(a) The Bible is not primarily a book of poetry, although there is poetry in it. It is more properly a book of history and law. Even if the methods of allegory were used by the Psalmists and the Prophets, we should not expect them largely to characterize the Gospels and Epistles; <461304>1 Corinthians 13:4 ? ?Love suffereth long, and is kind? ? is a rare instance in which Paul?s style takes on the form of poetry. Yet it is the Gospels and Epistles which most constantly represent the Holy Spirit as a person. ( <441038>Acts 10:38 ? ?God anointed him [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power? = anointed him with power and with power? <451513>Romans 15:13 ? ?abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit? = in the power of the power of God? 19 ? ?in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit? = in the power of the power of God? 1 Corinthians 4 ? ?demonstration of the Spirit and of power? demonstration of power and of power?
(b) <420135>Luke 1:35 ? ?the Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee?; 4:14 ? ?Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee?; <461204>1 Corinthians 12:4, 8, 11 ? after mention of the gifts of the Spirit, such as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues, all these are traced to the Spirit who bestows them: ?all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will.? Here is not only giving but giving discreetly, in the exercise of an independent will such as belongs to a person. <450826>Romans 8:26 ? ?the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us? ? must be interpreted, if the Holy Spirit is not a person distinct from the Father, as meaning that the Holy Spirit intercedes with himself.
The personality of? the Holy Spirit was virtually rejected by the Arians, as it has since been by Schleiermacher, and it has been positively denied by the Socinians? (E. G. Robinson). Gould, Bib. Theol. New Testament, 83, 96 ? ?The Twelve represent the Spirit as sent by the Son, who has been exalted that he may send this new power out of the heavens. Paul represents the Spirit as bringing to us the Christ. In the Spirit Christ dwells in us. The Spirit is the historic Jesus translated into terms of universal Spirit. Through the Spirit we are in Christ and Christ in us. The divine Indweller is to Paul alternately Christ and the Spirit. The Spirit is the divine principle incarnate in Jesus and explaining his preexistence
( <470317>2 Corinthians 3:17, 18). Jesus was an incarnation of the Spirit of God.?
This seeming identification of the Spirit with Christ is to be explained upon the ground, that the divine essence is common to both and permits the Father to dwell in and to work through the Son, and the Son to dwell
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