We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived,
possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect
(1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians
12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience
(Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John
16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial
with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians
12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-17).
We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine
will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity
in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written
revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).
We teach that while the active working and ministry of the Holy Spirit
has been a feature of every epoch, that the unique work of the Holy Spirit
in this age began at Pentecost, when He came from the Father as promised
by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building
of the Body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The
broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin,
of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and
transforming believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5;
2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign Agent
in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians
12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers
them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9;
2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13).
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles
and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s
revelation, the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Every believer possesses the
indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation,
and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with
(controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1
John 2:20, 27).
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church.
The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious
displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming
the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14;
Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the
bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and
that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning
days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating
the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to
be characteristic of the lives of believers throughout the entire Church
age (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12;