Bible Study Outlines
Volume 1, Lesson 5
by C.I. Scofield
The Holy Spirit, Part I
His Personality and Deity
The importance to the believer of living in a right relationship with the Holy Spirit cannot be over estimated. Just as salvation is through Christ alone, so growth, blessing, victory and power are through the Holy Spirit. We live in the dispensation (a divinely ordered age) of the Spirit. It is, therefore, of supreme importance that we should know the teaching concerning Him.
- The Holy Spirit is a Person
The Holy Spirit is a Person and not a mere influence. This can be seen in every text with refers to Him.
The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; in the proper sense, deity
- The same words, implying personality, which are used of other persons, are used of the Spirit. Two well-known passages sufficiently illustrate this truth:
- Human beings are said to perform actions toward the Spirit which imply that He is a Person.
- The Holy Spirit is said to perform actions which would be impossible for something that is only a mere influence.
- John 3:6 - "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit"
- John 14:6 - "He shall teach you all things"
- Acts 8:29 - "The Spirit said unto Philip"
- Romans 8:26 - "The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us"
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- He is called God
- The Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the attributes of God: omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, holiness.
- He is represented as performing works possible only to deity.
All of the passages under the previous heading prove this truth.
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