Over the past few months, I have engaged in numerous conversations about the Holy Spirit. Out of our three-in-one God, He seems to have the reputation of the most puzzling and the most alarming.
What is baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Is it different than salvation?
What is the Holy Spirit’s role within the Trinity?
Do you believe in speaking in tongues?
Is the Pentecost account in Acts 2 prescriptive or descriptive?
How were people saved in the Old Testament, before Jesus died, before the Holy Spirit was given?
This is a risky subject. But I wish to tackle it because there are existing theologies and popular “revival” communities that are highly problematic when illuminated by Scripture. And that warrants my research, prompts my mind toward study, and encourages my heart toward discovering Truth.
A few theses to lay the foundation:
Whatever our purpose, it is to be discerned in Scripture, not in the experience of particular individuals or groups, however true and valid these experiences might be.
What we see for ourselves and what we teach to others must be governed by the Scripture alone.
What is described in Scripture as having happened to others is not necessarily intended for us, whereas what is promised to us we are to appropriate, and what is commanded us we are to obey.
May His kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.