Q. Can you help me with Scripture that says the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life/heart the moment they genuinely profess faith in Christ? Why did the 12 men of Acts 19:1-7, who Paul called brethren, not even know about the Holy Spirit?
Q. Can the Holy Spirit be considered one of the two witnesses needed for confirmation in a matter? I ask because we’re dealing with some travel issues right now and without telling anybody, not even my wife, I thought of one option we could look at. The next day my wife came to me with the identical option. Since we are not telling anybody about our plans, I was wondering if the Holy Spirit can be the other witness to confirm what we are both thinking, or should we wait for an “out of the blue” confirmation from someone who knows nothing about this matter?
Q. You have written, “The person whose assurance is weak can take comfort from the knowledge that if they weren’t saved, they wouldn’t be worried about it.” Is there any Scriptural basis for this?
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?