Dr. Michael Brown and David Wood have asked some serious questions about prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) (the Spirit of Truth) mentioned in the Bible. So I need to answer those questions. You have misunderstood all the verses of the bible. Your understanding is superficial. So you need a detail explanation. Now read carefully all the following explanations to clear your misconceptions.
“3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. ……7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ……9 ………… Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”
Now what do you understand when Jesus said that “remain in me, as I also remain in you”. It does not mean that Jesus is physically and literally inside his disciples’ body. What it means was answered by Jesus. If the disciples of Jesus keep and practice the teachings of Jesus (words and commands of Jesus from Father), then they will remain as a believer with Jesus. And they will remain in faith with Jesus.
Now in John 14:16-17 (KJV):
“16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
The above verse does not mean that prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) lives with the disciples at that time and he will be in disciples physically. Because you can see that similar or same types of language were used by Jesus (for example, Remain in me, as I also remain in you) in John 15:3-10.
Another thing is that Jesus will pray to the father after his departure for another comforter (The Spirit of Truth). So the comforter will come in future. So this coming of comforter will be a future event. Even the world did not saw or did not know about the Spirit of Truth at the time of Jesus. The disciples of Jesus remain in the same faith as a believer just as the faith of that future Spirit of Truth. So Jesus said symbolically that they know him. And the comforter will abide with the disciples forever. Now did all the disciples still alive forever in the world. Of course not. What it means is that the teachings of the faith of that comforter will remain in the world forever. So he was talking about prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as the Spirit of Truth.
Again if you still argue that the Spirit of Truth is not prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). It is the Holy Spirit. Then look again the Holy Spirit was already present before Jesus and at the time of Jesus. The disciples of Jesus already had Holy Spirit in them given by Jesus himself. So ‘The Spirit of Truth’ is not same as ‘The Holy Spirit’. They are totally different. The Spirit of Truth is a truthful prophet and that prophet was prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him). To hide the event from the bible about coming of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), bible translators mix them up so that nobody can understand their real meaning properly. Look at the following verses:
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
and the Holy Spirit descended on him (Jesus) in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Now look at the verse in John 16:7 (nkjv):
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
So the mandatory condition is that the Helper (the Spirit of Truth) will not come if Jesus do not go away. So the previously mentioned Holy Spirit in Luke 1:41, Luke 3:22, John 20:21-22 and the Helper (the Spirit of Truth) in John 16:7 are not the same. The Spirit of Truth (Helper) in John 16:7 is the holy truthful prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
Again if you look at the verse in John 14:26-31:
“26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. …… 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”
The prophesy of this coming Holy Spirit ( advocate or paraclete) requires that he shall remind mankind of the words of Jesus or teachings of Jesus. He is telling his followers that the Holy Spirit (paraclete) shall “remind” them of the message of Jesus. However, if the followers of Jesus already know and remember all that Jesus taught them, then how shall the Holy Spirit (advocate or paraclete) “remind” them of something which they already remember? Obviously, the coming Holy Spirit (paraclete) shall come in a time when the teachings of Jesus have been forgotten and require one to “remind” the teachings of Jesus. Here, the Holy Spirit or the prince of this world is a truthful prophet who will remind the world all the teachings of Jesus that was commanded by Father.
Again if you look at the verse in Matthew 12:32:
“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Look, even you will be forgiven if you speak a word against Jesus. But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you will not be forgiven, either at the time of Jesus or at future time. Logically you can not speak against an invisible being. So the Holy Spirit is a real human being. So we can say that the Holy Spirit is the holy prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
Again if you look at the verse in 1John 4:6:
“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
So we can see that the Spirit of Truth is a truthful human being or a true prophet. A true prophet will always listen to Jesus or agree with the teachings of Jesus and he will never deny the teachings of Jesus. Jesus always preached and taught all the laws of the old testament throughout his life time on earth. So the Spirit of Truth is not an invisible being. He is a real truthful prophet who acknowledges the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus himself said that the ‘spirit’ and ‘prophet’ are the same person in 1 John 4:1. He used these words ‘spirit’ and ‘prophet’ interchangeably for each other.
Another thing is that if the spirit is not a prophet then how he will confess or declare to everyone physically about Jesus. Because people can not test an invisible being. But Jesus advised everyone to test or try the spirit or prophet whether he is from God or not to identify false prophet. Look at the following verses of Jesus.
1 John 4:1-3 (kjv):
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God.
Now can you say, How to identify false prophet (spirit)?
The answer is very easy and the answer is given by Jesus himself in 1 John 4:2-3.
Here, Jesus is saying to you that if any prophet (spirit) confesses that Jesus (Christ or Messiah or anointed by God or appointed by God or messenger of God) is come in the flesh (means come in just only as a man not divine or God), then that prophet (spirit) is from God.
But if any prophet (spirit) confesses that Jesus (Christ or Messiah or messenger of God) is come in not simply as a man (flesh) but as divine or God, then that is a false prophet (spirit).
Why is this try or test to identify false prophet (spirit)?
Because from the very beginning, Jewish people were falsely accusing Jesus for blasphemy of being God. But Jesus was always denying their accusations. So he knew that after him, false prophet will arise from the Jew and will declare Jesus as divine or God which will be a blasphemy.
Only prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) confessed or declared that Jesus (peace be upon him) come in the flesh only. He was a mighty messenger of God. But he was not God at all.