Before His return to heaven, Isa Al-Masih prophesied about the coming of the Holy Spirit in John 14, 15 and 16. Have Christians misunderstood this prophecy? Was Isa Al-Masih referring to the Holy Spirit, or Did Isa Al-Masih really foretell the coming of Muhammad?
The Spirit of Truth is Invisible and Lives within the Hearts of Men
The promised Counselor is called “the spirit of truth” (John 14:17). And because He is Spirit “The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him” (John 14:17). Furthermore, because He is Spirit, Isa Al-Masih told His disciples that, “He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:17).
How could Muhammad possibly fulfil this prophesy? Could Muhammad ‘live in’ the disciples of Isa Al-Masih? Muhammad was a man in the flesh. He was not an invisible spirit.
The Promised Counselor was Sent to the Believers because Isa Al-Masih Returned to the Father
The promised Counselor was given in place of the presence of Isa Al-Masih, because Isa Al-Masih was returning to the Father. Isa Al-Masih said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:16).
How could Muhammad possibly fulfil this promise and be with Isa Al-Masih’s disciples when his birth took place more than 500 years after Isa Al-Masih made this promise? Is it not true that the disciples of Isa Al-Masih had been dead for well over 400 years before Muhammad was born? How then could Muhammad be with these disciples?
Isa Al-Masih Breathed the Holy Spirit upon Some of the Apostles
In John 20:22 Isa breathed upon some of His disciples and said,”Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone their sins, their sins are forgiven them.”
Did Isa Al-Masih breath Muhammad upon his disciples? Muhammad was flesh and blood and lived hundreds of years later.
The Holy Spirit Descended upon a Crowd in the Form of Tongues of Fire
In Acts 2:2-4 it reads, “And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.”
Did Muhammad come in the form of fire? How could anyone think that Muhammad could be the promised spirit when the Gospels so plainly tell the story of the Spirit given to the believers in the first century?
The Holy Spirit was Sent to Convict People Who did not Believe in Isa Al-Masih
The promised Counselor was sent by Isa Al-Masih to do the following: “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment; in regard to sin because men do not believe in me” (John 15:8-9).
When did Muhammad convict the world in regard to sin because men did not believe in Isa Al-Masih?
The Holy Spirit Brings Glory to Isa Al-Masih
The promised Counselor was sent to bring glory to Isa Al-Masih. “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you” (John 16:14).
When did Muhammad glorify Isa Al-Masih? When did Muhammad make known what Isa Al-Masih gave him? What evidence is there for this?
The Holy Spirit Testifies about Isa Al-Masih
The promised Counselor was sent “to remind you [Isa Al-Masih’s disciples] of everything I [Isa] have said to you” (John 14:26). “He will testify about me” (John 15:26).
When did Muhammad remind the disciples of Isa Al-Masih, about the teachings of Isa Al-Masih or testify about Isa Al-Masih? When did Muhammad ever preach the message of forgiveness and grace that Isa Al-Masih preached?
Isa Al-Masih Baptizes the Believer with the Holy Spirit
The promise of a Counselor which Isa Al-Masih made to His disciples in John chapters 14, 15 and 16 is the same promise He made to them in Acts 1. There Isa Al-Masih said to His followers, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but you in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4, 5). The Bible confirms that the Counselor or Helper that Isa Al-Masih spoke about is the Holy Spirit and not a human being. On the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Isa Al-Masih rose from death, this promise was fulfilled. What remarkable things happened when the Holy Spirit came is given in Acts chapter 2.
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