- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:20
3. THE DISTINCTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FROM THE FATHER AND THE SON Luke 3:21-22 — "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."
First Proposition: A clear distinction is drawn between Jesus Christ who was on the earth, the Father who spoke to him from heaven, and the Holy Spirit who descended in a bodily form as a dove upon Jesus. Matthew 28:19 — "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Second Proposition: A clear distinction is drawn between "the name of the Father" and "of the Son" and "of the Holy Ghost." John 14:16 — -"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever."
Third Proposition: A clear distinction is drawn between the Son who prays, the Father to whom He prays, and the "another Comforter" who is given in answer to the prayer. John 16:7 — "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."
Fourth Proposition: A clear distinction is drawn between Jesus who goes away and the Holy Spirit who comes to take His place. Acts 2:33 — "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear."
Fifth Proposition: A clear distinction is drawn between the Son, who is exalted to the right hand of the Father, and the Father Himself, and the Holy Spirit, who the Son receives from the Father and sheds upon the church.
Concluding Proposition: Again and again the Bible draws the clearest possible distinction between the Holy Spirit and the Father and the Son.
They are separate personalities, having mutual relations to one another, acting upon one another, speaking of or to one another, and they apply the pronouns of the second and third persons to one another.
It has been said that the doctrine of the Trinity is not taught in the Bible. It is true that it is not directly taught; but the doctrine of the Trinity is the putting together of truths that are taught. It is clearly taught in the Bible that there is but one God. It is also clearly taught that there are three divine per-sons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.