THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE OLD TESTAMENT

The work of the Spirit upon the material universe makes it a fit dwelling-place for man. His work upon society makes man fit to dwell in the universe, and his work upon the individual character makes man fit for a righteous and holy fellowship with similar characters.

EPHESIANS 4:30: Can Born-Again Christians Grieve the Holy Spirit?

"Not to limit speech to wholesome, helpful words makes the Holy Spirit feel grief because of our behavior. We are not saying that you can never say anything negative. Sometimes we are forced to talk about unpleasant things, particularly in solving problems in which people are involved. Teachers, ministers, employers, coaches, lawyers, police, and so on, all find it necessary to tell the truth about someone even if it is unpleasant. Whether you are solving a problem or not, you avoid speaking unwholesome words. Your intent is to build up, not tear down, to unify, not divide." - Max Anders

Cultivating the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:22-26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let... Continue Reading →

2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-4: In What Way Has Satan Blinded the Minds of the Unbelievers?

These verses suggest that Satan, also referred to as "the god of this world,” has a role in keeping people from understanding and accepting the gospel message. He is said to have blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they may not see the light of the gospel and be saved. This blindness is not a physical blindness but a spiritual one. It refers to the inability of the unbelievers to understand and accept the truth of the gospel message. Satan has deceived them into thinking that the message of Jesus is not true or that there are other ways of salvation. The verse also implies that Satan is actively working to oppose the spread of the gospel and to keep people from being saved. However, it's important to note that Satan's power is limited, and he is ultimately subject to the sovereignty of God, who can overcome Satan's schemes and bring people to salvation through the power of the gospel.

How Do We Receive the Holy Spirit Today?

The authors of the Bible were men, who spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, i.e., inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to author their books. The Holy Spirit today guides Christians as they walk with God. The Holy Spirit will be at work in the Christian life when ...

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