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What we believe and teach: The Holy Spirit

16 January 2016

What we believe and teach: The Holy Spirit

holy-bibleJesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, said to His disciples that after His departure He would send the Holy Spirit to them from the Father. The Holy Spirit would abide with them forever, He would guide them into all truth, He would tell them things to come, He would teach them all things and bring to their remembrance all things that He had said to them, and He would convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. And shortly before He was received up into heaven, Jesus said to them: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you”. That is what happened a few days after His ascension, for Jesus, having received from the Father the promised Spirit, poured out the Spirit of God on His disciples. On that day (the day of Pentecost) the promise which the Father had made through the prophets of old and confirmed through Jesus Christ was fulfilled.

The Holy Spirit is a person and not a force, for He speaks, He teaches, He guides, He reveals hidden things, He can be grieved and resisted. He is eternal, good, righteous, and holy. He knows everything, He can do anything, and He is everywhere, therefore He is God. The Spirit gives His gifts to each one individually as He wills. We can call God ‘Father’ because the Holy Spirit, whom God sent forth into our hearts, cries out, ‘Abba, Father’. The Holy Spirit does another very important thing, that is to say, He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. In addition to this, He transforms us into the likeness of Christ because we who are sons of God were predestined to be conformed to the image of the Son of God, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men. But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, he is guilty of an eternal sin. The Holy Spirit is called also Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of Jesus, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of grace, Spirit of truth, and Spirit of adoption. We do not pray nor sing to the Holy Spirit, for we don’t want to go beyond what is written. (Giacinto Butindaro, from: http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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