Is the Spirit of God the same as the Holy Spirit?

Question: Is the Spirit of God the same as the Holy Spirit? Answer: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). The phrase “Spirit of God” and “Holy Spirit” refer to the same being. He is also sometimes called the Helper, the Comforter,…

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You Must Be Born Again

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 3:1-22   I.         I had a fellow ask me if I had been born again.             A.        In particular, he wanted to know how I came to believe such a thing.             B.        When I replied with I John 2:3-6; 4:6; 5:2-3, he became quite upset             C.        He wanted to know how I was born…

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Does the Holy Spirit only work through the Word?

Question: Hey brother, I know God and Christ work today, I read an article from Truth Magazine in regards to the Spirit. They used scripture to defend the Spirit only works by the word. Does the Spirit only work by the Word? Is He active in regeneration, renewing, and divine intervention? I realize He does…

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Hearing the Spirit

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Proverbs 30:5-6   I.         Many people are convinced that the Holy Spirit directly speaks to them             A.        Yet, these same people will claim things contrary to the teachings of the Bible             B.        And they rarely agree with each other II.        The Bible is the product of the Spirit             A.        It is not a product of…

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The Helper

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 16:1-15   I.         Lifting a few statements from their context can often make a writer appear to say things he never intended.             A.        It happens in politics all the time, and it happens in religion as well.             B.        In his last hours, Jesus made a series of promises concerning the Helper that…

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Understanding the Guarantee of the Holy Spirit

by Matthew W. Bassford To my knowledge, this concept appears three times in Scripture, all within the body of Paul’s writings: II Corinthians 1:22, II Corinthians 5:5, and Ephesians 1:13-14. “Guarantee” is the ESV rendering of the Greek arrabōn. Other translations use “earnest” (KJV), “deposit” (NIV), “down payment” (CSB), or “pledge” (NASB). I think it’s helpful to consider the…

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 2:29-39   I.         Our text – Acts 2:38-39             A.        When a person repents and is baptized, two things are promised: forgiveness of sin and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.                         1.         This promise is for all Christians – “As many as the Lord shall call.”                         2.         It is also not limited by…

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Isn’t the Spirit supposed to comfort me?

Question: I’m 26 but my body already seems to be falling apart. I can barely get out of bed these days. If the cause of this is heart problems or cancer or something, can I just resist treatment so I can go home and be with Jesus? I’m so depressed. I can’t be a good…

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Were the apostles filled with the Spirit twice?

Question: In Acts 4:1-31, it talks about Peter and John facing persecution, being arrested, and being released. After they are released they returned to their companions and told them about what had happened. They then prayed, and in Acts 4:31, it says they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Does this mean the apostles (depending…

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Sins Against the Holy Spirit

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 16:7-14   I.         The work of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the teachings of God to mankind             A.        It is not a work that is directly observed. Like the wind you see the effect of the Spirit’s work in people’s lives – John 3:8             B.        Jesus told his disciples that he…

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