Is the Holy Spirit Dead?

Holy Spirit a thing of the past?

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been going through a journey of questioning what I believe and why I believe. As I dig  deeper into Scripture, I encounter people with opposing views,and that is to be expected. But what if the views are not just differing, but at face value, wrong on a doctrinal level? Is the Holy Spirit a thing of the past?

There are two main opposing sides to this question.

I am a believer that the Holy Spirit is alive and is a part of the ongoing relationship that the Lord wants with the elect. I believe from both Scripture and experience that the Holy Spirit is a true indwelling. That there is communication between the two of us. The Holy Spirit is there to “guide me into all truth and He will not speak on His own..” (John 16:13)

The word speak means to utter, to audibly be heard. Now, there are people that say that the gifts of prophecy, tongues and healing all ended with the apostles. I simply could not find anywhere in Canon, that Christ said it would be a limited time deal.

People will refer to 1 Cor 13:9-10 saying that since the perfect has come, Jesus, that has ended. But there is something horribly wrong with that. If it were true, there would not have been any revelations at Pentecost, no utterances if tongues, no healing because Pentecost had come after Christ.

With this verse, virtually every commentator says that the perfect will be when we are with Christ. The word used also means returning, which to me would be, His coming back. Since Christ has not returned, I would safely guess then that God’s methodology of communicating with His people remains the same as it always has.

John Calvin, in his commentary stated that the “will cease” referred to the eternal state of when we would be with Christ.

I think what Paul was getting at in this chapter on Love was that prophecy, tongues and knowledge would come to an end, but love would never fail.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Why would He then change the way He communicates? Absurd. God is not bringing about new revelation but as Revelation 19:10 reminds us “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.~ KJV”

Adam Clarke writes ” When you have learned all you can from your ministers, remember you have much to learn from God; and for this you should diligently wait on him by the reading of his word, and by incessant prayer.

 

” What do you think?

 

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