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12.12.2014 07:02
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30.11.2014 21:52
If the Gentiles were not proselytes and uncircumcised could they still enter the synagogue?
22.11.2014 21:55
Based on scriptures, I have said it and will keep saying it again: I was not saved by observing the law (fornicating no more, committing adultery no more, stealing no more, killing no more etc) but I was saved by faith in Christ Jesus. (Grace ) And my sins were wiped off; my past sins, present and future, as long as I choose to remain under Grace, where the power of sin over my life has been broken and subdued eternally- that means when perhaps I fall to sin, (Pastor Vasile's son is still his son even if he is locked up in jail) the effect of sins cannot be felt over me, because of the covering of Grace- the New covenant of life which I am in with God, as t is entirely impossible for anyone whether born again or not to claim he or she has no sin in him: where sin before God, is sin, even as much as those things done out of faith. The power of death or judgment is sin, the power of sin is the law, but were there is no law, there is no transgression, and where there is no transgression, there is no sin, and where there is no sin, there is no judgment or death. Therefore, I AM NO LONGER UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE, SAVED BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS, WHERE I STAND AS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS, HELPED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE THE CHRIST LIFE, YET BATH WITH MERCY AND GRACE WHEN I FALTER.....
20.11.2014 10:52
Second, third , fourth marriages is adultery unless the man has died for the woman and both if they remarry. So many have stay in sin.. Lets get real.. Mark 10: 7-12..
20.10.2014 22:43
More suitable for today's time if an armed gunman is standing before me and my initial reaction is panic I have sinned...but that does not mean that I did not have fear. However it's a good man is standing before me and I have fear but I remain calm in inside of myself I pray and and trust in the Lord I have not sinned. We have to understand that as humans we will have any emotion, but it is what we do with the emotion that will determine the sin.
18.10.2014 14:44
Again I disagree.. The Bible encourages us to fear not, but where does it call fear a 'Sin'? If that is the case then anger is a sin... And we know very clearly the Bible says be angry but sin not. I respect that you may be well educated, however I disagree that fear is a sin. The Bible says to bring everything to God and so if I have a fear my initial reaction is to bring it to God. There for having the fear is not the sin, but it is a reaction that determines whether or not you have sin. If I don't have enough money to pay my bills and I worry I have sinned. But if I don't have enough money to pay my bills and I pray and trust God I have not sinned.
18.10.2014 14:39
I don't agree that fear is a sin.. I do believe that the action you perform once you feel the emotion of fear could be sinful but to fear is not sin. Just like to have anger is not a sin for the Bible declares to be angry but sin not. So if I have a fear it's what follows that emotion that determines the sin. If It's raining and I have limited visibility that will create fear, and if I panic I have sinned, but if I am calm and pray I have not sinned even though I did fear.
15.10.2014 23:23
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What is the difference between receiving the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit?

14 noi 2008 | ora 03.14 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat

In this article I want to answer the following question:

I have met with a Christian woman from the church of a different denomination and we begin talking about receiving the Holy Spirit. She was trying to convince me that I must be baptized with the Holy Spirit and she said that when you repent, you are led by the Holy Spirit, He rebukes you, and guides you, but He is not in you. But when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Is it any difference between receiving the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit, or not?

We find the answer in the book of Acts

Before I answer this question, I suggest the Christian woman that has asked me this question, and all readers who want to study by themselves and find the answer to this question to make the next steps of study:

  1. Read the whole book Acts and note wherever the Holy Spirit is mentioned. You can  follow my example of noting in the International Inductive Study Bible namely, to draw a flame or any other sign you want everywhere the Holy Spirit is mentioned together with the personal pronouns or synonyms that relate to Him.
  2. Make a chart of two columns and in the first column write all that you learn about receiving the Holy Spirit and in the second column all that relates to the filling with the Holy Spirit or being filled with the Holy Spirit.
  3. In the end, write your own conclusions.

People become Christians when they receive the Holy Spirit

Reading the book of Acts I noticed that the word “received” is used to show the cases when someone received the Holy Spirit for the first time and thus became a Christian. This event is called by the Lord Jesus “baptism with the Holy Spirit” and He talked with the apostles about it before he ascended to heaven, when He said:

For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.(Acts 1:5)(NASB)

Also then, referring to the same event that had to happen to the apostles “not many days after”, the Lord Jesus said:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)(NASB)

The Lord Jesus meant the event of the descent of the Holy Spirit on earth that happened on the day of Pentecost and it is described so:

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)(NASB)

Even if it is written that they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the context shows us clearly that that happened to the apostles for the first time and that the Holy Spirit had not lived in anybody of them before, but He came and filled them for the first time at that moment. The same day, when Apostle Peter preached to the crowd gathered because of what had happened, he made reference to the prophets from the Old Testament and He said that then, in the day of Pentecost, God had poured His Spirit on every being and urged all of them to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

People filled the Holy Spirit proclaim the Gospel very boldly

When It refers to courageous Christian actions and especially related to preaching the Gospel in dangerous situations, the Word of God describes those who have preached that they were full with the Holy Spirit. Thus, after the apostles Peter and John had healed the crippled from birth at the gate of the Temple and after that great evangelism had been, when thousand of people believed and repented, the apostles were brought before the Synod, where they talked being “full with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:8). After Peter and John had spoken before Synod, they came back to the church that was praying for them, so that the Lord might give them power to proclaim God’s Word with boldness.

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)(NASB)

All Christians described in this passage had received the Holy Spirit long before, but then again they were filled with the Holy Spirit and that was manifested by the way they were preaching the Word of God with boldness, without being intimidated by the enemies of the Gospel.

The filling with the Holy Spirit is visible to people around you

When it was the need in the first church from Jerusalem to choose deacons, the apostles told the whole assembly to choose “seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom”. So, people could recognize those who were full with the Holy Spirit by the way how they behaved day by day and that they were obedient to all teachings of the Lord Jesus and were sharing God’s Word with power and boldness, without fear or being intimidated by anyone. The Scripture relates us details about Stephen, one of these deacons. His filling with the Holy Spirit was manifested by the fact that he preached the Gospel with boldness even to martyrdom.

In the end, I want to tell the Christian woman who asked me that question, that every man receives the Holy Spirit when he enters the New Covenant of the Lord Jesus by faith and repentance. Receiving the Holy Spirit is identical to the baptism with the Holy Spirit and filling with the Holy Spirit takes place when we are not intimidated or defeated by fear, but with boldness we go and do what the Holy Spirit who dwells in us urges us to do. God help us to live in this way.

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Translated by Felicia Djugostran

This article has been translated into the following languages​​:
  1. Ce diferenţă este între primirea Duhului Sfânt şi umplerea cu Duh Sfânt? (ROMÂNĂ)
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