Receiving The Holy Spirit

Q.  With Phillip preaching the word and crowds hearing and seeing miracles that he did, why do you think that Phillip did not pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. And that the original disciples Peter and John were sent?  Were the original disciples, now apostles, the only ones to pray for this.  And at what point was there a transition from them to others.  And are there qualifications for this, like pastors, elders, evangelists, prophets?

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Is Satan Being Restrained?

Q.   I need some clarification on an issue that is confusing to me. You have stated that Satan in in charge of the world at the present. I agree, but isn’t God in His sovereignty setting limits on the Tempter’s actions?  In a sense isn’t that what the Holy Spirit is doing in His role as restrainer? I would think He stops mankind from going too far as well. Am I looking at this correctly?

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Receiving The Holy Spirit

Q. We are having a bit of disagreement in our Bible Study.  In John 20:22, Jesus blew unto his disciples with the Holy Spirit.  In Acts 2:4 his disciples received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  Is this the same thing,  though it happens in different times and places?

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Walking On Water

Q.  Our Pastor spoke of literal meaning and not literal meaning of some of the Bible’s messages.  He said a parable is a story to teach us something and not to be taken literally.  (Example:The Prodigal Son) On the other hand, he spoke of Jesus walking on the water.  He said if Jesus was like us, he couldn’t have actually walked on the water because we can’t.  What are your thoughts about this?

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Sons Of Thunder

Q. I have been so blessed by gracethrufaith.  My question is: Why were James and John given the name “Sons of Thunder” and what is it’s meaning?

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Understanding The Things Of God

Q.  When Paul was speaking of the natural man cannot understand the “things of God” for they are spiritually discerned, I have two questions: is the natural man just the flesh in every man or actual unbelievers and second, what exactly are the “things of God” in view here? I know many unbelievers with quite pronounced academic backgrounds who “understand” the Bible. Would love some further clarification. Is Paul saying that a non-Christian is completely incapable of understanding the Word of God?

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A Holy Spirit Question

Q.  I have question involving the receiving the Holy Spirit. In John 20:22 it is said Jesus breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” How is this different the the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2? Thank you for your insight.

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Was Jesus Limited While On Earth?

Q. I have a question about Our Lord when He was on earth. I have heard it said that His knowledge or power was limited on earth according to God the Father’s discretion. That is why Jesus frequently prayed to the Father or the scriptures say, “Not even the Son of Man knows” about a particular thing. Do you agree with this?

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Seven Spirits Of God

Q.  I was listening to a christian call in show and a question was asked regarding these seven Spirits of God as to their identity.  The pastor answered that he honestly didn’t know…but offered various spiritual attributes of The Lord…spirit of wisdom, etc.

I have studied Revelation and came away with their being seven angels.  Revelation 5:6 says :  “…in the midst…stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”  In the beginning of Revelation, Jesus speaks of the “seven stars…and the seven golden candlesticks” which represent respectively the “angels” and the “churches” He would go on to address.  So, I am asking you what The LORD has revealed to you about all of this.

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