The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)


 If one member of the Godhead has been neglected over the years, undoubtedly it has been the Holy Spirit.  There is much confusion and superstition in the minds of modern Christians and religionists concerning the person, purpose, ministry and work of the Holy Spirit.  To this day He remains the most controversial member of the Godhead, at least as concerns the exact relationship that He sustains to members of the church today.
In today’s world the human thought-range regarding the Holy Spirit runs all the way from total ignorance of His existence to exaggerated claims regarding what He is alleged to be currently doing.  Part of this confusion stems from a misconception of who the Spirit is.  The Holy Spirit is not a mysterious, delirious, nonsensical and irresistible force (or Ghost).  He is not an over-glorified “it” or some incomprehensible “thing.”
The Holy Spirit is a person like the Father and Son.  He possesses personality.  Personality in the modern mind is often associated only with human beings.  But personality is merely self-conscious and rational existence.  It is made up of three attributes: consciousness, character, and will.  The Spirit has the attributes of a person.  He may be resisted, grieved or blasphemed (Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30; Mark 3:28-29). He does the work of a person.  He speaks, guides, hears, teaches, and leads (John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:13; Rom. 8:14).  Also, He is everywhere referred to as a person.  The words, “He,” “His,” and “Him” are ascribed to the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 16:13).
When we perceive just a moment’s glimpse of the Holy Spirit’s vast work, there should be enough stimuli to move our spiritual senses to appreciate the Holy Spirit as we do God - the Father, and Jesus - the Son.  The Holy Spirit is mentioned 90 times in the Old Testament with 18 different designations applied to Him; and around 260 times in the New Testament with 39 different names or titles.  This age of grace is surely the dispensation of the ministration of the Spirit (cf. 2 Cor. 3:8).
The Holy Spirit is CO-ETERNAL with the Father and the Son as members of the Godhead (Acts 17:29).  He is a part of that Godhead (cf. Acts 5:3, 5).  There is no insignificant member of the Godhead, since God is the sum of His parts.  The Holy Spirit is not infinite in and of Himself anymore than the Father is of Himself or the Son is of Himself.  The infinity of God is tied to the sum of the attributes shared by the Godhead.
The Holy Spirit is CO-CREATOR of the world.  “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Gen. 1:2), and “...garnished the heavens” (Job 26:13).  The Holy Ghost is CO-CREATOR of the animal world.  “Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created” (Ps. 104:25-30).  The Spirit is the CO-CREATOR of beauty.  Job informs us that the Holy Spirit who garnished or beautified, made splendid the heavens (Job 26:13).
The Holy Spirit is CO-CREATOR of the church.  The first Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ marks the beginning of the church.  But the church did not begin until the Holy Spirit was sent to the apostles to inspire them to teach God’s message of salvation to the Pentecostians, which made the church possible (Acts 2:1-47).  This Holy Spirit baptism was never a command, but it was promised only to a few (cf. Acts 1:5; Acts 10).  It was a baptism which God Himself could perform directly upon the individual.
The Holy Spirit is CO-CREATOR of the Scriptures.  “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21; Eph. 6:17).  Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as “the finger of God” (Luke 11:20).  In Exodus 31:18 we also learn that the two tables of the testimony given to Moses were written with the finger of God (cf. Deut 9:10).
The Spirit is CO-CREATOR of Christ’s human body.  Christ’s birth was unlike all other births. He was conceived of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35), which makes Him sinless and divine.  As He was involved in the production of the son of God (in the virgin conception), the Holy Spirit is CO-CREATOR of our new birth and new nature (John 3:5).  We can become sons of God only as produced by the Holy Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13-14; Luke 8:11; Eph. 6:17).  We are to be immersed (baptized) into the name (by the authority) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
The Holy Spirit was the spiritual element given to some through the laying on of the apostles’s hands (Acts 8:17-18).  The gifts or miraculous abilities listed in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 could by the apostles be given to others.  The distribution of these gifts was always according to the will of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:11).
The Holy Spirit is promised to all those who obey Christ (Acts 2:38; 5:32; Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Cor. 1:22; 1 John 4:13). The Holy Spirit, as a seal and earnest, dwells in the heart of the faithful child of God (cf. Eph. 3:17).  He helps us when we pray (Rom. 8:26). May we ever exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25) and recognize, revere, and obey God-the Father, Christ-the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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