The Holy Spirit can be the one person of the Trinity that is difficult to wrap our mind around. In some churches he is ignored, while in others the Spirit is overemphasized. Fred Sanders joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and in the believer’s life.
The relation between the Father and the Son, by their very names, can be easier to understand than the relation of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son.
The Holy Spirit’s relationship to humanity is one of indwelling—he comes and lives in the hearts of believers.
The doctrine of inseparable operations teaches that any outward action of the Trinity involves all three persons of the Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Father, within the Trinity, is the source of both the Son and the Spirit.
Since the Holy Spirit lives in us and is never separate from the Father and the Son, they also dwell within us.
There may be things we know to be true about the Spirit that we haven’t yet experienced in our walk with God.
Our experience of the Holy Spirit must align with how he functions in scripture.
We cannot separate the Holy Spirit from the work of salvation. He isn’t something that comes after conversion but is actively involved in bringing a sinner to Christ.
Many in the church today seem to be looking for a visitation of the Spirit when they already have a habitation of the Spirit.
There is a danger of making either too much or too little of the Holy Spirit.
John 14:16, 23, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 16:8; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2; Genesis 1:2; Ephesians 3:16–17; Romans 8:9,15; Galatians 4:6; Acts 19:2; Romans 1:18–32
Fred Sanders is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a primary focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. Fred has taught in Torrey Honors College since 1999 and is an amateur historian of Biola's institutional history. He is co-founder of the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference and maintains an active internet presence via Twitter and blog. He and his family are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.