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The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity
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The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity

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VII - The Holy Spirit Is God

  1. Equated with God: Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 3:17-18

  2. Has the incommunicable attributes of God
    1. Eternal: heb. 9:14
    2. Omnipresent: Psa. 139:7
    3. Omniscient: 1 Cor. 2:10-11

  3. Involved in all the works of God
    1. Creation: Gen. 1:2; Psa. 104:30
    2. Incarnation: Matt. 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35
    3. Resurrection: Rom. 1:4; 8:11
    4. Salvation: Rom. 8:1-27

  4. Is a person
    1. Has a name: Matt. 28:19; note that even though "name" might be used of a nonperson, here, in conjunction with the Father and the Son, it must be used of a person
    2. Is the "Helper"
      1. Is another Helper: John 14:16, cf. 1 John 2:1; note also that "Helper" (parakletos) was used in Greek always or almost always of persons
      2. Is sent in Jesus' name, to teach: John 14:26
      3. Will arrive, and then bear witness: John 15:26-27
      4. Is sent by Christ to convict of sin, will speak not on his own but on behalf of Christ, will glorify Christ, thus exhibiting humility: John 16:7-14
    3. Is the Holy Spirit, in contrast to unholy spirits: Mark 3:22-230, cf. Matt. 12:32; 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 John 3:24-4:6
    4. Speaks, is quoted as speaking: John 16:13; Acts 1:16; 8:29; 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 16:6; 20:23; 21:11: 28:25-27; 1 Tim. 4:1; Heb. 3:7-11; 10:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:11; Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13,22
    5. Can be lied to: Acts 5:3
    6. Can make decisions, judgments: Acts 15:28
    7. Intercedes for Christians with the Father: Rom. 8:26
    8. "Impersonal" language used of the Spirit paralled by language used of other persons
      1. The Holy Spirit as fire: Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; cf. Ex. 3:2-4; Deut. 4:24; 9:3; Heb. 12:29
      2. The Holy Spirit poured out: Acts 2:17, 33; cf. Isa. 53:12; Phil. 2:17; 2 Tim. 4:6
      3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit: Eph. 5:18, etc.; cf. Eph. 3:17, 19; 14:10



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