God’s Will under One’s Foot

The devout gentile, Cornelius, in the time during the first century was most fortunate to have an angel come to him (Acts 10:1-8). The angel gave him no words from God wherein at that moment he was saved, but he was told by the angel to send for one apostle, Peter, that belonged to God. From Peter he would hears words that must be heard and obeyed. Did Cornelius know what he was going to hear? Not exactly, but he knew that from God’s servant he was going to hear something, and we can be sure that Cornelius expected to hear something relative to spirituality. Dutifully and full of excitement Cornelius sent messengers to call for Peter. Peter comes to the house of Cornelius, teaching the truth of God. Cornelius obeyed the message he heard, becoming a Christian.

Later, in Jerusalem, Peter explained himself when called upon by others to do so (Acts 11:1-18).

There are some points we do not want to lose sight of in these two chapters of Acts (chapters 10 and 11). First, Cornelius was called upon by God (through an angel) to hear words that would come from Peter (Acts 10:6). Second, when Peter explained this situation to those who questioned him, he made clear that the words spoken were the words of eternal life (Acts 11:14). Third, as Peter spoke to those who assembled together to hear him, the Holy Spirit came down upon “all who heard the word” (10:44). This point of the Holy Spirit coming down on them was to confirm in the mind of Peter (others) that God accepted more than just the people of Jewish heritage (11:17). In 11:19, one can see how this new way of thinking was an initial struggle for those who came out of Judaism. Fourth, that which Paul taught the Philippians jailor (Acts 16:31-33) was the exact same as that which Peter taught Cornelius (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:17; 15:11). Thus, fifth, though the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and those who heard the word, they were not saved until they had believed and were baptized (10:48). Peter called this “repentance to life” (11:18).

Objection considered. Someone might reply that Cornelius had to be saved before baptism because in Acts 11:17, the gift was received because they believed in the Lord. This means they were saved before baptism. First, look at the verse again. Peter referred to himself and those of Jewish heritage in receiving this gift from God (Acts 2:1-4). Second, with this recognition that Cornelius did indeed believe on the Lord, because the Almighty included baptism and repentance in His plan of salvation (John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38), to relegate baptism as unnecessary to salvation is to take God’s will and put it under one’s foot because of doctrinal ideology, not biblical teaching. Third, Peter knew that baptism in the name of the Lord was “with a view to” the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Acts 2:38), since he taught it by inspiration and the authority of the Holy Spirit. There is no biblical reason, there is no emotional reason and there is no logical reason for him to say (or accept) but that their salvation was contingent upon them submitting to the death of the old life and the resurrection of the new in the watery grave of baptism.

Therefore, the purpose of Holy Spirit’s outpouring in Acts 10 was not toward salvation, but with a view toward confirmation (cf. Hebrews 2:1-4). RT


#baptism, #cornelius, #doctrine, #holy-spirit, #under-foot

7-22-2015 The Holy Spirit Or The Written Word?

Why do people listen to what God says first but not last? Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit when He said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26 NKJV). When this happened on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 14-22), “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:20 NKJV). Those miracles cease when the word “was confirmed to us” (Hebrews 2:3). Scripture says, “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37 NKJV). The written Word is God’s Message today.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#holy-spirit, #miracles, #signs, #written-word

Hugh’s News & Views (The Holy Spirit)


Quite possibly more confusion exists with reference to the Holy Spirit than any other Bible subject. The divine personality of the Holy Spirit is not recognized by many people, and how He works in the conviction and conversion of sinners and in the life of a Christian is often misunderstood. A single essay on the subject cannot answer all questions, but some basic truths may help clear the path to a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and His work. Continue reading

#holy-spirit, #hughfulford

Inconsistencies concerning the conviction and correction of a sinner and the Holy Spirit

There are some in the religious world, and perhaps even several within the church herself, who consistently claim that the Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of sinners through means outside of the word of God. Although I believe that most are sincere in their claim, I also believe the majority of those who are sincere are also inconsistent with their belief.

This inconsistency is seen when one person who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit via a “religious experience” attempts to inform another individual who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit via a differing “religious experience” resulting in a salvation, belief and testimony from a completely different process that their experience was wrong and then they attempt to use the word of God to prove it.

Do you see the inconsistency?

If conviction (salvation) for the sinner comes from a religious experience and not from the word of God alone, then what does it matter if one “religious experience” matches another? Who is to say that anyone’s “experience” is wrong whether we’re talking about Joseph Smith or Charles Russell or Ellen G. White or any TV preacher who calls on people to lay hands on the TV for their religious experience?

Furthermore, the inconsistency of the position is revealed through the very attempt made at correcting the inconsistent “religious experience” by using the consistency of the word of God.

If the word of God is going to be used as the guideline for correcting error, then the very word of God, by default, becomes the standard by which the conviction should have taken place to begin with. You cannot honestly say that a conviction can come by the Holy Spirit operating directly on someone outside of the word of God and then turn around and tell someone their experience of that “direct operation” was wrong because it does not align with what the Spirit teaches through the word – that’s inconsistent!

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to the conviction and correction (that leads to salvation) of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of a sinner, the work of Spirit is accomplished through the consistent guidance of His word and not through the inconsistent “religious experiences” that vary and contradict each other and the word of God itself.

But if your belief is that the direction operation of the Holy Spirit is indeed the mode of conviction and correction that God has chosen, then you would do well to stop saying that the “religious experiences” of others resulting from that direct operation is in error because if there is going to be no consistency then attempting to be consistent is very inconsistent within itself.

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:36-38)

#conversion, #conviction, #direct-operation-of-the-holy-spirit, #holy-spirit, #religious-experience

If the Holy Spirit isn’t a person then how…

If the Holy Spirit isn’t a person (as some in the religious world contend) then how can you blaspheme him? Sure, the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit can bring up several questions, but one question that it sure seems to put to bed is whether the Spirit is a person or a “force” that accomplishes the will of God.

Keep that in mind the next time someone knocks on the door to talk to you about the Bible and God’s kingdom…I mean the New World Translation and the kingdom hall.

Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32)

#blasphemy, #doctrine, #holy-spirit, #jehovahs-witnesses

Have You Used This Class Book?

For the third and fourth quarters of the adult class we’re going to go over the topics of the Holy Spirit and angels. For the most part I’m going to put together the materials for the class on angels but I’ve been looking for a decent (multi-aspect covering) class book on the Holy Spirit and I found one that’s published by Winkler Publications in their “Life Changing Studies with an Open Bible” series called, “The Holy Spirit – Questions Often Asked.

My question is, has anyone used this particular class book before? And if you haven’t used it, is there another 13-week class book that you’re aware of?

#bible-class-material, #holy-spirit

Holy Comforter

Do you trust the Bible to be true? Do you believe it is God’s Word? Do you believe that God cannot lie? (Titus 1:2) Then I have some good news for you.

I would not even hazard a guess about you, but there are times that I find myself in need of comfort. No matter how close we might be to another human, there are simply times when I need more comfort that a mere human can supply. As I have said before, there have been times when I was to the point that I did not even know how to pray..to find the words I needed to talk with God. You know what? God has handled that. Let’s investigate.

Jesus (another Who cannot lie) told us: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:16)…But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, (John 14:26)…But when the Comforter is come, Whom I shall send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26)…Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. (John 16:7).

Jesus promised to send us a Holy Comforter. Jesus cannot lie. Therefore, we have received a Comforter. But how does that work? Romans 15:4 tells us that Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we, through patience and the comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, has given us all Scripture (II Timothy 3:16-17) so that we might know the Will of God, so that we might know what God wants us to do and what will be the reward of our obedience. It is through the comfort of the Scriptures that we can be assured that God will never leave us alone (Hebrews 13:5). It is through the Scriptures that we learn of the steadfast love of God and His patience and long-suffering toward mankind. When we are in a situation where we cannot pray because of our distress, it is the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, that makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered, telling God the Father what it is that we need. (Romans 8:26) The Holy Spirit is our “comfort of Love (Philippians 2:1).” If you believe in God and in the truth of His Word, there cannot possibly be a greater comfort than to realize that He has sent the Holy Spirit to be our own personal Comforter. You are never alone, for the Holy Spirit, the Holy Comforter, is always there, just as are God and Jesus.

Therefore, when you feel alone and forsaken, take heart. The Holy Spirit, that great Comforter, is always ready to lead you through the Scriptures. It is through Him that we can be comforted, knowing that God loves us and will never forsake us. All we need to do is to trust God and His Word, open the Bible and read what the Holy Comforter has inspired men to write down for us. After all, if the Scriptures are given by the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16-17) , and God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3), then the Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit, are the ultimate source of comfort in this life. I urge you to lay hold of that comfort in your life by studying your Bible

#comforter, #holy-spirit