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PNEUMATOLOGY - Study of the Holy Spirit

We teach that the personality of the Spirit is proven by the following characteristics observed in Scripture: intelligence (1 Cor. 2:10-11); feeling (Eph. 4:30); volition (1 Cor. 12:11). We teach that one can see personality in the Holy Spirit from the following ministries that He performs: teaching (Jn. 14:26); guiding (Rom. 8:14); commissioning (Acts 13:4); commanding men (Acts 8:29); restraining sin (Gen. 6:3); interceding (Rom. 8:26); testifying of Christ (Jn. 15:26; 2 Pet. 1:21). We teach that the personality of the Holy Spirit can be seen actions that can be done towards Him. One can obey Him Acts 10:19-21. Believers can and have lied to Him Acts 5:3. He can be resisted Acts 7:51. The Holy Spirit can be revered Ps. 51:11. Man can blaspheme the Holy Spirit Matt. 12:31. We teach that the personality of the Holy Spirit is also seen in the grammar that is used in describing Him. The Greek word for Spirit is neuter, but there are several times that a masculine pronoun is used in place of the neuter. Although this goes against the normal rules for Greek grammar it is still a clear indication of the personality of the Spirit.

II. THE DEITY OF THE SPIRIT

We teach that the deity of the Spirit is proven by the names given to Him. His names affirm His equality with other members in the Trinity 1 Cor. 6:11. There are names attributed to the Holy Spirit which show Him doing works only God can do Rom. 8:15; Jn. 14:16. We teach that His deity is proven by His characteristics. It is clear from Scripture that He has all of the divine attributes. He is omniscient 1 Cor. 2:10-11. He is omnipresent Ps. 139:7. He is omnipotent Gen. 1:2. He is truth 1 Jn. 5:6. He is holy Lk. 11:13. He is life Rom. 8:2. He is wisdom Isa. 40:13. We teach that the Holy Spirit's deity is seen also in the works that He does which are works only God can do. The Holy Spirit was involved in creating the world Gen. 1:2. He inspired men in the writing of Scripture. 2 Pet. 1:21. He worked in begetting Christ Lk. 1:35. He convinces men of their sin Jn. 16:8. The Holy Spirit regenerates men giving them spiritual life Jn. 3:5-6. He comforts men Jn. 14:6. He intercedes on behalf of man Rom. 8:26-27. The Holy Spirit is also involved in sanctification of the believer 2 Thes. 2:13. We teach that His deity can be seen in the fact that Scripture records Him as being equal with the other members of the Trinity. Acts 5:3-4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14.

III. PROCESSION OF THE SPIRIT

We teach that the Holy Spirit has always proceeded from the eternal Father and Son . He has gone forth from the Father and Son without causing a division or change in the nature of Father or Son. The Scripture teaches that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and Son. Jn. 15:26; from the Father. Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:9; Jn. 16:7 from the Son.

IV. THE TERMS USED TO DESCRIBE THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit has been described with the following terms: as Clothing (Lk. 24:49); as a Dove (Matt. 3:16); as an Earnest (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:14); as Fire (Acts 3:2); as Oil (Lk. 4:18; Acts 10:38); as a Seal (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13)l; as a Servant (Gen. 2:4); as Water (Jn. 4:14, 7:38-39); and finally, as Wind (Jn. 3:8; Acts 2:1-2).

V. THE WORKS OF THE SPIRIT

In the Old Testament we see that the Spirit was involved in Creation (Ps. 104:30; Job 33:4. The Old Testament shows the Spirit selectively indwelling men. The Spirit in the Old Testament enabled men to do specific tasks (Ex. 31:3). During this time period the Holy Spirit was also involved in the restraint of sin (Gen. 6:3). The Spirit was also working in the process of revelation and inspiration. In the process of revelation He was making known to men what was not previously known. In the process of inspiration He was (as the Father desired) superintending human authors as that recorded and composed God's revelations to them.

VI. THE FILLING OF THE SPIRIT

Definition: "Being filled means being controlled by the spirit (Eph. 5:18)." The Christian is commanded to be filled (Eph. 5:18). Filling can be repeated (Acts 2:4; 4:31). Filling by the Holy Spirit will produce a Christ likeness (Gal. 5:22-23). We teach that there are conditions in order for one to be Filled. Those conditions are as follows: faithful commitment to the Lord, a yielding to the Spirit's control (Rom 12:1-2; Rom.8:14). One filled with the Spirit is one who has been walking in the Spirit not fulfilling fleshly desires (Eph. 4:30, Gal. 5). One must be yielding and responding to God's Word (I John 1:7). And finally, one must walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). We teach that the benefits of being filled by the Spirit are: a Christlike character (Gal. 5:22-23); the worship and praise of God (Eph. 5:18-20); submissiveness towards the saints (Eph. 5:21); and service to God and the Church (John 7:37-39).


VII. OTHER MINISTRIES OF THE SPIRIT

We teach that the Holy Spirit is involved in the believer's life in the following ways: as a teacher (John 16:12-15); as a guide (Rom. 8:14); giving assurance (Rom. 8:16) and in prayer (Rom. 8:26; Eph. 6:18).

VIII. THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT IN THE FUTURE

We teach that the Holy Spirit will also be involved in future works. During the Tribulation the Spirit will work in salvation and filling (Zech.12:10; Joel 2:28-32). During the Kingdom age the Spirit will be upon the King (Isa. 11:2-3) and in the people of God (Jer. 31:33).

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