The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

False Ideas about the Holy Spirit

Jesus warned: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15). False teachers do exist (2 Peter 2:1), and the ideas they advocate are dangerous. In this study, we will direct attention to some false teachings relative to the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit Not a Person One of the most fundamental ... read more »

Is Holy Spirit Baptism Available Today?

"If Cornelius experienced the 'baptism of the Holy Spirit,' why can't men receive that same baptism today?" While it is a fact that Cornelius did receive a "baptism" of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:45; 11:15-16), the key to understanding why Holy Spirit baptism is not being replicated today is to be found in discovering the purpose behind the particular events ... read more »

Pastor Bob and the Holy Spirit

We receive a considerable amount of mail from religious people who regularly visit our website. Some are angry because their beliefs have been challenged and that frustrates them. They don't know how to respond other than by the "explosive" method. Others are more meditative, and willing to study. In fact, increasingly we are hearing of people who have been led ... read more »

Is the Holy Spirit Worthy of Worship?

Is the Holy Spirit God in nature? If so, is it appropriate to worship him? There is a controversy that appears to be swirling about the Christian community these days, and it is this: "Is the Holy Spirit a proper object of Christian worship?" Some adamantly claim he is not.They challenge for a passage that specifically commands: "Worship the Holy ... read more »

Are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit “God” in Nature?

"We have an elder in our congregation who teaches that long, long ago, God the Father created both Christ and the Holy Spirit.He further teaches that neither Jesus nor the Spirit is 'God.'What can you advise concerning this matter?" As a general rule, we refrain from commenting on specific problems congregations or individuals may be having. Regardless, I must say ... read more »

The Holy Spirit “Illumination” Theory: A Critical Review

There is a doctrine, quite common in the denominational community, that is making its presence increasingly felt among the people of God. It is the notion that the Christian has the promise of a direct "illumination of the Holy Spirit" in interpreting the text of the Bible. The theory suggests that the Scriptures, as they presently stand, are incapable of ... read more »

Luke 11:13 — Asking for the Holy Spirit

It is common knowledge that members of the Pentecostal sect believe that God is constantly pumping miraculous surges of the Holy Spirit into them in response to their prayers. With hands uplifted, they beseech, "Lord, send the power just now," which petition is usually followed by violent jerks somewhat resembling an electrocution. One of the passages employed to buttress this ... read more »

Acts 13:2 – The Holy Spirit, A Person

As certain church leaders in the city of Antioch ministered to the Lord, we are told that "the Holy Spirit said, 'Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them'" (Acts 13:2). Clearly the language of this passage suggests that the Holy Spirit is a personality. The text affirms that the Spirit said certain things; moreover, ... read more »

What Do You Know About the Holy Spirit?

A golden lamp stand with seven lights was placed in the ancient tabernacle of Jehovah. In the book of Revelation, we find the "seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God, which are the seven Spirits of God" (Rev. 4:5)-the number seven symbolizing the perfect Spirit of God. What do you know about the Holy Spirit? The phrase ... read more »

What Is the “Gift of the Holy Spirit” in Acts 2:38?

To a multitude assembled on the day of Pentecost the apostle Peter declared: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38, ASV). The identity of "the gift of the Holy Spirit," as that expression is ... read more »