Spirit — His Person
The Holy Spirit is the third person
of the Trinity. Proceeding from the Father and the Son, He is one
with them, the eternal Godhead; equal in deity, majesty, and power.
He is God effective in Creation, in life, and in the church. The
Incarnation and ministry of Jesus Christ were accomplished by the
Holy Spirit. He continues to reveal, interpret, and glorify the Son.
Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
4:24 God is spirit, and his
worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
14:16-17 And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Counselor to be with you
forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him,
because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him,
for he lives with you and will be in you.
But the Counselor,
the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will
teach you all things and will remind you of everything I
have said to you.
15:26 "When the Counselor comes,
whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth
who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of
truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not
speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he
will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me
by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All
that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the
Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
Spirit — His Work in Salvation
The Holy Spirit is the administrator
of the salvation planned by the Father and provided by the Son’s
death, Resurrection, and Ascension. He is the effective agent in our
conviction, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. He is
our Lord’s ever-present self, indwelling, assuring, and enabling the
But I tell you the
truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go
away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I
will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the
world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and
God, who knows the
heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy
Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction
between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
You, however, are
controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if
the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have
the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
…because those who
are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did
not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by
him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies
with our spirit that we are God's children.
1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that
you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the
Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the
Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with
ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the
Because you are sons,
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit
who calls out, "Abba, Father."
Spirit — His Relation to the Church
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon
the church by the Father and the Son. He is the church’s life and
witnessing power. He bestows the love of God and makes real the
lordship of Jesus Christ in the believer so that both His gifts of
words and service may achieve the common good, and build and
increase the church. In relation to the world He is the Spirit of
truth, and His instrument is the Word of God.
Then Peter said, "Ananias,
how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have
lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of
the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you
before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money
at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing?
You have not lied to men but to God."
…because those who
are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
There are different
kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different
kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different
kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all
men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is
given for the common good.
2 Peter 1:21
For prophecy never
had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as
they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Taken from: The
Discipline of the Free Methodist Church of North America 2003