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
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
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