Q. As part of your response in “What Caused The Change In Peter”, you accurately point out in John 20:21-23 that the disciples received the Holy Spirit directly from Jesus. How does this differ from the disciples being “filled with the Holy Spirit” at Pentecost (Acts 2:4) after Jesus’ ascension? If they already had received the Spirit, why was He sent again?
Q. When Peter denied the Lord and cursed, was he saved? He had already declared Jesus the Messiah so I would assume he was. Did he have the Holy Ghost? After the resurrection, he was strong in his faith even unto death. What made him stronger than before? How do believers apply this transition from weak to strong in their lives? Was he baptized in the Holy Ghost?
Q. The Bible says that when Jesus ascended back to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to earth to act as the comforter to God’s people. Also I understand that He restrains evil till He is removed at the rapture. Knowing this, are we to assume that the earth was only evil completely lacking in love and understanding before the Holy Spirit arrived on the scene?
Q. While reading your “7 Things” book I came across this statement. “For 2600 years, with the exception of one 33 year period, God will have been absent from the planet leaving man to fend for himself.” How did you arrive at the 2600 year figure? What about the other 3400 years since the Creation? Hasn’t the Holy Spirit always been here?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebr. 4:12-13)
Q. One of my church leaders said that we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit (or laying of hands) frequently to renew and rekindle the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can also be diminished or leave us completely due to our sin or actions. He also said not all our prayers to God reach Him due to interference by satanic forces. To be frank I am doubtful about these statements. What does the Bible say?
Q. Last Sunday my preacher said “perception is 90 percent of reality” from the pulpit, and I was wondering what the Bible has to say about that idea? Is this like the idea I can create my own reality?
Q. It has always puzzled me that Christians use 2 Tim 3:16 to say that the Bible as we know it is all holy and inspired. When Paul wrote this he was talking about the 1st 5 books of the bible. The bible as we know it had not been written yet, or put together. He did not say that this letter I am writing is holy and inspired. So If you use 2 Tim 3:16 to support the whole bible being holy and inspired, you are implying something that is not there. Is there some other verse that supports the whole bible being holy and inspired, not just the first of the old testament?
Q. I was reading Psalm 51 and noting that in vs 11 David prays that the Lord take not His Holy Spirit from him. Since David was not part of the church, did he have a legitimate fear of losing his relationship with the Lord (in other words his salvation)?
Q. In the last 6 months or so, I have found that nothing I am involved with is ever simple! People don’t get along, students don’t work to their potential, everything is more difficult to do, there’s not enough time in the day to get things accomplished, our country is suffering due to the lack of moral absolutes, etc. It makes me wonder, since many of us truly believe that the Rapture could happen at anytime and quite soon, if perhaps the Holy Spirit might be “weaning” Himself out of the Church a little bit at a time and thereby allowing the ruler of this world – Satan – to have more of a stronghold in our daily lives?