The Personality of the Holy Spirit by Charles Haddon SpurgeonCharles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was Englands best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1854, just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 20, became pastor of Londons famed New Park Street Church (formerly pastored by the famous Baptist theologian John Gill). The congregation quickly outgrew their building, moved to Exeter Hall, then to Surrey Music Hall. In these venues Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000—all in the days before electronic amplification. In 1861 the congregation moved permanently to the newly constructed Metropolitan Tabernacle.
The Personality of the Holy Spirit
One evening when our oldest daughter Anna was in college, I, Mahesh, was suddenly overcome by a strong urge to pray. I did not know why, but I knew the Holy Spirit was alerting me and giving me this sense of urgency. I began to pray in the Spirit, and continued to pray for nearly three hours until I felt the inner prompting leave. I had no particular reason to make the request, but when she nodded without looking up, I told her a second time just to make sure she had heard me. Then I went to bed. It was the police department.
For various reasons, our daughter, Hannah, and our youngest son, Caleb, end up receiving quite a bit of our time and attention and it seems as if Joshua is just there back in the shadows. I think the same can be said of how most followers of Christ interact with the Trinity as well. In other words, a person thinks, feels, and make decisions. The Holy Spirit passes this three-fold test. Impersonal objects do not do the following:. The Holy Spirit gives new life to believers.
The Personality of the Holy Spirit. Torrey Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit Himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without first of all coming to know Him as a Person. It is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith, our love, and our entire surrender to Himself, or whether it is simply an influence emanating from God or a power or an illumination that God imparts to us. If the Holy Spirit is a person, and a Divine Person, and we do not know Him as such, then we are robbing a Divine Being of the worship and the faith and the love and the surrender to Himself which are His due.
Search verses, phrases, and topics e. John , Jesus faith love. Other Searches. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. One of the most characteristic and distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith is that of the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the personality of the Holy Spirit is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship.
He is certainly not merely an impersonal force for good in the world or some illuminating influence that imparts spiritual truth to our minds. He is someone who loves us deeply, who wants to be involved with every part of our lives and who wants to do the very best thing in us, with us and for us. He is one who is worthy of our adoration, respect, our faith, our worship and our love. Above all else He is worthy of the surrender of our wills to Him. The Holy Spirit has all the marks of personality. The Holy Spirit has knowledge. In the same way no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.