Some have been with me in this study since we started five weeks ago. If you just caught this last little devotional, go back over the previous ones and meditate on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the world. The Holy Spirit works with us, in us and through us. I close this teaching by answering a few more commonly asked questions…Read Full Article
Questions and answers are a classic way to learn important truths about God. In some denominations this is called catechism. Here are some more questions commonly asked about the Holy Spirit….Read Full Article
Here are some questions that I’ve been asked about the Holy Spirit.
Is the baptism of the Spirit necessary to be saved?
Does the baptism of the Spirit with speaking in tongues make people more spiritual?...
we’ve looked at Jesus’ words that the Holy Spirit will persuade people concerning sin righteousness and judgment [John 16:8 – 11]. The last of those three words is judgment. We don’t have to second guess what Jesus meant, because he added…Read Full Article
Jesus said that the Holy Spirit convicts the world about “righteousness, because he [Jesus] has gone to the Father”. Many miss the whole point here. They act as if the Holy Spirit was supposed to talk about unrighteousness, but that’s not the topic. No, the Holy Spirit persuades the world about…Read Full Article
If we think it is important to give the gospel to people, we do well to ask the obvious question: how does the Holy Spirit relate to the world, especially those who do not know Christ.
There’s no higher authority to answer this question than Jesus Christ, who said that the Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment [John 16:7 – 11]. This could mean different things to different people. Fortunately Jesus explained exactly what he meant by these three words:.....
On the day of Pentecost the first sign that the believers had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit was that they spoke in other tongues. Sometimes, speaking in tongues has been ridiculed and minimized, and believers have failed to benefit from this gift, which is designed to strengthen us inwardly. Others drive the car into the opposite ditch and make speaking in tongues the main thing.
Speaking in tongues is the first sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but the greatest sign is…Read Full Article
How do we receive this baptism of the Holy Spirit? First, believe that it is yours. There’s no need to beg or plead or wait as the disciples did 2000 years ago. Now, after the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has come and we simply receive the Spirit’s baptism as a gift. Second…Read Full Article
The experience of the 3000 believers on the day of Pentecost is commonly referred to as the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Later on this month we will celebrate Pentecost as an event on the Christian calendar. More than ever, in a world that is dark with barbarism and evil, believers need…Read Full Article
Before we came to faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit was already at work convicting us concerning our need for Jesus Christ. Once we receive Christ, every believer has the Spirit to strengthen, empower and guide. Often referred to as the “Comforter”, from the Greek word paraklete [one who comes alongside], the Holy Spirit is our promised friend who reminds us what….Read Full Article