Affirmation: Holy Spirit (Westminster Confession)

The Westminster Confession of Faith, one of twelve statements of faith from our Book of Confessions, was developed between 1643 and 1649 to settle theological disputes between the English government and the Church of England. The confession below is adapted from the ninth chapter, “Of the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of life,
everywhere present.
By the Spirit the prophets were moved
to speak the Word of God.
The spirit regenerates us by grace,
convicts us of sin, moves us to repentance,
and persuades and enables us
to embrace Jesus Christ by faith.
By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,
all believers, being vitally united to Christ,
are thus united one to another in the Church,
which is his body.

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