We teach each that the Holy Spirit is of one essence and substance with the Father and the Son in their Deity (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:34, 28:25-26; 2 Corinthians 13:14) and that He thus is a person (John 14:17, 15:26, 16:7-8) possessing all the perfection and attributes of God (Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 40:13-14; Romans 15:13) having the capacities of intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), will (1 Corinthians 12:11) and emotion (Ephesians 4:30). His work is evident in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35), the production of Scripture (2 Peter 1:20-21) and in the personal regeneration of every believer in Christ (John 3:5-7). Though the Holy Spirit has been omnipresent from all eternity, He came in a special sense and with unique purpose on the Day of Pentecost as promised by the Father (Acts 1:4) and by the Son (John 14:16-17, 15:26).
We teach that in this age certain well-defined ministries of the Spirit are in clear operation toward both believer and unbeliever, and that it is the obligation of every Christian to understand, adjust to and enjoy the ministry of the Spirit.
In relation to believers, the Holy Spirit came to Initiate the Body of Christ, the Church which was a Divine mystery until the Day of Pentecost (Ephesians 3:4-5, 9, 11) awaiting the coming of the Spirit (John 7:39) so that Jew and Gentile could both be made equal in the Church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:18, 24-27), to indwell the Church (Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 3:16) and the individual Christian (1 Corinthians 6:19). This individual indwelling is necessary to salvation (Romans 8:9) and provides eternal security (Ephesians 1:13), thus signifying a permanent residence within the believer (John 14:15-17).
He came to induce Christ-likeness in the believer’s life (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18) through His control (Ephesians 5:18), instruct Apostles in the complete truth (John 16:12-15; 14:25-26; 15:26; 1 John 2:20, 27; 1 Peter 1:12) which is now inscripturated in the Bible as the full and final revelation of the Spirit for this age (Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-17) and also came to impart gifts and graces to the believer for the work of the ministry (1 Corinthians 12:11) according to His sovereign will (1 Corinthians 12:11).
We teach that since the Church possesses all the truth in the Scriptures (John 16:12-15) that no further truth is either necessary or available, and thus that the gifts related to revelation and signs accrediting that apostolic revelation have ceased (2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:1-4; Ephesians 2:19-20). The only gifts in operation today are the non-revelatory gifts for the edification and equipping of the body (Romans 12:6-8).
In relation to unbelievers, the Holy Spirit came to bring conviction of sin (John 16:7-9; Romans 3:23), bring conviction of the necessary and freely available righteousness of God through faith in Christ (John 16:7-9; Romans 3:21-26), the only holy and righteous One (Acts 3:14), and bring conviction of judgement (John 16:7-9), and that God’s judgement on sin was suffered fully by Christ in His death on the cross (Romans 8:3-4). The Spirit further shows that if anyone does not take Christ as Saviour from coming judgement for sin, then Christ shall be the Judge of that one (John 5:22-23; Acts 17:31).