me ‘ (Jn 15:26), and: ” For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but If I depart, I will send Him to you’ ( Jn 16:7).

F. The Lord Jesus Christ breathes God’s Spirit

This is clear from the Gospel according to St. john, in which we read: ” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22)

Conclusion: Christ is God

a. Who can poor out the Spirit of God, send the Spirit of God and breath the Spirit of God on people, except God himself? And if the Lord Jesus did these, is He not God, then?

b. God says in the book of Joel; ” I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.” St. Peter the Apostle uses this verse as a testimony on the Day of Pentecost at the descent of the Holy Spirit, saying ” And it shall come pass to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh’ “( Acts 2:16, 17). Moreover he says in the same chapter that the Lord Jesus, ‘being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” ( Acts 2:33). Then who is the Lord Jesus Christ who pours out the Spirit of God on people, but God Himself?

c. We cannot imagine, nor can Jehovah’s Witnesses, that there is a power other than God who can send the Spirit of God or pour out the Spirit of God.

By: H.H. Pope Shenouda III

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