What Is An Etymologist?

It’s a wordsmith or put more plainly a person who studies the origin of words and their usage. Scholars of language have enhanced our understanding of some Bible Truths.
Our English word “spirit” is derived from the Latin word “spiritus” which means “breath”. We find the appearance of this word in several words we frequently employ in conversation - aspire, perspire, expire, conspire, to name but a few.

The Sacred Scriptures are said to have been inspired (2 Timothy 3:16) “God breathed.” In Latin it’s “Deo spiritus,” in Greek “theopneustos.” In the creation account God breathed into man the breath of life. It is not without significance that the church of the Mystery is referred to as the “new man”, “new creation” or “spiritual man.” The Body of Christ phrase is used metaphorically by the apostles to the Gentiles. As God’s agent of the Mystery, Paul reminds his listeners that believers are baptised by the spirit into Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). The tiny word “in” is used more than 200 times in Paul’s epistles in relation to believers being in Christ. For example, “in Christ we are a new creation,” 2 Corinthians 5:17. The baptism of the Spirit identifies us with Christ our Lord. As a former Pentecostal Pastor I understand the misuse and abuse of the so called “second experience” so prevalent in “faith” churches across the globe. The vast majority of confessing Christians in the “experiential movements” are encouraged to receive a subsequent salvation experience labelled the Spirit baptism.

My “spiritual odyssey” was interrupted when I became a theological seminary lecturer or teacher of pneumatology (Doctrine of the Holy Spirit). My research exposed me to the transitional nature of the Book of Acts in terms of the Kingdom hope to Israel being postponed and the spiritual awakening of Saul of Tarsus and his revelation of the Mystery from the ascended Christ. It took me many years of struggle as I grappled with the truth of Scripture and the relevance of my personal experiences that I had ignorantly accredited to the Holy Spirit.

The Dispensational application of Bible interpretation and exegesis ignited an unquenchable zeal to study the Word Rightly Divided. The following thoughts may be helpful to Grace believers who are confronted with questions about our position in terms of the Holy Spirit.
I found subjective human experience to be unreliable because it’s a variable that is not consistent but objective truth as a constant is what I learnt to trust. The objective approach to Bible Truth espoused by BBS brings stability to believers. Consistency silences the critics and those of us on the foreign mission fields have found so much comfort in the ministry of BBS and the Berean Searchlight. The consistent and loyal commitment to correct Bible observation interpretation and application of BBS is so refreshing.

There are four significant verbs that Paul the Apostle used in connection with our relation to the Holy Spirit. We have been (past tense) baptised by the Spirit at the moment of our conversion. We have also been sealed, indwelt and born anew. These four verbs happened simultaneously when we believed. There is no subsequent experience that is required to become more spiritual. When I officiate at a wedding ceremony and declare the couple married, Miss Jones becomes Mrs Brown, she loses her single identity and takes on her husbands’ family name. The very minute I pronounce them husband and wife her status changes. If she owned property before the nuptials, according to the laws of our country, when married, she cannot sell the land without her husbands’ consent. There are four changes that occur simultaneously. Her name, status, responsibility and destiny, change forever. These four changes occur simultaneously in the same manner when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in the human citadel. Four irrevocable changes occur simultaneously. Spirituality has to do with our identity in Christ. It’s the residing presence of God’s Spirit within us that seals our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).

According to the Vines Greek Dictionary the term “guarantee of inheritance” is “arrabon” and the Greek word “arrabona” is “engagement ring.” The engagement ring is a promise of marriage. The Holy Spirit is given to us as a guarantee of our inheritance in Christ.

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