5. God the Holy Spirit

                      DOCTRINE  5.              G O D    THE    h o l y    s p i r i t                         


   God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ's life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth.


          Scriptures:       Genesis 1:1, 2;    --    Luke 1:35; 4:18;     --     2 Peter 1: 21;      --      2 Cor. 3:18;  

                                        Ephesians  4:11, 12;     --     John 14: 16-18, 26;      --      John 15: 26, 27;      --      John 16: 7-13

                                           Acts 10: 38;      Acts 1:8;


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It is not essential for us to be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Spirit is the Comforter, "the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father." It is plainly declared regarding the Holy Spirit that, in His work of guiding men into all truth, "He shall not speak of Himself." John 15: 26; 16:13.  {AA 51.3}

The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them. Men having fanciful views may bring together passages of Scripture and put a human construction on them, but the acceptance of these views will not strengthen the church. Regarding such mysteries, which are too deep for human understanding, silence is golden.  {AA 52.1}


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