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The True Nature of the Holy Spirit

This title that discusses the Holy Spirit caught my eye - Urantia Book readers will understand why, but maybe not everyone else. The article is called: MATTERS OF FAITH: Exploring the nature of the Holy Spirit by ERICK KALENGA. As a Urantia Book reader might expect, there is confusion regarding the Holy Spirit; in this article, the Holy Spirit is confused with the Spirit of Truth that Jesus left on the day he ascended to heaven. Here are some snippets. As you can clearly see, the author assumes the third person of the trinity is also the spirit that Jesus left with us:

"The Holy Spirit is possibly the member of the Trinity that is the least talked about and also most misunderstood. We have a clear understanding from the word of God that the Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

"Acts 1:8 tells us that the disciples would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them and they would be witnesses not only in Jerusalem but also to the ends of the earth. And after they received the Holy Spirit the evidence of that presence in them caused a movement to begin.

"It is impossible for a believer to fully experience the fullness of God, and successfully live for Christ, without the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, one cannot interpret the Word of God properly, cannot serve God effectively, nor discern things clearly. Many have been baptized in the water but not in the Spirit."

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Another mystery solved, thanks to The Urantia Book!

As human beings and children of God, we are graced with a LOT of spiritual help, even though we live on a sin-darkened and rebellious world. But up until The Urantia Book, the concept of these various spirit agencies were only dimly realized or understood. Let's go through the ones that are discussed in the article above:

Who is the Holy Spirit?

As the author correctly states, the Holy Spirit IS the thrid person of the Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. What does The Urantia Book teach us about this amazing Person? Along with the title of "Holy Spirit," we are taught that this person is also called "The Infinite Spirit," and the "God of Action."

8:0.1 BACK IN ETERNITY, when the Universal Father's "first" infinite and absolute thought finds in the Eternal Son such a perfect and adequate word for its divine expression, there ensues the supreme desire of both the Thought-God and the Word-God for a universal and infinite agent of mutual expression and combined action.
8:0.2 In the dawn of eternity both the Father and the Son become infinitely cognizant of their mutual interdependence, their eternal and absolute oneness; and therefore do they enter into an infinite and everlasting covenant of divine partnership. This never-ending compact is made for the execution of their united concepts throughout all of the circle of eternity; and ever since this eternity event the Father and the Son continue in this divine union.
8:0.3 We are now face to face with the eternity origin of the Infinite Spirit, the Third Person of Deity. The very instant that God the Father and God the Son conjointly conceive an identical and infinite action—the execution of an absolute thought-plan—that very moment, the Infinite Spirit springs full-fledgedly into existence.
8:0.4 In thus reciting the order of the origin of the Deities, I do so merely to enable you to think of their relationship. In reality they are all three existent from eternity; they are existential. They are without beginning or ending of days; they are co-ordinate, supreme, ultimate, absolute, and infinite. They are and always have been and ever shall be. And they are three distinctly individualized but eternally associated persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.

There are two entire papers devoted to the Infinite Spirit: Paper 8: The Infinite Spirit (from which the passage above is from, and Paper 9: Relation of the Infinite Spirit to the Universe

And, if you have questions about the Trinity, you can read about this mystery in Paper 10: The Paradise Trinity

But who is the Spirit that Jesus left us - the Comforter?

Jesus did promise to leave his Spirit with us, and he did so on the very day that he ascended to the Father - the day of Pentecost. But this Spirit - called the Spirit of Truth - is not the same as the Holy Spirit, third person of the trinity.

In the section of Paper 180 called "The Promised Helper, " Jesus says:

180:4.1 "When I have gone to the Father, and after he has fully accepted the work I have done for you on earth, and after I have received the final sovereignty of my own domain, I shall say to my Father: Having left my children alone on earth, it is in accordance with my promise to send them another teacher. And when the Father shall approve, I will pour out the Spirit of Truth upon all flesh. Already is my Father's spirit in your hearts, and when this day shall come, you will also have me with you even as you now have the Father. This new gift is the spirit of living truth. The unbelievers will not at first listen to the teachings of this spirit, but the sons of light will all receive him gladly and with a whole heart. And you shall know this spirit when he comes even as you have known me, and you will receive this gift in your hearts, and he will abide with you. You thus perceive that I am not going to leave you without help and guidance. I will not leave you desolate. Today I can be with you only in person. In the times to come I will be with you and all other men who desire my presence, wherever you may be, and with each of you at the same time. Do you not discern that it is better for me to go away; that I leave you in the flesh so that I may the better and the more fully be with you in the spirit?

How was this spirit given? What does the Spirit of Truth do?

194:0.1 ABOUT ONE O'CLOCK, as the one hundred and twenty believers were engaged in prayer, they all became aware of a strange presence in the room. At the same time these disciples all became conscious of a new and profound sense of spiritual joy, security, and confidence. This new consciousness of spiritual strength was immediately followed by a strong urge to go out and publicly proclaim the gospel of the kingdom and the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead.
194:0.2 Peter stood up and declared that this must be the coming of the Spirit of Truth which the Master had promised them and proposed that they go to the temple and begin the proclamation of the good news committed to their hands. And they did just what Peter suggested.
194:0.3 These men had been trained and instructed that the gospel which they should preach was the fatherhood of God and the sonship of man, but at just this moment of spiritual ecstasy and personal triumph, the best tidings, the greatest news, these men could think of was the fact of the risen Master. And so they went forth, endowed with power from on high, preaching glad tidings to the people—even salvation through Jesus—but they unintentionally stumbled into the error of substituting some of the facts associated with the gospel for the gospel message itself. Peter unwittingly led off in this mistake, and others followed after him on down to Paul, who created a new religion out of the new version of the good news.

Read more...Paper 194: The Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth

Further from that paper:

194:2.1 Jesus lived on earth and taught a gospel which redeemed man from the superstition that he was a child of the devil and elevated him to the dignity of a faith son of God. Jesus' message, as he preached it and lived it in his day, was an effective solvent for man's spiritual difficulties in that day of its statement. And now that he has personally left the world, he sends in his place his Spirit of Truth, who is designed to live in man and, for each new generation, to restate the Jesus message so that every new group of mortals to appear upon the face of the earth shall have a new and up-to-date version of the gospel, just such personal enlightenment and group guidance as will prove to be an effective solvent for man's ever-new and varied spiritual difficulties.
194:2.2 The first mission of this spirit is, of course, to foster and personalize truth, for it is the comprehension of truth that constitutes the highest form of human liberty. Next, it is the purpose of this spirit to destroy the believer's feeling of orphanhood. Jesus having been among men, all believers would experience a sense of loneliness had not the Spirit of Truth come to dwell in men's hearts.
194:2.3 This bestowal of the Son's spirit effectively prepared all normal men's minds for the subsequent universal bestowal of the Father's spirit (the Adjuster) upon all mankind. In a certain sense, this Spirit of Truth is the spirit of both the Universal Father and the Creator Son.

Confusion Resolved!

The Urantia Book is a gift of great value to our world, and to those who love and seek truth. These teachings regarding the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth are just one example of how we are blessed through this revelation. The entire hierarchy of our spiritual benefactors is arrayed for us and explained to us in its pages.

And in the final part of the book, the entire Life and Teachings of Jesus are narrated, from his pre-birth existence all the way through to his post-incrarnation activities - and where Jesus is today.

Read The Urantia Book for the explanation of many more mysteries of our universe, of God, of our little world (Urantia) and of Jesus.

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