The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete

Crete is a large island in the Mediterranean near the southern entrance to the Agean Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by a people whose reputation was less than ideal. A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). Jews from this region were present in ... read more »

Was Paul Mistaken in Galatians 6:10?

A Christian lady has suggested that Paul was wrong in Galatians 6:10, when he stated that Christians should help other believers first; then non-Christians afterward. I have been asked to comment on this. With all due respect, to suggest that Paul's statement in Galatians 6:10 should be reversed, in terms of its point of emphasis, is faulty from several vantage ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

Have You Been Called by God?

"Many teach that before a person can be saved, he must be 'called' by God. Can you explain how this happens?" God calls every person who is saved. Not only does God pardon the sinner (cf. Rom. 3:26), but he also teaches him of the need and means of forgiveness. The Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, ... read more »

The Things God Has Prepared

To the church of God in Corinth, Paul wrote the following words. "But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the things of God no ... read more »

What’s Wrong with the Promise Keepers Movement?

Stockton, California has been one of the roughest cities on the West Coast. It's had a significant crime rate-one of the highest in the nation. And it's been a major "drug hub" for the West. One can imagine, therefore, that a great sigh of relief went up from Stockton's religious community last weekend when thirty-five thousand weeping, praying, hand-holding men ... read more »

Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Church

Seven centuries prior to the birth of Christ, Isaiah proclaimed: "And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let ... read more »

New Testament Baptism: In Water or the Spirit?

"How would you respond to those who make the claim that passages such as Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13, and 1 Peter 3:21 - refer to a 'Spirit' baptism, rather than to 'water' baptism?" Some years ago I had a series of public debates with a gentleman who contended that there is no divinely-authorized "water" baptism ... read more »

Can Christians “Speak in Tongues” Today?

"Would you explain the 'speaking in tongues,' as this practice took place in the early church?What was the nature of those 'tongues'?" Literally speaking, the "tongue" is an organ of taste and speech within the mouth (cf. Lk. 16:24).By metaphorical (figurative) extension, however, the term is used commonly in literature for a human language (see Rev. 5:9; 7:9, etc.).Herodotus, for ... read more »

Does the Case of Cornelius Prove the “Sinner’s Prayer” Doctrine?

Does not the case of Cornelius, the Roman soldier (Acts 10), prove that God hears the prayers of those who have not been baptized? The angel told Cornelius, 'your prayer has been heard' (Acts 10:31), and yet the centurion was not baptized until later. Can you explain the apparent conflict between this case and the idea that God does not ... read more »