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"Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, so that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope…. So that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost….and the preaching…of the mystery which was kept secret since the World began but…by the Scriptures is now being made known to all nations for faithful obedience." Romans 15:4 & 15:16 & 16:25-26.
"From childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture was breathed into by God [the Spirit], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction — so that the man of God may be…thoroughly equipped unto all good works." Second Timothy 3:15-17.
"We also have a more sure word of forthtelling, to which you do well to heed as unto a light that keeps on shining in a dark place — until the day dawns and the day-star rises in your hearts. Knowing this first, that no forthtelling of the Scripture is of any private interpretation! For the forthtelling did not come in olden time by the will of man. But holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Second Peter 1:19-21.
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit! But test the spirits, whether they are of God! Because many false-prophets have gone out into the World!" First John 4:1.
"When they shall say to you ‘Seek those who…squeak and mutter!’ — should a people not seek their God?…. To the Law and the Testimony! If they don’t speak according to this Word — it’s because there is no light in them…. Seek out the Book of the Lord, and read!… My Mouth has commanded, and His Spirit has gathered." Isaiah 8:19-20 & 35:16.
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1. The Holy Spirit’s Divinity
Let it be said at the outset that God the Holy Spirit and all His works are hugely bigger than thought to be by Pentecostalists and by Neo-Pentecostalists. The Spirit and His works are also much greater than even most Anti-Pentecostalists deem them to be.
For the Spirit is God. And God is in Heaven, while we are only on Earth. Therefore our words about Him should be few.1 Indeed, we should confine our words about Him. Basically, we should do so by but repeating His Own words about Himself.
Now the Holy Ghost is God Himself.2 He, the Holy Spirit, is the Third Person of the Triune God Jehovah Elohim.3 For this Third Person of the Trinity is the very Breath of the Word of God4 — the very Lord Who is Himself the Spirit.5 Only in a Spirit-ual way does the Father communicate with His Son or with mankind — and, indeed, precisely within history. Accordingly, if there is to be any communication at all between man and the Triune God, the Latter must be worshipped by the former — in Spirit.6 For God is Spirit. And the Spirit is Divine. Indeed, the Holy Ghost or Spirit — being God — is creative, omnipresent, omniscient, and eternal.7
Especially Hebrews 9:14 establishes the Spirit’s essence from all eternity past and unto all eternity future. As the Westminster Confession of Faith observes:8 "The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself, which He through the eternal Spirit once [and for all] offered up unto God — hath fully satisfied the justice of His Father. Hebrews 9:14."