Is Christ the Spirit of Truth?

In John 16, Jesus spoke of the need for Him to go away so the Helper would come. He said that “when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”  Some people believe the Spirit of Truth is Christ. Lets see what Scripture tells us.

We will start with the scripture in question, John 16:7-11

7 ″But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 ″And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 ″I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 ″But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 ″He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 ″All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. 16 ″A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.”

Obviously Christ is the Truth.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

But while Christ said HE is the truth, He did not call himself the spirit of truth.
In fact, He said God the Father would GIVE ANOTHER Helper, the spirit of truth, after Christ asked the Father.
John 14:16-17

16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever ;17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot * receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

Notice JESUS said the Helper is the Spirit of truth. Also, Christ would send the Helper from God the Father. Also, that this OTHER Helper would would testify about JESUS.

John 15:26

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

John 16:13-15 tells us that the Spirit of Truth would guide us into all truth, and Jesus is using pronouns other than “I” to describe Him.

13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth ; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak ; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 “All things that the Father has are Mine ; therefore * I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Jesus said that God the Father will give ANOTHER comforter. The use of ANOTHER indicates it was NOT Jesus. Also, notice the distinction – *I* (Jesus) will ask the FATHER and He will give ANOTHER comforter. These three are separate.

John 14:16

And I will pray theFather, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

As far as I can see, the word translated as “advocate” is used as “comforter” (KVJ) or “helper” (NASB).

Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, and God the Father are three persons in one God. They are NOT the same.

We see in John 14:26 that the comforter God the Father would send was the Holy Spirit.

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.

We see in John 15:26 that Jesus would send the comforter from the Father.

26 But when the Comforter is come , whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

We see in John 16:7 Jesus HAD to depart so the comforter He had promised could come.

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.

And yes, we see in 1 John 2:1 that we have an advocate with the Father, who is Jesus Christ. As you said, this is the same word John used as comforter earlier when speaking of the Holy Spirit.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin , wehave an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

But the Holy Spirit is NOT Christ. They are separate persons.

In fact, we can see that Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit all dwell within believers through faith.
Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Ephesians 3:17

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith ; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Galatians 4:6

6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father !”

The Holy Spirit dwells in us.

1 Corinthians 6:19

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own ?

2 Timothy 1:14

14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

The God dwells in believers.

2 Corinthians 6:16

Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,” I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE

Romans 8:9

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Romans 8:11

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised ChristJesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

1 Corinthians 3:16

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

To sum up, we see God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit all dwelling within believers. Christ used different pronouns to describe the Holy Spirit, saying He was ANOTHER helper/counselor. So, no. Christ is not the spirit of Truth – even though He identified Himself as the Truth.

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  1. The spirit of truth :

    Moses and Isaiah PROPHESIED the coming of JESUS.
    Did Jesus and Isaiah PROPHASISE the coming of MUHAMMAD?
    To understand this significant prophecy by Jesus one has to begin with the First Epistle of John, Chapter 2, Verse 1, in which Jesus Christ the righteous, is called a “Paraclete” (Parakletos, Advocate, Comforter, Helper) by John. The same term “Paraclete” is repeatedly used by the apostle in connection with the prophecy made by Jesus.

    “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete, that he may be with you into the age (to come).” John 14:16

    Note: “into the age” is a literal translation of the Greek phrase; `eis ton aiona’ used by John.

    This shows that Jesus Christ, while speaking of “another Paraclete”, was speaking of the coming of “another male figure” like himself, at a future date. The historical documents show that this also was the original concept among the Christian scholars and populace, but later on the concept of “male figure” was confused with the concept of “Holy Spirit”. Below is an extract from the world renowned and distinguished Anchor Bible Volume 29A:

    “The word parakletos is peculiar in the NT to the Johnannine literature. In 1John ii1 Jesus is a parakletos (not a title), serving as a heavenly intercessor with the Father. …Christian tradition has identified this figure (Paraclete) as the Holy Spirit, but scholars like Spitta, Delafosse, Windisch, Sasse, Butlmann and Betz have doubted whether this identification is true to the original picture and have suggested that the Paraclete was once an independent salvific figure, later confused with the Holy Spirit.” (page 1135).

    The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, besides being a “Messiah”, the “Son” (not “Begotten Son”) of God and the “Son” of man, was also a prophet like Moses, by his own admission. Please see John 5:46 and 9:17. Hence to say that the coming of “another Paraclete” was similar to the coming of “another Prophet” like Jesus and Moses, would not be inaccurate. OTOH, the concept of “Holy Spirit” is unequivocally negated by the following verse:

    “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Paraclete shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7

    Note: This verse clearly tells us that the coming of the Paraclete was subject to the departure of Jesus. Whereas, the “Holy Spirit” was already existing since the day of the Creation and was hovering upon the surface of the earth (Genesis 1:2). The same “Holy Spirit” was also present with the prophets of the Old Testament and at the river Jordan when Jesus Christ was Baptised by John the Baptist.

    “When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness of me.” John 15:26

    Note: The Paraclete is called the “Spirit of Truth” and not the “Holy Spirit”. These are two separate terms and independent entities. The first one takes the pronoun “he” and the second one “it”.

    “But the Paraclete, the Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” John 14:26

    Note: In the older MSS, e.g. Codex Sinaiticus, as well as in the palimpest of Codex Syriacus discovered in 1812 on Mount Sinai by Mrs.Agnes S. Lewis (and Mrs. Bensley), the text of 14:26 reads; “Paraclete, the Spirit”; and not “Paraclete, the Holy Spirit”. “The Spirit” is a reference to “the Spirit of Truth” as in 15:26. The word spirit, Greek. `pneu’ma’, is of neutral gender and takes pronoun “it”. In almost all the verses referring to Paraclete quoted above and below, the pronoun used is “he”. This clearly indicates that the prophecy was not for the “Holy Spirit” but for a “male figure” called the “Spirit of Truth”. Prophet Muhammad was known for his Truth and Honesty, even before he received the first Revelation.

    Jesus Christ did indicate what the Paraclete to come will do in his time. Did prophet Muhammad do those things? Let’s examine;

    1. “But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own initiative, but whatever he hears, he will speak…” Jn.16:13

    Note: The Quran is a compilation of the “Divine Revelations” that were received by prophet Muhammad, over a period of 23 years, through the arch angel Gabriel. The prophet used to recite whatever he used to hear. Prophet’s companions used to write down whatever was recited. The Quran does not contain the writings or teachings of or by Muhammad, as often mentioned by some misinformed authors.

    2. “He shall glorify me.” John 16:14

    Note: The Quran glorifies the birth of Jesus through Virgin Mary. The Quran also confirms, Jesus was a Messiah; a Messenger of God; the Spirit from God; the Word of God and the Righteous Prophet.

    3. “He shall take mine and shall disclose it to you.” Jn.16:14

    Note: Muhammad did declare himself a Messenger of God like Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

    4. “He will teach you all things.” John 14:26

    Note: The Quran teaches a way of life. It guides mankind, how to live a pious life socially, politically and spiritually.

    5. “He will bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” Jn.14:26

    Note: The Quran speaks about the teaching of the righteous Jesus and even quotes him.

    6. “He will bear witness of me” John 15:26

    Note: The Quran attests the miracles performed by Jesus the Messiah. It also mentions one astonishing miracle performed by Jesus that the Gospel writers have failed to record. The Quran acknowledges that these miracles and signs were performed by Jesus with the leave of Allah. The same is also attested in the Book of Acts, 2:22.

    Prophet Muhammad was a descendant of Abraham through his son Ishmael and grandson Kedar.

    • No, Jesus did not predict the coming of Mohammed.

      I pray you will have the scales of spiritual blindness to the truth removed from your eyes. I pray you come to accept Jesus as the Son of God, the Saavior, the Lord, God.

      Mohammed denies that Christ is God – this is the opposite glorifying Christ.

      Jesus claimed to be God.
      Jesus made Himself to be equal with God
      Jn 5:16-18

      16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. 17 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

      We see in Jn 10:30-33, where Jesus made Himself equal to God, thus claiming to be God.

      30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

      Jesus claimed He was the great ‘I AM” BEFORE Abraham was born in Jn 8:58

      “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

      Not only did Christ claim to be God, But because Jesus died for us, we have been justified by His blood, saved from God’s wrath, reconciled to God through Jesus.
      Christ died for us. Romans 5:8-11

      8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

      John said if one denies Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, does not have God.

      1 John 2:21-23

      21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

      All the verses you are attempting to use as if they refer to Mohammed actually refer to the Holy Spirit.

      Jesus did not say God the Father would send another man as a paraclete, but that He would send the paraclete (the Advocate, Counselor, Helper), who is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

      Notice, both God and Jesus will send the Counselor from the Father. The Counselor is the Spirit of Truth.

      God will send the Holy Spirit – not a human prophet.
      John 14:16

      “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [aka Parakletos], that He may be with you forever;

      John 14:26

      But the Counselor [aka Parakletos], the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

      Jesus said HE would send the Holy Spirit from God.
      John 15:26

      When the Counselor [aka Parakletos] comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.

      Jesus HAD to go away so He could send the Holy Spirit (paraclete) – not so he could send a person who would live six hundred years later.

      John 16:7

      7″But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away ; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

      The Holy Spirit is the one who taught all things to the apostles and disciples of Christ, after Christ died and rose again and ascended to heaven. Mohammed was not around to do it.

  2. You Christians are delusional, and totally confused.

    To ask the question, Is Christ the spirit of truth, is like saying that a current of air is an entity that thinks and reason.

    Jesus was not speaking of any ghost entity, but of another human teacher like him.

    I am The Parakletos

    • Actually, Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit.

      If Jesus was speaking of a man, He would not be in Jesus’ followers.
      John 14:16-17

      16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [aka Parakletos], that He may be with you forever ;17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot * receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

      In fact, we see VERY clearly the Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit from Christ’s own words.
      John 14:26 that the comforter God the Father would send was the Holy Spirit.

      But the Comforter [aka Parakletos], 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.

      I pray God will open your eyes to the truth of which the Holy Spirit teaches.

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