In Romans 8:26 Paul compares the ministry of the Holy Spirit in helping Christians in their weakness to something he had written earlier. He uses the comparative adverb "hosautos." There is no consensus among interpreters as to the subject of the comparison. This article makes a proposal: Paul is comparing the Spirit’s ministry in verse 26 to the Spirit’s ministry in verse 16.
What are you to make of a Christian's claim that God led them to do something? This article considers what we are permitted to say concerning the leading of the Holy Spirit in our life.
The Holy Spirit and spirituality are two key aspects frequently noted in theological discussions. Wood finds it profitable to reconsider the approach of Martin Luther to these two themes in theology. He indicates the importance of the Holy Spirit in Luther's theology and the role of the Spirit in Luther's piety and experience of faith.
This article considers what it means to have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The Spirit works to build up the church, and provide his people with gifts for serving each other. The article ends with a summary of the Bible's teaching on how we are to live as temples of the Spirit.
This article describes the identity and activity of the Holy Spirit. It provides a number of Scripture texts that outline the activities of the Spirit.
What is the connection between the ascension of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost? The church fathers made use of the antithesis between descent and ascent, often found in Scripture, for their understanding of the relationship between Christ's ascension and the coming of the Spirit.
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the interpretation of Holy Scripture? This is a topic that is related to the contextualization of the gospel in new situations and cultures. According to Pinnock the work of the Spirit in illuminating the Scriptures is underemphasized in theological literature. He sees it as part of a proper hermeneutical theory. He offers a number of ideas to further the consideration of the topic.
Chapter 1 is a study about the person and work of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
How should we understand biblical texts that speak of development and struggle in the life of Jesus Christ? Luke 2:40, 52, for example, speak of Jesus growing and maturing, and increasing in favour with both God and man. Hebrews makes it clear that the dynamism of Christ’s life is essential to his role as the believer’s heavenly high priest (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 5:14-16).
Chapter 1 traces the work of the Holy Spirit empowering the leaders of Israel in the Old Testament. Leaders noted are Joseph (Genesis 39:1ff.), Bezalel (Exodus 35:1–39:43), Moses and the seventy elders (Numbers 11:1–35), Joshua (Numbers 27:15–23), Othniel, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson (Judges 3:1–16:31), Saul (1 Samuel 9:1–16:23), and David (1 Chronicles).
This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God.
This Introduction calls attention to current discussions about the sovereignty of the grace of God displayed in his effectual calling through the gospel and regeneration through the Holy Spirit (monergism). This monergism stands in direct opposition to synergistic views of salvation where man fully participates in his salvation.
This article looks at the deity and work of the Holy Spirit.
The work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the local church is that he creates the local church, animates it, brings order within it, and causes growth. These are principle taught from 1 Corinthians 12-1 Corinthians 14 on the work of the Holy Spirit in the local church. This is what the article explains.
"The fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22 appears to be a general allusion to Isaiah's promise that the Holy Spirit would bring about abundant fertility in the coming new age. Isaiah's repeated prophecies (especially Isaiah 32 and, above all, Isaiah 57) that in the new creation the Spirit would he the bearer of plentiful fruitfulness, are at the forefront of Paul's usage.
This article continues the argument that certain Old Testament and early Jewish references to a temple form the background for the Holy Spirit appearing as of fire and associated features in Acts 2. It examines a number of Old Testament citations in Acts 2 in order to determine whether or not they relate to a temple theme.
This article looks at the work of the Holy Spirit in the OT, in creation, individuals believers, and the people of God as a nation. It draws implications for the church today.
Without God's revelation of His truth, we would not know Him. In addition, man in his fallen nature cannot know God and he opposes God's truth. To know God as He is revealed in the word requires the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the preaching of the word is dependant upon the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit indwells the believer. What does this indwelling of the Spirit mean? This article shows that the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer is essential for the maintenance of the spiritual life, spiritual understanding, obedience to God, assurance of salvation and love for God. The Holy Spirit was working this in believers even in the Old Testament.
Is the Charismatic movement a gift of God to His church? Has God revisited His church with special gifts through the Charismatic movement? The author's answer is a big NO. The special gifts of the Holy Spirit must be understood in line with salvation history. God gave these gifts to authenticate the ministry of the apostles, not as signs of regeneration. Through the Spirit, Christ continues His work in His church through the ordinary means of grace.
What is true spirituality? True spirituality can only be found by listening to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks through His word, the Bible. Therefore, true spirituality should not be sought through a repetition of Pentecost. Pentecost should be understood in line with Christ's work; it cannot be repeated.
How is possible that one can lie against the Holy Spirit? This article affirms that to lie to office bearers as they do their work is to lie against the Holy Spirit. One lies to the Holy Spirit by lying to the church in general by failing to keep promises and vows (Acts 5:3-9). Awareness that this is lying against God and treasuring the work of the Spirit will keep one from committing these sins.
How is possible that one can sin against the Holy Spirit? This article discusses the sin of grieving the Spirit (Isaiah 63:10 and Ephesians 4:30). Grieving the Spirit occurs when one refuses to live a sanctified life. Secondly, the sin of resisting and quenching the Spirit as stated in Acts 7:51 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 is the refusal to believe in the gospel.
How is possible that one can sin against the Holy Spirit? Understanding who the Holy Spirit is is crucial to understanding how can one sin against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, and a distinct person within the Trinity. He works sanctification in those who believe. The nature of His person and work makes it possible to understand that one can sin against the Holy Spirit.
How is it possible that some people believe in Christ while others do not? This article answers this question by discussing how God’s revelation is a particular revelation. God reveals himself through Christ and the word particularly to those He wills to save. Through the Holy Spirit God gives understanding of the word to those whom He chooses.
This article is the first in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. It makes the assertion that the spiritual drought facing the church may be the result of neglecting biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit and His person. The author focuses here on the need for the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. In order for evangelism to be effective, it must be empowered by the Spirit.
This article is the third in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. It shows that preaching which is not aided by the Spirit will fail. The work of the Holy Spirit is needed both by the preacher and the listeners. Effective and edifying preaching comes only as a result of the Spirit working in the preacher and the listener.
This article is the fifth in a series on the work of the Holy Spirit. Here the author distinguishes between occasional and habitual filling with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit; however, by filling ourselves with God's word we create a channel to experience the filling of the Spirit. The article also discusses corporate worship in relation to being filled by the Spirit.
This article on the Apostles' Creed describes what Christians confess when they say that they believe in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God together with the Father and Son. In His work He draws attention to Christ, applies the work of Christ to believers, works to sanctify believers, and helps believers in their prayer.
This essay begins with a survey of the Old Testament background to the New Testament teaching on what it means to be filled with the Spirit. It next offers a detailed study of all the references in the New Testament to a filling with the Holy Spirit or a person being full of the Spirit. Detailed attention is given to Ephesians 5:18 and the relevant passages in the book of Acts.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit has a perfect coincidence of will and purpose. They have a covenant of redemption in which they made promises to one another, and in which their different tasks in salvation is distinguished but not separated. This article specifically also looks at the role of the Holy Spirit in the covenant of redemption.