Analysis Of Pentecostal Theology And Spirituality Centers On The Person Of The Holy Spirit

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Pentecostal theology and spirituality centers on the person of the Holy Spirit—the one who is at work in the world drawing all of creation towards God’s glory. Furthermore, Pentecostalism is a relatively new branch of Christianity birthed in the 1900s when a man named William J. Seymour was baptized in with Holy Spirit and began preaching in a church on Azusa Street located in Los Angeles, California (Brand 50-51). What has ensued is a mass explosion across the globe in Pentecostal fervor and evangelism accompanied by signs and wonders paralleling the early church found in the book of Act. This paper is a brief explanation of the person of the Holy Spirit, his work in the New Testament period, the subsequent nature of Spirit baptism, the initial physical evidence, the purpose of speaking in tongues, the power of divine healing, the Spirit’s work in sanctification; followed by, the practical application of Holy Spirit power in everyday life.

Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Holy Trinity—which “the Trinity is a divine reality constituting three Persons in relationship” (Pinnock 30). The Spirit was active in the very beginning, before the world existed; as in Genesis 1:2, “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” The Spirit was “present and active in creation—in its inception, continuation and perfection” (Pinnock 53). Therefore, from the…

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