The theology, or doctrine, of the Holy Spirit. For the majority of Christians, the Holy Spirit is a person of the Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and is Almighty God.

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When did Jesus send the Holy Spirit?

I've always assumed that the Holy Spirit did not make his presence known amongst men until Pentecost. Famously, in Acts 2, the Spirit descends upon the first believers, gives them power of speech, ...
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Where in Scripture is the Holy Spirit said to be speaking directly?

God the Son speaks in Luke 5:31-32: Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” ...
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Why was it necessary for some people to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and others just received it after believing?

Some people never received the gift of the Holy Ghost until Paul gave it to them through the laying on of hands. Others it appears received it just by believing or at least it is not mentioned that ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is the difference between feeling the influence of the Holy Spirit and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between the two? What scriptures are used to best explain the differences? How does one receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
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Acording to the Bible how does one recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Does one automatically receive the Holy Ghost after they accept Christ or does it have to be received through the laying on of hands as spoken of in Acts 8? Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which ...
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Christianity and extreme, seizure-like bodily shaking

I've noticed here and there the odd practice of inducing an extreme, seizure-like bodily shaking in oneself, which seems quite strange to me; it's not at all clear what the purpose is. Some people ...
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Spiritual Gifts, how can we understand/ master them?

So I am of the understanding that Spiritual gifts, as mentioned in the book of Acts, persist today. As I understand in my reading from 1st Corinthians, we are all given different spiritual gifts. ...
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If the Holy Spirit is God, and God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell in me a sinner?

If we believe in the Trinity, in essense that the Holy Spirit is God, and we believe that God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell within me a sinner?
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Basis for Binitarianism

We hear a lot at times in church, seminary, general discussions, etc about the godhead, so that got me to wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Binitarianism? UPDATE: ...
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Can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely?

At any point, can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely so that the person may act beyond his control? I am trying to understand the Biblical view on this. My understanding is that the ...
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Who sent John the Baptist to baptize with water?

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the following account of John the Baptist's introduction of Jesus is given: 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the ...
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Does the indwelling of the Holy Spirit encompass a person's body, soul and spirit?

The Bible affirms in more than one place that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are ...
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Which English pronoun is appropriate to use when referring to the Holy Spirit in the third person? [duplicate]

According to English grammar it is conventional to utilise gender definitive pronouns in reference to beings while the gender neutral pronoun, "it," is reserved for everything else and considered ...
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The Unforgivable Sin [duplicate]

I have a question that I need answered, I am fearfully worried for my salvation!. Some time ago I went through some spiritual problems - One such thing is that I started reading about the ...
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What is the difference between being filled by the Holy Spirit and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

The book of Acts talks about people "being filled" with the Holy Spirit at various times. There is also the concept of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From the perspective that asserts these are, ...
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How did the Holy Spirit come into existence?

Who created the Holy Spirit? Did the Holy Spirit exist from the beginning or was it God who created the Holy Spirit? If it was God, then why is it said that the members of the Holy Trinity is ...
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What was the definition of the spiritual gift of the word of Knowledge in early pentecostalism?

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. The first questions are about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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Why did Jesus have to leave for the Holy Spirit to come?

John 16:7 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. Why did ...
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Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today?

In first Corinthians and other places, there is a lot of talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For example: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one ...
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Does the Holy Spirit indwell the Christian, and if so, how?

It is written that the Holy Spirit indwells the Christian, as the apostle Paulos wrote (1 Cor. 3:16 cp. 1 Cor. 6:19), Don't you know that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in ...
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What are the differences between the spirit of God and spirit of Man?

First, I thought that the spirit Christians get from God is the same as the spirit of God. Recently, I heard a sermon that asserted they are different, but gave no more details. Which verses describe ...
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How do you know that you are reborn of Spirit? [closed]

This is by far one of the most profound questions in Christianity today. We have so many different denominations stating many different things. I know that this is a large debate, but go ahead and ...
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How does one discern between thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit and those produced from themselves [closed]

This question has been nagging at me for a while, how can one tell the difference between honest-to-God inspiration from the Holy Spirit and thoughts that are induced by themselves out of the needs or ...
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What is the difference, if any, between the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives vs. the apostles lives?

I think all Christian denominations will agree as fundamental doctrine that the Holy Spirit was sent to us (the invisible church) after Christ's death on the cross (John 14:16). However, it seems like ...
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Are there any denominations that teach that the Holy Spirit is matriarchal?

Count Zinzendorf came to the aid of the Moravian Brethren. He held that the Holy Spirit was matriarchal. Are there any teachings of this perspective in early church history?
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Reformed perspective on “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us” (Acts 15:28)

Acts 15 records the Council of Jerusalem, a meeting in about 50AD of early Church leaders regarding whether Gentiles could be Christians without first becoming Jews. "After much discussion" (15:7) ...
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What is the difference between baptism of the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit?

What is the difference between baptism of the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit (or being filled with the Holy Spirit)? Do these two mean the same? I am open to the different views given by ...
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What is meant by the 'Confirmation' concerning the receiving of Holy Spirit in Acts 8:5-19?

Acts 8:5-19 (NIV) Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what ...
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What is the evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit?

There seems to be a distinction between being filled with the Holy Spirit and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts mentions the filling of the Holy Spirit several times. What ...
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How does music relate to the prophecy of God's mind?

I have been thinking about the 'aesthetic aspect of understanding' and found it surprising, when I noticed the role music had in the Bible. (I still scratch my head a bit and find it pleasurably ...
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How to know whether God truly spoke to you? [duplicate]

In many churches nowadays, there are a lot of people claiming to have the gifts of the holy spirit(prophets, speaking in tongues etc). In my experience, most of them are just looking for personal gain ...
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Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?

I have heard that some Christians consider it the only sure sign of having received the Holy Spirit, which would seem quite important. If not generally, which groups hold to this belief, and in what ...
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Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father?

Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father? It's a pretty simple question, so I don't really know if there is much I can add to the body.
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How do we know to refer to the Holy Spirit as He?

Another question really got me to thinking about the Holy Spirit. I thought it better to open a new question rather to divert the focus of that thread. So growing up, I also thought of the 1st ...
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Is the choice of a new Pope inspired by the Holy Spirit?

Are Roman Catholics required to believe that the Cardinals choice of a new Pope is inspired by the Holy Spirit? If so, how do we explain "bad" popes?
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How was the gift of the word of knowledge defined by the pioneers of the pentecostal healing revival

I will ask a series of questions concerning individual spiritual gifts (pneumatika/charismata), or manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. This second one is also about the gift of the word (logos) ...
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How did Elizabeth know the name was “John”

The angel of the Lord only spoke to Zechariah about the name of the child to be born. How did she know about the name? Did the Lord reveal this to her or her husband told her? How she know what the ...
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How does a Christian justify free thinking?

What types of Christianity promote free thinking or thinking for yourself. The more I go to church, the more I feel guilty for free thinking and feel I should be passive to let the Holy Spirit Guide ...
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Does knowing a spirit's name give special powers in controlling that spirit according to Christian theology?

A while ago I was at a resort with a man who for many years worked as a church painter. He introduced me into some pieces of Christian doctrine. He told me that the humans' souls, the angels, demons ...
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Is the Holy Spirit offered worship at any instance?

This question is similar to this one except that its on Holy Spirit: All the references where Jesus is offered worship Is there any reference in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is offered worship?
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Why is the Holy Spirit often referred as “Ghost”?

Why is the Holy Spirit often referred as the Holy "Ghost"? Does not the term ghost usually used in a negative connotation that relates to "scaring away"?
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How do Cessationists view “being filled with the Holy Spirit”

I'm aware that Cessationists do not believe in spiritual gifts. However, how do they view the process of being filled with the Holy Spirit? Tozer's How to be filled with the holy spirit defines the ...
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What are the mechanics of interaction with the Holy Spirit?

Context John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all ...
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Were Annanias and Saphira guilty of the “unforgiveable” sin?

In Acts 5 we are presented with the account of Annanias and Saphira. Summary they sold a piece of property, and then determined to lie to the Apostles and the Holy Spirit about its value, and give ...
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Holy Spirit vs Own option

When we are making decisions in church group, rather charismatic people will say things like I feel we should... which they sometimes connect to be input of holy guidance like the holy spirit. ...
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Does the Holy Spirit ever choose not to lead?

(Somewhat related to At what level of detail does God lead His children?.) Here, I am going to make a couple assumptions. The person has the Holy Spirit inside them. The person follows the Holy ...
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What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and how does it differ from water baptism? Do all Christians experience Baptism of the Holy Spirit? EDIT A few references to Baptisim of the Holy Spirit, or ...
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Was the Holy Spirit or God (the Godhead), the father of Jesus?

Holy Spirit conceives Jesus Matthew 1:20 ESV But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take ...
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How do sola-scriptura adherents reconcile the role of the Holy Spirit as a teacher?

The Bible teaches that one of the many roles of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher: Luke 12:11-12 (NIV) John 14:26 (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:11-15 (NIV) Sola-scriptura is the belief that "that ...
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How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...