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The Holy Spirit is much too great for anyone to have all the answers. The following are questions frequently asked.
What is the Trinity?
Many of the Christian Faith view God as a Trinity, where God, Jesus, and the Spirit are One, and yet separate; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
Where is He?
The Spirit abides within every born again Child of God. Many Christians are uncertain about this and seem to think that God is still, just out there somewhere.
Throughout the Bible, we see Scripture stating that God is in Heaven, seated on His Throne. However, God is omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere, (Acts 7:55).
According to the Scriptures, at the time of salvation, He enters His Spirit into the new, born again Believer. If you are a Christian, the Spirit abides within you, and is as close as your breath, (Jn 17: 20-23).
Why does God place the Holy Spirit in each of His people?
The indwelling Spirit not only comforts, leads and inspires each Child of God, but also desires to work through him/her to accomplish His will.
We must understand that, through the Spirit, the power of God lives within every child of God. The Spirit works through Gods children by inspiring and prompting their actions and spoken words.
When you fully believe and understand the significance of having the Spirit abiding within you, you will have no doubts about His miracle working power.
Is it necessary to have the Holy Spirit in order to be saved?
Receiving the Spirit is a part of being saved. In other words, we receive the Spirit at the time of our salvation: "Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit," (Acts 2:38-39).
Is there a difference in being filled with the Spirit, and in being empowered by the Spirit?
Many of our church leaders refer to them as the same; however, we must remember that Jesus comes into us to live by the Spirit, at the time of salvation. This is not the same as the empowerment the Early Church Believers received on the day of Pentecost.
Jesus said: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;..." (Acts 1:8).
The Bible records a special time when the Power of the Spirit was poured out on "all" men. After the Spirit had fallen, on the day of Pentecost, some of the onlookers heard the disciples and others speaking in tongues, and began to make fun, and to suggest that they were drunk.
But Peter stood up and said:
"These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It is only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." (Acts 2:15-17)
By saying on all people, He obviously was not talking about only the Apostles.
We must accept God's Word, and not man's. Pray and search the Scriptures. Allow God to reveal His Truths to you personally.
Why are the power and gifts of the Spirit not
evident in the lives of some Christians?
The main reasons are; lack of knowledge; lack of understanding; and the lack of faith.
Lack of knowledge: "My people are destroyed for Lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
We must study to learn the many benefits of the Spirit and how He works through God's children.
Lack of understanding, and revelation of God's Word: We should pray for revelation and understanding. Paul's prayer for all Believers was:
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation," "that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints," "his incomparably great power for us who believe," (Eph 1:17-19).
Lack of Faith: Unable to make the commitment to believe the Word of God:
"That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does," (James 1:7-9).
The Holy Spirit desires to instill a deep and lasting, peace, confidence, and assurance in all Believers, so that they will have no fear of the present, or the future. He also guides us into all truth; and works through us to accomplish his purposes on earth, (Jn 16:7-11).
Samuel L Mills