Why do the New Testament writers seem to omit the Holy Spirit.
Newsletters I subscribe to, lately seem to be sending me links to books about the Trinity. According to many churches, the sign of being a Christian is to believe in the Trinity.
Ooops. Does that mean the Apostles were not Christian?
What do I mean?
Just looking at the opening phrases of the epistles, who do these writers say the greeting is from?
Perhaps, as I did in the past, you skimmed over the greetings. (They are all pretty similar are they not?)
So, let’s look at a few of the greetings.
Rom 1: 7 to all who are beloved in Rome, called as saints; Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
1 Cor 1: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
2 Cor 1: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
Gal 1: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
Eph 1: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
Phil 1: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS)
And so the greetings continue.
Why did an Apostle, credited with writing so much of what we call the New Testament, not include the Holy Spirit in his greetings to the churches?
What did the other Apostles say in their epistles?
James – considered to have been the brother of Christ
“Rather, evidence points to James the brother of Jesus, to whom Jesus evidently had made a special appearance after his resurrection described in the New Testament. This James was prominent among the disciples” – Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_of_James
So, what did he say at the start of his epistle?
Jas 1: 1 James, a bondservant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ… (NAS)
Then there is Peter…
2 Pet 1: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord (NAS)
And John, the one whom Christ loved…
1 John 1: 3 What we have seen and heard, we proclaim to you also, that you may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (NAS)
Surely it would be foolish to say that these men were not Christian.
They were Apostles! They learned from Christ.
That being the case, could it be that the understanding of the Trinity is flawed?
Consider what Peter said in his first epistle, which is not listed above.
1 Pet 1: 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ, and be sprinkled with his blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure. (NAS)
So, here is an Apostle who acknowledges the Holy Spirit… not in greetings, but sanctifying work.
What do you think?