by William Kelly 1906. It will presuppose the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity. Here the Holy Spirit took the place of Christ’s physical bodily presence, and instead, was sent to fill that void spiritually. . 1. 3) The co-ordinate rank and power that belong to Him equally with the Father and the Son prove His personality (Matt. He also proceeds from the Son. Extraordinary gifts were given to the church through the Old and New Testaments for service. One of the most comprehensive treatments of the New Testament witness to the Spirit is through the Apostle John and his letters. Assess the implications of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, his humanity is anointed as far as the actual supplies of gifts and graces are concerned, so that He has a necessary endowment for the function of His office. George Smeaton - The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament the Spirit of God is first introduced as the Creator of all things (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; 33:4). 9:2; 42:1; 44:3; 59:19-21; 61:1). The Holy Spirit Among Christians, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (“pneumatology”) does not usually actually receive a great deal of direct attention. Or where can I flee from Your presence?” Psalm 51:11 states, “Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 143:10 says, “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. The work of the Spirit in the anointing of Christ, according to His work in the Covenant of Grace, is of great importance. Isaiah sets forth a vivid picture of the Spirit in numerous passages (Isa. His view of Christ’s work and the application of it to the believer were defective. 2. The Arminian Articles and Opinions read, “No one is rejected from life nor from the means sufficient for it by an absolute antecedent decree,, so that the merit of Christ, calling, and all the gifts of the Spirit can be profitable to salvation for all, and truly are, unless they themselves by the abuse of these gifts pervert them to their own perdition; but to unbelief, to impiety, and to sins, a means and causes of damnation, no one is predestined.” In reaction to this synergistic error that finds no support in the Bible, the Synod of Dort fought for the Sovereign work of the Spirit in the following articles: In Head 3/4:8, “Nevertheless, all who are called through the gospel are called seriously. Psalm 95:7 and Heb. Here we find the filioque clause that was debated between the Eastern and Western Church. Even in the book of Judges we find God raising up supernaturally gifted men who were endowed with a special portion of the Spirit for service. Arianism is still active today through the Jehovah’s witnesses, and various other cults such as New Age have turned the Spirit into a force, such as the Manicheans of old. Acts 2:33 says, “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” This is where the actual mission of the Comforter is stated and is sent by the Messiah from His throne room to the Church organically binding together the whole Church to the Head. When we include theology and christology along with pneumatology, we… Ultimately they will be glorified. Even Joseph is said to have the Spirit of God in him when Pharaoh commented, “Can we find such a man as this – a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 10:13) although believers do not always arrest that opportunity to please God and rather, they grieve the Spirit. It is most helpful, then, to define the Spirit and arrive at the definition than to define “person” and suit the Scriptures to a man-made definition. Arius laid stress on the subordination of the Son and Spirit to the Father, and denied they were coequal. He … In general the doctrine is supported by the names and titles of the Holy Spirit, His identification and association with God, His procession and relation to the Holy Trinity, His divine attributes, and His many divine works. He disposes the mind to accept truth and to know what the Scriptures contain. He is the author of saving faith (2 Cor. But it does demonstrate that from early second century writings that the Holy Spirit occupied a place of prominence in theological literature. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; Doctrine of Man; Doctrine of Sin; Doctrine of Salvation; Doctrine of the Church; Doctrine of the Last Things; Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Computer Users: Place the cursor over the title to get a description of the book, click the title to go directly to WorldCat. 6) The way in which He is distinguished from His gifts proves His personality (1 Cor. In all cases, the mission of the church (to convert souls and proclaim the kingdom) and the primary relationship of the church to Christ (to worship God) have never changed. Adam attained originally what Christ would later replenish in some fallen men – the gift of the Spirit. The Church of Christ always had office bearers, and was never without office bearers though in different ages these offices differed in respect to their outward administrations. It evidenced itself in a desire for the restoration of light, life and holiness by the Holy Spirit. There are new books published every month. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. But the title Christ or Messiah was given to the Redeemer from the peculiar unction of the Spirit which was given to him by nature and degree. Even Proverbs 1:23 says, “Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.” Such a pouring out of the Spirit is not uncommon for those seeking truth. Computer Users: Place the cursor over the title to get a description of the book, click the title to go directly to WorldCat. The Spirit is given authorship of these gifts (Hebrews 2:4). There is one God or divine essence. The prophets themselves required the operation of the Spirit in order to fulfill their special duties as well as being carried along by the Holy Spirit to write the inspired Scriptures. Thomas Watson (1620-1686), Twenty Motives that Christ Might Have the Love of Your Hearts - by Rev. During the early old ages of the century. In the office of Mediator, in human flesh, the Lord Jesus received the unction of the Spirit. The Spirit is also the Christian’s seal and earnest (Eph. Those regenerated are then made new creatures (2 Cor. John 16:14 states, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” The Son is eternally generated from the Father, and hears what the Father commands and speaks. Christ’s cause on the earth is advanced through the Spirit, through individuals who are indwelt by the Spirit. The “Word of God” in Scripture refers to God, his philosophy or reason and also refers to his Son Jesus Christ (John 1:1, Colossians 3:16, John 1:14). Here is a summary of the sermon: Today, we will look at Pneumatology, the study of the Holy Spirit, to understand it deeply through 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. - by C. Matthew McMahon, Atonement and the Covenant of Grace - by Hugh Martin (1821-1885), Bio of Loraine Boettner - by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, Can You Really Tell a Tree By its Fruit? This work on the Holy Spirit, while not the easiest read, is very helpful. This is done by faith which involves the teaching of the Father (John 6:45), the drawing of the Son (John 12:32) and the life-giving power of the Spirit (John 6:63). The Spirit has personal characteristics. His maxim still stands, “Lord, command what Thou will, but grant to us what Thou commandest.”. Though the Spirit may have been more sparingly imparted, this never voided the same work of the Spirit in the Old Testament as in the New Testament (Num. 1. The second epoch of Greek theology and encompassing the Council of Ephesus (AD 431) there are statements that the Spirit proceeds from the Father only. This operation teaches that the first Person has life in Himself (John 5:26) and that the second and third Persons subsist and act from the first. 3:6). The Spirit is known as the Spirit of God (1 John 4:2), sent forth from God (1 John 4:3), providing powerful unction from the Holy One (1 John 2:20-27), the Spirit of truth (1 John 5:6), and the One who abides in us (1 John 3:24). In the New Testament the Spirit’s work is more clearly seen, but at no time was His work ever called into question. The people who were already confused started to disbelief the Doctrine and the Holy Spirit and one Bishop from Constantinople claimed that the Spirit is so a animal made subsidiary to the Son. Peter states, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).” The prophetic Spirit imparted a supernatural divine illumination in virtue of what the apostles and prophets understood fully and what they were commissioned to announce on behalf of God and Christ. These men continued the line of Reformation Theology that placed preeminence on the sovereign power of the regenerating work of the Spirit on the believer. This our Savior teaches in the parable of the sower (Matt. Understand the nature (the deity and personality) of the Holy Spirit. Systematizing the robust theology that has undergirded John MacArthur’s well-known preaching ministry for decades, this overview of basic Christian … Though solid teaching on the Holy Spirit abounded in the early church and its literature, so did the heresies. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PNEUMATOLOGY: THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT A PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. JAMES RAILEY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 800/THE 532 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (DIRECTED RESEARCH) BY Brian P. Roden Little Rock, AR April 2016 … Luther says, “We have need of the Spirit of Christ, without whom all our works are worthy of condemnation.” The Reformed Confessions echo these sentiments. They are part of the historical narrative of the Gospels. In our electronic age, more and more people are looking to add electronic books (ePubs, mobi and PDF formats) to their library – books from the Reformers and Puritans – in order to become a “digital puritan” themselves. During this time, the Spirit was seen as proceeding from the Father and the Son. The symbolic dove demonstrated the resting of the Spirit upon Him for the task (Isaiah 11:2). He defines what it is to be in the Spirit, or to be sanctified, that is, to have the Spirit of God dwelling in us. With the teachings of Christ, there are two main divisions about the Spirit, 1) those which describe the Spirit’s work in conversion, and 2) those which describe the Spirit’s work on the mind of the apostles and of the Church in general. For the Christian, the Spirit is also the Spirit of prayer (Eph. Nor is it strange when Christ says, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit (John 20:22).” This refers to the gifting of the Holy Spirit for service, in which the apostles would take up in Jerusalem. The best all around introduction to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is R.C. His Father’s will was to send the Holy Spirit in His name (John 14:26) and that the Spirit would be dispensed by His own hand. 4:6; 1 Cor. 13).” With other articles (3/4:10-13) they reinforce the same and condemned the doctrines of the Arminians as pestilential heresies and errors, overthrowing the Spirit’s sovereign work. 4) His appearance under a visible form at the baptism of Christ and on the day of Pentecost proves His personality. Since Adam forfeited the Spirit in the garden, it is now part of the history of redemption to gain back the Spirit by God’s gracious work through Christ and through the Spirit’s work on the heart. The Spirit anointed Him supremely for His official work (Matthew 3:11). The personal actions ascribed to Him abundantly prove his personality (John 14:26; 1 Cor. Take a moment to check out these solid, biblical Christ-glorifying works that will help you draw closer to the Savior. The same is applied to all the individuals since in the kernel of the truth, to be true is one and the same as to be, and to be is one and the same as to be great. Chrysostom, for instance, denied the correct order of regeneration then faith, and seemed to draw out a more Arminian teaching than anything else. 12:11). 8:9; Gal. - A Timeline of the Bible, Why All Should be Thankful - by William Cooper, Why NT Wright is NOT Reformed - by Rev. 3:17). However, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit by necessity relates closely to theological convictions concerning God (theology proper) and Jesus Christ (christology). The great fact of the incarnation of the Son in human flesh takes for granted that Christ’s manhood was immediately filled and led by the Spirit. 8:9), the Spirit of His Son (Gal. Since the fall, the plan of salvation has encompassed the replenishment of the defiled image of God by the operation of the Spirit upon wicked men who receive mercy through mediation. Errors still abound on the work of the Spirit as such writings as Junckheim in Germany (of which they never recovered from his combination of Pelagianism, Arminianism, Amyraldianism and Naturalism all rolled into one), and the Schleiermacher School (which is a refined sort of Sabellianism). Nevertheless, Classical Pentecostals claim that their view of Spirit baptism is based on Scripture, and that this doctrine was a normative part of the experience and teaching of the New Testament church. For the majority of Christian denominations, the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is the third person of the Trinity, the Triune God manifested as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each entity itself being God. These are adopted as sons, and are assured by the Spirit of their sovereign election (Rom. The Spirit applies the work of redemption to the individual in what theology calls regeneration. The Spirit inhabits the whole man and renews him (Romans 8:9). Many contemporary works about the Holy Spirit are focused solely on either promoting or refuting the excesses of the extreme charismatic movement, and so there is a need to examine what Scripture has to say on the subject from a different vantage point. 21 This ministry guarantees … Hosea 9:7 states that Hosea himself was a man of the Spirit. 5:17). x. 12:11). It will consist of two parts. In believers Paul notes that the Spirit is the Spirit of Grace (Heb. Abraham himself, called a prophet, had the Spirit indwelling him (Gen. 20:6). In the work of sanctification it is important to note the work of Christ for the Christian in comparison to the work of the Spirit in the Christian. However, the principal assailants of the deity of the Spirit were the Macedonians. The third degree of Christ’s unction is for His exaltation. Jesus said He would send another Comforter, which, if Christ is the first Comforter than that statement alone demonstrates the personality of mind, will and affections of another Comforter. Owen’s masterpiece, The Work of the Holy Spirit, is one of the best treatises in print on the subject. This means that believers are God’s inviolable property and known to be so by the Spirit dwelling in them. Some think that He is simply a force or a guide. This results in a Christian that is constantly becoming more and more Christ-like through the Holy Spirit’s illuminating, guiding, equipping, and empowering toward a life that reflects Christ-like character. He laid stress on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and wrote very acceptably On Grace and Free Will. The greatest event in all of history next to the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the giving of the Comforter by the Messiah. Men do not have the Spirit as fallen humans (Jude 19), and as a necessary consequence of that void, they are sensual and carnal (1 Cor. "The general doctrine of the Scriptures is that the Spirit is the executive of the Godhead. In terms of the coming of the Messiah, the forerunner, John the Baptist, was filled with the Spirit even from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15-17). Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from A Puritan's Mind, as well as coupons and our newest books published by Puritan Publications. The Church has a twofold function: 1) a holy society in the world maintaining a separation from the world for worship, and 2) a missionary institute with a view to propagate or extend the Gospel to them that are without (1 Peter 2:5; John 15:1-6). 5. Spiritual illumination of the believer is different than being carried along by the Spirit to confer a divine message. This was also part of His temptation in the wilderness where the Spirit drove Him there to be tested. The divine personality of the Spirit was not less known and not less recognized in the Old Testament in comparison to the New Testament. The Filling of the Holy Spirit: A key passage in this discussion is Ephesians 5:17-18 which reads, "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Now the enthroned Messiah seated at the right hand of God would send the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 41:38).” The blessing of Abraham and the promise of the Spirit were always bestowed upon all those that believed God and His promises. Understand the nature (the deity and personality) of the Holy Spirit. The addendum reads, “And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets.”. In terms of the procession of the Spirit, He proceeds from the Father and the Son. All matters pertaining to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit should, therefore, be of special interest to us who live in this age of special privilege. In terms of the historical nature of the Spirit’s work, the early fathers often did not set forth the best theology. The disciple will understand that the Holy Spirit is a person related to the godhead—He is God. As John 16:13 says, “for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”. He is placed in rank with the Father and the Son (such as at Christ’s baptism – Matthew 3:16), and the name of God is directly given to Him (Acts 5:3-4; cf. The Spirit of Christ animated the prophets and indwelt them as those speaking on behalf of God (1 Peter 1:11). All proceeds go to support A Puritan’s Mind. Sabellius believed that the Holy Spirit was merely a divine influence that was part of the three masks of God. The Spirit is not the Father and is not the Son, but distinct from both. They believed the Holy Spirit was a creature that derived its life from Christ. Systematic … Conferring divine revelation was officially binding upon the church, where divine illumination helps the believer understand the Word of God. And when such a time of testing was completed, Luke tells us that He returned with the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). In the fourth century it was Arianism that denied the Son and the Spirit as God, and instead, made the Son a created being and the Spirit a force. The Spirit is everywhere where He will be forever and will never be in any other place since He is infinite. This withdrawal of the Spirit is called “spiritual death (2 Cor. It should lead the Christian to, “Be filled with the Spirit (Eph. Such is the case with His carrying along the prophets to speak and write down the Word of God. History of the Pentecost The Classical Pentecostal doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit was first formulated at the turn of the twentieth century. Such blessings are announced as gifts to those that come and repent of their sins. Love is the principle here, and only through the power of the Spirit can there be true Christian love reflecting Christ (1 Cor.13). 10:29), the Spirit of Adoption (Rom. But who is this Spirit? 3:16; 1 John 4:13; Eph. The personality of the Spirit, then, may be placed under the following six categories: 1) 1. The Spirit proceeds from them both in order to speak what He hears the Son teach. A short summary of this paper. It is not until Augustine that we have a more biblical and exegetical understanding of salvation and election, and the application of this by the Holy Spirit. Oftentimes, the teaching of the Spirit surrounded discourses on living water (John 7:37-39). Thomas Doolittle (1630-1707), Utter Insanity - by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, What Can the Puritans Teach Us Today? 4:13). In this way we can extract a definition instead of creating one to overlay what men believe “person” should mean. Sproul’s The Mystery of the Holy Spirit. 3:7). Truths surrounding the Trinity and the person of the Holy Spirit are directly related. Mobile Users: Tap the title to get a description of the book, tap again to go directly to WorldCat. As the humanity was assumed in the hypostatic union (the union between the flesh and the divinity of the Son of God) the person of Christ was anointed by the Spirit so far as the call to the office was concerned. The New Testament Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. There are certainly a host of passages that deal with the work of the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament. 4. Though they did not change their minds on the subject, the formulated creeds of Christendom teach that the Spirit proceeded from both the Father and the Son. 4:6) and the Spirit of Him that raised up Christ from the dead (Rom 8:11). As such, the Holy Spirit is a person, not an “it.” 2. May this be a help to you. Take a moment to visit Puritan Publications (click the banner below) to find the biggest selection of rare puritan works updated in modern English in both print form and in multiple electronic forms. The Spirit teaches (John 14:26), guides (John 16:13), and glorifies Christ (John 16:14). When He offered Himself upon the cross as an oblation, He did this through the power of the Spirit. In all this, though, the Greeks and Latins were overwhelmed by the teachings of the Western Church by exegesis rather than just attempted human logic. He addresses those who walk after the Spirit, of whom we have to understand contrary things to the former. Ezekiel was extraordinarily involved in the Spirit’s prophetic work (Ezek. Even through the Old Testament the Holy Spirit was recognized as a divine Person. 8:16; 1 John 3:2). Augustine, in contrast to the British monk Pelagius who opposed sovereign grace, wrote vehemently against Pelagius for the truth. Doctrine of the Last Things Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Computer Users: Place the cursor over the title to get a description of the book, click the title to go directly to WorldCat. 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