Category Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Valley of Jehoshaphat

The phrase “Valley of Jehoshaphat” occurs only twice in the Bible, both in the third chapter of the Book of Joel.  Jehoshaphat was a good king because he obeyed God’s commandments, walked in His ways, and did not follow the false gods Baal and Asherah.  He defeated the enemies of Judah and Israel in a […]

Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit

  Recently, I blogged about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is to unite believers–Jew and Gentile–into the body of the Messiah and to empower believers to demonstrate the gospel (through boldness, signs and wonders, etc.) I Corinthians 12: 8-10 lists nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.  For […]

Gentiles Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

CORNELIUS’ VISION IN CAESAREA Acts 10 records that Cornelius, a captain in the Roman Army who worshipped God and helped the Jewish poor, had a vision.  An angel appeared to him around 3:00 p.m, told him that God was pleased with his prayers and his acts of charity, and instructed him to send some men […]

Silver And Gold Have I None

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon.  Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  When he saw Peter and […]

Be Filled With the Holy Spirit

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?  It is not the same thing as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  While it’s true that the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost when they were Baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-4), they were filled with the Holy Spirit at […]

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Baptism of the Holy Spirit has been a controversial subject for many years.  Some believe that a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit the moment he or she is saved.  Others believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience separate from salvation.   I believe in letting scripture interpret […]