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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (Why study if we have the Spirit?)

Reader Jeff R asked, If the will of God is literally written on our hearts, why do we continue with Bible study? Why so much confusion and disagreement among us? Wouldn’t we all understand the same? 1. See my post … Continue reading

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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (Does the Spirit take our free will?)

A reader wrote, To blame the Spirit for what every Christian thinks and writes hardly seems sensible. Yet I think that’s what I’m hearing Jay teach. 1. I might credit the Spirit with some things, but I blame it for nothing. The … Continue reading

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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (the Spirit’s “indwelling”)

The Spirit “dwells” in the Christian. This is language borrowed by Paul from Exodus. I’ve already mentioned it in posts from earlier evenings. God dwelled with Israel in the desert as a column of smoke and fire — which rested … Continue reading

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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (“Temple of the Holy Spirit”)

“Temple of the Holy Spirit” is from several passages, (1 Cor. 3:16-17 ESV) 16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. … Continue reading

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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (the “Seal” of the Holy Spirit)

The “seal” of the Holy Spirit is from — (Eph. 1:13-14 ESV) 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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From the Comments: More Holy Spirit Questions (“Gift of the Holy Spirit”)

A four-part answer to a four-part question from the comments: Many passages of Scripture state that we have given the gift of the Holy Spirit, sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are temples of the Holy Spirit, God dwells in … Continue reading

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From the Comments: How Do We Know the Holy Spirit Personally Indwells? Part 3

Eighth, how do we know that the Spirit is indwelling us? Well, lots of ways. * We know it by the Spirit’s testimony in our hearts (Rom 8:26). * We see the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Gal … Continue reading

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From the Comments: How Do We Know the Holy Spirit Personally Indwells? Part 2

Thomas Dohling responded to my comment with this question: Thank you for the “abbreviated introduction.” However, how does God change/transform our hearts? Isn’t it through the sharp written word? There are Scripture passages to this effect which we know of. … Continue reading

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From the Comments: How Do We Know the Holy Spirit Personally Indwells? Part 1

I’ve posted a few extensive comments answering readers questions that I probably should have written as posts. That is, I was really long winded in the little bitty comment boxes. Thomas Dohling asked, I am inclined to agree with @Sonny Childs … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit: Why Do So Many Prefer a Spirit Who No Longer Acts? Part 2

I grew up in a Church of Christ that denied the effective personal indwelling of the Spirit. We accepted those who denied a personal indwelling (“word only”), and we accepted those who believed in a personal indwelling — so long … Continue reading

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