What We Believe About...
The Holy Spirit
A) We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Tri-unity, though truly blessed and omnipresent in all eternity, manifested Himself by taking His rightful place in the world-in a special sense-on the day of Pentecost. He's the One who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, who baptizes all believers in the body of Christ (therefore uniting them in one body at the very moment a person believes in Christ), indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption
(John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30).
B) We believe He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all Christians to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:12-15; Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27; 1 Cor 2:13-14).
C) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer, and the Holy Spirit accomplishes His work in the world through the service and teaching gifts. The sign gifts of speaking in tongues and healing were unique to the apostolic period-as foundational gifts, which purpose served to confirm revelation and judgment of the Jews who rejected the Messiah-but were never designed as the common or necessary sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit or salvation. As foundational gifts that began the new period called the "church age," this doesn't mean God is inoperative today in working miracles. He's always working miracles in the lives of people. Nevertheless, the office of "apostleship" and "prophets" and accompanying gifts of this period are not operative today, because the foundation
(i.e., Scripture as the basis for all to believe) has been laid once-and-for-all. Furthermore, speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit, and delivering the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation
of our salvation in the future resurrection of the body at glorification
(Acts 4:8, 31; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 1:22; 13:8; 12:7-11; 14:21-23; 15;
Eph 2:20-21; 4:11-13; 1 Thess 4:13-5:11; 1 John 3:2).
D) The Holy Spirit never departs from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ. Though the Spirit permanently indwells all believers, Christians can grieve and quench the Spirit due to unconfessed sins (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:9). His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the church age (John 14:16-17; 16:12-15; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:22; 4:30; 2 Thess 2:7).