Hugh’s News & Views (The Indwelling 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

#holy-spirit, #hughfulford, #indwelling-of-the-holy-spirit

Sealed: Ephesians 4.30 VOTD

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Ephesians 4.30

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

Hugh’s News & Views (Forty Things . . . The Holy Spirit)

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

#holy-spirit, #hughfulford

Not food and drink: Romans 14.17 VOTD

“For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14.17

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.

#kingdom-of-God #Holy-Spirit #VOTD

VOTD: Romans 15.13

“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?

#god, #holy-spirit, #hope

What does ‘fellowship’ mean?

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

#fellowship, #holy-spirit, #philippians

Hugh’s News & Views (“For by One Spirit We Were All Baptized . . .)

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

#baptism, #holy-spirit, #hughfulford

Hugh’s News & Views (Blasphemy/Holy Spirit)

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

#blasphemy, #holy-spirit, #hughfulford

Rages on the Spiritual Battle

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

#cross-of-christ, #holy-spirit, #poetry, #spiritual-warfare

God’s Will under One’s Foot

The devout gentile, Cornelius, in the time during the first century was most fortunate to have an angel come to him (Acts 10:1-8). The angel gave him no words from God wherein at that moment he was saved, but he was told by the angel to send for one apostle, Peter, that belonged to God. From Peter he would hears words that must be heard and obeyed. Did Cornelius know what he was going to hear? Not exactly, but he knew that from God’s servant he was going to hear something, and we can be sure that Cornelius expected to hear something relative to spirituality. Dutifully and full of excitement Cornelius sent messengers to call for Peter. Peter comes to the house of Cornelius, teaching the truth of God. Cornelius obeyed the message he heard, becoming a Christian.

Later, in Jerusalem, Peter explained himself when called upon by others to do so (Acts 11:1-18).

There are some points we do not want to lose sight of in these two chapters of Acts (chapters 10 and 11). First, Cornelius was called upon by God (through an angel) to hear words that would come from Peter (Acts 10:6). Second, when Peter explained this situation to those who questioned him, he made clear that the words spoken were the words of eternal life (Acts 11:14). Third, as Peter spoke to those who assembled together to hear him, the Holy Spirit came down upon “all who heard the word” (10:44). This point of the Holy Spirit coming down on them was to confirm in the mind of Peter (others) that God accepted more than just the people of Jewish heritage (11:17). In 11:19, one can see how this new way of thinking was an initial struggle for those who came out of Judaism. Fourth, that which Paul taught the Philippians jailor (Acts 16:31-33) was the exact same as that which Peter taught Cornelius (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:17; 15:11). Thus, fifth, though the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and those who heard the word, they were not saved until they had believed and were baptized (10:48). Peter called this “repentance to life” (11:18).

Objection considered. Someone might reply that Cornelius had to be saved before baptism because in Acts 11:17, the gift was received because they believed in the Lord. This means they were saved before baptism. First, look at the verse again. Peter referred to himself and those of Jewish heritage in receiving this gift from God (Acts 2:1-4). Second, with this recognition that Cornelius did indeed believe on the Lord, because the Almighty included baptism and repentance in His plan of salvation (John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38), to relegate baptism as unnecessary to salvation is to take God’s will and put it under one’s foot because of doctrinal ideology, not biblical teaching. Third, Peter knew that baptism in the name of the Lord was “with a view to” the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Acts 2:38), since he taught it by inspiration and the authority of the Holy Spirit. There is no biblical reason, there is no emotional reason and there is no logical reason for him to say (or accept) but that their salvation was contingent upon them submitting to the death of the old life and the resurrection of the new in the watery grave of baptism.

Therefore, the purpose of Holy Spirit’s outpouring in Acts 10 was not toward salvation, but with a view toward confirmation (cf. Hebrews 2:1-4). RT

 

#baptism, #cornelius, #doctrine, #holy-spirit, #under-foot

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7-22-2015 The Holy Spirit Or The Written Word?

Why do people listen to what God says first but not last? Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit when He said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV). When this happened on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 14-22), “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20 NKJV). Those miracles cease when the word “was confirmed to us” (Hebrews 2:3). Scripture says, “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37 NKJV). The written Word is God’s Message today.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#holy-spirit, #miracles, #signs, #written-word

Hugh's News & Views (The Holy Spirit)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Quite possibly more confusion exists with reference to the Holy Spirit than any other Bible subject. The divine personality of the Holy Spirit is not recognized by many people, and how He works in the conviction and conversion of sinners and in the life of a Christian is often misunderstood. A single essay on the subject cannot answer all questions, but some basic truths may help clear the path to a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and His work. Continue reading

#holy-spirit, #hughfulford

Inconsistencies concerning the conviction and correction of a sinner and the Holy Spirit

There are some in the religious world, and perhaps even several within the church herself, who consistently claim that the Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of sinners through means outside of the word of God. Although I believe that most are sincere in their claim, I also believe the majority of those who are sincere are also inconsistent with their belief.

This inconsistency is seen when one person who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit via a “religious experience” attempts to inform another individual who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit via a differing “religious experience” resulting in a salvation, belief and testimony from a completely different process that their experience was wrong and then they attempt to use the word of God to prove it.

Do you see the inconsistency?

If conviction (salvation) for the sinner comes from a religious experience and not from the word of God alone, then what does it matter if one “religious experience” matches another? Who is to say that anyone’s “experience” is wrong whether we’re talking about Joseph Smith or Charles Russell or Ellen G. White or any TV preacher who calls on people to lay hands on the TV for their religious experience?

Furthermore, the inconsistency of the position is revealed through the very attempt made at correcting the inconsistent “religious experience” by using the consistency of the word of God.

If the word of God is going to be used as the guideline for correcting error, then the very word of God, by default, becomes the standard by which the conviction should have taken place to begin with. You cannot honestly say that a conviction can come by the Holy Spirit operating directly on someone outside of the word of God and then turn around and tell someone their experience of that “direct operation” was wrong because it does not align with what the Spirit teaches through the word – that’s inconsistent!

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to the conviction and correction (that leads to salvation) of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of a sinner, the work of Spirit is accomplished through the consistent guidance of His word and not through the inconsistent “religious experiences” that vary and contradict each other and the word of God itself.

But if your belief is that the direction operation of the Holy Spirit is indeed the mode of conviction and correction that God has chosen, then you would do well to stop saying that the “religious experiences” of others resulting from that direct operation is in error because if there is going to be no consistency then attempting to be consistent is very inconsistent within itself.

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:36-38)

#conversion, #conviction, #direct-operation-of-the-holy-spirit, #holy-spirit, #religious-experience

If the Holy Spirit isn’t a person then how…

If the Holy Spirit isn’t a person (as some in the religious world contend) then how can you blaspheme him? Sure, the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit can bring up several questions, but one question that it sure seems to put to bed is whether the Spirit is a person or a “force” that accomplishes the will of God.

Keep that in mind the next time someone knocks on the door to talk to you about the Bible and God’s kingdom…I mean the New World Translation and the kingdom hall.

Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who 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)

#blasphemy, #doctrine, #holy-spirit, #jehovahs-witnesses