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Subject: Holy Spirit
I have come upon a good question. In a church I to go to, they believed that you always had the Holy Spirit in side you. But then you had to pray to activate the gifts or the spirit I forget which way it went. I came before the pastor and said the word of God tells we have to pray to receive the Holy Spirit. Which is the right way...
Actually, both of your views have credibility IF you can both agree as to the identity, role, and purpose of the Holy Spirit. Since you have not provided me with any scripture references to substantiate and clarify what your pastor believes about the Holy Spirit and I have no idea what you yourself believe, the only way I can explain which is the correct way is to have you read a comprehensive Bible study series I wrote that takes you thru the New Testament, and examines every single one of the New Testament passages that mention the “HS” and define use, meaning, and applications to the new covenant believers by referr9ing to the original Greek language in which the scriptures were written.
Once you have finished reading the series, please re-contact me if your questions are still unanswered; I think you’ll find that they aren’t. Also, I included several links on speaking in other tongues, including some Q & A, testimonials of several Christians, and a Scripture study series I wrote on the topic. I’d like your feedback once you’re finished reading the articles; here’s the links below brother:
Jesus is the "Gift" of the Holy Spirit:
Speaking in Tongues: “I Thank God I Speak In Tongues” 1 Corinthians 14:18:
Speaking in Tongues: A Practical, In-depth Study:
Keep the faith Mark! And God Bless You!
Craigo (my nickname - for my friends)
1 Peter 3:15 Always be ready to give reasonable justification to anyone who asks you for an explanation of the hope that is within you, but do it considerately and courteously.