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Why Should I Believe in the Holy Spirit?

Just about everything, from warm feelings and vague intuitions to selfish delusions and elaborate hoaxes, have been attributed to God’s Spirit. But to attempt to speak on behalf of God without His authorization or to ascribe something to the Holy Spirit for which He is not responsible is blasphemous (cf. Matthew 12:36). Something much more substantial than subjective emotion or personal experience confirms the reality of the divine Spirit. The Bible says: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The Holy Spirit, who guided the writers of the Bible to produce the most remarkable document ever written (2 Peter 1:21), reveals truth (1 Corinthians 2:10), sanctifies (2 Thessalonians 2:13), comforts (Acts 9:31), empowers (Romans 15:13), strengthens (Ephesians 3:16), leads (Galatians 5:18), and saves (Titus 3:5). And all this is accomplished through the medium of God’s word, which reveals truth (2 Timothy 3:15-17), sanctifies (John 17:17), comforts (Romans 15:4), empowers (Romans 1:16), strengthens (Psalm 119:28), leads (Psalm 43:3; 119:105), and saves (James 1:21). The Bible is obviously no ordinary book, because the Holy Spirit has given it life and power (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:23). Whatever claims might be made with respect to the divine Spirit, there is no question that His activity is inextricably linked to the divinely inspired word of God.

Originally posted on 13 April 2011 by Kevin L. Moore at http://www.poriruachurch.com. Quotations are from the NKJV.

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