3. Is Jesus the Holy Ghost?
So is Jesus the Holy Ghost? Those of us who are of the Apostolic faith understand God to be one personage, not three separate spiritual personages cohabitating together that collectively calls itself God (Trinitarians). Most Apostolic/Pentecostals proclaim Jesus Christ to be the Holy Ghost (and the Father and the Son) however this aspect of our teaching is also not biblical or true. As to the Holy Ghost consider the following:
(Luke 1:35) “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (not Jesus) shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest (God) shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (not Holy Ghost).”
First, the Holy Ghost and the “Comforter” perform the same function because they are the same spirit. The Holy Ghost is called the Comforter (John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost…..”, they are one and the same spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11).
In reading (John 14:16) some say this passage indicates that Jesus was the comforter (or Holy Ghost).
(John 14:16), “And I will pray the Father, and he (God) shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever”,
Without question Jesus was indeed a great comforter to his disciples, that which he received from God (Acts 10:38) but Jesus himself was not the actual “Holy Ghost/Comforter” literally.
The following scriptures make clear that Jesus did not speak of nor proclaim himself as being the Holy Ghost.
(John 7:38-39) “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
(John 14:26) “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (See also. Verses Where “He” & “Him” Should Be Referred To As “It”)
(John 16:7) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
(Luke 12:12) “For the Holy Ghost (not Jesus) shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
Note: “whom the Father will send in my name”, Jesus was not claiming that he and the Holy Ghost (Comforter) had the same name, but that the Holy Ghost would come [by the authority of the name Jesus]; that authority which was given to Jesus from God (Matthew 28:18). The Holy Ghost comes from God, given only to those that obey him?
(Acts 5:32) “And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
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