The Holy Spirit (Part 1)

The first thing we need to understand is that the Holy Spirit is not some mysterious "ghost" which flies around unseen, leading people to do and say things that are wholly in conflict with the Bible. Rather the Holy Spirit is a Divine Personality, just as God and Christ are Divine Personalities. The Holy Spirit is one of three in the Godhead, and is coexistent and co-eternal with God and Christ. The three are described in three different places in the New Testament. (Acts 17: 29 - Rom. 1: 20 - Col. 2: 9) Rom. 1: 20 says, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead..." and Col. 2: 9 says, "For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily".

Thus we see that God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit compose the Godhead, and that They have always existed. They worked together in the creation of the world and in creating mankind, just as they worked together in creating the New Testament age or dispensation. When the Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" the word "God" is plural in the Hebrew language, and this is clearly seen in the statement, "Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness:" (Gen.1: 26) So God was there, and the Holy Spirit was there-"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen. 1: 2) and Christ was there. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". (John 1: 1) Thus we can see that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Personality, the Same as God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, and that these three compose the Godhead.

The work of the Holy Spirit is primarily that of revelation and inspiration. The Bible is composed of two factors. First revelation; and second, inspiration. In 1Cor. 2 when Paul said, "We speak these things" it is revelation, and when he said, "Not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches", it is inspiration. The "THING" that God gave to those apostles was REVELATION. The "word" with which to express that thing to us was INSPIRATION. And it is VERBAL inspiration. The Bible then is REVELATION plus INSPIRATION. When God revealed it, it was revelation, and when inspired men spoke it and wrote it, not in their own words, but "in demonstration of the Spirit and of power" it was inspiration. The Bible therefore is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible word of God, inspired both in thought and in word. This is true of both the Old and New Testaments--The entire Bible. In this series of lessons I will be dealing mostly with the work of the Holy Spirit in the gospel dispensation, though in lesson number two I will deal briefly with His work under the Old Testament system.

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The Holy Spirit (Part 2)