How does the Holy Spirit speak to believers? How does the Holy Spirit teach us, help us remember, and guide us? How does the Holy Spirit help us fulfill our responsibilities despite Satan and this imperfect world and life's difficulties?
The Holy Spirit is called by a number of different titles. They include the “Spirit of Jesus Christ,” the “Spirit of Jesus,” and “the Spirit of the Son.”
The Hebrew language of Genesis 6:5 and 8:21 basically means that all humans are mentally bent toward evil. the Apostle Paul clearly shows that our natural desire is to do bad, not good. Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are treacherous and we cannot know them. What can we do?
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 →
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.
What needs to be qualified is the terms that are often thrown around. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 All Scripture is inspired by God [theopneustos] and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work. What does this... Continue Reading →
Ephesians 4:30 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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 ...
Hitherto in other CPH blog articles, we have been treating the Holy Spirit in terms of the past, but now we come to the present tense. Is the Holy Spirit a power in the present age? If so, what kind of a power? Is he making an issue with men as a direct power and working upon them immediately, or is he working through an instrumentality, and, if so, what is the instrumentality?