Did Paul hate the Holy Spirit?

Have you ever noticed the times in his letters when Paul mentions the Father and Son but not the Spirit? For example, in 1 Corinthians 8:6 he says, “… there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” Does this mean that Paul thought that the Spirit isn’t fully divine, unequal to the Father and Son? No, it doesn’t. There are many places where Paul says or implies that the Spirit is fully God, including numerous times he mentions all three persons of the Trinity e.g. 1 Cor. 12:3-6, 2 Cor, 13:14. So why does Paul not always mention all three members of the Trinity? There are various reasons, including: that it would be tedious to ‘have to’ write all three every single time one is mentioned; because he makes it clear in various places that they are all fully God, he doesn’t have to mention all three every time — not mentioning all three doesn’t imply at all that the Spirit isn’t fully divine; at times he wants to focus on one or two members of the Trinity; many times in the New Testament Christ is focused on because that is what the Trinity wants – that the Son is glorified, and he in turn glorifies the Father e.g. 1 Cor. 15:24-28. You can’t properly read what Paul says about the Spirit and not be left in awe of the third person of the Trinity; you can’t understand what he says about the Spirit and not be overwhelmed with thankfulness, because it is the Spirit who is the ‘instrument’ of God’s work in this world. He is the one ‘here on earth’, he is the one who regenerates sinners’ hearts so they put their faith in Christ and repent; he is the one who applies the accomplishments of Christ on the cross to the lives of his people so we become increasingly into the image of the Son. So, no, Paul didn’t hate the Spirit: he loved it! So should we.

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