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Who is the Holy Spirit?

What does the Holy Spirit do?

Why isn't spiritual power more evident?

Are human beings spirits?

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

How does one obtain the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

God is spirit[1], but God the Father resides in heaven[2]. The Holy Spirit is God manifested in power in men[3] and the physical universe[4], an agency distinct from and superior to natural power[5].

In pre-ancient times, the Holy Spirit came upon select men who were rulers or prophets (or both) like Moses, Gideon, Samuel, David, and Ezekiel. The Holy Spirit gave such men the words of God to deliver to the people[6] and performed miracles thru them[7]. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to all who believe in him[8].

What does the Holy Spirit do?

The Holy Spirit in the world deals with the hearts of men by witnessing the truth of the Gospel[9], testifying of Jesus[10], and convicting men of sin in their conscience[11]. Men have ever resisted the Holy Spirit in this effort[12], resulting, among other things, in a reduced life span[13].

But for those who receive the Spirit, there is communion with God[14]. The Spirit of God in us will do the following -

Guide us to truth [15]
Relay messages from God [15]
Reveal the future [15]
Teach us the things of God [16] [17]
Bring the Word of God to memory when needed [17]
Enable each of us to control his body, freeing us from enslavement to its lusts [18]
Fill in the gaps in prayer when we do not know what to pray for [19]
Remove fear [20]
Make us loving [20]
Give us a sound mind [20]

Most importantly, the Holy Spirit assures us that we are sons of God[21].

The Spirit of God upon us conducts specific works of God's power[22], known as gifts, for the benefit of others. Unlike the above benefits which are universal, the gifts are distributed diversely according to the Holy Spirit's own purposes[23].

Why isn't spiritual power more evident?

There are multiple reasons why spiritual power is not evident to many and only sparsely evident to some.

The first reason is one of perception. The natural man cannot perceive the things of the Holy Spirit[24]. And the doings of those who have the Holy Spirit cannot be comprehended by those who do not[25]. So the Spirit can be active around a person who does not perceive it.

The second reason is one of availability. God hides himself[26], and men must seek him to find him[27]. However, a man will turn not to God unless God draws him first[28]. God resists those who are proud and gives grace to the humble[29]. Jesus performed many miracles, but would not give a sign to those whose disposition was against God[30]. His miracles belong to those who believe, not to unbelievers[31]. However, there are times when God will visit people unexpectedly[32].

The third is unbelief, where the testimony of those who witness miracles is disregarded[33], so people do not come into the life where they might experience God's power -

Wherefore I [Paul], after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places..[Eph 1:15-20].

Finally, manifestation of the Spirit has been limited by negligence. Though all believers accept the Holy Spirit's influence in their thoughts[34], few believers actually receive the Holy Spirit in power, hence the manifestations of the gifts do not occur. Believers must receive the Holy Spirit as commanded by Jesus[35]. Where this is not taught, the people do not even know they can have this power. Those diligent in preaching repentance and water baptism should follow through to impart this gift through prayer and the laying on of hands as did the apostles[36]. 

Are human beings spirits?

The Bible describes the human construct as body, soul and spirit[37]. The soul is us - our identity or self. Obviously, the body is both part of and serves as the soul's interface with the physical universe. The spirit is a man's interface with God. The illustrative models for this are Israel's Tabernacle of God and later the Temple in Jerusalem. A temple is house for something holy. Our bodies are called the Temple of the Holy Spirit[38]. Within the Tabernacle and Temple there was a Most Holy Place where the presence of God dwelt[39]. Similarly within ourselves is a dwelling place for God[40].

It was God's Spirit that made man a living soul[41]. It is the soul that sins[42], and acts through the body or the spirit[43], hence is the seat of decision. The soul can long for another[44], or anguish[45], and may either despise God[46] or exalt him[47], and may opt to be dead to the body and alive to the spirit[48]. The soul has the power to bless[49].

The mind however is part of the body[50], but the Holy Spirit has the mind of Christ[51], so it is possible for a man to be double-minded[52] with divided loyalty between flesh and spirit. It is through renewal of the mind, that a person is transformed from doing evil to doing good[53].

The mind and soul together are referred to as the heart, which contains one's inner reasoning[54] and both good and evil motives and characteristics[55].

Though the soul may desire God[56], it is the spirit that seeks God[57]. The spirit of man desires to understand the mysteries of God[58]. The spirit of man serves God[59], receives testimony from the Holy Spirit[60], and is the place of worship[61]. The spirit makes a man conscious of what he really is[62].

The spirit and soul together may rejoice in God[63]. The difference between spirit and soul can be distinguished acutely by reading the word of God[64].

In an unbeliever, the spirit is dead[65]. But even the dead can be brought back to life by God[66]. Those who believe the Gospel are reborn in spirit[67]. Like a newborn, they are spiritually immature and undeveloped, but will grow spiritually with the help of ministers[68]. Nevertheless, while we live in the flesh, our inherent spiritual sensitivity and understanding are limited[69]. Because the human spirit is an interface with God, not with the spirit realms per se, we need the Spirit of God to reveal to us spiritual things[70].

When a man dies, his body returns to the earth, and his spirit returns to God[71]. But the soul either departs to God, or to hell[72]. 

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit was on earth before men were created[73], and thereafter came upon select men as mentioned above. When the Holy Spirit came upon 70 leaders selected to assist Moses, he wished that all of his people had the Spirit of God[74]. The prophet Joel foretold the pouring of God's Spirit on all people[75]. John the Baptist foretold the coming of Jesus who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire[76], then identified Jesus in person as the one of whom he spoke[77]. So the giving of the Holy Spirit was not his introduction upon Earth, but an expansion in the scope of his mission.

It was through Moses that the law of the old covenant was given from God on Mount Sinai[78], celebrated annually by Israel as the Feast of Pentecost. Jeremiah prophesied that God would make a new covenant with Israel, writing his law in their hearts[79]. Significantly, the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost, the annual commemoration of the giving of the law[80]. Paul writes -

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart [2Co 3:3].

After Jesus was glorified, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers[81]. No one can confess Christ except by Holy Spirit[82]. But before that, Jesus, while speaking to his disciples, drew a distinction of how the Holy Spirit comes to believers -

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you [Jn 14:16-17].

In old times the Spirit of God could be taken away before death[83], but now he abides forever with those who believe.

The most commonly cited evidence for the Holy Spirit coming upon a person for the first time was prophecy[84] before the Day of Pentecost[85] and speaking in unknown languages or "tongues" thereafter[86]. Speaking in tongues in this manner is simply prophesy spoken in a language unknown to the speaker. At Pentecost there were many proselytes to Judaism present and they all heard prophetic exhortation in their native languages, even though the speakers did not know the languages they were speaking[87]. Other evidence of the Holy Spirit coming in power is a physical shaking of locality of those who receive him, and boldness in declaring the word of God[88].

At the Day of Pentecost, Peter affirmed both the universality of the promise of the Holy Spirit, and the need for this baptism to be concurrent with repentance and water baptism -

Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." [Ac 2:38-39] 

How does one obtain the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The New Testament cites three methods by which believers attained the baptism of the Holy Spirit -

1. Through prayer -

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren...And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance [Ac 1:14, 2:1-4].

And when they prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness [Ac 4:31].

[Jesus said] If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? [Lu 11:11-14].

2. Through the laying on of hands -

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him.. [De 34:9]

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost [Ac 8:14-17].

And he [Paul] said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied [Ac 19:3-6].

3. Through the hearing of faith -

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God [Ac 10:44-46].

[Paul writing -] This only would I learn of you, Receive ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? [Gal 3:2].

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law...that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith [Gal 3:13,14].

Based on these precedents, it follows that anyone who wants to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, should do the following -

1. Pray to the Father, asking him for the Holy Spirit.

2. Seek out a minister that preaches the baptism of the Holy Spirit who can impart the gift through the laying on of hands.

3. Have faith to let the power of God move through you. This faith comes from hearing the Word of God, whether by reading scriptures like those cited above or hearing them spoken. 



[1] [61] Jn 4:24 - [Jesus speaking] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

[2] Lu 11:2 - And he [Jesus] said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name...

Mt 23:9 - [Jesus speaking] And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

1K 8:30 - [Solomon speaking] Listen to the supplication of your servant, and of your people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place [the temple]. Yes, hear in heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive. [WEB]

Ec 5:2 - Don't be rash with your mouth, and don't let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore let your words be few. [WEB]

See also - De 4:39; Ps 11:4; Dan 2:28; Mt 5:16,45,48, 6:1,9, 7:11,21, 10:32,33, 12:50, 16:17, 18:10,14,19; Mk 11:25,26; Lu 11:2; 1Jn 5:7; Rev 4:2,10-11. 

[3] [22] Act 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.

[4] Job 26:13 - By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens;

[5] Ze 4:6 - This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Yahweh of Armies. [WEB]

[6] 2Sa 23:2 - The Spirit of Yahweh spoke by me [David]. His word was on my tongue.[WEB]

[7] Ju 14:5-6 - Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand:

[8] Ac 2:38-39 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

[9] Ac 5:32 - [Peter speaking] And we are his [Jesus] witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

[10] Jn 15:26 - [Jesus speaking] But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

[11] Jn 16:7-8 - [Jesus speaking] Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

[12] Ac 7:51 - [Stephen speaking] Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

[13] Ge 6:3 - And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

[14] 2Co 13:14 - The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.

[15] Jn 16:13 - Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

[16] 1Co 2:13 - [Paul writing] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

[17] Jn 14:26 - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

[18] Ro 8:13 - For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Gal 5:16-25 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Gal 6:8 - For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

[19] Ro 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered. [WEB]

[20] 2Ti 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

[21] Ro 8:14,16 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God...The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Gal 4:6 - And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

1Jn 3:24 - And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

[23] 1Co 12:7-11 - But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. For to one is given through the
Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same
Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to
another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. But the one and the same Spirit works all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires. [WEB]

He 2:3-4 - How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

[24] 1Co 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

[25] Jn 3:8 - The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

[26] Is 45:15 - Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

[27] Je 29:13 - And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

[28] Jn 6:44 - No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

[29] Ja 4:6 - Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1Pe 5:5 - ea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

[30] Mk 8:11-12 - And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him [Jesus], seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

[31] Jn 14:12 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mt 13:58 - And he [Jesus] did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

[32] Is 65:1-2 - "I am inquired of by those who didn't ask; I am found by those who didn't seek me: I said, See me, see me, to a nation that was not called by my name. [WEB]

Ro 10:20 - Isaiah is very bold, and says, "I was found by those who didn't seek me. I was revealed to those who didn't ask for me." [WEB]

[33] Jn 12:37-38 - But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake,

Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? [Is 53:1]

[34] [82] 1 Co 12:3 - Therefore I make known to you that no man speaking by God's Spirit says, "Jesus is accursed." No one can say, "Jesus is Lord," but by the Holy Spirit. [WEB]

[35] Jn 20:22 - And when he [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

[36] Ac 8:14-17 - Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

[37] 1Th 5:23 - May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [WEB]

[38] 1Co 6:19-20 - Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. [WEB]

2Ti 1:14 - That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. [WEB]

Eph 2:19-22 - Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

[39] Ex 26:33-34 - And thou shalt hang up the veil under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony: and the veil shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.

1Ki 8:6 - And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.

[40] Jn 14:23 - Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

[41] Ge 2:7 - And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

[42] Lev 4:2 - Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them...

Lev 5:1 - And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

Lev 5:17 - And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

Lev 6:2 - If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein: then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

[43] Lev 5:4 - Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.

Lev 5:15 - If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD...

Lev 7:18,20,21 - And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity...But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

Lev 20:6 - And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

[44] Ge 34:3,8 - And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel...And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.

[45] Ge 42:21 - And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

[46] Num 15:30-31 - But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

[47] Lu 1:46 - Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord..." [WEB]

[48] Ro 6:7-13 - For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

[49] Ge 27:25 - And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee.

[50] Rom 8:6-7 - For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

[51] 1Co 2:14-16 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

[52] Ja 1:8 - A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

[53] Ro 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

[54] Mk 2:6-8 - But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

[55] Mt 12:35 - A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

[56] Ps 42:2 - My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

[57] Is 26:9 - With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early...

[58] Da -2:3 - And the king [Nebuchadnezzar] said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

Da 7:15-16 - I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

[59] Rom 1:9 - For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

[60] Rom 8:16 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

[62] Pr 20:27 - The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, searching all his innermost parts. [WEB]

[63] Ps 35:9 - And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Lu 1:47 - And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

[64] He 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

[65] Lu 9:60 - Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Mt 8:21-22 - Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." [WEB]

[66] Rom 4:17 - As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.

[67] Jn 3:5-7 - Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

[68] Eph 4:11-15 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

[69] 1Co 13:12 - For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

[70] 1Co 2:10-13 - But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

[71] Ec 12:7 - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

[72] Ge 35:18 - And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died)...

Lu 16:22-23 - And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

2Co 5:1 - For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Rom 6:22-23 - But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jn 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

[73] Ge 1:1-2 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

[74] Number chapter 11

[75] Joel 2:28-29 - And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

[76] Lu 3:16 - John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

[77] Jn 1:29-34 - The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

[78] Exodus chapters 19-20

[79] Jer 31:33 - But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

He 10:15-16 - Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

[80] Ac 2:1-4 - Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place. Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. [WEB]

[81] Jn 7:37-39 - In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Ac 2:39 - For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

[83] 1Sa 16:14 - But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul...

Ps 51:11 - Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

[84] Lu 1:67 - And his [John the Baptist's] father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied...

1Sa 10:6,10 - [Samuel speaking] And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee [Saul], and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man...And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him [Saul]; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

Nu 11:25 - And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him [Moses], and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

[85] Ac 2:33 - [Peter speaking] Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he [Jesus] hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

[86] Ac 2:4 - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Ac 10:44-48 - While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. [WEB]

 

Ac19:6 - And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

[87] Ac 2:5-11 - And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

[88] Ac 4:31 - And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.