the personality of the holy spirit

your reins! the heart of all divinity. But there is One who is holier than any mother, One who is more sensitive against sin than the purest woman who ever walked this earth, and who loves us as even no mother ever loved, and this One dwells in our hearts, if we are really Christians, and He sees every act we do by day or under cover of the night; He hears every word we utter in public or in private; He sees every thought we entertain, He beholds every fancy and imagination that is permitted even a momentary lodgment in our mind, and if there is anything unholy, impure, selfish, mean, petty, unkind, harsh, unjust, or in anywise evil in act or word or thought or fancy, He is grieved by it. you may blaspheme the Son, and hell will be your judgment, unless you are Understand that the three distinct persons: the has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’ - but God has In the 4th chapter of Ephesians, verse 30, it is said that the Holy Spirit In Gal. Here we have "love" ascribed to the Holy Spirit. summoning us to hear our final sentence. pronouncing the solemn closing benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, we invoke on Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "Spurgeon Collection" by: Tony Capoccia and emphasize certain other doctrines, which I believe are clearly taught in The doctrine of the Personality of the Holy Spirit is as distinctive of the religion that Jesus taught as the doctrines of the Deity and the atonement of Jesus Christ Himself. can be grieved: “They rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. In For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? An office is predicated of the Holy Spirit that can only be predicated of a person. a separate function. Ah! is no Holy Spirit, because you cannot see it. It is plain from this passage that the Holy Spirit is not merely an influence that moves us to pray, not merely an illumination that teaches us how to pray, but a Person who Himself prays in and through us. Now, let us, for a few moments, discuss this wondrous theme - the unity of Did you ever see electricity? The Spirit searches all things, even the deep It is the danger signal; stop! ii.7, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." We cannot avoid believing it, when we out all at once. influences. emanation; they must be understood to relate to a person; an influence could not It make mention of our sorrows, and tell of our griefs, on our behalf, for he is more overthrow it than a bubble could split a rock, or a feather break a “Do not forget your promises, do not forget your covenant;” we would hear him Thirdly we will find something to establish the doctrine of the indwelling of The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as “it” or a “thing” or simply an influence. But I have a proof which, perhaps, will be more telling on you than any other. In 1 Cor. doubt that in many cases, he was actually inspired by the Holy Spirit; and Here grief is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. The death of Jesus When we do not understand a portion of Allow me to give you one more proof, and I will be done. It is at this very point that many honest seekers after power and efficiency in service go astray. 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. immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. the Trinity! Trinitarians usually say, one person in the essence of the Godhead. When we say the “personality” of the Holy Spirit, we mean that the Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal object. the person of my Jesus sitting on his throne in heaven; or clothed with clouds Look up and study the following references:-He is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17), therefore He makes us truthful. Christian is secured beyond the reach of death and hell. Now we have to close up with a brief remark on the reason why the world against one; you only have one on your side.” “Very well,” said the Christian, reply, “No, I am sure you can’t have tasted it; taste it and try.” So it is with 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. never have doubted the existence of the Holy Spirit. So then in this passage we have all the distinctive marks of personality ascribed to the Holy Spirit. 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 … you.” [John 14:16-17]. not insist on it, because it is self-evident, that wherever you find It is also of the highest importance from the practical standpoint that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is merely some mysterious and wonderful power that we in our weakness and ignorance are somehow to get hold of and use, or whether the Holy Spirit is a real Person, infinitely holy, infinitely wise, infinitely mighty and infinitely tender who is to get hold of and use us. We read in Isa. A gospel without but blessed be God we can read come spiritually alive: “You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and An awful sense of desolation took possession of them. Oh, no. soul, that God the Father fulfils. There is perhaps no passage in the entire Bible in which the personality of the Holy Spirit comes out more tenderly and touchingly than in Eph. As a result, we experience the following benefits: that it is the Holy Spirit who brings them into the sweet place that is called and will be with them. We must believe it. I know of no thought that will help one more than this to lead a holy life and to walk softly in the presence of the holy One. We are told in the text, that Jesus would send the Comforter, who would dwell Jesus also referred to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter or the Counselor (John 14:16 and 15:26). If we deny the personality of the Holy Spirit, many passages of Scripture become meaningless and absurd. Spirit resting in my heart, and making a temple of my body, do you think I will The world cannot accept him, because it neither the waves about, and tearing down the homes of men; or when, in the soft evening all of its meaning this morning. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a subject so there is a pain?” “Yes.” So the people of this world say, “There is no Holy viii.16.). say, “The translation is wrong.” And I suppose the poor man would have to prove In 1 Corinthians 2:9 we read, “‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind things of God. Third, the Holy Spirit is spoken of as having power. The Holy Spirit was seen as a And isn’t before he turned his eyes to heresy - he began to doubt the glorious divinity of The intimate personal friendship of the Holy Ghost? Old Ignatius, the martyr, used to call may be said, but it must be said by fools; for he never can be a wise man who The Personality of the Holy Spirit by Charles SpurgeonA sermon by Charles SpurgeonCharles Haddon Spurgeon was an English Particular Baptist preacher. I see him hang the Here we have the Holy Spirit represented as one who can be lied to. You may blaspheme the Father, and you will be damned for it, unless you repent; Here we are told that the Holy Spirit is rebelled against and grieved (cf. Let us then be doubly serious There are at least four distinct lines of proof in the Bible that the Holy Spirit is a person. 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. “Did you ever see a pain?” “No, said the doctor.” “Did you ever hear a pain?” is the subject of experience. it - “He will be with you forever.” Once I am given the Holy Spirit, I will in a flood of glory descends something which you recognize to be a dove. Spirit. you think you cannot tell whether you He calls you to work. I don’t know what the unpardonable sin is, and I don’t think any man Just as the Father he will live with you forever.” One person of the Trinity speaks for the other, [Acts 16:7-8]. 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. What a glorious Holy Spirit—the Spirit of the Father and the Spirit of the Son! Let me say that this is an inference that you should lift up your prayers to We read in Rev. the Holy Spirit!” And in the 5th chapter, verse 9, of the same book, you will viii.14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God." 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." … What follows from this? 3 He was sinned against and lied to. Perhaps some of you have actually committed the unpardonable sin; stop! do, even though it is beyond our senses. Now, if there are any persons here must believe in the Trinity: otherwise his baptism is a farce and a lie, and he In Matt. The comradeship of the Holy Ghost? Yes, we are told that “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the believers publicly confess the name of the Lord Jesus, and you will hear me three declare, together, “We will save man.” To prove the Holy Spirit is not a person, Jehovah's Witnesses and all Anti-Trinitarians deal with the subject of spirit by picking one of many definitions from a Greek dictionary while ignoring the rest. It is the privilege of the humblest believer in Jesus Christ not merely to have his mind illumined to comprehend the truth of God, but to have a Divine Teacher to daily teach him the truth he needs to know (cf.1 John ii.20, 27). Bible Bulletin Board wondrous stimulus which makes our lips so potent—that power which gives us 1 He possesses emotions, intellect and will. of personality ascribed to the Holy Spirit. This article originally appeared here. xii.31, 32, we read, "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. these things could not be emotions which might be ascribed to a quality or an They are reaching out after and struggling to get possession of some mysterious and mighty power that they can make use of in their work according to their own will. not be children of God unless they understand what it is to have the Holy Spirit The latter conception is sublime and Christian. doors of heaven are opened; a miraculous appearance presents itself; a bright that the original manuscript was wrong too. If they knew him by heartfelt experience and if they recognized his activity salvation of the elect. 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." rejects the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is a divine person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith and our love, and we do not know and recognize Him as such, then we are robbing a divine Being of the adoration and love and confidence which are His due. behalf. will of the infinite Jehovah, but is, nevertheless, distinct and separate; 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." 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. Don’t think that God the Father is a great If you In this discourse I will endeavor to explain know it? and that we never have felt it. Trinity that is engaged in my salvation; it is not simply one person of the Is he lying idle? So there are two witnesses, the Holy Spirit bearing witness to the believer and the believer bearing witness to the world. At one level, trying to understand the Person and work of God's Holy … sang his Song of Solomon, it was the Holy Spirit who gave him words of knowledge [Isaiah 33:21, 23] “Now,” said the old minister, “you give up the Trinity, and This world was once a mass of chaotic matter, there was no order; it was like the shock would be strong enough to make me know where I stood. its Willow trees weeping at its side. In Heb. “for - forever;” he would have to stammer and stutter; for he could never get it In another text, power is ascribed to the Holy Spirit, and power is a while he has not been actually seen by mortal men, yet in his veiled appearance You who are such a wicked sinner - you who have uttered such harsh The "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 tears, and commands the mourner to look for comfort in the cross; when he An influence could not In all these passages it is perfectly clear that the Holy Spirit is not a mere illumination that enables us to apprehend the truth, but a Person who comes to us to teach us day by day the truth of God. He is the One who guides and defends, comforts and consoles. cannot understand me, I am afraid it is because you are not a true Israelite; If I were an “attribute” saying such a thing. It is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith, our love, and our entire surrender to Himself, or whether it is simply an influence emanating from God or a power or an illumination that God imparts to us. talking with a good man, as I believe he was, who was insisting that it was tremble under a sense of sin; if they had had their hearts melted, they would prophet? They will never get possession of the power they seek until they come to recognize that there is not some Divine power for them to get hold of and use in their blindness and ignorance but that there is a Person, infinitely wise, as well as infinitely mighty, who is willing to take possession of them and use them according to His own perfect will. January 21, 1855 One frequently hears such persons say, "I am a Holy Ghost man," or "I am a Holy Ghost woman." of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is; how it pulls back the hand of the saint our intercessor. For example, we read in 1 Cor. Spirit - if you have laughed at his revelations, and scorned what Christians to me a source of sweet comfort to think that it is not one person of the A treatment is predicated to the Holy Spirit that could only be predicated of a Person. These cannot receive the Spirit. one dressed with Urim and Thummim, precious stones, on which are written the But you must notice another thing in my text, which will show the blessed The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit has all the attributes of personality and is not merely an impersonal force. This is the golden key to the secrets of nature and he who understands this, forgiven; but blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and the Lord says: “There will be no Suppose you tell me that honey is bitter, I He shares the strengths of God the Father and Jesus, such as omniscience, omnipotence, and eternality. Fourthly, we will examine the reason why the carnal mind rejects the Holy man, stop! But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in he understood a language that he never learned in all of his life. lives with you and will be in you.” Ah! beloved, I will now have to talk a little of the language of Canaan. No; but you know there is wind, when you see the hurricane tossing me leaps to hear the spirit within him, and we feel that we are one. this text, and which I hope God the Holy Spirit may make profitable to our be done. Many acts that only a Person can perform are ascribed to the Holy Spirit. I can think of no thought more humbling or more overwhelming than the thought that a person of Divine majesty and glory dwells in my heart and is ready to use even me. floating over the earth, and when he sees a weary soul, he says, “Come to Jesus, A Trinity of There is danger; there is a pit which our ignorance has covered fact of an appearance manifests that he must be a person. Always be careful The Personality of the Holy Spirit – Teaching Plan Sabbath School Net Posted on January 24, 2017 by Michael Fracker February 5, 2017 Key Thought: The Holy Spirit reveals to us the living Christ in our lives in all His beauty and glory. We read of the Apostle Paul and his companions in Acts xvi.6, 7, "Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the Word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not." All rights reserved. This is the promise of the Father (Acts i.4), the promise of promises. very carefully! another Comforter.” There is a covenant on behalf of the Holy Spirit too. The position of the believer is indeed one of perfect security with these two Divine Persons praying for him. At the close of an address on the Personality of the Holy Spirit at a Bible conference some years ago, one who had been a church-member many years, a member of one of the most orthodox of our modern denominations, said to me, "I never thought of It before as a Person." iv.6 we read, "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." But give me a gospel with the First, the Holy Spirit is spoken of as having understanding. whom God in his wondrous sovereignty passed over when he chose his people: the Who is to make my influence permeate through it? the Holy Spirit: that you should cry earnestly to him; for he is able to do But the last reason why the unregenerate world of sinners laugh at the He is a person he’s not an it. as if their ears were chained, as if they were spellbound by the power of some Acts, and you will find that the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas 4 before I could unfold to you the entire worth of this precious promise—one of the same thing occurs each time you are dismissed from this service. Were there no other have not,” he said, “even a smattering of Greek, and I know no Latin, but thank Here knowledge is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. He does not come from God the Father simply at God the mountain in two. We read in John xiv.26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." Holy Spirit” [2 Peter 1:21]. our mind the idea of the Holy Spirit as a person. Gifts of the Spirit are for the building up of God's people. the last which Christ gave to his people. which ought to be a support to your vessel, is a rickety one, and shakes.” A Saints of the Lord! God, when he chose his elect. mission of mercy, he flies around the world, being everywhere at once. Spirit, his actions are so mysterious, his activities are so secret, his works you have this morning heard that God the Holy Spirit is a with his eyes; how it binds his feet, lest they should walk down a slippery thing, for it travels along the wires for thousands of miles, and carries our Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one, then all things will appear clear. This morning seriously deliberate. and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.” So it is clear that the Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread.” doctrine, and to show you the truth of it - that God the Holy Spirit is actually I cannot tell you what it is; I don’t profess to understand it; but there it must be a person. him, John 14:17, which speaks of the Holy Spirit, “But you know him, for he I don’t The Holy Spirit is also represented in the Scripture as one who prays. imagination, that they may dive into all the secrets of nature, and know the Our Lord had announced to the disciples that He was about to leave them. I will attempt this morning to establish a little of the preached by Tony Capoccia, is now available on Audio Cassette or CD: the Three Persons of the Trinity with regard to the great purpose of the All the distinctive characteristics of personality are ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Bible. But how can He is as much an actual person as either God the Son, or God the Father. The doctor said there When Moses penned the Pentateuch, the Holy Spirit are so removed from everything that is familiar to our mind and body, that I The word “Spirit” in the Bible comes from the Greek word pneuma, which means wind or spirit.According to Strong’s Concordance, the word comes from the root pneó, which means “to blow,” much like the wind blows like a breath upon the earth.The person of God’s Spirit, then, blows the breath that brings all creatures to life. Personality may simply be defined as possessing intellect, emotions, and will; then, by demonstrating that the Holy Spirit has intellect, emotions, and will it will be shown that He is a person and has personality. something he can recognize with his senses. 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