The Spirit In The Godhead Analysis

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1. Introduction

God is three, yet one. This unity of three persons of the same God is sometimes too difficult for our feeble and earthly minds to grasp. We cannot look at one aspect of God without seeing the others. It is always in the light of the Father and the Son that the work and person of the Holy Spirit is seen. I hope briefly to clarify the role of the Spirit within the Godhead and then show how he relates to mankind, more specifically believers in their receiving Him and in the role he plays in the lives of the believers.

2. The role and personhood of the spirit in the godhead

In the Apostles’ Creed we confess "I believe in the Holy Ghost…” this provokes the question: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Michael Reeves recently wrote a
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(1 Cor 2:10-11) In the Old Testament, God spoke through prophets and leaders of his people, but in the last days has revealed himself by his Son (2 Pt 2:20-21; Heb 1:1-2). The Spirit has the role of glorifying God and pointing to Jesus (Jn 16:14). It is always the Spirit’s role to stir our hearts that we will gaze more fully on Jesus and God the Father. He always makes little of himself but brings to our minds the words of Jesus. John puts it this way as he reports Jesus’ words: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you“ (Jn 14:26 unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the English Standard Version). I think that Packer sums this up beautifully when he says “The essence of the Holy Spirit’s ministry … is to mediate the presence of Jesus Christ” (2005:49). Reeves states that the Spirit gives himself to enable us to know and enjoy him and his fellowship with the Father and the Son”…show more content…
There is some controversy with regard to the baptism of the Holy Spirit (What is baptism in the Holy Spirit?), some state that is a later event based on the first few times the Spirit is given in the book of Acts (2:2-4; 10:44-48) but this doesn’t seem to be the standard method for believers to be filled since it is only mentioned a few times in the New Testament, yet many came to know and believe in Jesus. Pereira states that “Baptism with the Holy Spirit is essentially the placement of believers into the Body of Christ” (2013:35).

The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is the mark that they are indeed believers. Ephesians 1:13 declares “[all believers] … were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”. Jesus recommended that we ask God the Father for the Spirit in Luke 11 when he discoursed on prayer. In the Old Testament only certain Israelites were given the Spirit for specific roles such as leading God’s people, being a prophet or having special skills (Ex 35:31; Deut 34:9; Ju 15:14; 1 Sa 16:13; Ez 2:1). We find the fulfilment of Joel’s Prophecy in Acts 2 and now all believers can receive the Holy

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