The relation sustained by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ is a twofold one. ...
It has been and will be mentioned several times on this blog, Christianity has lost its way in the great commission of proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, teaching biblical truths, and making disciples, even in the face of centuries of intensified missionary work this is true.
It has been aptly and truthfully said, “No importance can be attached to a religion that is not begun, carried on and completed by the Spirit of God.” That the Christian is led, guided and strengthened by the Spirit cannot be denied by any Bible reader. To deny the fact that the Spirit dwells in... Continue Reading →
It is obvious that we cannot read the Bible for long before the question arises as to what the Bible “means” and who or what determines that meaning. Neither can we read the Bible without possessing some purpose in reading. In other words, using more technical terminology, everyone who reads the Bible does so with a “hermeneutical” theory in mind. The issue is not whether one has such a theory but whether one’s “hermeneutics” is clear or unclear, adequate or inadequate, correct or incorrect.
Some have felt that this verse suggests that the Holy Spirit lives within the believers and is in them, providing guidance, comfort, and strength. This is not the case. This is not how the Holy Spirit guides and directs Christians. Some Calvinistic and charismatic-minded Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is given to believers at the moment of conversion and indwells them for the rest of their lives, providing them with spiritual gifts and enabling them to live in accordance with God's will. If this were the truth of the matter, Christians would never sin, make a mistake, or err in any way. The Holy Spirit would guide the Christian in some things and then let them run a muck in other things. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a very misunderstood aspect of the Christian faith, and if understood properly, it is a source of strength and guidance for believers as they seek to follow Jesus and live for him. So, within this article, the reader will receive what the Bible really says about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.