eternal truth and the Holy Spirit | Religion


The study of the Holy Spirit or the lack of study is a great controversy in Christianity. This subject is one of the main issues that divides us as Christians.

The Holy Spirit teaches through the word that we are to be united and yet we are truly divided. As with any teaching, there seem to be extremes on this issue. Some deny that the Holy Spirit is working and being active today; others go in the opposite direction to the extreme. The Bible contains some truth in dealing with this subject. We should keep these truths in mind as we seek to understand the Holy Ghost and how He works today. If we fail to understand the truth as revealed in the scriptures, then all types of interpretations can arise, not only about the Holy Spirit, but about any number of other doctrines as well.

Whenever we study, we should be looking for the truth of God’s Word – what God wanted His message to say accurately. A fact to remember in order to find out the truth is that all truth must be in harmony with another truth. Another point is that if the truth is stated once, then it is sufficient for all times. Since 2 plus 2 is 4. This is true 10,000 years ago and true 10,000 years in the future. This truth is true with all other mathematical truths. It harmonizes with the other truth; he does not contradict any other truth, but agrees. With that in mind, let’s state the principles for truly understanding the Holy Ghost. We mainly think of the laying on of hands and miraculous powers.

A. I Corinthians 12: 7-11. The gifts of the Spirit are for the benefit of all. Individuals have different gifts. The Holy Spirit determines who receives which gift.

B. II Corinthians 12: 7-9. A gift of the Holy Ghost cannot be used contrary to the will of God. The apostle Paul had the ability to perform miracles, even healing, but was not able to heal himself.

C. Acts 8: 14-20. The transfer of the gifts of the Holy Spirit was done by the laying on of the hands of the Apostles.

“Simon saw that by the laying on of the hands of the apostles the Holy Spirit was given. “

He tried to buy this power for himself but was refused.

Romans 1:11, Paul wanted to see the brethren in Rome, “that I may give you some spiritual gift, that you may be established.

Paul laid his hands on Timothy, II Timothy 1: 6-7, “Therefore I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you by the laying on of my hands. “

D. Further, the Scripture in Acts 8: 14-20 teaches that the age of miracles has ended since they were given by the laying on of hands of the apostles. There are no living apostles today to lay hands on an individual to pass on these gifts. They were intended to confirm speech (see # 6). The word has been confirmed.

E. This last verse also teaches a new principle, which is that one could neglect to use the gift bestowed upon him. I Corinthians 14:32, The gifts of the Holy Ghost were subject to the possessor of the gift. The person with the gift might refuse to use it. No one was forced to use their gift.

F. I Corinthians 1: 4-8. The purpose of miracles was to confirm the Word, a person or a group of people. Also John 20: 30-31. The apostle John states that he is writing to believe in Jesus. Many other miracles could have been recorded, but these are written to confirm Jesus.

G. I Corinthians 14:33. Donations were not responsible for the confusion in the church.

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.”

Then in verse 40, “Let all things be done decently and in order”

H. I Corinthians 14:22. The purpose of miracles was to confirm the word to unbelievers.

“Therefore tongues are a sign, not for those who believe, but for unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.

John 20: 30-31. We discussed above. Mark 16:20, Hebrews 2: 3-4

I. I Thessalonians 5:19. You could quench the Spirit. This means that one could return to the world and extinguish all influence of the Spirit in his life. They could also influence the spirituality of others by leading others astray.

J. Ephesians 4:30. We could grieve the Holy Spirit. That is, to make sad as a parent cries a child who suffers. We grieve the Spirit when we do immoral things or perhaps at times when our faith is weakened.

I know we’ve covered a lot in this article on the Holy Spirit. I pray that you will research every verse of Scripture to verify what I am writing. Regardless of what you believe about the Holy Ghost, all of these things must be in harmony with each other.

Just two other scriptures that are often misunderstood and poorly translated are John 14:26 and John 15:26. In these verses, Jesus is addressing his disciples directly and everything that is said does not apply to every Christian, but only to the 12 disciples. In fact, only 11 disciples; Judas has already betrayed Jesus and went to collect his fee of 30 pieces of silver.

In these verses we have Jesus telling the 11th specifically the purpose of the Holy Spirit, Comforter, or Helper depending on which version you are reading from. In John 14:26, Jesus says that the 1. Comforter will teach them all things; 2. The Comforter will remind them of all the things the Lord has taught them. 3. John 15:26, The Comforter will testify of Jesus and be representative of His will.

I pray as you study these passages that you will come to a clearer understanding of the Holy Spirit, and I realize that there is much more to this subject. May the Good Lord bless you in your studies.

Larry Graves is the pastor of Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.

Larry Graves is the pastor of Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.


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