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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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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What are the theological implications of “filioque”?

Depending on your tradition, the Nicene Creed may or may not say that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Son as well as from the Father: (Greek) τὸ ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον - who from the Father ...
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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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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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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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From an idealist perspective, what are the “seven spirits of God”?

In Revelation, we see God along with the "Seven Spirits before his throne". Revelation 1:4 (NIV) John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who ...
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Spiritual Gifts, how can we understand/ master them? [closed]

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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What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? [closed]

In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word ...
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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 we know that the Holy Spirit is God?

I know that as Trinitarians, we believe that God exists as one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That God the Father is God is patently obvious from the ...
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Do we know of any case of the concept of the Holy Spirit being a person existing among Christians before the Constantinople council of 381 A.D.?

Do we know of any case of the concept of the Holy Spirit being a person existing among Christians before the Constantinople council of 381 A.D.? The reason I am asking this question is because one ...
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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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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 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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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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Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit still active today? [closed]

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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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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What is the biblical basis for the concept of being “slain in the spirit” and what exactly is it?

Among charismatic Christians, I have occasionally heard the phrase "to be slain in the spirit." I have not found any biblical reference to this phrase, so what is it to which this is referring and ...
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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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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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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 Protestants understand the “unforgivable” sin?

Scripture refers to an unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:29-30, and Luke 12:10, as well as Hebrews 6:4-6. There's also "sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16-17). Given the Protestant ...
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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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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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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Spirit of the Lord Upon David

1 Samuel 16:13 states that: So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. and in ...
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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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Can the Holy Spirit take control of a person completely? [closed]

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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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church dislike the idea that the Spirit proceeds from the Son?

In studying the Orthodox doctrines I have noticed that there is controversy about the nature of the Spirit and that the word 'filioque' is tossed around. What I am wondering is, what is the ...
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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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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 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 is the meaning of “baptism by fire”?

We all know what water baptism and baptism by the Holy Spirit are. But what does John the Baptist mean by, "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and FIRE" in Luke 3:16: John answered and said ...
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What power do spirits have that resurrected beings do not?

According to Mormon doctrine, Resurrected beings have physical bodies that can only be in one place at one time, which is why the Holy Ghost remains a spirit, so that he can dwell in the hearts of ...
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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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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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What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Roman Catholic church?

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Roman Catholic church? When I search online, I mostly find stuff about filioque. But I want to know specifically what he does. What is his role? How does he ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for continuationism?

Continuationism is the idea that extraordinary gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, tongues, healing) continue in the present day. This is contrasted with cessationism, which says that such gifts have ...
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Why is the Holy Spirit never spoken of as the Father of Jesus?

The sixth article of the creed recites: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Now a woman conceives by the agency of a man who becomes the father of ...
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Is Galatians 4:6 speaking of the Holy Spirit?

Galatians 4:6 says: And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Is Paul referring to the Holy Spirit here? Given that the ESV ...
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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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How could the person in Luke 9:49 cast out demons without Jesus' mandate?

Luke 9:49 (ESV): John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” The 12 (and later the 70) only started ...
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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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Is the gender of the Holy Spirit, feminine or masculine?

I know the Holy Spirit (רוח הקודש) is usually referred to as masculine. But, what is the reason for that? The Hebrew word רוח (ruach; "wind; spirit") is one of the few words that is sometimes used as ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the idea that the Holy Spirit will sometimes 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 in them. The person follows the Holy Spirit's ...
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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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Why did John the Baptist compare the holy spirit with dove?

John 1:32 reads: And John gave this witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and resting on him". Why did John the Baptist compare the holy spirit with a dove? ...
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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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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. ...