why we've grouped some questions around Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit may be one of the most misunderstood topics in the Bible. It can be understandably confusing especially since there are some questions raised in Holy Spirit studies that the Bible simply doesn’t answer. Nevertheless, we do know some things about this person of the Godhead.
There may be some that wonder if one can receive the Holy Spirit before being saved. This is a great question and one that deserves very careful study as it brings to the forefront at least a couple of commonly [more]Categories: Holy Spirit, SalvationTags: AD70, baptism, Holy Spirit, salvation
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.” This somewhat obscure statement occurs in Ephesians1 regarding the Holy Spirit. Understanding that this passage also speaks to something that the Holy Spirit does for the Christian today (e.g. seals), [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: definitions, God's character, Holy Spirit, obey, righteousness, sin
The Holy Spirit’s gift of tongues is often espoused in today’s evangelical world as a “stamp” of God’s approval on the individual. In some cases, as with Kenneth Copeland, the gift of tongues is their proof of anointing as a [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: apostles, false teachers, Holy Spirit, miracles, prophecy, special revelation, spiritual gifts, worship
It is believed by some that God’s word and the Holy Spirit are the same thing. Proponents of this idea are often rejecting the idea of a literal indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
God’s word and the Holy [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: Holy Spirit, Word of God
Frequently in the discussion about gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Bible’s command to pray in the Spirit3 will be brought up. The assumption here is that the few times the Bible actually talks about the Christian’s need to “pray [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: Holy Spirit, prayer, special revelation, spiritual gifts
The Holy Spirit can be a difficult topic to study. As a topic, it probably ranks as one of the most critical in applying a disciplined, Scripture interprets Scripture approach without Scripture weighting. The promise of the [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: AD70, apostles, baptism, calling on the Lord, definitions, Holy Spirit, Old Testament, special revelation, spiritual gifts
Before we attempt to understand the purpose for miracles, we should probably be clear about what a miracle actually is…at least according to Scripture. A good definition for Bible miracles would be, “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Holy SpiritTags: apostles, authority, Jesus, miracles, spiritual gifts
The idea of the Holy Spirit having a dwelling is well established in Scripture. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word “shekhinah” means dwelling or settling and culminates into this Jewish idea of “Divine Presence”. We [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: baptism, Holy Spirit, righteousness
The inward call versus the outward call. Many today distinguish these as two different types of Godly or heavenly ‘callings’. Dividing the spiritual callings found in scripture between an ‘inward call’ and an ‘outward call’ is perpetuated at least in [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Holy Spirit, Reformed/CalvinismTags: calling on the Lord, definitions, faith, gospel, grace, heart, Holy Spirit, obey, salvation, TULIP
Jesus teaches that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a sin that is unforgivable. The “unforgivable” aspect to this can be alarming and troubling. Undoubtedly, there’s no Christian that would want to be guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit!
Matthew [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: definitions, grace, Holy Spirit, salvation
Much is debated today about if miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit still exist. Sometimes blended with the “power of the Holy Spirit” in Scripture, the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit topic could be divided into two camps – [more]Categories: Bible Concepts, Holy SpiritTags: apostles, Holy Spirit, miracles, spiritual gifts
“It’s a miracle!” That’s an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn’t study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic [more]Categories: Authority, Bible Concepts, Catholicism, Holy Spirit, Jesus the SonTags: apostles, authority, Holy Spirit, miracles, prophets, spiritual gifts
Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn’t the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to “other” revelation.
“Other” could be other scriptural authority [more]Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy SpiritTags: authority, Bible, doctrine, false teaching, gospel, Holy Spirit, inspired, miracles, prophets, special revelation, spiritual gifts, truth, Word of God
Much is said about activity of the Holy Spirit today. In fact, in some Christian religious groups the primary emphasis of their message is the Holy Spirit – it is [more]Categories: Holy SpiritTags: Holy Spirit, miracles, prayer, salvation, spiritual gifts, Word of God
Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral — an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don’t take much stock [more]Categories: Authority, God the Father, Holy Spirit, WorshipTags: calling on the Lord, Holy Spirit, Word of God, worship
Being baptized with the Holy Spirit (aka Holy Spirit baptism) is a remarkably hot topic – often disputed among Christians today. And yet, there is little direct Scriptural reference to the explicit act of being “baptized with the Holy [more]Categories: Holy Spirit, The GodheadTags: apostles, baptism, definitions, doctrine, Holy Spirit, salvation, special revelation, spiritual gifts