Thursday, December 7, 2006

Systematic Theology Part 8

Pneumatology (Who is the Holy Spirit?) Listen here for part one and here for part 2

Pneumatology – Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit as a distinct person within the Godhead
True and full deity (Act 5:3-4, 2 Cor 3:17)
Co-equal with Father and the Son (Matt 28:19, 1 Cor 12:4-6, 2 Cor 13:14)
Personhood of the Spirit: He (John 15:26) Will (1 Cor 12:11) Power (Rom 15:13, Eph 3:16) Love Rom 15:30

Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
- in creating the world (Gen 1:1-2)
- in salvation of the OT elect (1 Pet 1:12)
- in anointing OT saints (Num 11:24-30)

Prophesy of the eschatological outpouring of the Spirit
Joel 2:28-32 the Spirit coming to the people of God once and for all
In order to anoint and empower for ministry (Act 1:6-8)

The coming of the Spirit and Pentecost
Fulfillment of Joel (Act 2:16-18, John 7:39)
The inauguration of the church (John 16:7-11)
The birth of the body of Christ (John 14:16-18)
Apostolic Sign and Wonders (Heb 2:3-4)

The Holy Spirit in Salvation
- regeneration (Titus 3:5)
- sealing of the Spirit (Eph 2:13)
- the baptism of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:13)
- the infilling of the Spirit (Eph 5:18)
- the Spirit will give life to our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11)

The Holy Spirit today
The cessation of the revelatory gifts/closing of the cannon (John 15:13, Jude 3)
The on going work of the Spirit through Word and Sacrament (2 Tim 4:2, John 6:63)
Prayer – in the Spirit/ the will of God (Jude 20, Rom 8:26,27)
The Spirit interceding for the saints (Rom 8:26)

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