Key Theme: God is faithful to His promises.
B1 Describe how Jesus's promise of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled.
B2 Explain the work of the Holy Spirit in believers.
B1 John 16:5-15
B2 Acts 2:1-24
B3 Ephesians 1:13-14
B4 Galatians 5:22-23
B1 Holy Spirit
C1 Who is He?
D1 God Acts 5:3-4
E1 Omnipresent Psalms 139:7-8
E2 Omniscient 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
E3 All other characteristics of God
D2 Person, not force or power
E1 Personality and Emotions
F1 Thinking and knowing 1 Corinthians 2:10
F2 Grieved Ephesians 4:30
E2 Has a will 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
E3 Prays for us Romans 8:26-27
D3 Seven spirits of God, that is, the sevenfold Spirit of God
E1 God the Holy Spirit is identified as the sevenfold Spirit of God in Revelation
E2 Most likely it refers to Holy Spirit being perfect and complete (the perfect, highest possible)
C2 What does He do?
D1 Indweller of Christians Romans 8:16, Galatians 4:6, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:13
D2 Teacher 1 John 2:27, Luke 12:12
D3 Convictor (the idea of convicting of sin, so the one who convicts/convinces) John 16:8, Acts 2:37
C3 Books on
D1 The Free Will Baptist Treatise Chapter 7 is the doctrinal statement on the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit
1. The Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the acts
and attributes of an intelligent being. He guides,86
knows,87 moves,88 gives information,89 commands,90
forbids91 sends forth,92 reproves,93 and can be sinned
2. The attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy
3. The works of God are ascribed to the Holy
Spirit: creation,95 inspiration,96 giving of life,97 and
4. The apostles assert that the Holy Spirit is Lord
From the foregoing, the conclusion is that the Holy
Spirit is in reality God and one with the Father in all
divine perfections. It has also been shown that Jesus
Christ is God—one with the Father. Then these three—
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are one God.
The truth of this doctrine is also proved from the
fact that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are
united in the authority by which believers are baptized;
and in the benedictions pronounced by the apostles,100
which are acts of the highest religious worship.101
E2 Supporting verses
86 John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he
will guide you into all truth.
87 1 Corinthians 2:11: Even so the things of God knoweth no
man, but the Spirit of God.
88 Genesis 1:2: And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of
the waters. Acts 8:39.
89 Acts 10:19: While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said
unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 1 Cor. 2:13; Acts 21:11;
90 Acts 13:2: The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and
Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
91 Acts 16:6: And were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach
the word in Asia.
92 Acts 13:4: So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost,
departed unto Seleucia.
93 John 16:8: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Gen. 6:3.
94 Mark 3:29: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy
Ghost hath never forgiveness. Isa. 63:10, Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30.
95 Job 33:4: The Spirit of God hath made me. Job 26:13; Psa.
96 2 Peter 1:21: Prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
97 1 Peter 3:18: Quickened by the Spirit. Rom. 8:11.
98 1 Corinthians 6:11: But ye are sanctified, but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
99 Isaiah 6:8, 9: I heard the voice of the Lord,...And he said, Go,
and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not. Acts 28:25,
26: Well spake the Holy Ghost...Go unto this people, and say,
Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand. Compare John 3:16
with Matt. 1:18.
100 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. 2 Cor. 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with
you all. 1 Pet. 1:2.
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER VII
Adopted July, 1979
Free Will Baptists understand the Bible teaches the following
facts: On the Day of Pentecost believers spoke in distinct foreign
languages which were readily understood by the nationalities present.164
18 TREATISE OF THE FAITH
Tongues were given as a special gift to the early church as only
one sign which confirms the witness of the Gospel to unbelievers.165
While tongues were bestowed by the sovereign will of God on
some believers, all did not speak with tongues.166 When this gift
was abused, it became a source of disturbance in the congregational
meetings. To eliminate confusion and correct the error, Paul set
particular guidelines for the Christian church to follow.167 The gift
of tongues was neither an evidence of the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, nor does it bring about sanctification.168
We believe that speaking in tongues as a visible sign of the baptism
of the Holy Spirit is an erroneous doctrine to be rejected. Any
implication of a "second work of grace" has never been tolerated in
our fellowship of churches, and will not be permitted.
We teach and preach the fullness of the Holy Spirit and heed the
scriptural admonition, "Be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all
things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus
165 1 Corinthians 14:1-40; Heb. 2:4.
166 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30.
167 1 Corinthians 14:18, 19, 23, 33.
168 1 Corinthians 12:13.
169 Ephesians 5:18b-20
E4 Also found in Chapter 10 on faith
D2 http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/the-divinity-of-the-holy-spirit (Roman Catholic but has some good points)
B2 John 16:5-15
C1 Jesus's message about leaving and returning to heaven.
E1 Jesus tells them that it is OK.
E2 You will be OK, because the Helper will come to you.
E3 Jesus is the sender.
E4 The church--the disciples at that point--will have the Helper with them.
C3 Holy Spirit
D2 Works in the world.
E1 Convicts the world, that is, all humans.
G1 This sin is of unbelief.
G2 They do not believe Jesus.
G1 Go to Father
G2 See Him no more.
H1 That is in this life.
H2 His return will be after they die.
G1 Ruler of this world
G2 Is the devil. (John 12:31, John 14:30
D3 Works with the disciples who have many things to learn yet. The Holy Spirit will
E2 Guide you into all truth
E3 He will convey the message of God to these disciples
D4 Glorifies Jesus
D5 Takes Jesus's message and declares it
D6 The Godhead shares all things. The Holy Spirit is the worker of it and the messenger of it.
B3 Acts 2:1-24
C1 Day of Pentecost
C2 A gathering of the early church
C3 A sudden event
C4 A sound of wind
C5 A symbol of fire on each head
C6 A real earthly language spoken by each person
C7 A crowd gathers
C8 A message given--a message of glorifying God
C9 A ridicule
C10 A preacher--Peter
D1 An announcement
D2 A clarification (we are not drunk with wine)
D3 A fulfillment of prophecy
D4 A quote (from the prophet)
D5 A statement of doctrine--whosoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
D6 An application--Jesus's life of miracles and other things that proved beyond any doubt that He is Messiah.
D7 A death--Jesus was killed. God know this and the plan of salvation was decreed beforehand.
D8 A resurrection