You don’t really believe in the Holy Spirit do you?

Posted by Matt Lane on May 9th, 2011 filed in Christian Living

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6 Responses to “You don’t really believe in the Holy Spirit do you?”

  1. Holly Says:

    I attend one of those churches in the denomination you spoke about, and I completely, totally and unashamedly believe in the Holy Spirit and what He does. : )

  2. Matt Lane Says:

    Awesome!

  3. Ben Says:

    do you have the holly spirit? or do you just believe.

  4. Matt Lane Says:

    Hi Ben, thanks for stopping by. The Bible states that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and and so then the Spirit dwells within us. So practically speaking, we have nothing, Jesus has us through the power of the Holy Spirit. But yes we must believe in Jesus and trust in him because we cannot fix anything between us and God and that he (Jesus) is the only way to have our sin’s forgiven and for us to have a right relationship with God. Read all about it here.

    I hope that helps.

    Matt

  5. Liese4 Says:

    I have a question. My friend says that the Holy Spirit is in everyone, eventually leading that person to Jesus. I said that I thought the HS was a gift that came to you after you believed in Jesus. If the HS doesn’t mean that you have to believe in Jesus, then people could say that it led them to Buddha or a higher consciousness or the spirit of the earth. Also, if we are all born sinners and the HS can’t abide in sin (because it is God) then how would people just already have the spirit in them? I was brought up that you believe in Jesus and then receive the HS, not that it was already there guiding me even when I wouldn’t have known what it was. Which is correct?

  6. Matt Lane Says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by!

    As to the HS being in everyone and leading everyone to Jesus, that can’t be true after reading Revelation chapters 21-21. Clearly some are in and some are out. Specifically Rev 20:15. If everyone was led to Jesus then all would be in the Book which the Bible clearly states is not true. If you follow that to it’s logical conclusion, would the HS have to then leave that person before being thrown in the the lake of fire? Again that doesn’t make any logical sense and moreover there is no evidence in the Bible of this happening.

    Acts 2:38 and Acts 10:45 give us a pretty good understanding of how the sequence of events happens but in short, yes when one truly believes then the Holy Spirit is received. Without Jesus, one cannot have the gift of the Holy Spirit for the reasons you point out and more.

    So the real question to ask you friend is, when you believed in Jesus, did you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? If as John Piper says there is little evidence then maybe there is no belief.

    Hope that helps.

    Matt

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