(c) Matthew28:29 ? ?baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit? <471314>2 Corinthians 13:14 ? ?the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all?; Jude 21 ? ?praying in the Holy Spirit keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.? <600101>1 Peter 1:1, 2 ? ?elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ? Yet it is noticeable in all these passages that there is no obtrusion of the Holy Spirit?s personality, as if he desired to draw attention to himself. The Holy Spirit shows not himself, but Christ. Like John the Baptist, he is a mere voice, and so is an example to Christian preachers, who are themselves ?made? sufficient as ministers? of the Spirit? ( <470306>2 Corinthians 3:6). His leading is therefore often unperceived; he so joins himself to us that we infer his presence only from the new and holy exercises of our own minds; he continues to work in us even when his presence is ignored and his purity is outraged by our sins.
That which searches, knows, speaks, testifies, reveals, convinces, commands, strives, moves, helps, guides, creates, recreates, sanctities, inspires, makes intercession, orders the affairs of the church, performs miracles, raises the dead ? cannot be a mere power, influence, efflux, or attribute of God, but must be a person.
<010102> Genesis 1:2, margin ? ?the Spirit of God was brooding upon the face of the waters?; 6:3 ? ?My Spirit shalt not strive with man for ever?
<421212> Luke 12:12 ? ?the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what ye ought to say?; <430308>John 3:8 ? ?born of the Spirit? ? here Bengel translates: ?the Spirit breathes where he wills, and thou hearest his voice? ? see also Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 166; 16:8 ? ?convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and ofjudgment?; <440204>Acts 2:4 ? ?the Spirit gave them utterance? 8:29 ? ?the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near?; 10:19, 20 ? ?the Spirit said unto him [Peter], Behold, three men seek thee? go with them ? for I have sent them?; 13:2 ? ?the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul?; 16:6, 7 ? ?forbidden of the Holy Spirit? Spirit of Jesus suffered them not?; <450811>Romans 8:11 ? ?give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit?:26 ? ?the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity? maketh intercession for us?; 15:19 ? ?in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit?;
<460210> 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11 ? ?the Spirit searcheth all things? things of
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