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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit (“You talk with Him?!”)

Friends: I’ve been working on this book for a while. And you get to follow me in action! My plan is to work my way slowly — in these posts — through the chapters in this manuscript. I welcome your input and hope to have this published in the next few months.

“You talk with Him?!”

If the Holy Spirit is personal, we can — and should — speak with Him. He speaks to us through the Word of God. We speak to Him through prayer — targeted prayer that connects us with His various ministries.

But some may say, “I thought my primary attention is to be given to the Lord Jesus?” You are certainly correct. In fact, it is the Spirit’s role to bring glory to the Son (as we will see later). However, to say that Jesus deserves our primary attention does not mean that the Spirit should get no attention at all.

There is a fascinating verse in 2 Corinthians 13 that is wonderfully trinitarian in its expression. Paul prays, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” There aren’t many clear Trinitarian references that we may inflict, I mean, share with those who aren’t convinced of that doctrine, but this one is so direct!  We have the SON (“the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ”), the FATHER (“the love of God”), and the SPIRIT (“the fellowship of the Holy Spirit”). Have you ever asked, “How am I supposed to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit?” That question we will pursue more vigorously in our next post!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2021 in The Holy Spirit

 

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The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit (Introduction)

Friends: I’ve been working on this book for a while. And you get to follow me in action! My plan is to work my way slowly — in these posts — through the chapters in this manuscript. I welcome your input and hope to have this published in the next few months.

Introduction:

I’ve been interested in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit for a long time. My background isn’t charismatic or Pentecostal, but Brethren. And I don’t remember a lot of messages on God the Holy Spirit as I grew in my faith. I wrote my Ph.D dissertation of the Holy Spirit and also contributed a chapter on Him to a friend’s book on the Trinity.

I believe Christians often fall into one or two categories when it comes to the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. There are those who overlook Him and there are those who overemphasize Him. I want to strive for a biblical balance in my own life.

Would you say your background overlooked or overemphasized God the Holy Spirit? In our next post we’ll talk about why it is right to give appropriate attention to the Third Person of the Godhead.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2021 in The Holy Spirit

 

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Time for Yet Another Quote on the Holy Spirit from A.W. Tozer!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2021 in The Holy Spirit

 

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Time for Another Quote on the Holy Spirit from A.W. Tozer!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2021 in The Holy Spirit

 

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Time for a Great A.W. Tozer Quote . . . on the Holy Spirit!

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2021 in Holy Spirit

 

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My ISI Talk on Darby and His Pneumatology

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2021 in John Nelson Darby

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #21 “Eight Blessings of Belief” (A Study of Romans 5:1-5) Blessing #8

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 5 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

Here are the eight blessings that I see in this passage:

1. Justified through faith (v. 1)

2. Peace with God

3. Gained access into this grace (v. 2)

4. Boasting in the hope of the glory of God

5. Glory in our sufferings (vv. 3-4)

6. A hope that does not put us to shame (v. 5)

7. God’s love poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit

8. The Holy Spirit has been given to us

We will think about each of these blessings — one by one — in subsequent posts. Let’s consider the eighth blessing: THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US!

What an incredible gift! The Third Person of the Divine Trinity — the Spirit of God — has been given to us!  What does that mean? [I just finished producing four videos on the topic “Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit.” We will be posting those videos on this blog].

Pastor John Piper makes the point in his little book God Is the Gospel that when you trusted Christ, you got GOD! Here Paul makes the point that having been justified by the finished work of Christ, you and I got the Holy Spirit!

What a conclusion to this list of blessings here in Romans 5!

Thank God today for this incredible gift — the Holy Spirit Himself!

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2021 in Romans 5

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #20 “Eight Blessings of Belief” (A Study of Romans 5:1-5) Blessing #7

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 5 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

Here are the eight blessings that I see in this passage:

1. Justified through faith (v. 1)

2. Peace with God

3. Gained access into this grace (v. 2)

4. Boasting in the hope of the glory of God

5. Glory in our sufferings (vv. 3-4)

6. A hope that does not put us to shame (v. 5)

7. God’s love poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit

8. The Holy Spirit has been given to us

We will think about each of these blessings — one by one — in subsequent posts. Let’s consider the seventh blessing: GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED OUT INTO OUR HEARTS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

What a wonderful way of expressing the gospel! God’s LOVE. That was His motivation in sending His Son. And that love has been POURED OUT! Not doled out in small doses. But an abundant POURING OUT into our lives. And this is through the Holy Spirit. [I’ve been working on a series recently entitled “Developing a Biblical Relationship to God the Holy Spirit.” I’ll post those four videos in the near future.]

Thank the Lord today for the Holy Spirit’s action in pouring out the love of God into your heart. But ask yourself, “How can I show God’s love to people who haven’t experienced that ‘pouring out’?”

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2021 in Romans 5

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #11 “Two Reasons to Boast!” (A Study of Romans 5:1-5)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 5 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:

[You’ll forgive me for my notes on the passage (the bolding, the comment “It’s not a waste!”)? These are the first thoughts that hit me as I read the passage.]

Notice two points in this text:

(1) We boast in the hope of the glory of God (v. 2)

(2) We also glory in our sufferings (v. 3)

I’m not certain what the first statement means, but I want to focus on the second. “We glory in our sufferings.” WHAT?! Is Paul crazy? How could he say such a thing?!

This same Paul talks about his “thorn in the flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12 and actually says there that he “delights . . .  in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” (v. 10). But, notice please, I left out some critical words: “for Christ’s sake”! The Christian life is not pathological, but purposeful. Whatever we suffer — it is for Christ’s sake!

Here in Romans 5, Paul wants us to glory in our sufferings because —

(1) of what we KNOW — we know that suffering produces! Suffering is not worthless or a waste. It can be incredibly productive! It produces perseverance, character, and hope! And we could all use more of that trinity of qualities, right?

(2) of what we HOPE FOR — We are not “put to shame.” What does that mean? Put to shame about our suffering? We have HOPE that our suffering will make us more like Christ. And our assurance of that progress towards holiness is the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit who has poured out into our hearts the love of God. A gift worth everything!

 

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2020 in Romans 5

 

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Uploaded Video for My Kirkland Students — Pneumatology!

Friends: Due to the Coronavirus I am not allowed to meet face-to-face with my Kirkland cohort (many are lifers) for the next few weeks. I’m providing a couple of videos for them to watch. And you might like what I’ve done! This video is about 15 minutes long. Let me know what you think! Dr. D.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2020 in The Holy Spirit

 

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