The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

Baptism: Essentials and Nonessentials

There are some very important issues associated with New Testament baptism, and the person who wants to obey God must not neglect these essentials. At the same time, some matters associated with the sacred obligation are in the realm of expediency, hence allow for some flexibility. In this brief study, let us reflect on these categories. Essentials Consider the following ... read more »

The Gospel Writers and Their Quotations from Jesus

Why did the writers of the Gospels sometimes quote Jesus differently? Should not their quotations agree with one another? This troubles me. This is a good question but the alleged problem is not of serious import. Let us consider the following factors. General Principles First, it has long been recognized that in referring to another's audible use of language, or ... read more »

Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?

It is a tragedy of heart-breaking proportion that some otherwise credible scholars will go to such outlandish lengths to defend cherished theological theories. They hurl exegetical caution to the wind and adopt absurd views that are wholly without substance. No better example can be mentioned than the desperate attempts that some make in attempting to avoid the connection between the ... read more »

The Mandate for Christian Unity – A Study of Ephesians 4:1-6

While many in today's world are engaged in celebrating "diversity," the Bible places an extraordinary emphasis on the value of "unity." The Persons of the Godhead are a grand tri-unity of absolute perfection (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30). The majestic universe, though bearing the abrasions of divine judgment (Romans 8:20), nonetheless exhibits the glory of God in a harmony of ... read more »

The Great Mystery of Godliness

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul declared that one of his reasons for writing the epistle was that men might know how to behave themselves in the house (family) of God, which is the church of the living God (3:15). Further, he affirms that it is the responsibility of those in the church to be the pillar and support ... read more »

The Holy Scriptures: Verbally Inspired

In logic, there is a principle called the Law of the Excluded Middle. Simply stated, it is this: a thing must either be, or not be, the case. A line is either straight, or it is not. There is no middle position. Applied to the Bible, one therefore might declare: The Scriptures are either inspired of God, or they are ... read more »

The Drawing Power of God

Jesus had fed a great multitude (likely significantly more than ten thousand souls - cf. John 6:10b) with only five small barley cakes and two fish, on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. The crowd was awed tremendously by this "sign," perceiving the Lord to be "the prophet" they had long anticipated (cf. Deuteronomy 18:15-17). They wanted to ... read more »

The Unique Case of Cornelius

The conversion of a Roman military officer, Cornelius by name, as recorded in the tenth chapter of the book of Acts, represents one of the key events in Christian history. The gates of the kingdom of Christ were flung wide open and for the first time in many centuries all non-Hebrew people were welcomed into a religious fellowship with the ... read more »

Seven Important Truths About the Bible

Without question, the Bible is the most influential book in the history of the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of which the human race can boast have been drawn to this ancient volume. In this article we call attention to several great truths regarding the Bible which are vitally important. Origin As to its origin, the Bible is ... read more »