were ready to be shown. See Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 10-25; Prof.
J. S. Gubelmann, Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in Old Testament Times. For proofs of the deity of the Holy Spirit, see Walker, Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; Hare, Mission of the Comforter; Parker, The Paraclete; Cardinal Manning, Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost; Dick, Lectures on Theology, 1:341-350. Further references will be given in connection with the proof of the Holy Spirit?s personality.
The passages, which seem to show that even in the Old Testament, there are three, who are implicitly recognized as God may be classed under four heads:
A. Passages which seem to teach plurality of some sort in the Godhead.
(a) The plural noun syhil? is employed, and that with a plural verb ? a use remarkable, when we consider that the singular la« was also in existence;
(b) God uses plural pronouns in speaking of himself;
(c) Jehovah distinguishes himself from Jehovah;
(d) a Son is ascribed to Jehovah;
(e) the Spirit of God is distinguished from God;
(f) there are a threefold ascription and a threefold benediction.
<012013> Genesis 20:13 ? ?God caused [plural] me to wander from my father?s house?; 35:7 ? ?built there an altar and called the place El-Beth- el; because there God was revealed [plural] unto him.?
<010126> Genesis 1:26 ? ?Let us make man in our image, after our likeness?; 3:22 ? ?Behold, the man is become as one of us?; 11:7 ? ?Come, let us go down, and there confound their language?; <230608>Isaiah 6:8 ? ?Whom shall I send, and who will go for us??
<011924> Genesis 19:24 ? ?Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven?; <280107>Hosea 1:7 ? ?I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by Jehovah, their God?; cf. <550118>2 Timothy 1:18 ? ?The Lord grant unto him to find mercy of the Lord in that day? ? though Ellicott here decides adversely to the Trinitarian reference.
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