The Holy Spirit: Person Or Power? by Claude Thomas

Text: John 14:16-18

Title: "The Holy Spirit: Person or Power?"

I. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person

Application of the Text
There is a misconception that the Holy Spirit is not a person. The first misconception is that the
Holy Spirit cannot be a personality because the infinite cannot be a person. This position makes "God
in the image of man" rather than "man in the image of God."
The second misconception is that The Holy Spirit is not a personality but a power. This view
was first taught by Paul of Samasota in the third century A.D., and it was revived by Laelius and
Faustus Socinus about the time of the Reformation. Socianism is found in contemporary Christians who
empahsize the Holy Spirit as power or influence to be used rather than the Person to whom you
surrender and through whom you experience the power of God.
The third misconception is that the Holy Spirit is not personality but "it." This view is
encouraged by the translation of the Authorized Version. The Koine Greek word for spirit has a neuter
gender, and the Authorized Version translates the word "it" which is good grammar but misleading in
theological truth.
There is also a misconception t ...


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