“Filled With the Holy Ghost”

Was the phrase “filled with the Holy Ghost” referring to the miraculous CAUSE of the Word being spoken, or the non-miraculous EFFECT of hearing the Word? The reader is encouraged to study the following Scriptures:

· Luke 1:15 – “filled” (by hearing?)

· Luke 1:41 – “filled…spake”

· Luke 1:67 – “filled…prophesied”

· Acts 2:4 – “filled…speak…tongues”

· Acts 4:8 – “filled…said”

· Acts 4:31 – “filled…spake”

· Acts 7:55 – “full of…said”

· Acts 9:17 – “filled” (by hearing? See Galatians 1:11-22)

· Acts 13:9 – “filled…said”

· Eph.… Read more

“He Breathed on Them and Saith…Receive Ye the Holy Ghost”

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

Holy Spirit Baptism, or Water Baptism?

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

The Question of Praying to the Holy Spirit

Should 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