Acts 15:28. He possesses, reveals, confers, leads into, testifies to, and defends the truth. Scarcely any phase of the doctrine of the Spirit is more solemn than this. Creation (Gen.1:2; Psa.104:30, R. V.); Job 33:4 -- "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." When God appears to us, he is as a father because of his providence and protection, Christ appears as a Son because of Salvation, now the Holy Spirit appears as a Spirit because of his role as a spiritual guide to our salvation. Could a mere influence do this? Here is the searching, illuminating, refining, dross-consuming character of the Spirit. He is a person equal in every way with the Father and the Son. In Acts 5:4, the Spirit is called God. And this in opposition to man, to whom, alone, Ananias thought he was talking. It is the work of the Spirit to present the atoning work of Christ to the sinner as the ground of his pardon. I hear you Mandlenkosi, I just want to know that when Adam and Eve were visited by God and they would see Him face to face, was it God the Father or Son or Holy Spirit? WHY IS THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT QUESTIONED? First, for knowledge and teaching.1 John 2:27 -- "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth . See also Isa.11:3; I Pet.1:11. God is always seeking to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness! THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH.5. The Divine Attributes of the Holy Spirit. First, yet, the preponderance of evidence in the OT is that the God of the OT was in fact the pre-incarnate Christ. He is eternal in his nature (Heb.9:14, R. V.); omnipresent (Psa.139:7-10); omnipotent (Luke 1:35); omniscient (1 Cor.2:10, 11). Please someone comment on this. Rom.1:4 -- "The Spirit of holiness." Also 4:30 -- "Sealed unto the day of redemption." He is the Spirit of glory (1 Pet. Right, I do see what You are here saying here JC. 12:11). The three persons of the Godhead are of one divine essence, same nature, distinct in their roles, yet unified, indivisible, and eternal. . Yet the Scripture says these attributes belong to each member of the Trinity. It would be absurd.10:38 -- "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power." Let us see. THE HOLY SPIRIT.2. Such a simple statement, however, leaves open the question of how that divine power expresses itself. who is to get hold of us and use us. Divine names and titles are applied to Him for instance He is referred to as the Spirit of Life (Ezek 37:1-10;Â Jn 6:63); the Spirit of the Lord Jehovah (Isa 61:1-3); the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19); the Spirit of Glory (1 Pet 4:14); God (Acts 5:3-4); the Spirit of Life (Rom 8:2); the Eternal Spirit (Heb 9:14); The Spirit of Grace (Heb 10:29); the Spirit of Jehovah (Isa 11:2). Stubborn, sullen, iron-hearted, they determined to close their eyes to all evidence, and thus they committed the unpardonable sin." The result of anointing was consecration -- "Thy vows are upon me, O God"; knowledge of God and His will -- "Ye know all things"; influence -- fragrance from the ointment. Acts 2:4 with 4:31 showing that the apostles who were filled on the day of Pentecost were again filled a few days after). The Godhead share the same attributes, they are all Spirit because they are God, the Holy Spirit assumes the name only because of the nature of his work in dealing with sin. I guess, Son of Man means Jesus in his human status, so maybe here He is referring to the case that somebody around him said a bad word against the son of man (and just had not completely understood or captured His divinity? Then note how the Holy Spirit produces the blessed fruit of the Christian life (Gal.5:22, 23). Just as the Father and the Son have certain names ascribed to them, setting forth their nature and work, so also does the Holy Spirit have names which indicate His character and work. They mostly associate feelings of worldly wisdom and insurmountable power with him. Also Acts 10:38 -- "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good." It is not strange that in view of all this some students of the Scriptures may have been led to believe, erroneously of course, that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal influence emanating from God the Father. a) Because, as Contrasted with the Other Persons of the Godhead, the Spirit Seems Impersonal. DIVINE NAMES ARE GIVEN TO THE SPIRIT.2. The Divine Attributes Retreat The Attributes of God The Indwelling of the Holy Trinity. BY THE BELIEVER.a) Grieving.b) Lying to.c) Quenching. 1. Jesus Himself pointed out to us that Baptism is a rebirth âof â¦ the Holy Spiritâ (John 3:5), and St. Paul stated: âFor in one Spirit were we all baptizedâ and âthe Spirit Himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of Godâ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:16). What is or is not divine may be loosely defined, as it is used by different belief systems.. Are we getting older and becoming more flexible or stiffer? So sinning against the HS eventually prevents that conviction. It is the HS's role to convict of sin. THE SPIRIT OF BURNING.4. He knows in a way that an outsider does not. The filling with the Spirit, however, is not confined to one experience, or to any one point of time exclusively; it may be repeated times without number. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Luke 11:13 -- "How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" As a result, we experience the following benefits: The context of 1 Thess.5:19 shows this. Your email address will not be published. Look at this cluster of fruit. 3. 3:16), a symbol in tandem with the voice from heavenâ¦.Here in the Fourth Gospel, however, the dove assumes a different role: it identifies the Coming One to John the Baptist.â1 John the Baptist had been told bâ¦ We become more rational. In addition, it occurred to me that we must purposely ask The HS for guidance, as one must consciously, being fully aware, when denying The HS, in HIS Leading of us. The Spirit is the most sensitive person of the Godhead. f) The Holy Spirit is Susceptible to Personal Treatment. The fact that the Spirit is sent from the Father and the Son, that He represents them, and is their executive, seems to be the thought conveyed here. Divinity or the divine are things that are either related to, devoted to, or proceeding from a deity. Ezekiel teaches a lesson by his vivid picture of the activity of God portrayed in the wheels within wheels. John 1:33: The Spirit descending as a Dove The Holy Spirit descending on Jesus as a Dove is a sign of His divine anointing. Yes indeed the holy spirit is a true companion. To resist His appeal is to insult the Godhead. How? Reducing or diminishing the Divine attributes of Jesus leads to a doctrine of two or more gods which is polytheism. Acts 5:32 -- "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost." Praise to the Sovereign Holy Lord God for Creation and Providence. Each of the four distinctly Divine Attributes is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. Yet we must remember, in this connection, that the Apostolic Benediction in 2 Cor.13:14 does associate the three persons of the Trinity, thereby asserting their personality equally. But perhaps the most amazing work of the Holy Spirit is His ability to change human hearts and minds. . with a gift of support: Seventh-day Adventist Bible Study Discussion, Monday: The Holy Spirit’s Divine Attributes. Required fields are marked *. The Work of the Spirit may be summed up under the following headings: His work in the universe; in humanity as a whole; in the believer; with reference to the Scriptures; and, finally, with reference to Jesus Christ. In the first part of chapter fourteen of John's gospel Christ speaks of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, then he goes on to say it is not just the Holy Spirit but the Father and the Son along with the Holy Spirit, provided - â¦ âBut all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he willâ (1 Cor. THE RELATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO JESUS CHRIST. Whenever we are called upon for any special service, or for any new emergency, we should seek a fresh infilling of the Spirit, either for life or service, as the case may be. Question:If the holy Spirit is God, why would this Bible text be:"Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come."? It behooves us all, believer and unbeliever alike, to be careful as to how we treat the Holy Spirit. â¡â¡_ Immortal/ Everlasting, ââLuke 1:35 No one but a person can take the place of a person; certainly no mere influence could take the place of Jesus Christ, the greatest personality that ever lived. Which is why I think The LORD GOD IS Saying to me that, this is one of those things that can only be taken with prayer and fasting. 1. The Spirit is on an equality with the Father and the Son in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Cor.12:4-6). Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Does the attitude of "I know enough, I have been through this" is preventing me from accepting new ideas and changing? Jesus answered the charge of the Scribes in Mark 3: 22 - 30. But when the sinner is truly sorry for his/ her sins and truly repent God such a one will be forgiven. See John 3:8 also. 15:30) are guilty of a sin with eternal consequences. To resist the Spirit, therefore, is to shut off all hope of salvation. By the Deity of the Holy Spirit is meant that the Holy Spirit is God. Godâs Word teaches that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Counselor living within usâJohn 14:16. 104: 30;Â Gen. 1: 3); Author of Scripture (2 Samuel 23: 2,Â 3;Â 2 Peter 1: 21). Now John 4:25 says of God the father, and it is said of Christ John 1:14 he became flesh meaning he was Spirit. Therefore we should maintain a repentant attitude and always confess our sins to our Lord and Master. This fact is clearly set forth in the Scriptures, in a five-fold way: 1. Eph.4:30 speaks of believers as being "sealed," whereas 5:18 commands those same believers to "be filled (to be being filled again and again) with the Spirit.". But if you look a little deeper into Christian tradition, you might find that there is a female aspect to God, namely, The Holy Spirit. So in all our activity for God we must have the Spirit of power. Matt.3:11, 12 -- "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." In these passages it is the moral character of the Spirit that is set forth. . COMPARISON OF OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES WITH SOME IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. The Pharisees continued to slander Jesus Christ by claiming that His mighty work was the work of the devil. Acts 13:2; 16:6, 7; 20:28. ... To be âconsubstantialâ means that God the Holy Spirit is of the same divine substance or the same divine nature as the Father and the Son. Regeneration (John 3:5-8); Resurrection (Rom.8:11). "No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.12:3). Would not these passages rebel against such tautological and meaningless usage? The Apostolic Benediction.2 Cor.13:14. This is a tough question; a bit of a riddle. If the Spirit is called eternal, then He must be God. Yes he speak less of himself and exalts Christ through whom heaven has made propitiation for our sin. If the first two names are personal, is not the third? We may speak of the baptism of the Spirit as that initial act of the Spirit by which, at the moment of our regeneration, we are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ; the Spirit then comes and takes up His dwelling within the believer. A. They did everything in their power to misrepresent Him and to falsify His words.". There is no detail of the believer's life that may not be under the control and direction of the Spirit. e) Personal Acts are Ascribed to the Holy Spirit. 10:26). Eph.4:30, 31; Isa.63:10 (R. V.). By disloyalty to the voice and call of the Spirit; by disobedience to His voice whether it be to testify, praise, to do any bit of service for God, or to refuse to go where He sends us to labor -- the foreign field, for example. IN RELATION TO THE WORLD.a) The Universe.b) The World of Mankind.2. Evidently some miraculous outpouring of the Spirit is intended there, the which followed the prayer and laying on of the hands of the apostles. As we shall see later, the Revised Version substitutes "himself" for "itself. Or was it The Godhead? IN RELATION TO THE SCRIPTURES.4. I believe the Divine attributes seen here are Divine Sanctification and Divine Holiness. The Holy Spirit seeks -- so we learn from the story of the Acts -- for men who are not merely possessed by but also filled with the Spirit, for service (6:3, 5; 9:17; 11:24). . 2:11 and Isaiah 40:13 "The steps (and, as one has well said,'the stops') of a good man are ordered by the Lord.". I too have an issue with the same verse. "Wisdom and understanding" refer to intellectual and moral apprehension; "Counsel and might," the power to scheme, originate, and carry out; "Knowledge and the fear of the Lord," acquaintance with the true will of God, and the determination to carry it out at all costs. As in Mark 3:28 and 29 this sin is the persistent and continued attitude of resistance and hostility (Heb. It is the word used to describe the experience of Christ in Gethsemane; and so the sorrow of Gethsemane may be endured by the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost, so must every child of God who is to be an heir to the kingdom. No person of the Godhead was left out of the creation process. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to get constant and continual victory over sin. Biblical Characteristics of the Holy Spirit The Deity of the Holy Spirit The Spirit is rightly called God according to Acts 5:3-4 The names of the Spirit make clear the Deity according to 1 Cor. In several biblical passages the Holy Spirit is described as having divine attributes. THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT IN RELATION TO THE BELIEVER. John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; I John 5:6. It would be proper, doubtless, to say that the Father created all things through the agency of the Word and the Spirit. Acts 5:3, 4. If sinless perfection is not a Scriptural doctrine, sinful imperfection is certainly less Scriptural. If you appreciate this site, you can say "Thank you!" The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God which consists of the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. 5. DIVINE WORKS.4. It is the will of God that we should be filled (or, if you prefer the expression, "be baptized") with the Spirit at the moment of conversion, and remain filled all the time. THE SPIRIT OF GRACE.3. He is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. In spite of the plainest arguments, and the most incontestable facts this man wilfully rejects the evidence and refuses to accept the Christ so convincingly presented. By his own choice, the Holy Spirit accomplishes a number of specific acts, such as giving spiritual gifts. In fact it was jealousy on Satan's part as to Christ's special role in the creation of this world that contributed to his downfall. This sealing stands for two things: ownership and likeness (2 Tim.2:19-21). The Holy Spirit is the life-giver. This cleansing is done by the blast of the Spirit's burning. Here is wisdom, prudence and discretion, all of which are distinguishing marks of personality. HTML tags allowed in your comment:
. The eighth chapter of Romans exhibits a victorious life for the believer; a life so different from that depicted in the seventh chapter. Rom.8:2 -- "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." We read in Job xxxiii.4, "The Spirit of God hath made me, â¦ What attributes and activities of the Holy Spirit are listed in the following Bible passages that, otherwise, can be attributed only to God? There are seven things that we need to understand about the Holy Spirit. Contrary to the teaching of many cults, there is no ontological subordination (no difference in the nature of the three Persons of the Godhead). b) The Spirit is also the Interpreter of the Scriptures. Heb.10:29 (cf. The Spirit comes in the fierce east wind with its keen, biting blast of death. This fact is clearly set forth in the Scriptures, in a five-fold way: 1. The Holy Spirit guides the believer as to the field in which he should labor. c) The Holy Spirit is Identified with the Father and the Son -- and, indeed, with Christians -- in Such a Way as to Indicate Personality. This is not a pictorial personification, but a plain, definite, clear-cut statement asserting the personality of the Holy Spirit. See also John 14:26; 16:13. The experience of the apostles in the Acts bears witness to the fact that they were repeatedly filled with the Spirit. He is called breath, wind, power. The Spirit not only bestows spiritual gifts, but bestows them discreetly, according as He thinks best. Am I not closer to the Godhead's character when, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am forgiving like He is!! In addition, divine attributes are attributed to all three of them. Note also: "In the name" (singular), not names (plural), implying that all three are Persons equally. How definitely this truth is taught in the Acts 8:27-29; 16:6, 7; 13:2-4. Omnipotence is commonly taken to mean that God can do anything that is not illogical and anything that is consistent with his nature. THE SPIRIT IS SUBJECT TO PERSONAL TREATMENT. Every believer, no matter how weak and imperfect he may be, or how immature his Christian experience, still has the indwelling of the Spirit. What a beautiful cluster of graces! Holy Spirit: Attributes of God The Holy Spirit, Father and Son all comprise a unified Godhead known in Christianity as the âTrinity.â Sabbath School Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 3. We stand up and say, "I surrender all" when in our hearts we know that we have not surrendered all. .. less than God." THE SPIRIT ASSOCIATED WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON.4. IN RELATION TO THE BELIEVER.3. Let us be careful also lest in criticizing the manifestation of the Spirit in the testimony of some believer, or the sermon of some preacher, we be found guilty of quenching the Spirit. What are attributes of God that could only be qualities that belong to God that are found in the Holy Spirit? All Christians have the first; not all have the second, although all may have. 2:10,Â 11;Â John 14: 26;Â John 16.12,13);omnipotence(Luke 1:35) ascribed to the Him in the Bible; Creator (Job 33: 4;Â Ps. When we walk in the Spirit, were relying on His strength to accomplish Gods will. The Holy (Mother) Spirit and the Divine Feminine in Christianity There is a perception that Christianity lacks female characters that are venerated at the same level as Jesus or God the Father. . The Spirit is the fulfillment of Christ's promise to send the Comforter, and so He is the promised Spirit. The Holy Spirit Has The Moral Attributes Of God The Holy Spirit also has moral attributes that belong to God. Acts 1:8 (AMP) But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of â¦ For the meaning of "Lord" see under the Deity of Christ, p.60. By the Deity of the Holy Spirit is meant that the Holy Spirit is God. The Spirit maketh intercession: Rom.8:26 (R. V.), cf. I love the verses in Mark that say "all other blasphemy and sin is forgiven" the question then is "Am I willing to forgive all other Blasphemy's?" With consideration for the Spiritâs identity derived from both Old and New Testament accounts, author Malcolm B. Yarnell focuses on identifying characteristics of the person of the Holy Spirit himself, rather than discussing the work of the Spirit solely in the context of salvation and sanctification, or external signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit is our source of power here on earth. What exactly is the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost? Shall we say, "It seemeth good to the wind and to us"? The Holy Spirit has an intellect and will and with those characteristics freely knows and loves as God. We are living in the Age of the Spirit. But when, after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came, and presented to every man's conscience evidence sufficient to prove the truth of these claims, the man who then refused to yield to Christ's claims was guilty of resisting, insulting, and that amounts to blaspheming the testimony of the whole Godhead, of which the Spirit is the executive. In Luke 1:35 the phrases âthe Holy Spiritâ and âthe power of the most Highâ (NASB) are synonymous constructions. Does the Holy Spirit possess such properties? Rom.15:13 -- "That ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." He âsearches all things, yes, the deep things of Godâ and âno one knows the things of God except the Spirit of Godâ (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11, NKJV). These divine attributes are ascribed to both God and Jesus; thus, their association with the name of the Holy Spirit denotes His deity. He may be grieved (Eph.4:30); insulted (Heb.10.29); lied to (Acts 5:3); blasphemed and sinned against (Matt.12:31, 32). The moving power within those wheels was the Spirit of God. Every step in the missionary activity of the early church seemed to be under the direct guidance of the Spirit. . "Hear what the Spirit saith to the churches," Eev.2 and 3. I thought it was Jesus the son that visited Adam & Eve in the garden. Rom.8:9 -- "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (See Acts 6:10.) Not only is it true that the Spirit's agency is seen in the act of creation, but His power is seen also in the preservation of nature.
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