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Exodus 31:1-5 “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.”
You may already know the context for the passages read earlier.
(Build and explain the context)
The building of the Tabernacle.
The specific details for:
God records very purposeful and detailed specifications to follow.
He records for us proper use and improper uses
Many times people have thought up great plans with great purpose; but need the skilled people that make it possible for the follow thru.
Place yourself in Moses shoes here:
God gives him the plans: Now get it done!
What makes it possible for a person to have the skills to build and craft all of these things for the Lord’s use?
Through the Holy Spirit!
Bezalel, son of Uri, of the tribe of Judah is filled with the Holy Spirit.
What does that bring to the job site?
Ability and Intelligence
Knowledge and all craftsmanship
Able to think up artistic designs
To work in Gold, Silver, Bronze
Cutting Stones
Carving Wood
To Work Every Craft!
This is just one example of how the Holy Spirit effects a soul and their life.
The Holy Spirit is 1/3 part of the Trinity, and everything about Him is no different from the Father, and Son.
We can read and see all through scripture and in our everyday lives:

His Divinity.

For us Divinity is better understood through understanding what Deity is.
“The term “Deity” means “divine character” or “nature” and is used of false gods as well as of the persons of the trinity. .. The expression “the deity of Christ” is much stronger than “the divinity of Christ,” probably because “divinity” is commonly applied to men and things. When used with the article, the resultant term “the Deity” becomes a designation of God the Supreme Being,... Hence, the term “deity,” when used with the article, is qualitative and somewhat personal in connotation.”
“The term “divinity” is much like “deity” in that it refers to divine character or nature.
But although it is used in connection with the persons of the trinity, it lacks the force of “deity.”
Before the controversy about the deity of Christ, Latin had only the general term divinitas. The Latin fathers coined the term deitas as a distinctive rendering of the Gk. theótēs, and employed it to express the “deity” of the persons of the trinity. They, as well as the Greek fathers, needed unique terms to combat the attempt to ascribe to the Son and the Spirit a reduced “divinity.” This distinctiveness is largely preserved in English, although there is a tendency for “divinity” and “deity” to merge in meaning.”
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised (A. Deity)
Men needed a term that could best express and define the character of God in the three persons.
The best expressive word is Deity!
The title used to describe God, requires proof that He is worthy of it.
How can you prove God is worthy to be ascribed the word: “Deity”?
We can find the validity in attributes that can only be given to God; and it begins with:


This is the quality of being all powerful.
We can find many places in scriptures where God the Father shows His power.
Are there places where you read of the Holy Spirit’s power?
It could begin at:
Genesis 1:2 “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
This passage has more when we understand how the Holy Spirit is described here.
Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
The Spirit is in these places described as “wind”

the Spirit of God Since the Hebrew word used here, ruach, can mean “spirit” or “wind,” this phrase can be translated “Spirit of God” or “wind from God” (or even “mighty wind”)

The wind of God - Holy Spirit - created the world from nothing - Ex Nihilio.
All of creation spoken into existence.
Interesting that the creative power of God is also the same wind that filled our lungs when the breath of life was given to us.
He has the power over life:
1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”
The Holy Spirit is a force of power that is over all and before all.
He reveals many times throughout scripture that He is all powerful.
With all power, it would be necessary to be:


This is an ability to be everywhere all at once!
The word isn’t found in the scriptures; but much like spiritual principals:
The definition is described through the Holy Spirit’s actions and interactions with creation and humans.
Psalm 139:7-10 “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”
Paul gives some very good questions for us to ponder:
Where shall we go from your spirit?
Where shall we flee from your presence?
You are present in both locations!
The Holy Spirit is always present everywhere all the time.
This is an attribute that only God can possess.
What is the “takeaway”?
This should provide comfort to every believer.
It provides the truth for whenever and wherever we are praying that the Lord hears us.
He knows what we are thinking, doing, and what we desire.
We can find comfort in believing in His presence everywhere; but the 2nd isn’t like the first.
2. We should understand it as a warning.
a. God Is everywhere all the time.
This means that He sees all and is present for everything.
i. Beware of our sinful choices: God is present!
The promise that God is always there for us, and with is through everything is a promise.
His presence makes it possible for protection and preservation.
He is everywhere and He is all powerful; but without the 3rd attribute it would be impossible for Him to be Deity.
He is:


This in the basic term is what would be described as: “all knowing”.
1 Corinthians 2:10-11 “these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
Only God can have all knowledge.
It is impossible for anyone to know everything that is going to happen and make plans to accommodate.
Job illustrates this in:
Job 37:14-17 ““Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know how God lays his command upon them and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine? Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge, you whose garments are hot when the earth is still because of the south wind?”
Hey Job: Could you figure out how to do all of this?
Let’s use a wedding as an Illustration:
How well could you plan a wedding?
There is the venue
Dress Attire
Marriage License
All Decorations.
That’s all right?
You can plan everything perfectly; but how will it get carried out?
The Venue is outside and it might rain.
Photographer is someones cousin trying to start a business.
Not enough food.
Cake falls
Bridesmaids dresses weren’t that color in the picture
Marriage license is good
Rings aren’t available
Pastor tries to be funny instead of officiating
Decorations aren't quite done yet
How can you plan and know exactly what is going to happen?
You can’t! You can’t see it all and possible know that the brides nephew lost the rings when he carried the pillow like a sparkler in his hand.
God can!
He knows all that will happen and follows through His plans perfectly!
It is more easily understood as His sovereignty.
Without His attributes He could not be Deity; yet because of His attributes His will is always done!
Know and believe that everything that God is allowing in your life, whether difficult or enlightening:
God is there, He knows what’s happening and He cares, and He is guiding you through it all.
The Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son.
The Spirit allows us to see:

His Nature.

He is described in:
Luke 24:49 “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.””
He is the:

Power of God

The promise for power from God to come is given.
What would this power do?
He would be that of a covering!
He would cover human weakness.
This covering would be an identifying mark for those who represent the Lord.
He is the spiritual garments for us to wear:
Romans 13:12 “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
He is our armor for protection and to hide behind that shines away the darkness.
Ephesians 4:24 “and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
He is God’s righteousness and holiness covering us, not our own.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
By faith we trust in the Lord’s sovereign plans for our lives, because He keeps us safe.
Colossians 3:10 “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
We are made new, our old is dead the new is here and growing.
The main picture of baptism to the World:
Our sin nature is dead, and we are raised to live in His holiness and righteousness.
His power sustains, protects, and changes us.
He seals our lives as a garment, hence the statements about putting on the new man.
His nature is also described as:


Genesis really makes the case for the Holy Spirit being the power of life by God’s breath.
Genesis 2:7 “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
In Genesis God initiates life into a vessel of clay.
Later the clay disobeys the creator and is broken.
In John God gives power to the vessels of clay for His purpose.
John 20:21-23 “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.””
They obey and the World is changed through their obedience.
The Spirit is the breath who is power.
The power if God that chooses to live in us.
You have the Spirit?
The breath that comes into your soul and cleanses you is power to rely on because you aren’t strong enough.
The title given to God in the spiritual form is:


The title we often hear isn’t one title, it is two different descriptions of God.
He is Holy!
Holiness is described as:

The quality of God that sets him utterly apart from his world, especially in terms of his purity and sanctity. The holiness of God is also manifested in the persons and work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Believers are called upon to become like God in his holiness.

He is a spirit!
a. A spirit is described in scriptures as:

In Scripture the innermost aspect of human nature. The three-fold division of spirit, soul and body is sometimes used to refer to this distinction between the physical and spiritual aspects of human existence.

The title Holy and Spirit together indicates both:
His Nature - Which is Holy and set-apart from anything unclean.
His Operations - Which is spiritual:
Dictionary of Bible Themes gives Him titles:
The Spirit of truth John 16:13
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
The Spirit of holiness Romans 1:4
“and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,”
The Spirit of life Romans 8:2
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
Spirit of glory 1 Peter 4:14
“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”
We can know the Holy Spirit by understanding His nature.
We can trust Him because we know and trust His nature.
Why do you trust what some people say to you more than others?
Because you know they are trustworthy. Their overall character has proven it to you.
How about the character of God?
If you have any human being that you could trust at all, why not more the perfect powerful God who’s nature has no failures of flaws?
Jesus’ human life is recorded in scripture for us. We can read of His personality and relate to Him because of it.
The Holy Spirit all through the Old Testament and the New Testament shows us:

His Personality.

The Holy Spirit (Aspects of Personality) A.W. Pink
A “person” is a living entity, endowed with understanding and will, being an intelligent and willing agent.
- Such is the Holy Spirit: all the elements which constitute personality are ascribed to and found in Him. “As the Father hath life in Himself, and the Son has life in Himself, so has the Holy Spirit: since He is the Author of natural and spiritual life to men, which He could not be unless He had life in Himself; and if He has life in Himself, He must subsist in Himself”
The Holy Spirit (Chapter I The Personality Of The Holy Spirit)
The personality of the Holy Spirit has been subject to denial and neglect through the centuries of the Christian church and is seldom understood by twentieth-century Christians.
The heretic Arius who stirred up a rebellion against the Scriptural teaching concerning the person of Christ and the person of the Holy Spirit denied the eternity of Christ and the personality of the Holy Spirit.
For him the Holy Spirit was only the “exerted energy of God” manifested in the created world.
While his view was repudiated at the Nicene Council in 325, it foreshadowed the defection from Scriptural teaching which was to follow.
Socinius and his followers in the sixteenth century held that the Holy Spirit was merely the eternally proceeding energy of God. This laid the foundation for modern Unitarianism.
Variations in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit have been many through the centuries, but in the main the great body of conservative and orthodox Christians have regarded the Holy Spirit as a Person according to the revelation given in the Scriptures.
Unitarianism is the heresy that says the only God is the creator God.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit aren’t equal with God they were inspired by Him.
“The spirit was inspired to writhe the Bible”
“Jesus was inspired to do and say all that He did”
This is like saying that each and every person that has ever lived and ever will are inspired by parents.
Each person has an individual personality which makes them who they are.
It is what sets them apart from everyone else.
God created each and every person different, yet similar.
This poses a question:
?What is it that constitutes a personality?

Intelligence, Will, and Existence.

But we’ll cover more of that next week.



The Holy Spirit Aspects of Personality

Personal properties are predicated of the Spirit. He is endowed with understanding or wisdom, which is the first inseparable property of an intelligent agent: “the Spirit searcheth all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10). Now to “search” is an act of understanding, and the Spirit is said to “search” because He “knoweth” (v. 11). He is endowed with will, which is the most eminently distinguishing property of a person: “All these things worketh that one and selfsame Spirit, dividing unto every man as He will” (1 Cor. 12:11)—how utterly meaningless would be such language were the Spirit only an influence or energy! He loves: “I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit” (Rom. 15:30)—how absurd would it be to speak of the “love of the Spirit” if the Spirit were nothing but an impersonal breath or abstract quality!


The Holy Spirit Chapter 2: The Personality of the Holy Spirit

We offer no apology, then, for devoting a separate chapter to the consideration of the personality of the Holy Spirit, for unless we have a right conception of His glorious being, it is impossible that we should entertain right thoughts about Him, and therefore impossible for us to render to Him that homage, love, confidence, and submission, which are His due. To the Christian who is given to realize that he owes to the personal operations of the Spirit every Divine influence exercised upon him from the first moment of regeneration until the final consummation in glory, it cannot be a matter of little importance for him to aspire after the fullest apprehension of Him that his finite faculties are capable of—yea, he will consider no effort too great to obtain spiritual views of Him to whose Divine grace and power the effectual means of his salvation through Christ are to be ascribed

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