Trad Poster:I dont understand the gift of the Holy Spirit to refer to the cleansing, or holiness, or sanctification of my spirit. I am aware that there those who do understand it thus, but in my opinion that is a misunderstanding. The Paraclete was promised by Jesus as a replacement of His presence. He told the disciples that it was to their advantage that this happen. How so? Because the Paraclete dwells within us
I tried to read Foy Wallaces book on the mission and medium of the Holy Spirit a year or so ago, and found myself unable to finish it. Im sorry to say this, but I actually felt that Wallaces position was blasphemous. I fear that in many cases we react so strongly against a patently false position that we miss the middle ground and end up on another extreme.
My sense is that many in the Churches of Christ are moving back towards that middle ground where we can accept the indwelling of the Spirit and appreciate Gods grace without being fearful that me may have neglected to pray for forgiveness of some particular sin just prior to death and yes, I have witnessed serious discussions of that particular mindset
The problem with lifting proof-texts is that it misses many clear statements which define only a Father God, Son in His post-resurrected state:
http://www.piney.com/Father.Son.Holy.Sp ... inity.html
When Jesus promised "another" Comforter that does not mean heteros or a different comforter. In John 14:18 Jesus said "I"
will come to you. Then the mutual indwelling of father-son in the obedient is also the abiding of the obedient IN father-son. Jesus was "allos" in that He was in his post-resurrection state. When the Spirit Lord appeared to Paul He said "I am Jesus of Nazareth."
Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven,
and to God the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
The Comfoter in John 14 is "Paraklete." In First John the name of the Paraklete is:
1John 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin,
.......we have an advocate
(paraklete) with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1John 2:3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
As you move toward the end of revelation the term "The Holy Spirit" gives way to the two-fold relationship in the salutations of One God the Father and One Lord:
1Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ
.......by the commandment of God our Saviour,
.......and Lord Jesus Christ,
which is our hope;
Peter made that clear on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
......that God hath made
that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
......both Lord and Christ.
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God,
....... and one mediator between God and men,
........the man Christ Jesus;
Historic churches of Christ are in agreement with the original trinitarian creeds which did not recognize "the Holy Spirit" along with the One God in Heaven and One Lord Jesus. The "three people" Godhead I believe was invented by H. Leo Boles in 1938.