I began this thread so as not to derail another in response to this post:
Quick definitions from WordNet (differentiation)
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Originally Posted by CinderAsh |
There is no differentiation between the Spirit of the Lord and the Holy Spirit?
Originally Posted by Lookinforacity
No, why would there be?
And grieve not (THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD), whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
(THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD) is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Even Jesus said the Holy Spirit was of the LORD, what Lord would He be referring to?
So there are Synonyms:
Holy Spirit = Holy Spirit of the Lord = Holy Spirit of God
▸ noun: a discrimination between things as different and distinct
First of all there is a differentiation in the written expression of titles of Spirit.
There must be a reason for that.
Secondly the purpose shown by each title of Spirit seems different.
For example the Spirit of God protects and gives victory in battle with many deaths whereas the Holy Spirit heals and brings reconciliation and life.
There are the fruits of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness where the Spirit of God has represented conquering during war.
If you research the net there are differing beliefs. nature of god - What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man? - Christianity Stack Exchange It's (Spirit of God) also completely different than the Holy Spirit, which is the third person of God in the Trinity and, according to most traditions, indwells us at the point of, and remains in us after salvation. The Spirit of God vs The Holy Spirit | The Godhead | Word & Spirit | Bible Studies CONCLUSION
It is very clear that there is only ONE Spirit of God. And to divide Him up into co-equal, co-eternal and independent spirits is not in harmony within the proper use of scripture. We must take scripture as a whole to properly come to a conclusion about who God is. After all, scripture says that God is A SPIRIT (not Spirits - with an "s").
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Now, since the Spirit of God and the Holy Spirit are the one-and-the-self-same being, then it is obvious that there was no individual and co-equal third person "God the Holy Spirit" before creation. Instead the Holy Spirit was already God Himself. So, of course God was there in the beginning!!
It would seem trinitarians believe they are different and non trinitarians believe they are the same.
I am not absolute on either being the reason for this discussion. I sense there are differences but not to say they are different.
We have the Spirit of Christ to contend with and also the seven Spirits of God.