Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 2, 2006

The Holy Spirit

This Sunday is Pentecost, which marks the day in Church history of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church.  This outpouring of the Spirit was manifested by the speaking of diverse tongues.  Incidentally, we have arrived at the portion of the Apostles Creed that affirms our belief in the Person of the Holy Spirit.  Question 53 of the Heidelberg Catechism goes on to summarize the orthodox position on the Holy Spirit in the following:

Q. What do you believe concerning "the Holy Spirit"? 

A. First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God. 1 Second, he has been given to me personally, 2 so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, 3 comforts me, 4 and remains with me forever. 5 

1 Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Matthew 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Acts 5:3-4:  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land?  While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own?  And after it was sold, was it not under your control?  Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart?  You have not lied to men but to God.”
2 1 Corinthians 6:19: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  2 Corinthians 1:21-22: Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.  Galatians 4:6:  Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
3 Galatians 3:14: …in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
4 John 15:26: When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me…Acts 9:31:  So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increased.
5 John 14:16-17:  I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 1 Peter 4:14:  If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
 

The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force as is assumed by many cults and Eastern religions.  He is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.  The Holy Spirit performs a role in our salvation just as the Father and the Son.  The Holy Spirit regenerates, quickens or makes us alive, which is the act responsible for applying the salvation that the Father chose and the Son secured.  He also indwells believers allowing them to transform their lives from sinner to saint. 

There is much more to be said about the Holy Spirit, however we will defer further examination until we discuss the Trinity and how we are saved.  Until that time peace be with you.

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