The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

The Intercession of the Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God ... read more »

Who Are the Seven Spirits?

"What are the 'seven spirits' mentioned in the book of Revelation?" The expression "seven spirits" is found only in the book of Revelation, and then just four times (1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6). Here are the texts: "John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and who was and who is ... read more »

The Mormons Seek a Face Lift

Our Mormon friends are opting for a "face lift." They are attempting to phase out the designation "Mormon Church" (which has a cultic connotation in the minds of many), and so popularize themselves with a more "Christian-like" designation. In a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 19, 2001), there appeared an article titled, "Don't call it 'Mormon'" ... read more »

Was Paul Uncertain About His “Inspiration”?

"As Paul concluded a discussion of marriage problems (real or potential), in 1 Corinthians 7, he declared: ' . . .and I think that I also have the Spirit of God' (v. 40).Does 'Spirit' here refer to a 'disposition' that is God-like, or is this a reference to the 'Holy Spirit'?If this is a reference to the Holy Spirit, what ... read more »

Did All Christians in the First Century Possess Miraculous Gifts?

In Act 2, when the miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, was it on the apostles only, or did the three thousand who were baptized also receive miraculous gifts? Please explain. If everyone received the gifts, were they promised until "that which is perfect" (1 Corinthians 13:10) was come? Did the Ethiopian ... read more »

What About the Terms “Godhead” And “Trinity”?

"Often I hear about the 'Godhead' or the 'Trinity.' My questions are: What do these terms mean?Are these purely man-made doctrines, or do they have a Scriptural basis?" The term "Godhead" is found three times in the King James Version of the Bible (Acts 17:29; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9).In Acts 17:29 the Greek term is theion, signifying "divinity" or "the ... read more »

Philippians 3:1ff – Regulated Worship

It is an amazing thing that there are those who profess to know the Bible, yet who contend that God has left man free to improvise his own worship system. Like Jeroboam, the son of Nebat (1 Kings 12:25-33), they are innovators. The early church was not without its problems with persons of this philosophy. In Philippians 3:1ff, Paul calls ... read more »

An Attack upon the Trinity

No spiritual person enjoys taking issue with a brother in Christ. And far too often, such conflicts are unnecessary. Sometimes, however, they cannot be avoided - at least they ought not to be avoided. This brief introduction expresses my dismay - in considerably subdued fashion - with a recently-published book by an elderly kinsmen in the Lord. The title of ... read more »

1 Timothy 4:14 – Timothy’s Gift and the Elders

The New Testament teaches that spiritual (miraculous) gifts were received in the first century in only two ways: Holy Spirit baptism - which came upon the apostles (Acts 2) and upon the household of Cornelius (Acts 10).By the laying on of the apostles' hands (Acts 8:18; 19:6). Some allege, however, that 1 Timothy 4:14 broadens the method of gift reception. ... read more »

2 Samuel 23:2 — Verbal Inspiration

Scholars frequently argue about the "degree" of inspiration characteristic of the Bible. Some, of liberal persuasion, suggest that only the "thought" of Scripture - a sort of mystical essence - is inspired. It would be interesting to hear someone explain how this "essence" is conveyed to man! The position of the Bible itself, however, is this. The very words of ... read more »