The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

What Does It Mean To Be a Born Again Christian?

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Hebrew people, once sought a night time interview with Jesus. He had been impressed with the Lord, hence declared: "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him" (Jn. 3:2). Christ never acknowledged the compliment. Rather, ... read more »

God Made No Distinction

One of the first doctrinal problems encountered by the early church involved an attempt by certain Jewish Christians to graft the Mosaic law onto the gospel system as a means of divine justification. When Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, certain Judaizers came from Jerusalem, contending: "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts ... read more »

The Great Commission According to Matthew

Before Jesus ascended back to heaven, he gathered his disciples together and declared: "All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 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 ... read more »

The Temptations of Christ

After Jesus was immersed by John, he was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matt. 4:1; Mk. 1:12; Lk. 4:1). The exact location of the temptation scene is unknown. What is significant is that the Lord was alone, fasting, tempted, and tested. Jesus' total submission to the will of God was tried from the very beginning ... read more »

The Biblical Doctrine of the Godhead

Since the late second century A.D., controversy has existed concerning the nature of the Godhead. Is God a solitary person-simply manifested in three forms? Or do three separate personalities exist, each of whom possesses the nature of deity? Is the popular doctrine of the Trinity true or false? Though the word "Trinity" is not explicitly found in the Bible, the ... read more »

God’s Great Plan — In Perpetuity

In the title of this article, every word is significant. First, it asserts that "God," creator and ruler of the universe, is the author of a plan. Second, it affirms that in quality and scope, the plan is "great." Third, it declares that the Lord has not acted capriciously; rather, he has deliberately and progressively implemented a strategy. Finally, the ... read more »

What Is Bible “Inspiration”?

"What do Bible scholars mean when they speak of the 'inspiration' of the Scriptures?" The Bible makes a claim that most books do not. It claims to be from God. Unlike the few that make the claim, the Bible's claim is true. This is the concept called "inspiration." There are several things involved in considering the "inspiration of the Bible." ... read more »

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 – Election through the Gospel

The theology of John Calvin contends that before the foundation of the world, God elected certain ones (both angels and men) to be saved, and others to be lost. There is no biblical basis for this. In the opening remarks of his first letter to the brethren at Thessalonica, Paul makes an interesting comment which helps put this topic into ... read more »

Does the Operation of the Spirit Precede Faith?

"Do John 1:11-13 and John 8:47 teach that a person must have a direct operation of the Holy Spirit in order to believe the gospel?" Two things must be borne in mind in addressing any controversial passage: One must determine the meaning of a verse by looking at the immediate context.No interpretation can be placed upon a difficult passage that ... read more »

Was Christ Mistaken About His Second Coming?

The late Bertrand Russell of Great Britain was a confessed atheist and a bitter opponent of Christianity. He once wrote an essay entitled, Why I Am Not A Christian. A brief portion of that infamous literary (?) production was a blasphemous section subtitled, "Defects in Christ's Teaching." Though Russell actually believed that it was "quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed ... read more »