August 2018 Newsletter - "Holy Spirit" by Timothy Cho
We are going to look at the biblical understanding and what the Early Church Fathers quoted about the Holy spirit. When we say ECF (Early Church Fathers), we are talking about the apostles (before 325 A.D) that carried the true apostolic traditions that were passed down to them by the Holy Apostles of Jesus Christ.
First, let’s observe what the Holy Spirit aka the Holy Ghost means.
The term Holy in Greek: Hagios (G40, Thayer’s Dict.): sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one, thing), saint. (G53) properly clean, that is, (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect: - chaste, clean, pure.
The term Holy in Hebrew: Qadash (H6942, Brown-Driver-Briggs Dict.): to be set apart, be consecrated, to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate, keep sacred
Apostle Paul states in 2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” And again in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
To be holy means we are set apart, consecrated, we have become a living sacrifice to God, blameless, clean, pure, innocence unto the Lord. This will only happen if our conscience is purified with the Word of the truth, the deeper meaning of the Word of God.
The term Spirit or Ghost in Greek: Pneuma (G4151, Strong’s Dict.) : a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, vital principle, mental disposition, or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind.
The term Spirit or Ghost in Hebrew: Ruach (H7307, Strong’s Dict) : wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being blast, breath, cool, courage, mind, spirit ([-ual]),
Genesis 2:7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” The Spirit is referring to the Spirit of God that is pure in the divine nature of God, which is the breath/spirit that Adam received when he was created.
What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? We will not put all the attributes due to limitation of this page in writing, but we give you an idea of what the Holy Spirit is supposed to do in our lives. Jesus stated in the book of John, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you,” (Joh 14:26). The key word here is the Spirit who is coming from the creator Himself to teach us all things of His kingdom and not of the things of this world.
Joh 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Jas 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
From these verses, we see that the Holy Spirit is used to transform us to His character and function by renewing our mind and by teaching us all things. All things are pertaining to the nature of the Kingdom of God
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Act 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Act 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
In the book of Acts, the 120 in the upper room received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Their minds were totally consumed by the fire of God. This is where we go through transformation. John 14:26 stated that Holy Spirit will teach all things. Here are the some of the attributes that the ECF say about how the Holy Spirit is to transform us. This St. Clement of Rome, who was a disciple of Peter. (57 AD)
Chap. XVIII. — David as an Example of Humility. 1.01.02 St. Clement – Corinthians - Ch 1-13
For, behold, Thou hast loved truth; the secret and hidden things of wisdom hast Thou shown me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; my bones, which have been humbled, shall exult. Turn away Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.39 Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and establish me by Thy governing Spirit. I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall be converted unto Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness,
The Holy spirit will impart:
- Love of the Truth (2 Thes 2:10)
- Hidden things of God, which is wisdom, and spiritual understanding of the Torah (Deu 29:29, 1 Cor 2:7)
- Healing and cleansing of our souls to become whiter than snow (Isa 1:18, Psa 51:7)
- The 12 fruits of the Spirit (not 9), which are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Gal 5:22), goodness, righteousness, truth (Eph 5:9), praise (Heb 13:15)
- Turn us away from sins and blot out all mine iniquities (Psa 65:3)
- Cleanse our heart (Heb 10:22)
- Renew the spirit, etc…
The Holy Spirit is our teacher and counselor, and He is here to transform us into the nature of our Father in Heaven. 1 Corinthians 2:10 says, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
In conclusion we have to ask ourselves, do we have the Holy Spirit? If we are confessing to be Christians, then Christians are to have His divine Spirit in us.
Blessings, Brother Timothy