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I have been on a 36 year quest to find the right the path which would give me a greater spiritual awareness and closeness to my Creator. I have found it to be a rocky road at times. On this journey I have finally come to know God in a greater way than I ever thought possible. I have also found that the hard things in life can be good for us, because they help us, by Faith, turn to our Creator and seek his help and guidance. GOD LIKES THAT, yes he likes when we depend on him. It was always that way we just didn’t know it. After all he did create us, wouldn’t you think he has all the answers. WHY NOT ASK? Please read the following Article, in it you may find something that can help you, as it did for me.

Introduction

Some Christian denominations place quite a bit of emphasis on two specific manifestations of the Spirit – the manifestations of speaking in tongues and interpreting of tongues.

From what I have seen, those denominations have the following basic belief, about speaking in tongues and interpreting of tongues:

All Christians can do authentic speaking and interpreting of tongues, whenever they decide to.

In other words, those groups believe that each and every Christian can perform Spirit-empowered speaking and interpreting of tongues, whenever they want to.

For simplicity, I’ll refer to that doctrine as the “Tongues at Will” doctrine.

Introduction

As we are all aware, the Bible is filled with miraculous events – e.g. the parting of the Red Sea, giant hailstones falling from the sky, the flood, people being raised from the dead, etc.

Up until a few years ago, I was under the impression that miracles are completely based on God’s decisions. In other words, I used to think that the only reason why a miracle occurs is because God (or Jesus) decides to perform the miracle. As a result, I assumed that human beings have no effect whatsoever on whether a miracle occurs or not.

POWER. Last night, after dinner, sitting around our table, our family had devotions, and this particular lesson was from John 9, the story about Jesus healing the blind man. The disciples were questioning Jesus of why this man was born blind, assuming that someone had sinned and this blindness was the result of that sin. Jesus answers them in John 9:3, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Our family discussion took us on a little detour about how it was God and His amazing power which healed this blind man, through Christ Jesus. Because of this magnificent healing, God would be glorified.

Holy Spirit (Part 2)

Acts 5:3-4 is often used to prove that the holy spirit is God. Ananias is said to have lied to the holy spirit in verse 3, and it is equated with lying to God in verse 4. The holy spirit refers to the power and authority of God, which in this instance was invested in Peter. Just as “grieving the holy spirit” is another way of saying “grieving God,” saying he “lied to the holy spirit” is another way of saying he lied to God. This is showing the connection between God and His spirit which was working in Peter and the other apostles.

There has been much misunderstanding about the holy spirit. The King James and some other versions of the Bible most often use the phrase “Holy Ghost” but the word “ghost” carries different connotations today, and most Christians generally prefer “Holy Spirit.” Most of mainstream Christendom believes that the holy spirit is a person, specifically the third person of the Trinity. I deal with the Trinity in relation to Who is Messiah in a Closer Look article. Historically the belief in the holy spirit as the third person was even later that the belief that Jesus was God. The deity of Christ became official doctrine in 325, while the holy spirit was not established as the third person of the Trinity until 381.

There is now a schedule for new blog posts, with a different writer each day of the week.  From this point on I will be posting once a week, on Mondays.  Today I will finish the article I started, and continue with another one next week. (Please note I added another passage of Scripture to Part 1 which I had missed before.)

Here’s part THREE of the four part booklet – The Two Adams, by Homer D. Baxter.  This is the first half of Part II – with the last half of it (or the final quarter) to come next week.  A fitting topic (The SECOND Adam) to present here this weekend where we celebrate the Resurrection of our Messiah!

As we read the passage in Galatians 5 and come to these verses:

 

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

The context is in admonishing those who are trying to use law to control the passions of the flesh in life’s relationships, but to no true profit. In verse 15 this remarkable opportunity of life is brought forth:

Since there has been so much “Trinity” debate here on the kingdomready blog, I thought this week I would cover something on subject. Even more reason since during the debates between us Unitarians and our Trinitarian visitors, we also had a “Oneness” believer join in and several people didn’t really catch his positional stance at first. The following might help with that somewhat.

Historical Christianity has had four main belief views on who is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Some might say include other views such as the Latter Day Saints and Herbert Armstrong’s Church of God folk that believe in a “God family”. But when it boils right down to it, the following four are the longer term predominant viewpoints. And they are: Trinitarian, Oneness, Arian, and Unitarian. What does each profess? Well here is each one’s primary view of God, Jesus, & the Holy Spirit.

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