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The Holy Spirit is missing in fundamental statements of the Christian faith

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

The Bible gives us many fundamental statements of the Christian faith which include the two divine persons God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ. However, a Holy Spirit 3rd person is obviously missing in all these statements when by all rights this person should be there if he was truly a co-equal 3rd person in a Trinity. By the absence of the Holy Spirit as a 3rd person, these fundamental statements of faith therefore declare that the Holy Spirit is not a 3rd person in a Trinity and the Trinity doctrine is false.

 

1)

 

Matthew 11:

27  "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father;

      nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.   (NASB)

 

Comment:   There is absolutely no mention of a 3rd person even though this is the perfect time for the Lord Jesus to declare and elaborate on a Trinity if it were true.  Instead, the Lord Jesus says unequivocally that all one needs to know is the Father and the Son, and they know one another only.

 

 

 

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Matthew 24:

 36  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.   (NASB)

 

Comment: The Lord Jesus says neither He nor the angels know when He will return, except His father only. This statement covers the entire range of all in heaven and earth who does or does not know when His return will be. If the Holy Spirit is a 3rd co-equal person in a Trinity, why would the Holy Spirit not be mentioned as either one who knows or does not know, especially since these are the only 2 choices? They are God (who knows), and His son Jesus and the elect angels (who do not know). The Holy Spirit is missing because “he” does not exist and neither does a Trinity.

 

 

 

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John 17:

3  "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.    (NASB)

 

Comment: This is a defining statement that shows only God and Christ is all and knowing only them is eternal salvation.  If the Holy Spirit is truly a 3rd person who is co-equal and knowing him is important, much less required for eternal life, than he should also be mentioned. The absence of a 3rd person reveals that this 3rd person does not exist. It is only God the Father and His son whom He sends.

 

 

 

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1 Corinthians 8:

6   yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord,

    Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.   (NASB)

 

Comment: In a statement that tells you all there is to know about all things in creation, the lack of mentioning the Holy Spirit is conspicuous and shows it is not a 3rd person that exists and plays any role in creation or our existence. From beginning to end, it is all about God, our Heavenly Father, and His son whom He sends, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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1 John 1:

1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,

    which we have looked at and our hands have touched - this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

2  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life,

    which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
3  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.

    And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.    (NKJV)


Comment: The apostle John tells us that the only divine persons we fellowship with is God the Father and His son. If the holy spirit is truly a 3rd person in a Trinity, John would mention him here. God's holy spirit is most intimately involved with the work of the body of Christ and the absence of this 3rd person in this all-important context of with whom we have fellowship tells us the "comforter" is not a literal 3rd person holy spirit – a 3rd person in the Trinity. Otherwise, as the "comforter", his presence is demanded in talking about what the body of Christ should be doing. If he be the comforter who is supposed to ever be with us, he should be included in our fellowship with God.  The absence of the holy spirit attests to the truth that he is not a 3rd person, but the essence and power of God which changes us so that we may have the mind of Christ and empowers us to bear fruit and become the children of God we ought to be. 

 

 

 

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2 Thessalonians 2:

16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father,

      who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,

17  comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.     (NASB)

 

Comment: Paul blesses the Thessalonians by saying it is only God and His son Jesus who loves us and comforts and strengthens us to do God’s will. Where is the Holy Spirit? Does “he” not also love us? Is “he” not supposed to be “the Comforter”? If the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, why is Paul only telling us that God the Father and the Lord Jesus are the only two persons that comfort us and love us? The answer, of course, is the Holy Spirit is not a 3rd person in a Trinity. If the Holy Spirit was a 3rd person, “he” would not be missing in such a fundamental truth. Paul’s inspired writing is supporting testimony to what John has said: that our fellowship is only with the Father and His son whom He sends.

 

 

 

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1 John 2:

17  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 

18  Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared;

      from this we know that it is the last hour. 

19  They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us;

      but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 

20  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 

21  I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 

22  Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ?

      This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 

23  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 

24  As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning If what you heard from the beginning abides in you,

      you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.     (NASB)

 

Comment: John gives us another defining statement which states that faith in only God our Father and His Son the Messiah is what is true and defines a Christian.  This bolsters what he told us earlier in John 17:3 and 1 John 1:1-3 (that only the father and son are all there is).  If being a liar or antichrist is one who denies the Father and the Son, then the Bible truth is that knowing and accepting the Father and the Son is the only truth.  And verse 24 says the ones we abide in are God the Father and His son. So where is the Holy Spirit in all this? Again, if he is a 3rd and co-equal person in a triune godhead, he should be mentioned in this doctrinal statement of what a Christian is.  The absence of the Holy Spirit here means he is not a person. Not only that, but the absence of the Holy Spirit 3rd person in this doctrinal statement means that knowing the Holy Spirit as a 3rd person is not a Christian truth and the belief in a 3rd person Holy Spirit or a Trinity cannot be used as a criteria to define what a Christian is.  A Trinity is not biblical.  Making it a foundation of Christianity is to add another foundation to that of Christ:

 

 1 Corinthians 3:

11   For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.   (NASB)

 

 

 

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1 Timothy 2:

3  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

4  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

5  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

6  who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

7  For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth,
    I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

 

Comment: What is the knowledge of the truth for which the apostle Paul became a teacher? Paul tells us the knowledge of the truth and the way to be saved, is to know there is one God who saves us by His son Jesus, the one and only sacrifice/ransom and mediator. There is no holy spirit 3rd person mentioned as a truth at all.  

 

 

 

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2 John 1:

9   Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.

     He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;

11  for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: It cannot be more clear: whoever abides in Christ has the Father and the Son – no one else. The doctrine of Christ – what it means to be Christian, does not include a 3rd person Holy Spirit. This supports what John told us earlier in 1 John 2:17-24.

 

 

 

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Revelation 5:

13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea,

     and all that are in them, I heard saying:
      “ Blessing and honor and glory and power
      Be to Him who sits on the throne,
      And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14  Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down

      and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.   (NKJV)

 

Comment: Not including the fact that the Holy Spirit is obviously missing in this scene in heaven, but all throughout the Book of Revelation, there is absolutely no mention of a Holy Spirit 3rd person anywhere – not just physically, but also there is no acknowledgement of this Holy Spirit 3rd person in any role in the salvation of God’s people. It is unthinkable that the Revelation of Jesus Christ would have such a glaring omission; the truth is that there is no Holy Spirit 3rd person or a Trinity.

 

 

 

This list is not a comprehensive list of fundamental Christian truths which “conveniently” leave out a Holy Spirit 3rd person, but this short list nevertheless shows that God’s truth does not involve three divine persons, but only two – Himself and His son. I pray that the earnest seeker of God’s truth can remove the obstacles of bias and long-held traditions from the path to the Bible truth. What is more important than truth? And as God is truth, what can be more important than knowing God fully and worshipping Him in spirit and truth as the Lord Jesus declares (John 4:24)? May God bless you.

 

 

Please see the related articles:

Holy Spirit is missing in greetings. and ‘Holy Spirit missing in heaven’.