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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Bruce.  Bruce is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here.

Strange Manifestations

There are today, within some “Christian” churches, manifestations that are being attributed to the Holy Spirit, that I cannot find any scriptural confirmation for. What I am referring to is the phenomena of being “slain in the spirit” and “holy laughter” or being “drunk in the spirit”. These “manifestivations” are especially prevalent with individuals such as Benny Hinn and others who are or have been associated with the “Toronto Blessing” which took place a number of years ago. Churches today which focus on “signs and wonders” such as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement also infrequently showcase these manifestations. Many of these have been recorded and are available for viewing on YouTube, should you wish to view them.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who sent the Holy Ghost?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes they indicate a Bible contradiction:

Jesus

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,” (John 15:26)

The Father

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;” (John 14:16)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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RC Sproul. The Mystery of the Holy Spirit.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, November 1st 2009. 191 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

The author RC Sproul was a gifted theologian who has the gift of explaining things in terms that are clear and understandable for the lay people.  This book is no exception.  In this work Sproul looks at the Holy Spirit and other doctrines related to the Spirit.

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Purpose: In this session we shall see some of the Spirit’s work that is found in the New Testament and also how it is practical for the Christian marriage.

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Christopher J.H. Wright.  Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 5th, 2006.  159 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This was a good exploration of the topic of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.  It is definitely the most thorough book-length treatment of the Spirit in the Old Testament I have come across.  In the preface the author Christopher Wright mentioned that when he was first approached to speak on a five part series on the Spirit in the Old Testament he wondered at first if there was even enough materials for one talk, let alone five.  But Wright was in for a pleasant surprised when he started his studies to discover “far more than my first impressions” (9).  This book is the result of his 2004 lectures.

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Some Jory Micah has posted this on her Social media (Twitter, Facebook):

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Her theology is *tweeked.*  There’s a word study fallacy being committed here.

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Note: Currently the book is not in stock with Amazon but Grace Books do have this book on sale.

Sanctification The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness Riccardi

Michael Riccardi. Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.  Sun Valley, CA: Grace Books, 2015. 78 pp.

This is a short book on sanctification by Michael Riccardi, the pastor of local outreach at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Senior Pastor.  It is true that you shouldn’t just a book by its cover—nor by its size.  While it is only 78 pages long, the content of the book is packed with biblical truths that would sanctify readers.  Riccardi’s chief purpose in the book is to argue that beholding the glory of Christ is foundational and the motivation that fuel Christian sanctification.  His thesis is well argued and for the last two weeks since reading the book it has left me renewed and in awe of Christ’s glory and it’s connection with our sanctification.

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