referred to Him as the Comforter in John 15:26. The
Greek word is paraclete (paraklaytos) and that means An
Intercessor, An Advocate, a Consoler – one going to another on behalf of. To
call near, invite, invoke, beseech, exhort, intreat, pray.
Romans 8:26 and 27, Likewise the
Spirit also helps out infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit itself maketh intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered … 27 b because He makes intercession
for the saints according to the will of God.
There are some
variations in teachings on the Holy Spirit. For example: Some
churches feel it is too liberal to call Him the Holy Spirit since the KJV uses
the word Ghost and they believe this is the only correct Bible translation therefore
they feel it is very necessary to call Him ‘the Holy Ghost’. Since I am in a nondenominational
ministry I welcome all true believers in Jesus Christ and try not to argue these
We also have good Christians who believe God
is One Person in 3 manifestations and that the Holy Spirit is God the Father and
the Son also. We refer to them as Oneness. William
Branham became Oneness in belief in his later years.
Some teach that
you receive all gifts and empowerment from the Holy Spirit upon being born again. Others teach that
there is a second experience in which one receives the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- Some teach you
can be filled with the Holy Spirit but tongues are from the devil.
Some teach that
you aren’t saved unless you speak in tongues.
John 16:7 Jesus says He is going to send the Holy Spirit
to indwell each believer! He refers to our being baptized with the Holy
Spirit. His function: In Acts 1:8 Jesus says “But you shall receive power after
the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto Me.”
In Acts 2:17 It says that when the Holy Spirit comes upon
them that your sons and daughters shall prophesy and the young men will have visions and the old men
will dream dreams… these last 2 are a type of guidance and the first can be also. Examples of Prophesy… read mine. Visions: Dreams.
In John 16:8 It says He will reprove the world of sin. (reprove
in the Greek - meaning – to convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, exhort…)
Of righteousness. Of judgment.
John16:13 He states further what
the Holy Spirit will do: He
will guide us into all truth. He will show us things to come. He will
glorify Jesus Christ by showing things of God.
also said in Mark 16:15 – 18 These Holy Spirit operations will
accompany those who believe: They
shall cast out demons. Speak with
new tongues. Pick
up serpents, drink poison and not be hurt. (Again we have various beliefs by Christians.
believe this means to deliberately show your faith by picking up snakes and drinking
poison in services.
do it and live but some die.
they say the person’s faith was insufficient).
we often disagree with the brethren I believe it is still important to treat them
with love and respect since Jesus said we are to love one another.
hands on the sick and they shall recover. Some Believers say I Corinthians 13:8
teaches that all these spiritual gifts of prophecy, the gift of tongues and the
gift of knowledge will fail to continue to be evident or exercised in the church
since in verse 10 it says:
the perfect comes all of these gifts will cease. They teach that they ceased after
the first early church period was over.
it says now we know in part.
we look down to I Corinthians 13:12 it says that now we see through a glass darkly
(we say ‘in part’) but it adds that in that day we will see face to face.
… Now we know in part but then (when is that ‘then’?)
we see Him face to face … then we shall know even as also we are known now.
word perfect in verse 10 means complete in the Greek.
won’t be complete in this world.
won’t yet have seen Him face to face.
we won’t know Him as we are known.
we leave the body we will only have these things 'in part’. Therefore my conclusion
is that only then will the gifts cease.
churches believe the gifts of evangelism and healing are still present and some
believe only the gift of evangelism remains. The
church I attend believes in the gift of healing but not the gift of tongues. I
received the gift of tongues many years ago so naturally I believe it is for Christians
attended this church a long time before I found out they didn’t believe as I did. I
still attend there for a number of reasons.
are these spiritual gifts?:
Look at I Corinthians 12: 1-11 and
verse 28 – 31.
Look in I Corinthians 14 Verse 14
says if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays but my understanding is unfruitful. This clearly teaches that I don’t know the
A few weeks ago I was at a meeting at our church
where area- wide ladies of that denomination gathered. One emphasized that all should be filled with
the Holy Spirit. Afterwards I asked her about how she could
avoid speaking in tongues… She came out very strongly saying tongues were
just learned languages and Paul spoke in these because he knew the languages.
You will hear all sorts of objections to speaking or praying in tongues.
In conclusion… How do we receive these spiritual
gifts?: By receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit.