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Genesis 1:26–28

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The Nicene Creed: “who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified...”

Pulling It Together: The Holy Spirit, like the Son and the Father, is by nature the eternal God. He is uncreated, existing from all eternity. He is an entirely different person from the Father and the Son, but he is not a different God than them. Instead, he is altogether equal to them in an undivided, eternal substance. That is what the faith teaches from the Holy Scriptures. We are not coming up with some strange, new interpretation of the Scripture but simply confessing what the Word of God says about the Holy Spirit.

As God, the Holy Spirit, along with the Father and the Son, is worshiped and honored by the one, true Church everywhere throughout time. This is the basic fabric of our faith; it is the skeleton of our creeds. Without all three persons of the Trinity, the cloth is rent, the structure does not hold together. The Scriptures teach the plurality of the One God since the time of Moses. We simply confess what has always been held by the Israel of God (Gal 6:16).

Prayer: Help me, Holy Spirit, not so much to comprehend as to believe and confess your word, so that I may in time, by your gracious will, come to understand the incomprehensible. Amen. 

I Am Who I Am is a six-week study that explores what it means to “not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exod 20:7), while at the same time trusting the promise in Christ that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

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