Friday, November 30, 2007

Ordination #3, Art. 4a: The Person of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is vital to the Christian life, but is often misunderstood, over-emphasized, or ignored. The Holy Spirit is fully God, the third Person of the Trinity (Acts 5.3-4; Heb. 9.14; Mt. 28.19-20), not an impersonal “force” or “influence.” He is a person as evidenced by personal pronouns, as opposed to neuter (Jn. 16.13-14). He does what “persons” do, including glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 16.14; Jn. 15.26), teaching (Jn. 14.26), exerting His will (1 Cor. 12.11), and expressing emotion (Eph. 4.30).

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