The Holy Spirit
Biblically, Christians have accepted the existence and work of the Holy Spirit as a full and equal person of the Godhead. Historically the Spirit has been neglected in study. Older theology texts dealt with the Spirit only as He was related to other topics: the Trinity, Christology, Salvation. The last century witnessed perhaps an overemphasis on the Spirit in some circles of Christendom. Certainly there should be biblical balance. Jesus said that the Spirit wouldn’t speak from Himself, in fact He wouldn’t be drawing attention to Himself but to Christ (John 16:13-15). In some locales, Christ takes a back seat to the “work” of the Spirit. Jesus also spoke to the Church in Sardis regarding the Spirit (Revelation 3:1-3). The Church had a reputation for being alive, but were in reality dead. It appears that they were neglecting the ministry of the Spirit in the life of individuals, and as a result, in the Church also.
The goal of these studies is to examine what the Scriptures reveal about the Holy Spirit. Who is He? What has He done? What is He doing? It is crucial that we understand what the Spirit is doing in the world and in the Church today. These studies will especially note the distinctions between the Spirit’s work in the past and future, from His work in the present. He is always the same Spirit, therefore, we will see similarities. If we pay attention, we will also see some keen distinctions, necessary for truly enjoying the Spirit’s work in our lives today.
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