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is a Spirit.
more, He is a Holy Spirit who leads, guides, convicts, directs, and comforts
the children of God.
| Although, the Holy Spirit
is referred to as the "third person" of the Trinity, no Baptist would argue
that the Father or the Son are not co-equal with Him. In fact, all
are One, therefore, equal.
Explaining the concept of
the Trinity in human terms has been determined to be an impossibility.
Rationalists may balk at the idea but those who put their trust in God's
perfect Word accept it without hesitation. Divine mysteries may not
line up with man's need to understand everything in a logical manner but,
then again, denying the obvious Biblical teaching of Trinitarianism is
one that one will have to take up with God. It seems that He insists
upon it, so any argument is mute.
Therefore, regarding the
Holy Spirit, it is He who leads people to a saving knowledge of the Lord
Jesus Christ. One might interpret that more mystically than the Scripture
clearly sets forth. For example, is it not the Spirit of God who
leads born-again believers to witness of their faith? Is it not He
who inspired the Scriptures, thus, challenging believers to go out and
declare the Gospel to every creature? Who is it that works in God's
people to direct their paths, guide their every day, and speak to them
with a "still small voice" when the leading is needed. None other,
than God's Holy Spirit!
Just how intimate is the
Holy Spirit of God in relationship to believers?
According to the Word of
God, it is He who deems each child of God as His temple (I Corinthians
3:16). Baptists have been forerunners in proclaiming this important
facet of the Spirit's ministry in regard to Christians who are responsible
for taking care of their bodies. After all, since our bodies are
His temple, how could we possibly begin to even think that God's Spirit
should be harbored within the confines of one that is dishonored, abused,
and allowed to combine with that which is unacceptable to the Father?
Conversely, some Baptists tend to go beyond this truth by enforcing moral
standards that are more akin to the legalism of the Pharisees. Thus,
the need to grow in grace and become mature in the Lord negates such tendencies.
Otherwise, learning how to move aside and let the Holy Spirit do His work
in the minds and souls of believers as contrasted to dictating what we
think God demands of believers becomes a challenge to those who struggle
with the temptation to find godliness in legalism.
God's Spirit is declared
to be a 'Counsellor' or 'Helper' (Latin: paracletus), who guides us in
the way of the truth. The 'Fruit of the Spirit' is the result of
those who lead a truly spiritually committed lifestyle. The Spirit
also gives gifts to Christians. The gifts claimed to still be active by
the Charismatics, such as prophecy, tongues, healing, and knowledge, are
believed by Baptists to have ceased once the New Testament canon of Scriptures
was completed. Thus, God's Word became the final and only revelation
of His will to man.
It is the Holy Spirit whom
Jesus promised to send as the "Comforter" (e.g. strengthener, fortifier)
in John 14:26. After his resurrection, Christ told his disciples
that they would be "baptized with the Holy Ghost", and would receive power
from Him (Acts 1:4-8). On the first Pentecost, Jesus' disciples were
gathered in Jerusalem when a mighty wind was heard and tongues of fire
appeared over their heads. A multilingual crowd heard the disciples
speaking, and each of them heard them speaking in his or her native language.
Therefore, contrary to the contemporary claims of the Pentecostals, this
gift was one where the language was understood by other men as contrasted
to their view that tongues are a kind of language understood only by the
Furthermore, the Spirit's
ministry also includes convicting men of sin, leading believers in their
pursuit of God's truth, and providing daily guidence for the children of
While those who prefer to
place their trust in the view that guardian angels protect and guide us,
Baptists have no doubt that the Bible would have us kick up that view a
notch by understanding that it is God Himself Who does all of that and
so much more for each of His children.
That's what the Bible says!
|Slippage Questions: The
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,
lest at any time we should let them slip." ~ Hebrews 2:1
|Does the church you attend teach the doctrine
of the Trinity or do they deny the Biblical doctrine regarding the Holy
Spirit of God?
|Do you understand that the Holy Spirit
indwells born-again believers, therefore, the more you commit yourself
to serve God, the more His Spirit can guide you to do His will?
|Does the church you attend emphasize the
Holy Spirit over God the Father and God the Son? If so, do you think
that doing so might lead to error, especially regarding the gifts of the
|Does the church you attend under-emphasize
the Holy Spirit as contrasted to God the Father and God the Son?
If so, do you think that doing so might result in not comprehending the
leading of God's Spirit?
|Are you clear on the teaching of spiritual
gifts or do you still believe that speaking in tongues and divine healing
are active gifts now that the full revelation of God's Word has been with
us for nineteen centuries; the resurgence of the belief in these gifts
being only of recent ?
|Can you point to a clear Scripture to
support everything you believe about the Holy Spirit or are your ideas
concerning Him based on what others have told you?