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The Holy Spirit is Missing in Greetings

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

Who greets us? Only God the father and his son, the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit is missing.

 

 

In each of Paul's epistles he greets the churches and always opens the epistles with the same or similar greeting which mentions God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, but never mentions the holy spirit.

 

Of utmost importance is not only who is included and who is left out, but please note that the greetings are always termed “from” the Father and the Lord, which means the apostle Paul is speaking FOR God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. It cannot be more clear to see that this means it is God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ themselves who are the ones who greet the churches through Paul. The absence of a greeting to the churches from a holy spirit 3rd person can only mean one thing: the holy spirit is not a 3rd person in a Trinity and a Trinity doctrine is false.

 

 

Romans 1:

7   To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 1:

2   To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,

     with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Corinthians 1:

1   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth,

     with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 1:

1   Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead),

2   and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

3   Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,

4   who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

5   to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Ephesians 1:

1   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Philippians 1:

1  Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,

    including the overseers and deacons:

2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians 1:

2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:

1   Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Thessalonians 1:

1   Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Timothy 1:

1   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
2   To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

2 Timothy 1:

1   Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2   To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Titus 1:

1   Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

     according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,

2   in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

3   but has in due time manifested His word through preaching,

     which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4   To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

 

Philemon 1:

1   Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,

2   to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

The apostle John does the same as Paul:

 

2 John 1:

1   The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,

2   because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:

3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ,

     the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 

Comment:   As in the other greetings, 2 John 1:1-3 tells you God and the Lord Jesus send their greetings, but it also gives a little more information. After telling us who God is (‘…the Father’), it tells us He has a son and phrases this fact as ‘Lord Jesus Christ, the son of the father’. So we know there is God the Father and His son Jesus, but what about the Holy Spirit? Where is “he”? If he was truly a 3rd person, why is he missing since he can easily be described in a similar fashion as Jesus is (the son of the father), such as: ‘the spirit of the father’ or the like? How can one even remotely see that a 3rd person exists if he is not even included in the greeting that is perfectly written to describe the relationship of God the Father to the “others” in a supposed Trinity? The answer, of course, is that John only includes God and Christ and their relationship only, because a Holy Spirit 3rd person simply is NOT TRUE and does NOT EXIST.  

 

 

 

If God were truly a Trinity, the apostles John and Paul would have taught it, but they did not.  If God were truly a Trinity and the Holy Spirit was a person (and co-eternal and co-equal), surely he would have been included in the greetings especially since the greetings are really FROM God and His son, through the disciples, as Paul consistently states in his epistles. The Bible therefore defines only two persons as God: the Father and the Lord Jesus, the only-begotten of the Father.

 

The holy spirit is mentioned only once with the Father and Jesus in his letters and it is not in a greeting:

 

2 Corinthians 13:

14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

 

 

But notice he is not referring to the holy spirit as a person here.  He says fellowship "of" the holy spirit which is what all believers share when God gives us and empowers us with his spirit (God’s holy spirit is a thing and is His power).  We see this in the example of Moses and the 70 elders – they had fellowship of the holy spirit by the commonality that they all had it and actually shared in it.  God actually took the holy spirit he gave Moses and redistributed to the 70 elders!

 

Numbers 11:

16The LORD therefore said to Moses, "Gather for Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and their officers and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.

17"Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put Him upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear it all alone.

 

 

Sharing in God’s holy spirit as a thing and God's power is also evident in 1 Corinthians 12 which goes to great lengths to tell us that everyone who shares in it are parts of the same body because of it (we all are endowed with gifts/power and work together with them as one body).

 

 

If the Bible meant holy spirit to be referring to a person, the Bible would have said fellowship "with" the holy spirit and not "of" the holy spirit.  When God means it to be a person He would indicate so, as He does in:


1 John 1:

3  what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us;

    and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

 

 

Notice the double proof that the holy spirit is not a person:

 

#1: Fellowship with a person is indicated with the word "with" (for both Father and Jesus).

 

#2: The fact that the holy spirit is missing altogether means it is not a 3rd person to have fellowship “with”.

 

 

So the referral to a holy spirit in 2 Corinthians 13:14 is not referring to holy spirit as a person, but something all disciples are given and share. John says fellowship is with the believers (“fellowship with us”), and the believers’ fellowship is with God the Father and with the Lord Jesus Christ – and not to a non-existent holy spirit person.

 

 

VERY STRANGE THAT AS THE SUPPOSED “BOND OF FELLOWSHIP”, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT LISTED AS A 3RD PERSON!!!