BESTOWALS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
In our first essay we discussed Holy Spirit baptism as received by the apostles (including the apostle Paul) and the household of Cornelius and the purpose of Holy Spirit baptism in those instances. In our second essay we discussed the impartation of the Holy Spirit to various members of the first century church by the laying on of the apostles’ hands and the purpose of these bestowals.
But what about today? Do Christians today have the Holy Spirit? If so, for what purpose(s)? Continue reading
BESTOWALS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
As was pointed out last week, a careful study of the New Testament reveals that the Holy Spirit was bestowed or imparted to different people, at different times, in different ways, for different purposes. We learned that the apostles (Jews) and the family of Cornelius (Gentiles) were baptized with the Holy Spirit. By implication, we concluded that the apostle Paul also received Holy Spirit baptism. These are the only instances of Holy Spirit baptism found in scripture. Holy Spirit baptism was neither commanded, nor could it be administered by a human being. But, there were others who received the Holy Spirit in other ways and for other reasons. Continue reading
BESTOWALS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is an eternal and divine person, a member of the Godhead, compatible in nature with the other two members of the Godhead, the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14). If we have no trouble conceiving of the Father as a divine person or conceiving of the Son as a divine person, then we should have no trouble conceiving of the Holy Spirit as a divine person rather than as an impersonal “it” or only a force, power, or influence. Seven times in a single text Jesus used personal pronouns to refer to the Holy Spirit, referring to Him six times as “He” and one time as “His” (John 16:13). This is but one of many texts that speak of the Holy Spirit as a divine person/being. Continue reading
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6.19-20
When God was busy creating this universe, he saved his best creation for last. Man was the last thing created. At that time, God pronounced that everything he had made was very good! But man did not stay very good for long. He sinned and was separated from his Creator.
In Acts 2.38, we read that upon our baptism into Christ we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. In John 14.15-17, we read that those who have obeyed the commandments of Jesus will receive the Spirit of truth.
The Corinthians were having problems with immorality in the church. Paul reminds them in 6.17 that the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. The same union occurs when a man and woman are married. They become one. Our bodies are members of Christ and we should never unite members of Christ with a prostitute. Paul tells the Corinthians to flee sexual immorality! Let us use our bodies to bring glory to God and not shame.
#risingjoy #1-Corinthians #Holy-Spirit
“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment— concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”
These are the subjects of the Holy Spirit. He revealed the word of truth. Awareness of wrong is necessary to put one on the road to righteousness.
Jesus had to return to heaven in order for the Holy Spirit to come. We are blessed to have his truth in Scripture. How precious is that truth to me?
#votd #John #Holy-Spirit
“The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.”
The statement above is part of an argument of Paul’s about our inheritance with Christ. He does not affirm the manner of the Spirit’s witness. But it must be a discernible, objective one, not some inner, subjective one, whether by his Word or by the production of his fruit in a Christian’s life.
We do not want to reduce the Spirit down to only the Bible, as some do. His witness is personal and real. His action continues today. Still, “let’s interpret our experiences by the Bible, and not the Bible by our experiences” (Mark Dunagan).
#votd #Romans #Holy-Spirit
THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT
The New Testament is quite clear in affirming that the Holy Spirit dwells in Christians, God’s children. Jesus promised, “‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:38-39). Peter affirmed, “And we (the apostles, hf) are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). Paul declared, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Galatians 4:6). (It is important to note that in this latter text Paul does not say that the Spirit was given to make us sons of God, but rather that the Spirit has been given to us because we have become Sons of God!) Continue reading
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Failure to live according to the gospel truth grieves the Spirit, especially unwholesome talk, for he is the revealer of God’s words. The sins Paul mentions “oppose the very direction of his reconciling, unifying, new-creation work in the believer” NBC21.
We always live in relation to God, whether for his approval or as the cause of grief to him. In what ways, if any, have you caused him to grieve?
#Holy-Spirit #sin #VOTD
FORTY THINGS WE ALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. The Holy Spirit (referred to as the Holy Ghost in the King James Version of the Bible) is a member of the Godhead (the Divine Nature) (Matthew 28:18-20; II Corinthians 13:14; Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20). As such, the nature of the Holy Spirit is compatible with the nature of the other two members of the Godhead, the Father and the Son. Continue reading
“For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
God doesn’t make dietary rules. He creates a spiritual feast.
God’s kingdom deals with inner qualities produced by the Holy Spirit rather than the destruction of one’s brother through the imposition of personal preferences.
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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
—Romans 15.13 ESV
So many good things in a single sentence! How many things can you note that speak of God and what he does?
By Nelson Smith, commenting on Phil 2.1-2
What do we know of the “communion of the Holy Spirit?” Or the “fellowship of the Spirit?” What meaning does it have for us?
I preached for a church where they had a “fellowship committee.” Its primary work was to organize “fellowships” where the main topic (and activity) was food. Sometimes a little more than that but that does seem to be a common “vice” (?) of many whose taste-buds are out of control.
What does fellowship mean? Continue reading
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF I CORINTHIANS 12:13?
(“FOR BY ONE SPIRIT WE WERE ALL BAPTIZED INTO ONE BODY”)
Two recent essays (April 19 and April 26) dealt with the one baptism of the Bible (Ephesians 4:5). The first addressed the “how” and “who” of that one baptism; the second addressed the “why” of the one true baptism set forth in the New Testament. We showed from the Scriptures that the one baptism is the baptism authorized by Christ in the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), baptism administered by men, in water, of penitent believers in Christ, in order for the persons to be saved from sin and inducted into the one body of the saved, the church. Continue reading
THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT
Christ the Lord said, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven men. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32).
G. C. Brewer, an excellent Bible student and a great gospel preacher, said there were four reasons why people wanted to study what is often referred to as “the sin against the Holy Spirit”: 1) some fear they have been guilty of it, 2) some because of curiosity, 3) some because they have a pet theory to advance concerning it, and 4) some so they can commit every other sin except this one! Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2016
There are places in our mind where we don’t want to go,
There is evil in the world we’d do better not to know;
From the devil’s deadly sin I would flee to Earth’s far end,
Let me never to temptation of the flesh give in or bend. Continue reading