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The same is true with our confessions. I would suggest that all of this fits in with the idea that the Spirit is revealed not simply as Spirit, but as the Spirit of Christ. His relationship to Christ is evident in Christ's sojourn on this earth.

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Christ's conception is through the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost Luke The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove after His baptism Matthew He is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil Luke He has the Spirit given Him without measure John In Christ's exaltation, He receives the "promise of the Holy Ghost" which, Peter explains, accounts for what is seen and heard at Pentecost -- for Jesus pours out of that Spirit upon the church Acts His function is, centrally, to reveal God through Christ: to apply His work, to guide in His Word, to protect the whole of the church of Jesus Christ.

Though Scripture does speak of the Spirit simply by that name "Holy Spirit" cf. Romans , or the "Spirit of God" cf Romans , it appears evident that the Holy Spirit in the church functions always as the Spirit of Christ.

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That is evident already at Pentecost. Peter calls the attention of the audience to the prophecy of Joel , The outpouring of the Spirit is the fulfillment of prophecy. But to explain this wonder of the outpoured Spirit, Peter sets forth the wonder of Christ's suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. He insists that, not the Spirit sheds Himself upon the people, but Christ "sheds forth this which ye now see and hear" Acts Pentecost, therefore, reveals the outpoured Spirit as the Spirit of Christ. This too, is suggested in that the Holy Ghost comes as a "gift" upon the child of God -- a gift of Christ Acts Further, that Holy Spirit bears witness of Christ.

His testimony is not about Himself or His work first, of all, but a testimony about the Son in the flesh. Jesus calls the Spirit, the "Spirit of truth" John , The truth which He expresses, is the truth concerning Christ John , "but when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeded from the Father, he shall testify of me. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.

All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you. It is by the power of that Spirit of Christ that the child of God recognizes and confesses Christ. Here too, the Spirit does not work to gain recognition for Himself, but for the Christ. Paul declares in I Corinthians , "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

In addition, the Spirit Who inspires the writers of Scripture infallibly, inspires them as the Spirit of Christ. Jesus promised also that in John , "Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is comes, he will guide you into all truth These wrote by the Spirit of Christ. It is true that we read in John , "But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. Yet it must be noted that in a sense, the Spirit of Christ worked also in the Old Dispensation as He guided holy men of old to write the Old Testament Scripture concerning the Christ.

In all of this, it is the Spirit Who testifies of the Christ. The Spirit, as the Spirit of Christ, both adopts and gives new birth. Again, in this, He functions clearly as the Spirit of Christ He is called the Spirit of adoption Romans , an adoption which means the redemption of the body Romans All of this is the work of the Spirit of Christ and is equated with "Christ being in you" Romans , Rebirth or regeneration is by that same Spirit of Christ John Concerning that life, Jesus says in John , "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father's hand.

Related to all the above is also the for want of a better term self-effacing character of the Holy Spirit presented in Scripture. This factor, too, is ignored, I believe, in Pentecostalism, Neo-Pentecostalism, or whenever improper emphasis is placed upon the Spirit. I do not wish to minimize the work of the Spirit. Yet it appears that Scripture reveals that the very function of the Spirit is to reveal and magnify Father and Son. Again, I remind you that though there are many references to the Spirit in Scripture, these are brief and serve not so much to emphasize the Person of the Spirit, as to reveal the wonder of God's work in Christ.

Perhaps the Netherlands Confession has this in mind when it says that "operations of the Holy Ghost are hidden and incomprehensible" Art. The Netherlands Confession, Article 11, states concerning the Spirit, "We believe and confess also, that the Holy Ghost, from eternity, proceeds from the Father and Son; and therefore neither is made, created, nor begotten, but only proceedeth from both; who in order is the third person of the Holy Trinity; of one and the same essence, majesty and glory with the father, and the Son: and therefore, is the true and eternal God, as the Holy Scriptures teach us.

That idea of procession, which is also Scriptural John , " He eternally will reveal the Father to the Son and the Son to the Father.

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He proceeds from both; and through Him there is fellowship aid communion within the Trinity. This same "self-effacement," if you will, is seen in His work in the Church. That already follows from the Scriptural truth that He is repeatedly called the "Spirit of Christ" and the "Comforter" whom I will send unto you. Again, Jesus declares in John , " For He shall not speak of himself ; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. His work is to apply that which Christ has merited so that the full benefits of the cross may be fully ours. In doing this, His task is, on the basis of Christ's work, to gather the members of' the body of Christ to the glory of God -- not to His own glory as Third Person. Secondly, bearing in mind what I have called this "self-effacing" character of the Spirit, we will not place the wrong emphasis upon His work within the church -- an emphasis which would serve to magnify the Spirit in distinction from Father or Son.

Again, in treating of the work of the Spirit, we are confronted with far more material than can be adequately presented in this paper. I can only touch on some of this. I would suggest that we can distinguish various areas in which the operation of the Spirit of Christ is evident. There is, first of all, the area of the Word of Christ and its faithful preaching. I believe that this aspect of the work of the Spirit of Christ ought to receive great emphasis. And He would "bring to remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you John ; cf.

With this, there is the fact that the Spirit sends forth the preaching of the Word and directs it that God's people may be gathered and strengthened in their faith. Through the Spirit of Christ, there would be sent forth preachers of the Word. The book of Acts, especially shows how that the Spirit of Christ directs the sending forth of the Word and the ministers of the Word to accomplish the purpose of Christ.

The Spirit directed Philip to join himself to the Ethiopian eunuch Acts The Spirit directed Peter to go to the house of Cornelius the centurian Acts ;. But what happened inwardly was far more important. The power of the Holy Spirit came upon him to equip him for the future God had for him. Why does God anoint us and empower us with His Holy Spirit? You are not limited by your own lack of skills or by your temperament.

As Jesus promised, "you will receive power," an enablement by the Spirit of God, to minister for the Lord beyond your natural capabilities. The anointing will enable you to share it with impact. Not only healing, but other gifts of the Holy Spirit begin to flow from the powerful anointing of the Spirit of God in your life.

All around you are people oppressed by sin, by sickness, by demonic attacks, etc.