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Christ And The Holy Spirit. Introduction. This Week We

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CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
INTRODUCTION
This week we studied Pneumatology, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. It was an opportunity to learn about this unsung hero of the Trinity who, though ever present with us, we seldom mention or think of and often do not give the respect he merits. In this paper, we will address the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and how the Holy Spirit is involved in those events. We will also examine the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration and its impact on believers in the church.
SUMMARY
When Jesus ascended into heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to the church. (Lecture 3). He was returning to the Father, and he left the Holy Spirit here to help all humanity. While Jesus
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Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus remains the shepherd king for all creation. And it’s not only the Holy Spirit who is with everyone but the Father as well. In John 14:23 we hear, “ Jesus answered, ‘Whoever loves me will keep my word. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’” (CEB, emphasis added). This opportunity for Trinitarian indwelling is the reason Jesus told his disciples it would be to their advantage for him to go away. (John 16:7). (Morrison, 2007).
REGENERATIVE WORK The Holy Spirit gives life. It was he who breathed life into God’s creation and the beginning of time. He raised Jesus from the dead. He brings humanity regeneration by causing the hearts of man to have faith in Jesus. (Lecture 3). There are Biblical reference to this changed heart in Matthew 19:8, John 3:3, 5-7 and Titus 3:5. Regeneration is new birth. It is the Holy Spirit’s working within a person to change their sinful heart so that they can respond to God. (Bird, 2013). Regeneration/new birth through the Holy Spirit is referenced in Genesis 2:7 and John 20:22. “In both verses, the spirit that is inhaled is not completely exhaled but rather remains in the body to give new life to the recipient.” (Weissenrieder, 2014, p. 60). Perhaps Jesus’ breathing on the disciples is the answer to Nicodemus’ question as to how one can be born again after growing old! (Weissenrieder, 2014). The regeneration a person receives from the Holy Spirit is a new birth.
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