When we approach the teaching of Scripture about the Holy Spirit, we understand that Scripture first teaches the doctrine of the trinity, there are three persons in the Godhead, yet only a singular “one” God. Monotheism is a definite teaching of both Christianity and Judaism. We worship God, and this worship is first studying God, learning of God, and then conforming our life to God’s character. But worship involves the very person of God, and here we must, absolutely must worship all three persons of the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
Our worship of God the Father is acknowledging that God’s will is superior to our own wills, and yielding our will and life to God’s will as shown in his commandments. We worship God the Son by understanding that Jesus became flesh, came to earth, lived and then died on the cross and was resurrected the third day. 50 days after his ascención back into heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to take his place. By believing specifically the death for us on the cross, and the resurrection, we are saved. We worship our Savior. We worship God the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, by means of changing our life, our moral character, into the holy way of living as shown to us by the Holy Spirit, and the example of Jesus the Son of God. We consider or call this our sanctification.
What does denying the Person of the Holy Spirit really “do”?
You will never worship the Holy Spirit fully as He should be worshipped if you deny him his person. Although he is intricately involved in the being of God, the Holy Spirit is as much a person and as much God, deity, as God the Father and as God the Son.
God is Spirit (John 4:24), and the only personal experience that we have with God is through God’s Holy Spirit.
Clarification of Terms
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit – This is the very act of God saving us. In the terminology of Scripture, God baptizes us in the Spirit of Holiness, so that as we are judicially freed from all guiltiness, Jesus carrying all that guiltiness on Himself on the Cross, so we are slowly freed from actual sin in our lives by the work of the Holy Spirit indwelling in us (which is called sanctification). “This baptism is the FIRST, not a second or later blessing (Acts 1:8, 2:38; Romans 8:10).” (dcstancil.com) See Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit – “The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent and cannot be repeated.
The Spirit enters at conversion and never “leaves or forsakes” us (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3).” (dcstancil.com) See Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The Filling of the Holy Spirit – “The fullness of the Holy Spirit is a variable and must be repeated day by day
(Ephesians 3:19, 5:18).” (dcstancil.com) The filling of the Spirit is a daily variable of how we relate (communion with) God based on our focusing our life at the moment on understanding and obeying God’s will via God’s Word and the revelation and convicting power of the Holy Spirit within us from God’s Word. See Filling of the Holy Spirit.
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- Torrey, R.A. – Person and Work of The Holy Spirit