Ligonier’s 2020 State of Theology survey shows a decline in the number of professing evangelicals who have an accurate understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation.
- Only 16% “strongly disagreed” and only 8% “somewhat disagreed” with the statement “The Holy Spirit is a force but is not a personal being.”
- Likewise, only 27% agreed with the statement: “The Holy Spirit gives a spiritual new birth or new life before a person has faith in Jesus Christ.”
- Respondents split 60-40 on the statement: “The Holy Spirit can tell me to do something which is forbidden in the Bible.”
We’ve been addressing just these questions in the series “Who is the Holy Spirit?” It’s never too late to join us! I pray you’ve been learning as much as I have.
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In John 3:1-8, we learn two themes that we will see repeatedly in this series: 1) The Holy Spirit of is God’s agent of change, and 2) one of his most crucial works is the inner transformation of believers.
1Corinthians 12 teaches an important distinction between the type of work the Holy Spirit does. The “universal” work of the Holy Spirit is a work that he does for all believers to bring about the inner transformation of faith. The “individual” works of the Holy Spirit are works he does in some believers but not others.
In 1Corinthians 2, we learn two of the most important works of the Spirit: 1) The Spirit reveals the thoughts of God to His chosen messengers. This is revelation. 2) The Spirit gives understanding to all believers so that we embrace the claims of the gospel.
One of the main themes in the Old Testament regarding the Holy Spirit is that God empowers Israel’s leaders through His Spirit to bless the nation and keep His covenant promises.
NEW Bible Study Resources:
New Bible Study 101:
- Introduction to Exile & Return
- Introduction to the Prophets
- Daniel quotes in the NT
- Ezekiel quotes in the NT
- What is Theology?
- Who was Nebuchadnezzar?
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