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BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT There is widespread confusion on the subject of baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit as a result of false teaching in the curriculum of many bible schools and seminaries. A claim that at the point of salvation, one receives everything God has for believers based on the work of Jesus at Calvary … Continue reading
SPIRITUAL GIFTS Scripture defines three categories of what may be included under the more general term of ‘spiritual gifts.’ The first category is that of so-called grace gifts (Greek charismata derived from charis meaning grace) which involve the inward motivation or disposition as well as enablement received from the Spirit to carry out various kinds of service to others. These gifts help to strengthen … Continue reading
THE WORK OF HOLY SPIRIT The archangel Lucifer, perfect when created, exercised free will by desiring to exalt himself above God (Isaiah 14:12-15). Eventually he would lead one-third of angels in rebellion and be cast out of heaven with his angels to the earth (Revelation 12:7-9). Known as the devil or Satan, he would rule over a kingdom of evil spirits described by Paul (Ephesians 6:12). … Continue reading
COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Today’s church in great part does not recognize the distinction between indwelling of Holy Spirit and the empowering by Holy Spirit received by baptism in the Spirit, let alone the need to remain filled. As a result, much of the church fails to manifest the inner and outer workings of the Spirit. Today’s condoning of compromise recalls … Continue reading
THE PERSON OF HOLY SPIRIT The person of Holy Spirit is not only greatly neglected in Christianity. He is ignored totally in the Jewish faith. Yet the “Shema” was recited by Jews daily in Jesus’ time as well as in synagogue services. The first verse declares, “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4) declaring … Continue reading