HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead and proceeds from the Father through the Son (Jn. 15:26).  He took part in the creation of the universe (Gen. 1:2; Job 33:4; Ps. 33:6).  He directed God’s servants in revealing the will of God to mankind (1 Pet. 1:10-11).  He is the author of the Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:20-21; Rev. 2 and 3).  In this age of grace He reproves the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (Jn. 16:8-11).  He restrains the progress of evil until God’s purposes are accomplished (2 Thess. 2:7).  He regenerates the penitent soul (Jn. 3:3,5), unites them by His baptism to the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), lives in the body of the believer, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 1 Cor. 6:19), gives the believer the assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:16), comforts (Jn. 14:16-17), teaches and guides the believer into all truth (Jn. 16:13).  He will sanctify the believer (2 Thess. 2:13), empower him for life and service (Eph. 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:1-4) and will quicken his mortal body (Rom. 8:11).

We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and miraculous healings were temporary.  We believe that speaking in tongues was never the necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that full deliverance of the body from sickness and death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection (Acts 4:8; Rom. 8:23).
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