Nature of God


God is already a spirit - why does a spirit need a spirit (the Holy Spirit)?

by Bill Wong




The word spirit is used in many ways, but the main definition is breath or the breath of life (Greek pneuma and Hebrew ruach are equivalent). It can also mean spirit as in a supernatural being; a supernatural force or substance; an attitude or dominant disposition; the expression of a person; the essence, mind, sentient part of a person which would be synonymous with that person; etc.


Many people believe that the spirit is a conscious entity that inhabits a body and can be separate from the body. They say the spirit is what makes a person a person; it is what makes the body alive – the body is a mere shell.  


For those who believe a spirit is like this “other”, but “true” person in a person, have you stopped to think how this spirit might apply to God – who is already the eternal spirit? How would we define God’s spirit then?


Our Heavenly Father is holy. He is a spirit. Therefore, He is a holy spirit. How can the Holy Spirit be a 3rd person of a triune godhead if our Heavenly Father is already a spirit? Or stated another way, how can a holy spirit have a holy spirit? And why would a holy spirit person require or have any use of a holy spirit that is another person? Does this even sound or look right?


Since the Father is already eternal spirit He is very much alive already and would not “need” a spirit within Him. But this is not the only issue. The father of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Almighty spirit who is above all. He needs no “other” spirit at all for anything – ever.


The only way the Almighty God would ever have a spirit is if the spirit He has is actually not another person at all.


A spirit cannot have a spirit if spirit means what most people think it is today (a person in itself separate from the person it “belongs” to).


However, as we mentioned earlier, there are other meanings to what spirit is. Spirit is also used as another way to say self or that same person.  It is synonymous with the person or the mind of that person. It is another way to identify that person, but it is NOT a separate individual apart from the person.


Regardless of which use of the word ‘spirit’ one wants to use, it does not signify another person from one God – especially since God is already a spirit, He does not “require” a spirit.


And that is another paradox and lapse of logic in the Trinity doctrine: a spirit is already spirit and does not need a spirit (with its own “personhood” as proposed by the Trinity doctrine). A Trinity doctrine falls totally flat since God is already a spirit and simply does not require a spirit “person” as supposedly a man would according to its own belief.


This lapse in Trinitarian logic is magnified even more by another contradiction of the Trinity doctrine. Even though it states there are three persons in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are all co-equal, it nevertheless acknowledges an hierarchy of primacy to the Father first, then the Son and finally, the Holy Spirit. This is not the contradiction.


The contradiction lies in the Bible truth that if the Almighty Father is the one who is above all – whether one believes this is in a literal sense or only in an hierarchal sense, should not the very spirit of a person at the very least be equal (usually considered greater) to the person it is a spirit of – even in an hierarchal sense?


This is because most people today believe that the spirit of a person is actually greater than the person. To them, it is what truly matters and is what is eternal and life. In fact, this is probably what most Trinitarians believe, but because they never stop to think about what a Trinity doctrine actually means, they do not see that their own beliefs about a spirit requiring a spirit where a person's spirit is considered greater, contradicts the Trinity doctrine. But yet a Trinity doctrine accepts the Holy Spirit to be the spirit of God, but “plays a role” that is essentially third in rank.


However, it is this belief that man is composed of both body and an eternal spirit that is at fault to begin with, because it likewise is not true. And yes, this was also pushed onto the masses by the same people who say that one equals three and the Almighty holy spirit needs another spirit person. Chaos must follow if lies are piled atop of lies.


The Bible tells us God breathes life into us and we only become a living being when His breath is combined with our body:


Genesis 2:

7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;

   and man became a living being.   (NKJV)



So the formula is:




Where does the Bible say God gives us an eternal spirit to combine with our fleshly bodies to become a living being? Is that not redundant as an eternal spirit is already a living being? It is this false belief about what death is and equating the breath of life to a spirit being that creates many disastrous effects for all peoples, and also the horrendous lie that God Himself – the Almighty spirit, likewise needs a spirit. Please see the articles section: ‘Truth about Death’ for more information.


So whichever way a Trinity doctrine tries to make the Almighty spirit – the father of the Lord Jesus Christ, have or even need another holy spirit person beside Himself (as if He was not already self-sufficient as the Almighty – note that the Almighty means one above all who needs nothing), a Trinity doctrine does not use sound logic. But the lack of logic is due to the simple truth that no one can explain what is patently false.


Of course, this is all moot if we simply listen to what the Bible teaches. A non-spirit being (man) requires the breath of life and a body in unison to be alive – to become a living soul. The Bible does not say in this case that a spirit is already a living soul without the body.


As for a spirit being which is what God is (the Almighty spirit being no less), a Trinity doctrine ignores the most basic argument of all: How could a spirit have a spirit person or even require one?



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