When you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:
- Define the biblical terms for “spirit” and explain why these terms give an active account of the Holy Spirit.
- Explain how the Spirit is God’s capacity for humanity, his rule over humanity, and his command to humanity.
- Describe historical development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit with reference to the second ecumenical council.
- Describe how the Spirit is Spirit of the Word and not a spirit alien to the Word.
As you proceed through this lesson have the following question in mind.
Why is it important to receive our understanding of “spirit” from the biblical text rather than from personal intuition or popular accounts of encounter with God?