EDUCATING OUR WORLD

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. However, there is much mystery about who the Holy Spirit is, as well as how He works. In this series, we examine the Person and work of the Spirit of God. In addition, we will look at such topics as spiritual gifts and divine healing. We will discover many exciting truths about the lesser known Person of the Trinity.

The Identity Of The Holy Spirit

In this book we will find out what the Bible has to say about the identity of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? Is He merely a force that comes from God or is He more than that? In this part of the course we will discover the biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit is that He is God – the Third Person of the Trinity.

Question 1: Why Is It Important To Study The Subject Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 2: What Is The Proper Way Of Approaching The Subject Of The Spirit Of God?
Question 3: Why Is The Subject Of The Holy Spirit Neglected?
Question 4: Who Is The Holy Spirit? (The Spirit Of God)
Question 5: Is The Holy Spirit A Person?
Question 6: Does The New Testament Depart From The Normal Rules Of Grammar To Indicate The Personality Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 7: Could The Holy Spirit Merely Be The Personification Of God’s Power?
Question 8: Why Is The Holy Spirit Spoken Of In The Neuter Gender?
Question 9: Why Do Some Argue That The Holy Spirit Is An Impersonal Force?
Question 10: What Do We Learn About The Nature Of The Spirit Of God From The Old Testament?
Question 11: Is The Holy Spirit Called God?
Question 12: Is The Holy Spirit Associated On An Equal Basis With God The Father And God The Son?
Question 13: Does The Holy Spirit Have The Attributes Of God?
Question 14: Has The Holy Spirit Performed Divine Works?
Question 15: What Different Titles Are Ascribed To The Spirit Of God?
Question 16: Why Is The Holy Spirit Called, “The Spirit Of Jesus Christ” And “The Spirit Of Jesus?”
Question 17: Should The Holy Spirit Be Singled Out For Worship?
Question 18: Whom Does The Holy Spirit Proceed From? (Procession, Filioque Controversy)
Question 19: What Is The “Name” Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 20: Who Are The Seven Spirits?
Question 21: Is There A Counterfeit Holy Spirit?
Question 22: What Symbols Does The Bible Use To Describe The Holy Spirit?
Question 23: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To A Dove?
Question 24: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To Water?
Question 25: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To Fire?
Question 26: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To The Wind?
Question 27: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To Clothing?
Question 28: Why Is The Holy Spirit Compared To A Pledge Or Guarantee?
Question 29: Why Is The Holy Spirit Associated With Anointing With Oil?
Question 30: Why Is The Seal, Or Insignia, A Symbol Of God’s Spirit?
Question 31: Is There A Difference Between The Holy Spirit And The Holy Ghost?

The Holy Spirit How He Works

The Bible has much to say about the work of the Holy Spirit. In this book we will find out how the Holy Spirit has worked in the past in His various ministries. In addition, we will consider the present work of the Holy Spirit. This should give us a general understanding of His workings.

Question 1: How Does The Holy Spirit Work?
Question 2: How Does The Holy Spirit Help Run The Universe?
Question 3: How Did The Holy Spirit Work In Relation To The Authorship Of Scripture?
Question 4: What Is The Role Of The Holy Spirit In The Interpretation Of Scripture?
Question 5: How Did The Holy Spirit (The Spirit Of The Lord) Work During The Old Testament Period?
Question 6: Did The Holy Spirit Indwell All Believers During The Old Testament Period?
Question 7: Was The Holy Spirit Upon Believers During The Old Testament Period But In Them During New Testament Times?
Question 8: What Was The Relationship Of The Holy Spirit To The Earthly Life Of Jesus? 
Question 9: What Were The Three Occasions When The Holy Spirit Came Down In A Special Way?
Question 10: What Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit In Relation To The Formation And The Functioning Of The Church?
Question 11: What Is The Role of the Holy Spirit In The Missionary Enterprise Of The Church?
Question 12: How Does The Holy Spirit Work In Church Organization And Government?
Question 13: How Does The Holy Spirit Work During A Worship Service?
Question 14: What Is The Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit? (The Unpardonable Sin)
Question 15: How Does Someone Today Blaspheme The Holy Spirit?
Question 16: How Did The Holy Spirit Speak To The Apostles?
Question 17: Do Paul And Luke Contradict Each Other Concerning How The Holy Spirit Works?
Question 18: What Is The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit To The Unbelieving World?
Question 19: If There Will Be A Future Great Tribulation, Then Will The Holy Spirit Work During That Time?
Question 20: If There Will Be A Future Millennium On The Earth, Then Will The Holy Spirit Work During That Time?
The Holy Spirit And Us
Question 21: What Is The Role Of The Holy Spirit Toward Human Beings?
Question 22: What Are The Various Ways In Which The Holy Spirit Works In The Life Of The Believer?
Question 23: What Does It Mean To Be “Born Of The Spirit?”
Question 24: In What Ways Does The Holy Spirit Give Life?
Question 25: What Is The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 26: When Does A Person Receive The Holy Spirit?
Question 27: Are There Outward Signs Of Receiving The Holy Spirit?
Question 28: Do People Need To Ask, Or Pray, For The Holy Spirit? (Luke 11:13)
Question 29: Can A Person Lose The Holy Spirit?
Question 30: Does The Holy Spirit Baptize The Believer With Fire?
Question 31: What Does It Mean To Be Slain In The Spirit?
Question 32: How Does The Holy Spirit ‘Seal’ The Believer?
Question 33: What Is The Anointing Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 34: How Does A Person Become Filled With The Holy Spirit?
Question 35: What Are The Results Of Being Filled With The Holy Spirit?
Question 36: Is Speaking In Tongues Always A Result Of Being Filled With the Holy Spirit?
Question 37: What Is The Fruit Of The Spirit?
Question 38: How Does The Holy Spirit Help Free The Believer From Sin?
Question 39: Can A Person Impede The Work Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 40: How Does The Holy Spirit Guide The Believer?
Question 41: How Does The Holy Spirit Work With Spiritual Uncertainty?
Question 42: Should We Pray Directly To The Holy Spirit?
Question 43: Should Our Experience With The Holy Spirit Be The Same As Jesus?

The Various Gifts Of The Holy Spirit - What Abilities Has God Given To Believers?

The Bible says that God has given believers “spiritual gifts” to do the work of the ministry. What are these spiritual gifts? How many of them are there? Who has them? In this book, we look at the different gifts of the Holy Spirit that are listed in the New Testament. Since each and every believer has at least one spiritual gift it is important that we know what our gift is.

Question 1: Was Apostle A Spiritual Gift Or An Office?
Question 2: What Is The Exact Nature Of The Ministry Of An Apostle?
Question 3: What Were The Signs Of An Apostle?
Question 4: What Were The Twelve Apostles? In What Sense Were They Unique?
Question 5: Were Others, Apart From The Twelve Called Apostles?
Question 6: Was Paul The Twelfth Apostle?
Question 7: Were There Female Apostles? (Junia)
Question 8: Are There Still Apostles Today?
Question 9: What Is The Gift Of Prophecy?
Question 10: Were The New Testament Prophetic Messages Given Without Error?
Question 11: What Rules Does The New Testament Give For Prophesying At A Worship Service?
Question 12: Is The Gift Of Prophecy Still Available For The Church?
Question 13: If There Are Modern-Day Prophetic Utterances, Then How Can They Be Tested?
Question 14: If There Are Modern-Day Prophetic Utterances, Should They Be Given The Same Authority As Scripture?
Question 15: Were The Various Details Of A Prophecy To Be Judged Or The Prophecy Itself?
Question 16: What Is The Pastoral Gift?
Question 17: Can Women Have The Gift Of Pastor?
Question 18: Is Pastor/Teacher One Gift Or Two?
Question 19: What Is The Gift Of Teaching?
Question 20: What Is The Gift Of Administration? (Ruling, Leadership)
Question 21: What Is The Gift Of An Evangelist?
Question 22: What Is The Gift Of Exhortation? (Encouragement)
Question 23: What Is The Gift Of Giving?
Question 24: What Is The Gift Of Faith?
Question 25: What Is The Gift Of Ministering, Or Service? (Helps)
Question 26: What Is The Gift Of Showing Mercy?
Question 27: What Is The Gift Of Miracles?
Question 28: Why Don’t Believers Today Perform The Same Miraculous Works As Early Christians?
Question 29: Doesn’t Scripture Promise That Miraculous Signs Will Follow Those Who Believe? (Mark 16:16-18)
Question 30: Does Paul Say That Signs And Wonders Are Part Of The Gospel Message? (The Full Gospel)
Question 31: What Are The Tests For Assessing Any Present-Day Claims Of Miracles?
Question 32: What Is The Gift Of Healing?
Question 33: What Is The Gift Of Discernment, Or Distinguishing, Of Spirits?
Question 34: What Is The Gift Of The Word Of Knowledge?
Question 35: What Is The Gift Of The Word Of Wisdom?

Are All Spiritual Gifts For Today

The work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer can be divided into two categories – spiritual gifts and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are the abilities that God gives each believer to do the work of the ministry while how we allow these gifts to work in our lives comes under the heading of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
This book deals with the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, or spiritual gifts. This subject, which had been neglected for so long among Christians, has now become something of unprecedented interest in recent years.
There are a number of issues concerning spiritual gifts where good people disagree. We will do our best to present the best case that each side offers and let the reader decide which is the most consistent with biblical revelation. Because this area of study is not fundamental to the faith, there is room for disagreement among Bible-believing Christians. We trust that our discussion will add light to a subject that is too often controlled by emotions rather than solid biblical understanding. We have written this book to be used by all Christians – no matter what their particular belief about spiritual gifts. Its purpose is to clearly present the various views that Bible-believing Christians have on this subject. The material is written in such a way that all Christians who want a further understanding of what the Bible says, and what various groups believe about the subject of spiritual gifts, can study and benefit from it. Above all, it is our desire to emphasize what unites us in Jesus Christ – not what divides us.
We have purposefully not taken a stand on this issue. Instead we have presented the best arguments that we could find for both perspectives. This way Christians from various points of view can use this material on this controversial subject. It will help everyone understand why there are fundamental disagreements between Bible-believing Christians regarding these certain gifts. We trust that the exercise of studying spiritual gifts will not only be beneficial intellectually but that it will also encourage each believer to use his or her gift to the fullest extent for advancement of the kingdom of God. Gifts are indeed to be studied; but they are also to be used. Therefore let us learn everything that we can about them and then let us put into practice what we have learned.

Introduction To Spiritual Gifts - Foundational Truths About The Gifts Of The Spirit
Question 1: Why Is It Important To Study The Subject Of Spiritual Gifts?
Question 2: How Do Various Christian Groups View Spiritual Gifts? (Charismatics, Cessationists, Pentecostals, Dispensationalists, Covenant Theology)
Question 3: What Are Spiritual Gifts?
Question 4: What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Spiritual Gifts?
Question 5: What Are The Differences Between Spiritual Gifts And Human Talents?
Question 6: Were There Spiritual Gifts Given During The Old Testament Period?
Question 7: What Are The Various Spiritual Gifts That The Bible Lists?
Question 8: In What Ways Have Believers Classified The Gifts Of The Spirit?
Question 9: What Does The Bible Have To Say About The Christian And Spiritual Gifts?
Question 10: Are Some Spiritual Gifts More Important Than Others?
Question 11: What Is The Purpose Of Spiritual Gifts?
Question 12: When Do Believers Receive Their Spiritual Gifts?
Question 13: Do People Receive Either The Holy Spirit, Or Spiritual Gifts By The Laying On Of Hands?
Question 14: Does The Bible Tell Believers To Desire The Best Gifts?

Part 2: Are All Spiritual Gifts For Today?
Question 15: What Arguments Are Given For The Cessation Of The Sign Gifts? (The Cessationist Position)
Question 16: What Are The Arguments That The Purpose Of The Sign Gifts Indicate They Have Now Ceased?
Question 17: Why Do Some Argue That The Purpose Of The Sign Gifts Shows That They Have Not Ceased?
Question 18: What Are The Arguments That Evidence From The Plan Of God Indicates The Sign Gifts Have Now Ceased?
Question 19: What Are The Arguments That Evidence From The Plan Of God Does Not Indicate That The Sign Gifts Have Ceased?
Question 20: What Are The Arguments From The New Testament That The Sign Gifts Have Ceased?
Question 21: What Are The Arguments From The New Testament That The Sign Gifts Have Not Ceased?
Question 22: What Are The Arguments From The Book Of Acts That The Sign Gifts Have Ceased?
Question 23: What Are The Arguments From The Book Of Acts That The Sign Gifts Have Not Ceased?
Question 24: What Are The Arguments From Church History That The Sign Gifts Have Ceased?
Question 25: What Are The Arguments From Church History That The Sign Gifts Have Not Ceased?
Question 26: What Are The Argument From Personal Experience That The Sign Gifts No Longer Operate?
Question 27: What Are The Arguments From Experience For The Permanence Of The Sign Gifts?
Question 28: What Is The Case For Saying That All Of The Original Spiritual Gifts Still Exist? (The Non-Cessationist Position)
Question 29: When Paul Said, “God’s Gifts Were Irrevocable” Was He Speaking About Spiritual Gifts? (Romans 11:29)
Question 30: How Does A Person Discover Their Spiritual Gifts?
Question 31: What Are The Benefits Of Knowing Your Spiritual Gift?
Question 32: How Can We Help Children Develop Their Spiritual Gifts?
Question 33: Is Possession Of Spiritual Gifts Equated With Spiritual Maturity?
Question 34: Why Is There So Much Division Among Christians Over Spiritual Gifts?
Question 35: What Observations And Conclusions Should We Make Regarding The Subject Of Spiritual Gifts

Baptism With The Holy Spirit

This book deals with the difficult topic of the baptism with the Holy Spirit as well as with the filling of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately there has been much division among believers as to the meaning of these terms and how they are meant to be appropriated in our lives. Our desire is to give a basic understanding of the various views of this subject with a list of their strengths and weaknesses. We will then come to some conclusions regarding this important ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Question 1: What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit? (Spirit Baptism)
Question 2: Was The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Predicted In The Old Testament?
Question 3: What Are The Various Views As To When A Person Receives The Baptism With The Holy Spirit?
Question 4: What Are The Arguments For The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Being A Second Experience Following Salvation?
Question 5: Why Do Some Argue That Speaking In Tongues Is A Sign Of Receiving The Baptism With The Holy Spirit?
Question 6: In What Sense Is The Holy Spirit Given Only To Those Who Obey God? (Acts 5:32)
Question 7: If The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Occurs After Salvation, Then What Are The Conditions For Reception?
Question 8: Is The Baptism With The Holy Spirit The Same As Receiving The Holy Spirit After A Person Believes?
Question 9: Did The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Occur Once For Everyone At Pentecost?
Question 10: Does The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Occur The Moment Each Individual Believer Is Saved?
Question 11: Do Paul And Luke Mean Different Things By The Phrase, “Baptism With The Holy Spirit?”
Question 12: Does The Baptism With The Holy Spirit Normally, But Not Necessarily, Occur At The Moment Of Salvation?
Question 13: Was Jesus Baptized With The Holy Spirit?
Question 14: Is The Baptism With The Holy Spirit The Same Thing As Regeneration Or Rebirth?
Question 15: What Is The Filling Of The Holy Spirit?
Question 16: Is The Baptism With The Spirit The Same As The Filling With The Holy Spirit?
Question 17: What Happened On The Day Of Pentecost With Respect To The Holy Spirit And Believers?
Question 18: In What Sense Was Joel’s Prophecy Fulfilled At Pentecost?
Question 19: Why Did Peter And John Lay Hands On The Samaritans To Have Them Receive The Holy Spirit? (Acts 8)
Question 20: Did The Apostle Paul Receive The Holy Spirit After His Conversion? (Acts 9)
Question 21: What Happened When The Gentiles First Received The Holy Spirit? (Acts 10)
Question 22: Why Did The Apostle Paul Ask Certain Disciples If They Received The Holy Spirit Upon Believing? (Acts 19)
Question 23: Why Did The Holy Spirit Work Differently With Four Particular Groups In Acts?
Question 24: Does The Book Of Acts Provide Any Pattern For Believers To Receive The Holy Spirit?
Question 25: What Happened In The Upper Room When Jesus Told His Disciples To Receive The Holy Spirit? (John 20:22)
Question 26: Is There A Difference Between The Holy Spirit Being “In” A Person And “Upon” A Person?
Question 27: What Is Meant By The Statement, “The Spirit Is Not Yet Given?” (John 7:37-39)
Question 28: Was The Holy Spirit Only With Believers, And Not In Them Before The Day Of Pentecost? (John 14:16,17)
Question 29: What Conclusions Can Be Made Concerning The Baptism With The Holy Spirit? (Spirit Baptism)

Speaking In Tongues

Of all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the one that has caused more discussion than any of the others is the gift of speaking in tongues. The fact that such a gift was given to the church is acknowledged by every Bible-believer. However, beyond that, there are controversies concerning almost every aspect of the gift. There is debate as to who received the gift. There is a question as to whether women ever spoke in tongues. Differences of opinion exist as to whether the tongue-speaking was in a known language or some type of ecstatic utterance. Finally, there are differences as to whether the gift was to continue in the church.
In this book, we look at these particular issues. It is our desire to give the best arguments that all sides bring forward in an effort to come to some understanding of the issue. Above all, any view we do hold on this particular subject should be held with grace and humility.

Question 1: What Is The Gift Of Speaking In Tongues?
Question 2: Were Those Who Spoke In Tongues In An Ecstatic Uncontrolled State?
Question 3: Why Do Some Believe The Gift Of Tongues Has Ceased?
Question 4: What Are The Arguments That The Gift Of Tongues Has Not Ceased But Is Still To Be Used In The Church Today?
Question 5: What Did Paul Mean By The Statement, “When The Perfect Has Come The Imperfect Will Be Done Away?” (1 Corinthians 13:10)
Question 6: Is There A Difference Between The Gift Of Tongues And The Sign Of Tongues?
Question 7: In What Sense Is Speaking In Tongues A Sign To Those Who Do Not Believe (1 Corinthians 14:22)
Question 8: Must A Person Speak In Tongues To Be Saved?
Question 9: Should A Person Seek To Speak In Tongues?
Question 10: Is Speaking In Tongues To Edify Oneself A Proper Goal (1 Corinthians 14:4)
Question 11: Does Speaking In Tongues Have A Devotional Purpose?
Question 12: What Does It Mean To Pray In The Spirit?
Question 13: Does Paul’s Statement About “Inexpressible Groans” Refer To Praying In Tongues? (Romans 8:26,27)
Question 14: Is There Such A Thing As Singing In Tongues?
Question 15: Is It Proper To Gather To Speak In Tongues?
Question 16: Does The Bible Allow For Believers To Give Messages In Tongues?
Question 17: Why Were Women Told To Keep Silent In Church? Were They Allowed To Speak In Tongues? (1 Corinthians 14:33,34)
Question 18: What Is The Proper Procedure For Using Tongues In A Meeting?
Question 19: Were The Tongues In Scripture Known Languages?
Question 20: Could Tongue-Speaking Be Heavenly Languages (Ecstatic Utterances) Rather Than Known Earthly Languages?
Question 21: If Certain Tongue Speaking Does Not Come From God, Where Does It Come From?
Question 22: Didn’t Paul Have A Number Of Good Things To Say About The Gift On Tongues?
Question 23: What Is The Gift Of Interpretation Of Tongues?

Divine Healing: Does God Want To Heal Everyone?

One of the most controversial ministries of the Holy Spirit is that of divine healing. Does God want to heal everyone? To what degree is faith involved in the healing of the body? If someone is not healed is that because they did not have enough faith? In this book we consider these, as well as other important issues, regarding the healing of the body.
We will begin by looking at certain misconceptions which are commonly held with respect to the subject of divine healing. After setting the record straight, we will then we have a detailed look at the major issues that surround this subject. This involves looking at what the Old Testament has to say about the subject, the four gospels, the Book of Acts, and the New Testament letters.

Question 1: What Are Some Of The Common Misconceptions Surrounding The Subject Of Divine Healing?
Question 2: What Does The Old Testament Have To Say About God Supernaturally Healing The Sick?
Question 3: Did The Lord Ever Send Sickness As Judgment During The Old Testament Period?
Question 4: Are There Old Testament Examples Of Believers Being Sick Which Was Not A Result Of Personal Sin?
Question 5: Did Jesus Christ Miraculously Heal The Sick?
Question 6: What Do We Discover About The Various Reports Of Healing Found In Jesus’ Ministry?
Question 7: What Methods Did Jesus Use To Heal The Sick?
Question 8: Why Did Jesus Heal The Sick?
Question 9: What Was The Response Of The People Of Jesus’ Day To His Healings?
Question 10: What Do We Learn From The Healing Miracles Of Jesus’ Disciples Which Are Found In The Four Gospels?
Question 11: What Do We Learn From The Healing Miracles Of Jesus’ Disciples Which Are Found In The Book Of Acts?
Question 12: What Do The New Testament Letters Have To Say About Divine Healing?
Question 13: Does The New Testament Give Examples Of Faith Healers?
Question 14: Does God Want To Heal Everyone?
Question 15: What About Verses That Seem To Promise Healing? (Healing In The Atonement)
Question 16: According To The Bible, Why Do People Get Sick?
Question 17: Should A Person Who Is Sick Seek Supernatural Healing? Is It Lack Of Faith To Consult A Doctor?
Question 18: Does The Bible Make A Distinction Between Sickness And Other Types Of Suffering?
Question 19: Why Did James Tell Sick People To Be Anointed With Oil? (James 5)
Question 20: Is The Devil Able To Miraculously Heal The Sick? What About Reports Of Healings In Non-Christian Religions?          
Question 21: What Would Constitute A Modern-Day Miraculous Healing?

ABOUT DON STEWART

Don Stewart is an internationally recognized Christian apologist and speaker. He graduated cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary and the International Seminar in Theology and Law in Strasbourg, France, as well as from Biola University. Don is also a best-selling and award-winning author/co-author of over seventy books. [ read more ]

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