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1. THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AFFIRMED BY HIS ATTRIBUTES.
The Characteristics of the Holy Spirit. Let us look at them.
I. The Holy Spirit Is Personal [Post October 4, 2018
II. The Holy Spirit Is Particular (Deity) [Post October 5, 2018]
III. The Divine Attributes of the Holy Spirit [Posts October 8, 9, 2018]
IV. 'The Procession of the Holy Spirit' [Posts October 10, 2018]
Welcome Back My Friends, as we continue to search the Scriptures to ascertain - 'Who' or 'What' is the Holy Spirit, since our 'first post' from the Devotions of Charles Haddon Spurgeon on 'The Holy Spirit', in which we saw through 'types', posted October 1, 2018; and then, 'An Overview of Subjects Regarding the Holy Spirit, Post 2, October 2, 2018. Going forward now, we will be digging deeper until all is posted. Draw near to Him, The Holy Spirit of God. To do so, first, we must ascertain - 'His Attributes'; His 'Characteristics'. Therefore, audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Before we move on to the 'topic', 'the Procession of the Holy Spirit', allow me to say one final thing about the affirmation of the 'Personality' of the Holy Spirit. HE IS REGARDED AS A PERSON BY THOSE WHO PLACE FAITH IN HIM.
Christians, including myself, who have an intelligent comprehension of truth regard the Holy Spirit as an object of faith. This is done unconsciously rather than deliberately, our relation to the Spirit effecting this response. It is in keeping with the baptismal formula mentioned in Matthew 28:19 where the Holy Spirit is associated on an equal basis with the Father and the Son, whose personality is generally accepted. Likewise the apostolic benediction as recorded in 2 Corinthians 13:14 indicates an equality in respect to personality of the members of the Trinity. According to the Scriptures, it is possible to sin against the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 63:10]; grieve Him [Ephesians 4:30]; reverence Him [Psalm 51:11]; and obey Him [Acts 10:19-21]. The experience of the Christian life and faith enters into these realities and affirms that it is most natural for Christians to regard the Holy Spirit as we would regard a person.
Now, we will determine when and where the Holy Spirit proceeds from, or 'the Procession of the Holy Spirit'. Can we, through the Holy Bible, prove that there is an 'eternal progression' of the Holy Spirit?
First in importance here is the relation of this doctrine to the deity of the Holy Spirit. If it can be proven that the Holy Spirit proceeded eternally from the Father and the Son, then, it is evident that the Holy Spirit is of the Essence of God and is God.
Why is this Important?
While the 'doctrine of procession' is more theological than Biblical, it is in harmony with the Scriptures as we will see, and is an important evidence for the deity of the Holy Spirit.
Introduction to the Teaching of the 'Procession of the Holy Spirit.'
The 'doctrine of procession' has to do with 'the being' and 'eternity' of the Holy Spirit in His relation to the Father and the Son. As a division of the doctrine of the Trinity, it affirms that the Holy Spirit is the 'Third Person of the Trinity', the same in substance and essence, and equal in power, eternity, and glory. The proper statement of the doctrine is 'that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, as the Son proceeds from the Father.'
First, we can find that it is 'a fact' of the 'procession of the Holy Spirit', which is based on Scripture and on inference.
For example, the early creeds of the Christian church gave attention to the proper statement of it. The Nicene Creed, for instance, states: “And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son together, is worshipped and glorified.” Then, further, the Athanasian Creed speaks of it more briefly, “The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.”
In more recent times, the Articles of the English Church state the doctrine: “The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.” The Westminster Confession of Faith has a similar statement: “In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.”
The abundant creedal evidence while not possessing the infallible inspiration of the Bible may be taken as conclusive proof that the large portion of evangelical Christendom accepts without question this doctrine. While the statements vary, the fact of the procession is clearly stated in all as being eternal and distinguished from generation. in time. The inference from John 15:26 is certainly that of an eternal relation. The most obvious difficulty with the view of the Greek Church is that the Holy Spirit is operative in the Old Testament, and the procession was then a fact (Psalm 104:30). The work of the Holy Spirit in creation and all subsequent operations involves the procession of the Spirit.
The very nature of procession points to its eternity. Procession like the eternal generation of Christ is not a matter of creation, commencement of existence, or analogous in any way with physical relationships common in the human realm. It proceeds rather from the very nature of the Godhead, being necessary to its existence. Without the Holy Spirit, the Godhead would not be what it is.
On our next post, we will continue the discussion on the 'progression of the Holy Spirit', looking at 'incarnation' and such as the relation of 'procession' versus 'generation'. Again, this 'topic' is important, for it is in harmony with the Scriptures as we will see, and is an important evidence for the deity of the Holy Spirit. Please stay tuned. Amen. Amen.
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