Spiritual Gifts Archive

Is speaking in tongues THE evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

It has become increasingly common for Christians to suppose that the full gospel includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Thus the question: Is speaking in tongues the evidence of being baptized by the Holy Spirit? First, as the apostle Paul makes plain, believers are “all baptized by […]

Is there a difference between INDWELLING and INFILLING?

First, all members of true Israel are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1–17; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 4:13). As such, the Spirit dwelt in Moses (Isaiah 63:11) as well as in Matthew (John 14:17), Joshua (Numbers 27:18), and James (see Acts 15). In every epoch of time, believers are regenerated and […]

What does it mean to say the Holy Spirit is “in you?”

Over the past several decades, I have been asked the “in” question in a variety of different ways such as: What does it mean to say God is “in” my life; Jesus is “in” my heart; or the Holy Spirit is “in” me? Does it mean that everyone simultaneously has a little piece of God […]

What is essential Christian doctrine?

The importance of essential Christian doctrine can hardly be overstated. First, these are the very doctrines that form the line of demarcation between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of the cults. While we may debate nonessentials without dividing over them, when it comes to essential Christian doctrine there must be unity. Hence, the […]

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