What Is The Gift Of The Holy Spirit In Acts 2:38?

The "Miraculous" Meaning: The gift of the Holy Spirit is a miraculous endowment that was given to the early church to mature it (Ephesians 4:7-16) until such a time when the complete revelation of God was given in written form (2 Peter 1:3) and would it would then cease sometime in the first century A.D. (1 Corinthians 13:8-13)

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Joey FerrellActs, Holy Spirit, Baptism
What Is The Sprinkling of 1 Peter 1:2?

Many denominations twist 1 Peter 1:2 to advocate that another mode of "baptism" is sprinkling - but that is not what this verse means. The sprinkling of the blood in the Old Testament was an essential component in the sacrificial system of the Law of Moses in Leviticus. Peter's audience were Jewish Christians who would have understood the background of this concept significantly (1 Peter 1:1).

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What Is The Tongues Gift Mentioned In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 states: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 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 Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."

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Does Prayer Help Anything?

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16). Prayer is one of the most powerful tools the Christian has in his possession. Yet, it is sadly one of the most overlooked and under-used tools God has given us. Just imagine how long we would stay on the phone with God if we could talk directly to Him. In essence, we do have this kind of communication. Jesus said, "Men ought to pray always and never loose heart" (Luke 18:1). Since prayer is such a powerful tool, how can we become a more prayerful people? There are three principles to strengthen our prayer life.

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Will There Be Two Bodily Resurrections Separated By A Thousand Years?

Advocates of the doctrine of premillennialism cite this passage (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) as evidence for their theory of two literal bodily resurrections of the dead where the dead in Christ rise first, followed by a literal thousand years, in which the wicked will then be raised bodily from the dead.

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How Do We Defeat The Devil?

The Bible clearly teaches that Satan is a serious adversary who desires to devour our soul (1 Peter 5:8,9). While the devil is a fearful foe, the good news is we can and must defeat him. Here are three ways to defeat Satan:

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sinJoey FerrellSatan, Temptation
Should Christmas Be Celebrated As A Religious Holiday By The Church?

There were three feasts the Jewish males were required by God to observe annually and religiously in remembrance of significant events in their history (Exodus 23:14-19). When Jesus died on the cross, He wiped out the Old Testament handwriting of ordinances, including the requirement of these feasts (Colossians 2:11-17). In fact, under the New Testament if anyone observed these annual events (called "years") as religious holy days, they were rebuked (Galatians 4:9-11).

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What Is The Foolishness of Preaching?

"Please explain 1 Corinthians 1:18-27. What did Paul mean by the "foolishness of preaching"? Was he stating that preaching is foolishness?"

Corinth, in the first century A.D., was one of the most corrupt cities in the ancient world. The marvelous power of the gospel is found in the conversion of the Corinthians in that they turned from inordinate immorality (Acts 18:1-17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

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Will God Reveal Latter-Day Revelation To Us Today?

Some have attempted to "wrestle the Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:16) by citing Philippians 3:15 as proof that Christians receive direct revelations from God today.

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Does 1 Corinthians 7:10,11 Grant Permission For Divorce?

Absolutely not!
1 Corinthians 7:10,11: “Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.”

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Are Tongues Estatic Utterances As Some Denominations Claim?

No. There are several reasons why "tongues" in the New Testament were real, human languages (such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek, Latin, etc.). The miraculous ability to speak in another language one has never studied is special because it was only given to a few Christians in the first century A.D. until the infant church of the first century came to maturity in order to confirm that the partial revelations were from God (Mark 16:20; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:7-16).

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Does God Really Expect Us To Control Ourselves?

We live in a world that is in constant turmoil and chaos. People are murdering other people over mundane things. Children are raped and molested on a daily basis. Lying, stealing, and cheating are second nature to some. We see many people who commit fornication to fulfill their sexual urges. Does God really expect us to control ourselves?

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Who Incited David To Count The Fighting Men of Israel?

(2 Samuel 24:1; 1 Chronicles 21:1)

2 Samuel 24:1: "Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, "Go, number Israel and Judah."

1 Chronicles 21:1: "Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel."

The apparent "problem" that skeptics see in 1 Chronicles 21:1 is that Satan is cited as the one who instigates David to number the people of Israel; whereas in 2 Samuel 24:1, the Lord is cited as the instigator. Is there a "contradiction?"

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What Does We Will Judge Angels Mean In 1 Corinthians 6:3?

In the context of 1 Corinthians 6:1-11, Paul is dealing with the issue of lawsuits between Christians. Paul writes a rhetorical question in the context that asked: “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” The answer is an obvious and rhetorical “yes”. But what does it mean?

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What Is The Miraculous Gift of Faith?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 states: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 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 Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."

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Did David Sin When He Ate The Tabernacle Showbread?

The Gospels record the account of the Pharisees castigating Jesus' disciples for eating from the grain fields on the Sabbath day (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5). In response to the Pharisees' unjust accusation, Jesus sites the historical account of David eating the showbread - an act only lawful for the priests in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. Some people have misconstrued this passage to teach that Jesus was upholding "Situation Ethics" and that David actually did not sin on this occasion. Such, however, is not the case.

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