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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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According to the Reformers, how does the doctrine of Total Depravity result in assurance of faith?

The doctrine of Total Depravity is a reformed doctrine that teaches that man is wholly incapable of having acts or will that is holy or pleasing to God. According to Calvin and modern reformed ...
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Is “quasi-incarnation” been attributed to mystical union of the Holy Spirit and Mary?

The Logos or the Incarnate Word became flesh in what known to be "hypostatic union". Jesus Christ the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity became flesh and dwelt among us having two nature both ...
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In John 14:16, according to the Catholic Church, who is the Spirit of Truth?

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16–17, NIV) From Jesus' words the Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit, but if ...
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How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came?

How did the Gift of the Holy Ghost operate before Christ came? In particular, I'm wondering how it operated among the ancient Jewish people, who only had the Aaronic priesthood, and therefore would ...
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What is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35? [closed]

We read in Luke 1:35 that "the power of the most High will overshadow" Mary. Some interpret this as the Holy Spirit will overshadow the Virgin Mary. The greeting of the angel already reveals the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the Bible cannot be understood without aid from God?

I have heard this claim often in discussions and also read it several times on this site: The Bible cannot be properly understood without God's help. Is there a scriptural basis for this claim? ...
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What is the extra value of the body of Christ in the Eucharist when someone is already full of the Holy Spirit?

In the Catholic Church, the Eucharist is almost the central practice of their faith. By eating the bread as the body of Christ, one is united with God, but sometimes a person can be so full of the ...
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In LDS doctrine, what is the difference between the Holy Ghost and the Light of Christ?

The Holy Ghost is usually described as the member of the Godhead that helps us know what is true, prompts us to do good, and generally helps us feel God's influence. I've often heard it described as ...
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Ephesians 1: 13-14 and falling from grace

Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV [13] In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit ...
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Do any early Church Fathers record the event of the ceasing of spiritual gifts?

A central belief held by an overwhelming majority of Cessationists is that the "supernatural spiritual gifts" (e.g., tongues, prophecy, healing, miracles, etc.) ceased with the end of the apostolic ...
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Was everyone who worked on the tabernacle given the Spirit?

Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of ...
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What is an overview of different denominations' beliefs about how Jesus Christ performed miracles? (By the Holy Spirit or by something else?) [closed]

for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same ...
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What do Seventh Day Adventists believe about baptism?

What are the Adventist's beliefs about the role of the Holy Spirit in baptism?
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From a LDS perspective, when does the Holy Ghost get a Physical Body?

I am looking for where we are told that the Holy Ghost gets a physical body. I thought it was doctrine that He will get a physical body during the Millennium. However, I am not able to find a ...
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Under what conditions can one experience the power of the Holy Ghost?

In the LDS Church, there is what is known as the power of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of the Holy Ghost (not to be confused with the gifts of the Holy Ghost). The power of the Holy Ghost is when ...
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Baptism in the Spirit

I'm trying to find a certain sermon of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It contains a passage which is often quoted, but I'd like to find out in which sermon (or volume of sermons published by Banner of Truth) ...
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I seek the LDS perspective concerning Cornelius and his house receiving the Holy Ghost without laying on of hands in Acts 10:44-45

While Yet Speaking - The Holy Ghost Preemptively Fell on All Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. (This_post) I found open, ...
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What does “the Holy Spirit and us” mean in Acts 15:28, according to Catholicism?

Acts 15:28 (NIV) It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: When the text says "the Holy Spirit and us", what is the meaning of ...
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Receiving the Holy Spirit after conversion Acts 8:14–17

How would Baptist denominations explain Acts 8:14–17 in the giving of the Holy Spirit after initial conversion or belief? It had always been my understanding that the argument was the Holy Spirit was ...
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Why have conservative Presbyterians objected to chapters on the Holy Spirit and the Gospel in the Westminster Confession?

In the United States, the mainline Presbyterian denomination (the PCUSA), along with several other Presbyterian bodies, include two chapters that were first added to the Westminster Confession in 1903....
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According to Roman Catholicism, what does "proceeds' mean in the Nicene Creed?

The Nicene Creed says: We believe in one God,the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, ...
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In Scripture - Was Prophecy That was Spoken in Good Faith, ever Corrected?

1. Question - A Reference Request: Is there any occasion in scripture where someone prophesied to another and made an honest mistake, or were later corrected? Note: This is apart from any ...
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Is there a study that has been done showing the transformational power of the Holy Spirit in people's lives?

It's pretty clear that the Bible promises to change people's lives. It's also pretty clear that it did significantly change people's lives such as the apostles and others both in the the present day (...
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Why is blasphemy against the Son or Father forgiven but blasphemy against the Spirit isn't forgiven? [closed]

Matthew 12:31–32 (RSV) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever says a word against the Son ...
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Are there any commentaries from Trinitarians that explain why the Holy Spirit doesn't have a throne/receive worship in Revelation?

For being a co-equal member of the Godhead, it would appear that the Holy Spirit is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the major points, events, and visions held in Revelation. For example, ...
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In 1611, in the KJV, what did the words “ghost” and “spirit” mean?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first appearance of the word "ghost" was in 1606, five years before the Authorized Version was released in 1611. The word "ghost" appears in the KJV 109 ...
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In light of the list found in Isaiah 11:1-3, why are there seven gifts of Holy Spirit and not six?

The patristic authors1 enumerate the following list of gifts or emanations of the Holy Spirit among other lists of moral virtues. According these authors, these qualities are completely demonstrated ...
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What is the role of the Holy Spirit in Swedenborg's soteriology?

A common function of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of sinners, according to Catholicism, mainstream Protestantism, and the Reformed Church, among others, is derived from passages like the following:...
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Do any of the Church Fathers draw a connection between Eve and the Holy Spirit?

In Wild at Heart, author John Eldredge takes some effort to describe the language used in Genesis 2:18 to refer to Eve. While some translations and commentors translate the hebrew "עֵ֖זֶר כְּנֶגְדּֽוֹ׃...
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What is the scriptural basis for the Holy Spirit speaking to you through other people's words?

Sometimes I get the distinct feeling that something that someone has said is working on multiple levels. On the surface level they're talking about whatever makes sense in the context of the ...
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Wouldn't the “spirit of Jesus” [mentioned in Acts 16:7] challenge the idea of the Trinity?

As seen here: http://www.studylight.org/commentary/acts/16-7.html ...and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; If Jesus and ...
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In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? [closed]

In Luke 1:67, was Zechariah filled with the Holy Ghost as the Apostles were in the book of Acts? It is my understanding that the Holy Ghost was sent after the death of Christ.
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What has the Holy Spirit taught people after Jesus left? [duplicate]

I know that the below verse is explained to foretell the coming of the Holy Spirit according to Catholics. Even though the Holy Spirit was already mentioned previously, it is explained that Jesus is ...
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How do Eastern Christians explain Jesus “sending” the Holy Spirit in John 15:26?

One of the issues behind the schism between East and West was the doctrine of the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit: does he proceed from the Father, or from the Father and Son? There doesn't ...
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What is the biblical basis for the personhood of the Holy Spirit?

According to Trinitarian theology, the Holy Trinity consists of three persons (τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις), the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who share the same essence/nature (ὁμοούσιος). What is the ...
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In the Angelus, which is theologically correct, “conceived of” or “conceived by”?

In the Angelus, which is a short practice of devotion in honour of the Incarnation repeated three times each day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of the bell [cf. Angelus | New Advent], I ...
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Is the Holy Spirit the 'Seven Spirits' in Revelation 1:4? [duplicate]

4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ ...
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How do the Orthodox and Catholics understand the spiration of the Holy Spirit?

The following are definition(s) of SPIRATION (source): 1 a obsolete : the action of breathing as a creative or life-giving function of the Deity b (1) : the act by or manner in which the Holy ...
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Who is the “advocate” in John 16? [duplicate]

As I was reading Bible of John I came by these verses: John 16:7-8: "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if ...
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What is the meaning of “baptism by fire”? [closed]

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 are the 19 gifts of the Spirit, as listed by Leslie Flynn?

I recently heard a preacher say there are 19 gifts of the Spirit. That specific number seems to derive from this book by Leslie Flynn. Most lists, including even those that reference this book, tend ...
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Did anyone understand the Holy Spirit to be a person prior to the Council of Constantinople in AD 381?

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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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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What is the Biblical basis against Melchizedek being the Holy Spirit?

A friend of mine is part of a church that teaches that Hebrews 7 indicates that Melchizedek is the Holy Spirit. What are the arguments against this view? For reference, here is Hebrews 7:15–21 (NIV): ...
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According to Jehovah's witnesses, why does an active force have a name?

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (KJV) From my understanding of Jehovah's witness theology, the ...
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Does any version of the Anglican church associate 'confirmation' with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?

I know the question may seem weird, but I was reading an old history book the other day and the author seemed to be an old high Church Anglican that put a lot of weight on ceremony and I was very ...
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Why do people say the holy spirit is a spirit? [closed]

In John 16:7 Jesus states, "I will send him unto you," not "it." If the holy spirit was to be on earth in the state of a spirit, Jesus's statement would have been more like: "I will send it unto you."
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Is baptism by water necessary for salvation? [duplicate]

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. If the Kingdom of God is inside you (Luke 17:21), ...
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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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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 men:...