THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Joh 16:7-8) “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. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
We believe the Holy Spirit influences unbelievers by convicting them of sin and indwells believers to comfort, teach, and guide them; to illuminate and apply Scripture for them, to convict them of sin, and to empower them to be witness for Christ.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1Co 6:19)
“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.” (Joh 14:26)
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Ac 1:8)
The Holy Spirit is God and possesses the same attributes and nature ascribed to God.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Ps 139:7)
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1Co 2:12)
“Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” (Ps 104:30)
There is one permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit that occurs at the moment of salvation, but many temporary fillings of the Holy Spirit that occur as believers yield to Him.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Eph 1:13-14)
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph 5:18)
The Holy Spirit is the administrator of spiritual gifts that exalt Jesus Christ, evangelize unbelievers, and edify believers.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1Co 12:7-11)
The Holy Spirit does not engage in activities that exalt Himself or man.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (Joh 16:13-14)
The Holy Spirit does not impose upon or overpower individuals; He can be resisted, quenched, and grieved.
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” (Ac 7:51)
The “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” took place when the Holy Spirit first came to empower the church and indwell believers, and is not a “2nd work of grace”.
Tongues speaking and other phenomena are not Scriptural evidences of either salvation or a Spirit-filled life, but rather faith, surrender, obedience, and boldness in witness are Scriptural evidences.
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away” (1Co 13:8)
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mt 7:20)
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (Joh 14:15)