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December 8, 2007 / Daniel

Holy Spirit

Here’s part of my doctrinal statement for my theology class.  

I believe in the Holy Spirit, an eternal member of the Trinity, without beginning or end (Heb. 9:14). According to Scripture, the Holy Spirit has been sent to us by the Father and the Son to testify of Jesus (John: 14:26; 15:26). Although He willingly serves the Father and the Son, He is not subordinate. Rather He is fully God and completely equal to the Father and the Son (Matt. 3:13-17; 28:19; John 14:16-18; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14).

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  1. Matthew C / Dec 8 2007 11:57 am

    Does He proceed from the Father and the Son or just the Father?

  2. Daniel / Dec 8 2007 2:41 pm

    John 14:26

    But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

    John 15:26

    When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.

    If “proceeds” means sent, then He proceeds from the Father and the Son.

  3. Ken / Dec 10 2007 10:54 pm

    There is an important distinction between ontologic subordination and economic subordination. Orthodox trinitarianism has long maintained–appropriately–the co-equality and co-eternality of the three Persons. But there is a hierarchy of roles. The Father decrees, the Son accomplishes, and the Spirit applies. Both Son and Spirit subordinate themselves economically to the will of the Father, which it is their great pleasure to do.

    Furthermore, in the Bible’s statements that the Spirit testifies of Christ but not of himself we can see a form of voluntary subordination.

  4. Daniel / Dec 11 2007 2:21 am

    Ken,

    Good point. I tried to convey that with the phrase “although He willingly serves the Father and the Son…”

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