Posts Categorized: Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:9 – The Mystery of His Will

In Scripture, we’re told that there are multiple mysteries of God.  The classic definition of a Biblical mystery is that it’s something which is concealed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New.  One of the most amazing mysteries to which we’re introduced in the Bible is the joining of Jews and Gentiles into…

2 Corinthians 13:5 – Test Yourselves

For all the problems the church in Corinth had, with every ounce of his being, Paul wanted to see them walking in righteousness before God.  Given what glimpses we get from his two letters, they had issues!  He repeats the laundry list of vices in 2 Corinthians 12:20 that he had seen: For I fear…

2 Corinthians 11:20 – If Someone Makes Slaves of You

In Chapter 11 of 2 Corinthians Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for its willingness to be fooled and manipulated by false apostles preaching a faux gospel.  Despite the many spiritual gifts with which God had blessed the congregation, spiritual discernment apparently wasn’t one of them; or if it was, the people disregarded what the…

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He Has Put Eternity Into Man’s Heart

King Solomon – the Preacher in Ecclesiastes – had an astounding gift from God.  Because at the time of his ascension to the throne, he was humble and asked nothing for himself, God gave him the wisdom of the ages.  No one, before or since, has had the wisdom of Solomon.  It’s a strange thing,…

2 Corinthians 2:15 – The Aroma of Christ

Have you ever stopped to think why certain people hate true believers in Jesus Christ so much?  The ultimate answer is that these non-believers are infused with the spirit of Satan.  Because he is such a hater of God with all He has made and done, this anti-God fervor infects and infests those who have…

1 Corinthians 16:9 – And There Are Many Adversaries

The preaching of the Gospel always brings opposition, even strife.  What is Good News to some is anathema to many.  For all those who are broken and in great need of the Word of God, there are also those who want nothing to do with the ways of the Lord.  Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:9…

1 Corinthians 2:8 – Rulers of This Age

Those who oppose God inevitably believe they are smarter than Him.  They devise plans that oppose His will and think that He doesn’t see and know them.  This is part of their foolishness.  If the Lord knows how many hairs each of us has on our heads (Luke 12:7), then might He not also know…

Romans 8:14 – Sons of God

Scripture refers to the sons of God in both the Old and New Testaments.  When we see this term in either place, it has very different connotations and yet, ultimately, the same meaning.  It’s very curious how the Bible speaks of this phrase under the two covenants.  Why?  Human beings are not in view when…

Acts 14:9 – Faith To Be Made Well

What is the nature of true faith? How do we know if we really have it or not? What is the way that it manifests? The answer to these questions comes through our text today, plus we see it very clearly in a well-known Old Testament passage. Paul and Barnabas had fled to Lystra from…