Pentecost The Holy Spirit started to guide and influence the church at pentecost, and it continues to guide to this day. The Holy Spirit guides the apostles to preach the good news. The Church would be lost without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In Church history there are many instances where the Holy Spirit guides people to make the right decision. Many people decide to set aside the Holy Spirit in there lives.
He argues from his Pentecostal background that Spirit-baptism is distinct from and subsequent to conversion. He argues that “Luke does not present the reception of the Spirit as necessary for one to enter into and remain within the community of salvation.” This perspective is based on the gift’s function which is to provide “power for witness and not justification before God or personal cleansing.” He continues that it is “prophetic enabling that empowers one for participation in the mission of God.” When Jesus received the Spirit at the Jordan, it was to empower Him to fulfill His messianic assignment. Menzies buttresses his point by adding that Luke understands the Pentecostal gift to the disciples as being parallel to Jesus’ Jordan experience and it is for empowering for mission and this Pentecostal experience is paradigmatic to all believers. He strengthens his case by adding that “the Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2), not as the source of new covenant but as the source of power for effective witness.” Since it is a separate event from conversion, the gift of the Spirit is bestowed upon those who are already converted. Therefore for Jesus the Spirit was to empower Him for His preaching and miracles and later for the disciples it was to empower them to be witnesses.
All you must do is open your heart to receive the Holy Spirit and then you will be a part of this supernatural life of the Spirit. The power of the spirit can be felt, seen, and heard. “having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, WHICH YE NOW SEE AND HEAR” (Acts 2:33). The power of praying in the spirit amplifies everything you are and everything God has created you to be. Miracles are the supernatural demonstration of the sheer power of God.
This is a vital question and one that may have many different answers in the course of history. Some would proclaim that the Holy Ghost, also entitled the Holy Spirit, is an impersonal being, perhaps even a mystical force that is the power of God in motion. Others would say that the Holy Ghost is just another manifestation of the one God with a different name and therefore denying the trinitarian nature of God. This is contrary to the Bible which clearly shows that the Spirit is a distinct person, and even more than this He is the third person of the Godhead. That the Spirit is such is taught in passages like Acts 5 where it is said that Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost and therefore had lied, according to verse 4, “… unto God.” Not only does this reveal that the Spirit is God, but that He can be lied to shows that He is a person; you can’t lie to a mere energy or force.
(and)...once in the world, Jesus called upon things that could be heard, seen, touched, and tasted to bear witness to the unseen God who sent him, so that the commonplace - bread made from barley meal, streams of cool water, and a glimmer of light - became vehicles of revelation.1 Prominent among these are the seven ‘I am sayings’, where Jesus uses such things as bread, light, a door and the shepherd to symbolize him. Koester points out that the fundamental structure of these symbolisms are twofold: the primary level of meaning concerns Christ and the secondary concerns the disciple.2 He says that by concentrating the primary meaning of each image on Jesus and the secondary on his disciples, the Gospel continuously drives the reader to accept the fact about Jesus’ divinity and the meaning of his life (the reader) in relation to him.3 A clear example of this is the last but not least of the ‘I am’ sayings where Jesus represents himself as the ‘True Vine’ which we will here explore more in depth. It seems that this discourse took place after Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples. He had predicted his betrayal, told them that he had to go to the Father and that he would not leave them alone, that he would send them the Advocate, his Holy Spirit. So in John 15:1-8 it seems that he was warning them not to be like Judas but to remain in the
1) Regeneration - If faith is produced by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8), then this must be the case of Old Testament saints (Hebrews 11) who looked ahead to the cross, believing that what God had promised in regard to their redemption would come to pass. 2) Indwelling (or filling) - Here is where the major difference between the Spirit’s roles in the Old and New Testaments is apparent. So, while in the New Testament the Spirit only indwells believers and that indwelling is permanent (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20), in contrast to this work in the New Testament, the indwelling in the Old Testament was selective and temporary. The Spirit “came upon” such Old Testament people as Joshua (Numbers 27:18), David (1 Samuel
It lifted all the fear, guilt, anxiety, misery and ignorance I had been carrying around all my life. The study of metaphysics and subsequently metaphysical interpretation of the Bible had my full attention. It was the first teaching
The Christian basic teaching is there is a heaven and earth and that our sin is forgiven, and we must repent for the forgiveness of all your sins. “All the prophets testify about Jesus that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”(Act 10:43) The Holy Bible is the word of god because god testifies that all is true. “The people God chose to write down his words were from all sorts of different backgrounds. Some were shepherds, some were kings, some were fishermen, some were close followers of Jesus, and some we don’t even know exactly. But no matter who was speaking the message or writing the book, the One who was really doing the speaking and the writing was God himself—the men were simply his messengers.
The Gospel clearly states when Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Jesus, and the voice of God came from the sky claiming “This is my ‘son’, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased”. That text shows undoubtedly that there are three separate beings, seen and heard
How does the interpretation of scripture inform the creedal affirmation of God as Trinity? How does faith in God influence speech about the attributes of God? Devastating as it is to hear and say, it appears that numerous factors challenge the understanding of God in Modern Theology. The most prevalent ones are: science in religion, religious practices and social issues. Additionally, profound questions are raised about the presence of God in almost every tragic historical event, unfavorable medical diagnosis, oppressed institutional setting, acts of terror, and natural disasters that appears evil, or out of character for the loving, creator and keeper of this vast universe.