FAQ about Christian Faith

 

  • Can supernatural experience like healings and visions be the definite proof that one received the Holy Spirit?
  • You have really had an amazing experience. I have heard many confessions from people who dedicated their lives to the Lord after experiencing God's answers to their prayers. However, I would like to ask you if this amazing supernatural experience could be the definite proof that you received the Holy Spirit.

    As a matter of fact, many Christians nowadays would answer "Yes" to the question above. When Western Christianity was in decline amid the growth of materialism, the so-called Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement arose and Christianity revived tremendously, especially in the under developed or developing countries.

    As a result, many Christians fell under the influence of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement, which stresses the importance of supernatural experience. Those who lead revival meetings sometimes obtain worldwide fame as Evangelical revivalists. Furthermore, because they have surprising testimonies of their own and express their own faith through their experiences, their followers pursue experience-based faith like them.

    However, the Bible says "No" to the question above. Of course, the Holy Spirit has the ability to give us supernatural experiences. However, because He is the Spirit of truth (John 15:26), we can receive the Holy Spirit only through the word of truth.

    Peter received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and confidently preached the gospel saying, "God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Then the Jews who heard this said to Peter and the other Apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:36-37) He answered 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" (Acts 2:38-39).

    In other words, God clearly said that He would give the Holy Spirit as a gift to the righteous who received the remission of sin by believing in Jesus Christ's gospel. The only proof of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in one's heart is the word of truth.

    Have you received the remission of sin through the gospel of the water and the Spirit? If so, you can be assured that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit has already taken place in you.

    However, no matter what amazing experiences you may have had or no matter how many wonders you have performed, you have definitely not received the Holy Spirit if you still have sin in your heart. The reason is that you don't have the witness of the remission of sin based on the word of truth. Just as darkness can't be found in the light, the Holy Spirit can neither come on a sinner nor dwell with sin.

    Therefore, the true indwelling of the Holy Spirit only happens to people whose sins are completely washed away by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. God wants all people to hear the truth and to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Now you can receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.

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