An odd teaching has been circulating around the church for a long time.
Renewalists (Pentecostals, Charismatics and Neo-Charismatics) have a robust and biblical pneumatology (doctrine of the Spirit). The church is a living organism, and the Spirit is guiding it. But the church is made up of individual believers. The Spirit works in them too.
The Spirit was given to Jesus without limit. We too can share in this anointing, but we have to follow Jesus, or else we might run out ahead of him and minister on our own.
Renewalists believe that the Spirit has the divine nature and attributes of God. This post summarizes Scripture references and has a summary table of the attributes that the Father, Son, and Spirit share.
He is a person, and not a “force” or an “influence.” He is a “he,” not an “it.” But what is a person, anyway?
They can also be considered the names of the Spirit. It is great for Renewalists (and everyone else) to experience him. They should. But do they really know him?
These images appear in Scripture, and they reveal the Spirit’s personhood. Images help us understand him better.
The New Covenant Scriptures take over these Scriptures in the Old Covenant. But we have a better covenant and we have more anointing and power and abiding presence than the Old Covenant believers did.
An attribute is also called a perfection. It is amazing. God can never improve or get worse. He is who he is, period.
Here is a list of the principal works referenced or used at this site. More will be added, so please check back.