Pneumatology Lesson 4

In the 4th episode of our Pneumatology study, we dive into the divinity of the Holy Spirit.

The early church affirmed the divinity of the Holy Spirit as represented by this quote from Gregory of Nyssa in 378 AD.

What then is the charge they bring against us? They accuse us of profanity for entertaining lofty conceptions about the Holy Spirit.… We, for instance, confess that the Holy Spirit is of the same rank as the Father and the Son, so that there is no difference between them in anything, to be thought or named, that devotion can ascribe to a Divine nature.… But our opponents aver that He is a stranger to any vital communion with the Father and the Son; that by reason of an essential variation He is inferior to, and less than they in every point.… He is Divine, and absolutely good, and omnipotent, and wise, and glorious, and eternal; He is everything of this kind that can be named to raise our thoughts to the grandeur of His being.… He is Himself Goodness, and Wisdom, and Power, and Sanctification, and Righteousness, and Everlastingness, and Imperishability, and every name that is lofty, and elevating above other names.

Gregory of Nyssa

This attitude of the church was codified in the Nicene Creed.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

Nicene Creed

Scriptures Referenced in this Episode

Acts 28:25–27, Isaiah 6:8–10, Hebrews 10:15–17, Jeremiah 31:31–34, John 14:16–17, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Corinthians 2:10-12, Romans 8:27, Revelation 2:23, 1 Corinthians 2:10-12, Isaiah 40:13, Psalm 139:7, Job 33:4

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