The Theological Views of Those Jesus was Addressing

The Scriptures they revered (the Old Testament) frequently refer to the Spirit of God and also use the name “Holy Spirit.” Like Christians, they believed the Holy Spirit was God himself although, with the full Trinitarian revelation not yet having arrived, they did not consider him to be in any way distinct from God the Father. None of them would ever have dared curse or swear at the Holy Spirit.

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