20. Our Fellowship is with the Father and His Son

In the second century, Justin Martyr told the Roman Emperor that the Spirit of Prophecy was a third person born on the waters in Genesis 1:2. In 381, the Spirit of Prophecy became the third person of a “Godhead,” the image of a lion, a leopard, and a bear (Revelation 13:2)—the “image of the beast.”

But John said, “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20).

The Spirit or Breath of ELOHIM in Genesis 1:2 was described with feminine pronouns. This was the spirit of the breath of life that appeared in the first 8 Chapters of Genesis, Job 34:14, and Psalms 33:6.

The anointing of the holy spirit was also described with feminine pronouns in the Old Testament, but the Spirit of God Himself was always described with masculine pronouns.  

The Prophet Isaiah described the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament as “the Messenger of His Face” (Isaiah 63:9) which Paul called “the image of the invisible God.” and the Targum called “the Word,” the Helper of Israel in the Old Testament.

After the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of Christ was called “the Spirit,” and the Spirit of God was described as “spirit” without the definite article.

The apostle John described a relationship with two persons, saying, “indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father and I will make our home with him” (John 14:23). When we keep His commandments, there are two Spirits that make their home with us—the Spirit of the Father (Matthew 10:20) and the Spirit of His Son (Galatians 4:6).

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not welcome him into your house or give him a greeting, for he who gives him a greeting, shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 10).