The Theology of Jesus: Part 8 Pneumatology

02 Oct

Okay.  Okay.  I’ll confess.  I have a particular interest in the doctrine of the Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit.  I did my Ph.D. dissertation on “The Pneumatology of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882).”  I even wrote a chapter on the Holy Spirit entitled “The Other Comforter” or “The Forgotten God” (I don’t remember which) in the book edited by Jack Fish Understanding the Trinity.

In my preaching and teaching ministry, I encourage other believers to develop a relationship with God the Holy Spirit!  If He is personal, we can have a relationship with Him.  If He is God, we can worship Him.  This challenge is not meant to supercede our relationship with the Lord Jesus, of course, for the Spirit’s primary work is to glorify Christ!

In our experiment of asking how the teachings of the Lord Jesus fit into the ten categories of systematic theology (the doctrine of man, the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the church), we have covered several areas.  Let’s ask what the Lord Jesus taught about the Third Member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus had a great deal to say about God the Holy Spirit.  Let’s look briefly at His teaching in the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-16):

There is so much here in these three chapters!  Here’s what I learn about God the Holy Spirit:

1. We need “another advocate” (14:16).  He will help us and be with us forever.
2. He is called “the Spirit of truth” — and we need truth! (14:17).
3. We should not be surprised that “the world” cannot accept the Spirit for it has no relationship to Him (14:17).
4. The Spirit will have a specific teaching ministry to the disciples of reminding them of the truths of the Lord Jesus (14:26).
5. The Spirit’s “curriculum” is the Lord Jesus — “He will testify about me” (15:26).
6. There is an order to the working of the Triune God.  Jesus came to do the Father’s will.  He is returning to the Father and the Spirit is being sent to take Jesus’ place (16:7).
7.  The Spirit’s primary ministry to the world is that of conviction of sin (16:8-11).
8.  The Lord Jesus was not finished with what He wanted to teach the disciples.  The Spirit of truth will guide the disciples into all truth (16:13).
9.  The Spirit of God will not speak on His own, but only what He hears (from the Father and the Son) (16:13).
10.  He will glorify the Lord Jesus (16:14-15).

If I’m right that we should develop a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit, then we can talk to Him and ask Him for things.  One of His ministries is conviction of sin.  Write out a prayer today to the Holy Spirit, asking that He would bring conviction of sin to someone that you love. (to be continued)


Posted by on October 2, 2018 in the theology of Jesus


Tags: , , , ,

8 responses to “The Theology of Jesus: Part 8 Pneumatology

  1. wakemyear

    October 2, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Knowing the HOLY SPIRIT, the very mind of GOD, is within me and will bring JESUS words to my memory and tell me things to come by revealing things I’ve never picked up on as I read the Word of GOD is a real encouragement when I don’t understand. And when I am with one sharing the truth knowing that HE is also convicting that one gives me confidence. It so freeing to know that it is the HOLY SPIRIT who will do the convincing/ convicting my job is only to witness.

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 3, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thank you for your comment. I guess I read the book of Acts a bit differently. The apostles were committed to convincing others of the truth of the gospel. In the power of the Holy Spirit, of course. Blessings. Larry

  3. wakemyear

    October 4, 2018 at 1:03 am

    good point

  4. wakemyear

    October 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    But the job of the apostles was to lay the foundation of the church (Eph 2:20) and all are not apostles ( 1 Cor 12:28-29) within the body are many parts and a little finger is not to do the work of the mouth and nor the mouth the work of the little finger.

  5. Dr. Larry Dixon

    October 5, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I completely agree, Mrs. Manning. The apostolic period was unique, especially when it comes to the work of the Holy Spirit. Blessings. Larry

  6. Steve

    November 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Good stuff. That’s the section to go to if you want to learn about the Holy Spirit!

    Is your doctoral dissertation online?

    Your friend,

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      November 26, 2018 at 6:39 am

      Thank you, Steve. I’m in the process of trying to track down where my dissertation is stored. If I had a digital copy, I would send it to you! It used to be housed with University Microforms, but I believe they ceased to exist. You could contract Drew University if you wish. Blessings. Larry

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      November 27, 2018 at 4:28 am

      Steve: I’ve gotten further information of how you can obtain my dissertation if you want it. Drop me an email: Blessings. Larry


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: