The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

Acts 1:16 – Scripture Inspiration

After Christ ascended back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11), the eleven apostles returned to Jerusalem to await the fulfillment of the Lord's promise concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:8). Others convened as well, and during these days, Peter stood up and said: "Brethren, it was needful that the scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy ... read more »

Ephesians 4:5 – One Baptism

The words "baptism" or "baptized" are employed in several different senses in the New Testament. Sometimes baptism refers to the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5) which was bestowed upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), and which later was granted to the household of Cornelius in order to demonstrate divine approval of God's acceptance ... read more »

Was Cornelius Saved Without Baptism?

"Was Cornelius, the Roman centurion of Acts chapter ten, saved before and without baptism?" Some so claim. They reason in this fashion: Cornelius received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized (Acts 10:44-48). But only a child of God receives the Holy Spirit. Thus, Cornelius was a child of God before his baptism. The argument is invalid for several reasons. ... read more »

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, “Receive Ye the Spirit”?

"What does the following passage mean? 'And when he [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit'" (John 20:22). The surrounding context in John's Gospel record reads as follows: "Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. ... read more »

She Was “Slain in the Spirit”

I grew up in the southern region of our nation, and, as a lad, sometimes attended those rural "Pentecostal" services - more as an entertainment than anything else. Those summer "brush-arbor" and "tent-meeting" gatherings provided some fascinating sights. I've seen grown men and women dancing, bucking, jumping, screaming, crying, and flopping around on the ground like one of my grandmother's ... read more »

Does the Holy Spirit’s “Searching the Mind of God” Disqualify Him as Divine?

"Some people claim that the Holy Spirit possesses the same nature (and powers) as God. If this were the case, why would it be necessary for the Spirit to 'search' the things of God? Would he not know these already?" The question above is based upon a statement by Paul in 1 Corinthians. When exploring the role of the Holy ... read more »

Matthew 28:19-20 – Four Important Points About the Great Commission

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:19-20). The foregoing is Matthew's account of what ... read more »

What Is the Baptism of Fire?

"In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said: 'I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire.' A Christian brother recently identified this 'fire' with the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. Would ... read more »

Acts 10 & 11 – Was Cornelius Saved before Being Baptized?

Was Cornelius, the Roman centurion, saved before and without baptism? Some so claim. They reason in this fashion: Cornelius received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized (Acts 10:44-48). But only a child of God receives the Holy Spirit. Thus, Cornelius was a child of God before his baptism. The argument is invalid for several reasons. First, Cornelius' reception of ... read more »

Is a “Word Formula” Required in Administering Baptism?

"A friend of mine contends that Matthew 28:18-20 does not apply to us today (i.e., baptism into name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). He says that from the day of Pentecost onward, baptism was administered only in the name of Jesus. Would you comment on this?" There are several things to be said in response to ... read more »