Who is the Holy Spirit or what is the Holy Spirit? Is it a force, an energy, a power, or is He a person? We can find out by reading the Bible.
Today is Trinity Sunday. We Christians worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the Persons nor dividing the substance. But how can this be? The Father is God.
The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son. The Father is not the Holy Spirit. The Son is not the Holy Spirit. There is exactly one God. Is this not an inconsistent set? But suppose we considered those ten, and any others that might be brought forward, and none of them yielded an internally consistent set.
Would that show that the doctrine is self-contradictory? No, because there might still be a construal on which they are consistent, but one which we have not stumbled upon, perhaps even one we will never stumble upon.
It depends on what you mean. Something could be unintelligible in itself, or unintelligible only for us.
What is unintelligible in the first sense has no coherent content; what is unintelligible in the second sense has a coherent content, but one which, given our cognitive limitations, we are incapable of grasping.
Trinitarianism would be falsified only if it were shown to be unintelligible in the first sense, but not if it is unintelligible only in the second. They mean instead that the limitations of our minds are such that, though it is perfectly consistent and intelligible in itself, we cannot adequately grasp it.
Hence even to show that no construal yet given of 1 - 7 yields a consistent set of sentences would not be to show either that the doctrine of the Trinity contains a self-contradiction, or that it is unintelligible in the sense in which skeptics say it is.
We would have such grounds if we had grounds to believe that the doctrine of the Trinity is true. For if it is true, then it must be logically consistent and intelligible in itself, even if not fully intelligible to us.
And our grounds for believing it to be true and thus consistent and intelligible would be even stronger if we had independent grounds for believing that it is exactly the sort of thing we should expect to find mysterious if it were true. As it happens, we have all of these further grounds.Essay / Theology Oneness Pentecostalism: An Analysis.
by Fred Sanders on May 3, Not Your Grandpa’s Anti-Trinitarianism. It is a disturbing fact that the most vigorous form of anti-trinitarianism currently on the market is to be found within the sphere of conservative evangelicalism.
His analysis of the Spirit's work upon some who are never regenerated but still wrought upon is very interesting and few authors ever touch this subject in our day. The Puritans called this the "Common Influences of the Spirit" and distinguished it from the Saving Influences of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the third, and perhaps the most misunderstood, member of the Triune God. When the topic of the Spirit surfaces the typical student of God's Word normally turn to Acts 2. This detailed analysis of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Fr.
William Saunders may be helpful to you in teaching the topic, which is found in the student handbook on pages – The article first explains why these qualities are called gifts, and then examines each one, supplying a scriptural.
The Holy Spirit's Illumination of Scripture - The Lord Jesus said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
by Alwyn York. Christianity - The Holy Trinity: The central Christian affirmations about God are condensed and focused in the classic doctrine of the Trinity, which has its ultimate foundation in the special religious experience of the Christians in the first communities.