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Did the Holy Spirit Dwell in Old Testament Believers? Or Should We Be Asking Something Else?

If one were to do a bit of reading, he would see that many who have historically asked the first titled question really intend to answer, “Was the Holy Spirit active in an Old Testament believer’s salvation and sanctification?” And, because most would at least say that the Spirit was active at the initial point […]

Was The Holy Spirit Active in an Old Testament Believer’s Sanctification and Salvation?

Most would at least say that the Spirit was active at the initial point of a believer’s salvation in the OT (cf. Deut 30:6 with Rom 2:29). Good theologians begin to disagree when it comes to claiming that believers are progressively sanctified by the Spirit in the same way from one testament to the next. […]

Have You Been Anointed by the Spirit?

In contrast to antichrists who deny essential truths about Jesus Christ (1 John 2:18–19; cf.2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7), the readers of 1 John are told, “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge” (1 John 2:20), literally translated, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and […]

The Power of the Spirit in Conversion

We have a guest speaker this Sunday at my church. He’ll be preaching from 1 Thessalonians 1, and this is a blurb I’ve pulled from my dissertation and added to our bulletin to complement his sermon. Paul reminded to the Thessalonians that “our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power […]

From Outpouring to Baptism: Why the Change in Metaphor? (part 2)

Last week we saw that the OT prophets prophesied the Spirit’s outpouring, and John the Baptist prophesied that Christ would baptize with the Spirit. After having considered why there was a change of metaphor, we might ask, does the change of metaphor make any difference? In one sense, it makes no difference to say that we […]

From Outpouring to Baptism: Why the Change in Metaphor?

Several prophets prophesied that the Spirit of God would be poured out upon those who God graced to receive such a pouring (Ezek 39:29, Joel 2:28–29, and Zech 12:10). One would expect that John the Baptist’s message of the Spirit’s work to come would use this same metaphor of pouring, especially when the OT prophesied […]

Spiritual Gifts for Today

Yesterday, I posted a list of nine spiritual gifts that I believe are no longer operative today. Here is a list of the remaining six that have been in use in the church since its birth at Pentecost.1 Teaching (Rom 12:7; cf. teachers, 1 Cor 12:28, 29): Teaching involves one’s proper understanding and effective communication of […]

Spiritual Gifts That Ceased at the End of the Apostolic Era

Paul lists nine spiritual gifts in 1 Cor 12:8–10, all of which I believe to have ceased sometime shortly after the end of the apostolic era. Here is a list of those gifts with a brief description of each. Word of Wisdom (1 Cor 12:8): A word of wisdom involved prophecy that had more to do with the […]

What Is the Filling of the Spirit?

The word pimplemi is used to indicate some type of “filling” several times in the books of Luke and Acts. When this “filling” is with the Holy Spirit, dramatic events typically take place. John the Baptist was “filled with the Holy Spirit” for the exercise of his prophetic office (Luke 1:15). “Elizabeth was filled with […]