Will the real Holy Spirit please stand up?

10 June 2020
Series: Bible study

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In John 14:16-17, we read, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.”
In John 14:26, we read, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

The Holy Spirit, who is He?

If you were to ask most Christians, they would say He is the third person in the Godhead, but this is about all they would agree upon. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, there is much confusion among Christians. Usually, uncertainty will lead to false doctrine and the possibility of being deceived by the Antichrist spirit.

In John 14, Yeshua has just finished telling His disciples how to love Him. In John 14:15, Yeshua says, if you love Me obey the Torah and then He goes on in verse 16 to say, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you the Holy Spirit.” So the promise of the Holy Spirit is conditional, He will only send the Holy Spirit if we obey His Torah out of love for Him. Contrary to what is being taught in Christianity, Yehovah sends the Holy Spirit, not Yeshua. We see all of this again in John 14:24. Here Yeshua repeats John 14:15 and says if we love Him, we will obey the Torah, and if we obey the Torah out of love for Him, then the Holy Spirit will come and teach us how to follow the Torah.

Here we have two verses in the New Testament where Yeshua promises us the Holy Spirit; both times, the promise is conditioned upon our Torah obedience, and both times the Holy Spirit comes from the Father.

This is contrary to what is being taught today in Christianity. Our pastors tell us Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit. Matt 3:11 says Yeshua will baptize with the Holy Spirit, but Matt 3:11 cant contradict John 14:15, where Yeshua says His Father Yehovah will send the Holy Spirit. So it is easy to see how Matt 3:11 connects with John 14:15. What Matt 3:11 says is that when we obey the Torah out of love for Yeshua, then Yeshua will pray Yehovah to send the Holy Spirit. So the baptizing mentioned in Matt 3:11 is Yeshua’s prayer to the Father for the Holy Spirit in John 14:15.

We also see how being filled with and having the Holy Spirit is 100% dependent upon how we view the Torah. If we reject the Torah, we reject the Holy Spirit. So how then can our pastors tell us things like “the Torah was done away with at the cross” and at the same time claim we have been spirit-filled when we believe in Jesus? It does not make sense. The reason why it does not make sense is that it is not in the Bible. You can not reject the Torah and believe in Yeshua expecting to be spirit-filled. (Matt 7:21-23)

In 1. Cor 12:3, we read, “No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” In Luke 6:46, we read, “Why do you call Me Lord, but do not do what I say?”

Yeshua taught us to obey the Torah (Matt 23:2, 7;21-23,) so if we call Him Lord, we will choose to follow the Torah (the Torah = the written law of Moses.) If we reject the Torah, His question in Luke 6:46 is directed at us, “why do you call Me Lord, but do not do what I say?” Paul repeats Luke 6:46 in 1. Cor 12:3 when Paul says the Holy Spirit is dependent upon us having Yeshua as our Lord. If Yeshua is not our Lord, then we do not have the Holy Spirit. If we do not obey the Torah, He is not our Lord, and we do not have the Holy Spirit. Here we again have two verses, one by Yeshua and one by Paul, saying if we dont obey the Torah, we will not have the Holy Spirit.

So we see now how Luke 6:46, 1. Cor 12:3 connects with John 14. But what about miracles and speaking in tongues?

In Matt 24:5, we read, “For many will come in My name claiming, I am the Christ, and will deceive many.”

Here Yeshua gives us an urgent warning, many will come in His name claiming to be Him, and they will be allowed to deceive many. What Yeshua is saying here is that many people will be well able to do great and mighty miracles in His name, but He does not know who they are. If we listen to them or we follow their teachings, we will be deceived.

So we need to ask ourselves, how are we to identify a spirit-filled follower of Christ? By the miracles they do? By their ability to speak in other tongues?

The Bible says by asking the question, who is their Lord?

If their Lord is Yeshua (Jesus Christ), it will show in a continued decision to follow and obey the Torah. If they claim to believe in Jesus, but they reject the Torah, the miracles they do, and their ability to speak in tongues are not proof of being a spirit-filled follower of Christ.

This tells us tongues, miracles, healings are not evidence of the Holy Spirit. Proof of the Holy Spirit is Torah obedience, and Torah obedience guarantees genuine miracles and real tongues given by the real Holy Spirit.

Then some would question when we get the Holy Spirit? When we believe or when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit?

The standard Christian reply would be “when we get saved.”

The Bible would say when you believe in Christ as your Lord and Savior. According to the Bible, salvation is repentance and faith in the death burial and resurrection of Yeshua. We acknowledge we have broken the Torah, and because we are guilty of breaking God’s law the Torah, we repent. Repentance is what happens when you start obeying God’s Torah (the written law of Moses.)

The Torah requires us to sacrifice for our sins. The temple is gone, so we cant go to Jerusalem and sacrifice. John 1:29 says Yeshua is our sacrificial lamb for our sins. If we believe in what He did for us at the cross, coupled with repentance, we will be saved, filled, and baptized with the Holy Spirit.

The idea of believing in Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and at the same time, rejecting the Torah does not exist in the Bible. It is a man-made idea, inspired by the Antichrist spirit that has caused billions of Christians to hear “depart from Me for I never knew you, you who are without Torah” when they died. (Matt 7:21-23)

So let me ask you this question, who is your Lord?

How you answer that question shows you what spirit is in you


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