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Rejecting The Holy Spirit

John Collins09/19/2013

Video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76klKgQEWdQ

After Jesus washed the disciples’ feet in John 13, He began to tell His disciples that He was soon going away.  He said that God had been glorified through Him, and that He would be going to a place where they could not come.

Through the course of the next four chapters in the book of John, Jesus explains to the disciples several times that He was going to the Father, and that the Father would send the Helper. 

Then, in chapter 17, Jesus prays to the Father, and this prayer was His “acceptance speech” as our new High Priest.  Christ said that He had been given authority over all flesh, and had the power to give eternal life to all that the Father had given to Him.

And then, Jesus explains – in the prayer – what eternal life is:

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

John 17:3

While I was reading several chapters from the Gospel of John this morning, I began to consider how thankful I was of this one single verse, and how He allowed my eyes to be opened.  To know God, and to know Jesus Christ, is eternal life. 

There is only one true God, and He loved us enough to send His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.  We did not choose Him – He chose us.  He loved us, even though we are unworthy of this Gift.  Yet because of this Gift, we are all heirs to the Kingdom.

Through the many examples from John chapter 14 to 17, Christ repeatedly tells the disciples that He was going to the Father, and described the Helper, the Holy Spirit that the Father would send in His name.  Christ said that because He went to the Father, he would be IN the Father.  And because the Holy Spirit would dwell in our hearts, we would be IN Him.  We would be perfectly one with the Father, through Christ Jesus.

The Jews, under the Law of Moses, worshipped Yahweh – the One True God.  From the day God wrote the Ten Commandments into the stone tablets, through the time they were carried through the wilderness in the Ark of the Covenant, and on down until the time of Christ, the Jews that kept the Law did not worship the Gentile gods.  Even during the times that they abandoned the law, serving the gods of the other nations, God brought plagues upon them to drive them back into worship of Him.

But though they worshipped God, they did not know Him.  They knew His power, but not His Love. 

Jesus was that Love made manifest before their eyes.  He said that they knew the Father, because they knew Him.  Those same Jews that believed in the Father were now guilty because they did not know the Son.  They rejected the Gift.

“If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.”

John 15:24

In the fourteenth chapter, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit.  He describes it as a Spirit of Truth, and as the Helper.  This Helper, the Holy Spirit, is part of the Gift for eternal life:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive

John 14:15

Notice the end of that sentence:  “Whom the world cannot receive.”

As I studied, I became very thankful that God helped me out of the false religion of my past and into the Body of Christ.  This Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is rejected by the world, because the world cannot receive it.  It is not for them.

Throughout the Gospels, this phrase is repeated … often:  “I in the Father, and you in Me.”

But in the many religious movements that spread from Azusa Street – many of which have now been exposed as cults that have strayed from the Bible – this teaching is rejected.

The Jehovah’s Witness movement teaches that Jesus of the New Testament was Jehovah of the old.  William Branham carried that teaching forward, reversing it, and branding it as “Jehovah of the Old Testament was Jesus of the New.”

But that is not all that was reversed.  The words of Christ, “I in the Father and you in Me” was also reversed.

In 1950, William Branham added to the word of God.

 

"A little while and the world will see Me more--no more. Yet you'll see Me, for I will be with you, EVEN IN YOU, to the end of the world."

50-0405  EXPECTATION

Those words, “EVEN IN YOU,” were not in the original text of the Bible nor in the King James translation.  To reverse the words of Christ, Branham added to the Word of God.  And he did it often – over five hundred and thirty times on recorded tape.

Matthew 28:20 says, “And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

 

But through Oneness teaching, Branham added words to deny Christ asking the Father to send the Helper.  He added the words, “even in you.” 

Pentecostalism replaced the Holy Spirit with “signs and wonders.”  If you had “tongues,” then you had the Holy Spirit.  If you had “divine healing”, you had the Holy Spirit.  It required supernatural signs in your life, and those signs did not include all of the gifts of the spirit – just the “wonders.”

But the Holy Spirit was sent to lead us into Truth – not to make us miniature sorcerers.  Christ asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to commune with us and to become part of us.  We are one with Christ through the Holy Spirit.  Christ and the Father are One, just as we are one with Christ.  We are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption.

When these words were added to scripture, the verse took a completely different meaning.  By adding to the word of God, Branham was essentially rejecting the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was in us – instead of in the Father.  And the Holy Spirit was taken out of the picture, instead to be used as a superpower to heal people. 

This is not what the Bible says:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

John 14:26

Jesus did not say that He would be with us, “EVEN IN US.”  He did not say that His “one with the Father” meant that He was counting a number of himself, and that number was a number of one. 

Christ said that He was sending another, that the world could not receive.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive

John 14:15

Branham could not receive this.  And because he taught the words of Charles Taze Russell, he could not understand this.  The triune nature of God that is described in scripture was denied, and Branham took it upon himself to add words to the Word of God in order to prove his point.

But by adding to the Word of God, it instead proves that this teaching was false.

1 John 5:7 says, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

I have spoken with many in the cult of William Branham regarding this one single verse – even pastors.  The book of John plainly tells us that Christ was the Word.  The Word was with God and the Word was God.

The only answer I have received as of yet is that this verse was “in question,” and that it was added to the scrolls, which were translated into the King James Version.

Yet, they have no problem with William Branham adding to the scrolls! 

Branham can add the words “EVEN IN YOU,” and the entire following will willingly accept the new bible verse that has just been invented!

But even if that one single verse, 1 John 5:7, were somehow magically added to all of the scrolls, it would not matter.  All through the Gospel of John, we find the triune nature of God.

Jesus describes himself going to the Father, and sending the Holy Spirit from the Father to us:

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

John 15:25-27

And it is for our advantage that the Holy Spirit was sent.  If Christ did not ascend to the Father, we would never have received the Holy Spirit:

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”

John 16:6-8

 

To deny Christ sending the Holy Spirit, and to deny Christ going to be IN the Father, is to deny not only the book of John, but also the entire New Testament.  And not just the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well.

The word “Elohim” is plural for God.  God is not human; we cannot apply our physical form to His spiritual.  Genesis says, “Let US make man in OUR image.”

Even Isaiah describes the Holy Spirit in Isaiah 48:16:

 

Draw near to me, hear this: “From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.”  And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.”

Isaiah 48:16

And the Spirit is not one devoid of knowledge as these cults will falsely claim.  This is a Spirit of Truth and understanding.

 

“The Lord said to Moses,  ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship’”

Exodus 31:1-3

The prophets had the Spirit.  They prophesied directly from the mouth of God, because the Spirit of God was in them:

“But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’”

Numbers 11:29

But there was a big difference in the Old Testament as compared to the New.  The Holy Spirit was not poured out upon all flesh – only those chosen by God.

“Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, ‘How did the Spirit of the Lord go from me to speak to you?’”

1 Kings 22:24

But we have a Mediator between God and man for a New Covenant.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has became our new High Priest.  He went to the Father on our behalf.  He promised that when He went, He would send His Holy Spirit to us. 

This Spirit leads us in Truth.  We worship God in both Spirit and in Truth.  It does not lead us by adding to the Word of God – the Word IS God.

I’m thankful this morning that God has set me free to read His Word without the filter of man.  I’m thankful that He opened my eyes, and I no longer bow down to a man who added to the Word of God to teach us a different “jesus.”

But most of all, I’m thankful that He died on the cross for my salvation.  I’m thankful for the Gift that God gave us when He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins.  Thankful that he paid the penalty for sins that I could never pay.

If you have been taught a different “jesus,” learn about the real One.  The One that is described in the Bible.  Read the books of John, both the Gospel of John and the book of John.  Both books confirm each other.  Both confirm that Christ went to the Father, that He sent the Holy Spirit to us, and that these three are One.  Not three gods, One God.


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