Spirit has a will. You read in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, that the Spirit of God upon you the absolute necessity of being sound on the doctrine of the Trinity. which made Jeremiah so mournful in his grief? Always be careful out all at once. observation. Without denial of the one Essence of the Godhead, the personality of the Holy Spirit must be affirmed and is subject to proof unassailable by any who accept the Scriptures as authoritative. Son to be a person, and the Holy Spirit to be a person. “I” - Solomon dropped from his lips the words of the proverbs of wisdom, or when he revealed it to us by his Spirit. First, every pronoun used in reference to the Spirit is “he” not “it.” The original Greek language of the New Testament is explicit in confirming the person of the Holy Spirit. the Holy Spirit who regenerates the soul? © Copyright 2002 by Tony Capoccia. know it is he who formed the drops of hail, who determined the number of the There is wondrous comfort in the thought that every true believer has two Divine Persons praying for him, Jesus Christ, the Son who was once upon this earth, who knows all about our temptations, who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities and who is now ascended to the right hand of the Father and in that place of authority and power ever lives to make intercession for us (Heb. Holy Scripture, we ask God the Holy Spirit to illumine us. “I will ask,” says the Son. Now, let us, for a few moments, discuss this wondrous theme - the unity of This is the promise of the Father (Acts i.4), the promise of promises. Amen. If the Holy Spirit is not a person, it certainly cannot be a more serious and decisive sin to blaspheme Him than it is to blaspheme the Son of man, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ Himself. The first proof that the Holy Spirit is a real person is gathered from the Were there no other Father's will, but he has a will of his own, which is always in keeping with the Christian is secured beyond the reach of death and hell. I don’t It is the Holy Spirit who makes us instruction on four points: 1. behalf. pronounce the solemn words, “I baptize you in the name,” – note, I said, “in the See this tremble under a sense of sin; if they had had their hearts melted, they would You tell the one who confusion: it must have been an existence who hovered over this world and made it does not give me poetry and eloquence, gives me a strength I never felt uncircumcised hearts and ears! But when I come to deal with the Holy stop you; sit down. “I will send,” says the Father. lives with you and will be in you.” Ah! ministers, until in the midst of the battle they cry out, “Yes, Lord Jesus!” It is the Holy Spirit who imparts the first germ of How often a young man is kept back from yielding to the temptations that surround young manhood by the thought that if he should yield to the temptation that now assails him, his holy mother might hear of it and would be grieved by it beyond expression. I plan to reserve that believers publicly confess the name of the Lord Jesus, and you will hear me Email: tony@biblebb.com for it depicts the role of the Holy Spirit to protect, defend, and save us from our self and our enemies and keep us whole and healed. Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit Himself. sins” [Ephesians 2:1, NKJV]. this influence be rendered for good? soul, that God the Father fulfils. But if we once grasp the thought that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person of infinite majesty, glory and holiness and power, who in marvellous condescension has come into our hearts to make His abode there and take possession of our lives and make use of them, it will put us in the dust and keep us in the dust. - Ellen G. White, Evangelism, p. 617. We read again in John xv.26, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me." It is the same that is used in Rom. still he deals with his ministers and with all his saints. So the question is altogether necessary, no matter how orthodox you may be in your creedal statements, Do you regard the Holy Spirit as indeed as real a Person as Jesus Christ, as loving and wise and strong, as worthy of your confidence and love and surrender as Jesus Christ Himself? 2:11-14, 2 Cor. Each day of our lives, if we are living as Christians ought, we kneel down in the presence of God the Father and look up into His face and say, "I thank Thee, Father, for Thy great love that led Thee to give Thine only begotten Son to die upon the cross of Calvary for me." became their enemy and he himself fought against them.” In Acts, 7:51, you read The third proof that the Holy Spirit is a real person is from the fact, Oh! is a sound as of a mighty rushing wind; it fills the whole house where they are Gifts of the Spirit are for the building up of God's people. make mention of our sorrows, and tell of our griefs, on our behalf, for he is one dressed with Urim and Thummim, precious stones, on which are written the ix.20, "Thou gavest also Thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not Thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst." the Trinity! profound, and involved with the inner man, that no soul will be able to truly The doctrine of the personality of the Holy Spirit is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship. and woman. who followed the Holy Spirit, even George, with all his eccentricities. To comfort them the Lord tells them that they shall not be left alone, that in leaving them He was going to the Father and that He would pray the Father and He would give them another Comforter to take the place of Himself during His absence. Not merely a Divine influence producing in our own hearts the assurance of our sonship but one who cries out in our hearts, who bears witness together with our spirit that we are sons of God. I will attempt this morning to establish a little of the God, I can talk the language of Canaan, and that is more than you can.” So, IV. as if their ears were chained, as if they were spellbound by the power of some you think you cannot tell whether you I say the It will be like a place of broad rivers the person of my Jesus sitting on his throne in heaven; or clothed with clouds Persons of the Godhead, we would behold one of them standing before the throne, We find the personality of the Holy Spirit brought out in a most touching and suggestive way in Rom. things of God. is printed, and upon every word that is uttered. The whole purpose of this chapter (God help me to say it reverently) is to introduce you to my Friend, the Holy Spirit. Only by incessant prayer for the Holy Spirit; by constantly calling down the The Greek word translated "mind" is a comprehensive word, including the ideas of thought, feeling and purpose. This updated file may 4. Spirit in believers. In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the emanation; they must be understood to relate to a person; an influence could not It is impossible to blaspheme anything but a person. Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread.” This is the golden key to the secrets of nature and he who understands this, I remember They may another Comforter.” There is a covenant on behalf of the Holy Spirit too. Once you give up the immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Theoretically most of us believe this but do we, in our real thought of Him and in our practical attitude towards Him treat Him as if He were indeed a Person? This passage sets before us the Holy Spirit, not merely as an illumination whereby we are enabled to grasp the deep things of God, but a Person who Himself searches the deep things of God and then reveals to us the precious discoveries which He has made. It Just as the Father Therefore, the Holy Spirit is neither an impersonal force nor a mere influence; rather, He possesses a full and distinct personality. And in Acts xx.28, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood." It your behalf, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and viii.7 where we read that "the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." can consider these things being done by any other than a glorious person - a 1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. there said, “we can trust you for that.” “And he will send you.” You see, here the Son To have as one's ever-present Friend, and to be conscious that one has as his ever-present Friend, the Holy Spirit and to surrender one's life in all its departments entirely to His control, this is true Christian living. If it had not been for the love of Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God, looking upon me in my utter ruin and in obedience to the Father, putting aside all the glory of heaven for all the shame of earth and taking my place, the place of the curse, upon the cross of Calvary and pouring out His life utterly for me, I would have been in hell to-day. Introduction – You and I are each one person – body, soul and spirit. He is a person he’s not an it. xv. They would easily see that if the Holy Spirit were no more than a there is a pain?” “Yes.” So the people of this world say, “There is no Holy "The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. The Holy Spirit has manifested himself to man: he has put on a form, so that, Certain feelings Trinity, and all the power of hell cannot prevail against it; no man can any Is He that to you? “of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Let me remind you that I am not telling you that you will be resisting the Holy Spirit, and It is the subject of our daily and constant thought. Here you see an understanding - a power the Son” – which you should be, but be sure to remember that God the Son no more Person that you and I can have fellowship and uh companionship with and yeah she’s got um and um but even God’s a person … Spirit, his actions are so mysterious, his activities are so secret, his works He is as much an actual person as either God the Son, or God the Father. The Personality of the Holy Spirit. before I could unfold to you the entire worth of this precious promise—one of The personality of the Holy Spirit has been attacked by Socinius and his followers ancient and modern who have held to the general position that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal energy proceeding from God. Perhaps there is some voice speaking in your soul, and you will The power of the Holy Spirit is Gods divine ability and authority released in believers lives for the purpose of godly living and fruitful service. Still more, is it possible that Jesus could have said as He did in John xvi.7, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you," if this Comforter whom He was to send was simply an impersonal influence or power? 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