What is meant by the words above recorded in John 20:22? Did the apostles “receive the Holy Spirit” when Jesus was speaking to them on earth, or did that happen after Jesus returned to Heaven, on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts chapter two?
The context of John 20:22 should first be considered. On the day Christ was resurrected, the first day of the week, He appeared to His disciples and said:
…Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.… Read more
Deuteronomy chapter six, verses four and five, are often called the Shema, from the Hebrew word meaning “to hear” (Strong), (e.g., “Hear, O Israel…”). They are considered some of the most important words revealed in Deuteronomy and the entire Bible. The Shema begins with this statement: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD [Yahweh] our God [Elohim] is one LORD [Yahweh].” Some believe this verse could be better translated as “Hear, O Israel: ‘Yahweh (is) our God, Yahweh (is) one’” (Cloud 482).… Read more
Some who claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word deny the Deity of Christ. They are asked to please consider the following:
1. It was against God’s Law to worship anyone but God (Exo. 20:3-5; Deut. 6:13-14; 2 Kings 17:35; Matt. 4:10); therefore, either Christ is divine, or Christ sinned by accepting worship on many occasions (Matt. 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 28:9, 17; cf. Acts 12:23; Heb. 4:15; Rev. 22:8, 9). We know Christ never sinned (Heb.… Read more
Much can be learned about Jesus by simply studying the “I am” statements recorded in John’s Gospel account. There are many, including these:
– I am the bread of life (John 6:35, 48).
– I am the light of the world (8:12; 9:5).
– Before Abraham was, I am (8:58; cf. Ex. 3:2, 4, 6, 14, 15;
– I am the door (10:7).
– I am the good shepherd (10:11, 14).
– I am the Son of God (10:36).… Read more
Just because someone thinks he knows God, that does not mean he really does. God can be known through His Word (Jn. 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:9-13; 1 Jn. 2:3-6), but God is who He says He is, not who someone may imagine He is. God said, “…Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee…” (Psa. 50:21). Let us not be quick to assume anything about God, based on our own feelings or experiences, for God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.… Read more
When Paul wrote his first inspired epistle to the church at
Corinth, he wrote these words: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have
been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
When reading the verse above, those who are familiar with the Bible probably automatically think of similar passages, such as Acts 2:38-47, when people were added to the church upon baptism, or Galatians 3:26-28, where Paul said we are “baptized into Christ” and “there is neither Jew nor Greek…neither bond nor free,” etc.… Read more
One of the great characteristics of God is His love for man and His
desire that all should come to repentance and be saved (1 Timothy 2:3, 4; 2
Peter 3:9). Because of God’s love, He has often been very patient with people
who were in ignorance or rebellion. However, as the Scriptures reveal the mind
of God to us (1 Corinthians 2:10-16), we realize that God’s patience with man
has its limits.
For example, God gave the people of Noah’s time one hundred twenty years to repent, as Noah was preaching to them and building the ark (Genesis 6:3; 2 Peter 2:5).… Read more
addressed Israel regarding the judgment of the Lord, he wrote, “Woe unto you that desire the day of the
Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not
light. As if a man did flee from a lion,
and a bear met him. . .” (Amos 5:18, 19).
With these verses Amos was referring to inescapable judgment, but it can
also be said that sometimes when people attempt to avoid something harmful they
may often go to an extreme which can be just as harmful as the issue they were
initially trying to avoid. … Read more
Christians pray to the Holy Spirit? Considering the clarity with which the
Scriptures teach men to pray exclusively to the Father, one may wonder why this
question even needs asking. Sadly, some openly teach that Christians may
address the Holy Spirit in prayer. What are the repercussions if Christians
begin believing such a doctrine? In the future, will congregations all over the
world be praying to the Holy Spirit in worship assemblies? This is a dangerous
doctrine which needs to be answered.… Read more
call the prayer of Matthew 6:9-13 “The Lord’s Prayer.” Members of the church of
Christ generally call it “The Model Prayer,” while referring to the prayer of
John 17 as “The Lord’s Prayer.” This is because the words of John 17 are an
actual prayer of the Lord to His Father, and the prayer of Matthew 6 was a
model for Jesus’ disciples.
call Matthew 6:9-13 “The Model Prayer,” do we understand that it is no longer
the pattern for Christians today?… Read more