The Work and Person of the Holy Spirit in John

Introduction             The Synoptic Gospels have little to say when considering the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In the Fourth Gospel, the Evangelist spends three chapters (John 14-16) teaching on the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of the believer. The Gospel of John may be criticized on its structure and genre, but it is beyond dispute that John demonstrates a deep understanding of the Old Testament.  The work contained in this paper will cover three sections the work, person and receiving of the Holy Spirit, and will emphasize Scriptural exegesis and application in order to help readers understand the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of the believer to convict of sin, glorify the person of Jesus, and transform believers into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Work of the Holy Spirit John 1:33: The Spirit descending as a Dove             The Holy Spirit descending on Jesus as a Dove is a sign of His divine anointing. “In the Synoptic Gospels, the descent of the Spirit as a dove was something Jesus Himself witnessed (Mt. 3:16), a symbol in tandem with the voice from heaven….Here in the Fourth Gospel, however, the dove assumes a different role: it identifies the Coming One to John the Baptist.”[1] John the Baptist had been told by God Himself who the...

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