martes, 13 de noviembre de 2012


He Gives the Holy Spirit? Miraculous powers today as Speaking in Tongues or healing of disease?
1. Introduction. *Currently there are many Christian churches claim to be leaders Whose Able to speak in tongues and miraculous healings to power by Receiving the Holy Spirit. They believe That every believer consecrated to God asking You With enough faith can receive the Holy Spirit's miraculous Powers That we cited earlier.
I think many people Have Seen on television or in person at any of These churches, scenes in Which the meeting participants reach Certain states of consciousness similar to Those of people in trance or ecstasy, Where They Can Get to take varied postures, as lie down , and express loudly, varied emotions.
This Usually happens after the call, the leader, pastor or evangelist, the congregation, and Often These leaders promise to his faithful, if They have true faith, experience the healing of diseases or Their Will Have That miraculous power order, Such as speaking in tongues. These are supposedly supernatural powers Taught by Their preachers by laying hands on the heads of the church members who want it.
The imposition of hands on the head of the believer is the biblical formulation or process used by the apostles of Christ to impart the Holy Spirit to believers of the early Christian church of the first century (Acts 8:17, "Then They Laid Their Hands and received the Holy Spirit. ").
Keep in Mind that this happened When the church was not yet consolidated, Did not Have Any Scripture That info we have today, was in its infancy, and had not spent much time on the day of Pentecost That "... were all Filled with the Holy Spirit and Began to Speak With other tongues, as the Spirit Gave them utterance. "(Acts 2:4).
In the Following, we will try to Clarify Whether the Bible supports the miraculous powers, Which Were Given by the Holy Spirit to a pole-Christian believers, are still Given by the Holy Spirit, and THEREFORE susceptible of every believer, That Certain conditions meets , can get them, and even, to impart, turn to other Christians who sincerely wish.
2. What is The Holy Spirit?
Although this article does not deal Specifically With The Holy Spirit, but of his work, we believe That, at least, we turn to Him, to explain, and with brevity Briefly, we understand That God Has Revealed in His Word, Which is in the Bible.
First, We Should Talk About who the Holy Spirit and not of what is, for the Bible Reveals him as a person: the third person of the Trinity.
ACCORDING to the Bible is One with the Father and the Son, is of the same essence and substance, Therefore God.
In the Following text of Matthew 28:19, we find three different people who make up the Godhead, in complete unity. That Notice Jesus does not say "Baptizing them in the name", but in the name, in the singular, even though three people. There is only one God who has Revealed Himself as three distinct persons. It has, Therefore, the same attributes of God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit is the power or energy of God, is a personality That has a mind, an intellect and a will. Then we will just to present some New Testament texts reveal what man That Could ever have imagined, for in its finitude and limitation, can not encompass the infinity of the Creator.

Matthew 28:19.
"Go and make disciples THEREFORE of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
2 Cor. 13:14

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen"
The Holy Spirit is not a force but a person or Influence That has all the features That defines it as Such and attributes of God:
- The Holy Spirit has a will and a mind.
"It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no burden Greater than Necessary These things." (Acts 15:28)
- The Holy Spirit Teaches

"12 Because the Holy Spirit will teach you in what ye That very hour ought to say." (Luke 12:12)
- The Holy Spirit speaks:
Acts 8:29 "And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go up and join this chariot."
- The Holy Spirit prohibits

Hec. 16:6: "6 gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, They Were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia;"
- The Holy Spirit intercede in our prayers and help us in our weakness.
Romans 8:26
"26 In the same way the Spirit Also Helps In Our Weaknesses Should as what we pray for as we do not know, but the Spirit himself intercede for Us with groans That words."
- The Holy Spirit can be grieved.
Ephesians 4:30:
"And do not grieve 30 the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
- One can not against the Holy Spirit

Matthew 12:31
"31 Therefore I tell you, every free and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
- You can lie to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5:3-4
"3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and of the price of the land? 4 Whiles, REMAIN did it not your own? And sold, was it not in your power? Why have you conceived this thing in thine heart? You have not lied to men but to God. "
The Holy Spirit as God is beyond human comprehension. God Has Revealed himself in his Word, and only ASKs us to believe, not that we try to understand everything.
3. Was the Holy Spirit Given to the faithful people of Israel before the day of Pentecost quoted in the book of Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:4)? What was his work?We refer to the period covered by the Old Testament, from the beginning of the creation story in Genesis 1, and the New Testament, Including the Latter, only the portion of time in the events took place Which of the four gospels. We will try, Therefore, the action of the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament Until The Day of Pentecost Following the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.
In the Old Testament, God had Established the Day of Pentecost, in Which the faithful of Israel had to offer, the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, symbol and figure of what would Become the first harvest of believers who Were in the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost said.
Pentecost means fiftieth, ie seven weeks plus one day (fifty days), Counted from the beginning of the second day of the feast of unleavened bread, until, the feast of the weeks Became Known as Pentecost. The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Which Lasted seven days, beginning the day after the celebration of Passover (Leviticus 23: 4-16).
In the Jewish calendar, Passover, commemorating the miraculous deliverance of the people of Egypt by God, and in Which They sacrificed a lamb, figure and symbol of Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world", held the fourteenth day of the first month of the year, called Nisan.
Jesus Christ died on the cross, on Friday, the fourteenth of Nisan When the Jewish people celebrate the Passover, possibly, in the thirtieth year of our era. The next day (Saturday, 15 Nisan) Began the celebration of the week of Unleavened Bread. The Day That Jesus was resurrected, then on Sunday 16th of Nisan, the Jewish people in Which Gave the priest a sheaf as first of the first fruits of the harvest (Leviticus 23:9-11). Well, fifty days after the Sunday of the resurrection of Jesus, That is, About ten days after his ascension to heaven, came the Pentecost event in Acts 2:3 Narrated, 4. This marked the beginning of the Christian church, and from the Holy Spirit That Moment has been available to all who believe and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
The Question That heads this section comes up the existing statement in the Gospel of John, chapter 7, verses 38 and 39:
John 7: 38, 39:
"38 He Who Believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly Shall flow rivers of living water. 39 This said the Spirit, Which They receive That Believed in him had not yet come for the Holy Spirit, Because Jesus was not yet glorified. "
The Holy Scriptures tell us of the constant action of the Holy Spirit from the beginning of this world Until the day of Pentecost Following the death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. THEREFORE, we need to understand, in That sense had not come yet the Holy Spirit in the days of the life of Jesus Christ (see also John 14:16, 17, 26, 15:26, 16:7, 13.).

The Holy Spirit before the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:3-4
First we see the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, and secondly His Work During The earthly life of Jesus to his ascension in Acts 1:9.
In the Old Testament.
The activity of the Holy Spirit is Manifested Through the Entire Old Testament and Throughout The earthly life of Christ. In the beginning of creation and find the Holy Spirit in action: Genesis 1:1: "... the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.".
Were All Scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). The apostle Peter Cleary states: "For prophecy never came by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as They Were by the Holy Spirit moved." (2 Peter 1:21). Then it is the action of PROVED That all the true prophets and the Entire Old Testament is the Holy Spirit. Later, years after Pentecost Day, the New Testament writers led into all truth Were, and Reminded of all the things of the life and work of Jesus through inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Their Lives.
If we take a quick look at the Old Testament, starting from the book of Exodus, we see the Holy Spirit That inspired some faithful of Israel, so That They Were Able to build the tabernacle and all the Vessels of worship. Bezaleel was one of them, of Whom God said, "I have filled him With The Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, in knowledge and all art, ..." (Read Exodus 31:1-11, 35:31).
As we move through the Old Testament, we find many performances of the Holy Spirit. We will cite some examples, by no means exhaustive: The seventy elders Chosen by Moses at God's command: "... and when to the spirit rested upon them, They prophesied, and did not cease." (Numbers 11:16, 25, 26, 29). The case of Balaam, the prophet of God who apostatized and wanted to sell Israel's enemies to harm the people of God (Numbers 24:2: "... and the Spirit of God came upon him."
The Holy Spirit Also performed at the time of the Judges. Wine on the Judges, Othniel (Judges 3:9,10: "The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and I Judged Israel ..."). The victory in the battles of the people of Israel was due to the action of the Holy Spirit. We could go on listing the Holy Spirit, on, Gideon (Judges 6:34), Jephthah (Judges 11:29), Samson (Judges 13:24, 25, 14:6, 15:14), Saul (1 Samuel 10 : 6, 10, 16:14, 19:23, 24), David (1 Samuel 16:13), messengers of Saul (1 Samuel 19:20), etc., etc.

The Holy Spirit in the earthly life of Jesus
The first work of the Holy Spirit That begins with the New Testament is fundamental, and is Described in Matthew 1:18: "The birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before They Came together, she was found conceived of the Holy Spirit. "(See also Matthew 1:20).
When Jesus Began his ministry the Holy Spirit descend upon him "like a dove" (Matthew 3:16, John 1:32, see also Matthew 4:1: ".. was led by the Spirit into the wilderness ..").
In Luke 1:15 we are Told That John the Baptist would be "Filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb." Also the mother of John the Baptist, Elizabeth "was Filled with the Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:41) When I heard the salutation of Mary. Similarly, "his father Zechariah was Filled with the Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:67), and the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon (Luke 2:25-27).
We Conclude That the Holy Spirit has been acting since the beginning of the world, inspiring holy men of God and prophets, Their training people to do the work of the Tabernacle, giving miraculous powers of healing, as Elijah and Elisha, interpretation of dreams like Joseph, son of Jacob in Egypt, the prophet Daniel, etc. Likewise, the Holy Spirit spoke Clearly Throughout The earthly life of Jesus, from his birth to his death and resurrection. John the Baptist and his parents Were Filled with the Holy Spirit, And Also With The disciples was of Jesus, as well as Jesus himself says in John 14:17:
John 14:16,17
"16 And I will pray the Father, and He Shall give you another Counselor to be with you forever-17 the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world can not receive, Because It seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; He dwells with you and will be in you. "
However, as we saw in John 7:39: "... there was even the Holy Ghost," and in the previous see John 14:17, the Holy Spirit was still a promise, "will be in you", although dwelt with them. The other texts of the Gospel of John relapse Also something still future, for example, Jesus insists "if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ..." (John 16:7; Also Read John 15:26, 16 13.). Even after his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus again reiterated his disciples to wait for the promise of the Father, to be Baptized With The Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:4
"4 And being assembled together, I Commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, Which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John Baptized with water, but you Shall Be Baptized With The Holy Spirit not many days. "
So study next baptism of the Holy Spirit of the promise of the Father and of Jesus Christ himself, and That There are Differences With The Spirit's work before the day of Pentecost.
4. Where the Bible speaks of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire?.The first time the Bible Refers to baptize With The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of Matthew. John the Baptist speaks of baptism in the Spirit as something still future, and would only be Carried out by Christ. That I only states with water unto repentance Baptized. As We Shall see THROUGHOUT this study, John the Baptist is Referring to the next meeting of the Old Testament prophecy found in the book of the prophet Joel 2:28, where God Gives the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a generous way special and never before have given.
We will return to the prophecy of Joel 2:28. Now we prefer to start at the beginning of the New Testament, we know Which contains the fulfillment of the promises of the Old. Come, then, to read all the texts where this concept first, And Also the versions give the other Gospels That:
Matthew 3:11-12
"I indeed baptize you 11 with water unto repentance: but He That cometh after me, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear is mightier than I, I will baptize You With the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 Whose fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. "
Luke 3:12-17

"13 He said to them: Collect no more than you are ordered. 14 soldiers likewise Demanded of him, saying, And we, what shall we do? And I said unto them, Do violence to no one, neither accuse any falsely, and Be content with your wages.
15 As The people were in expectation, and all in Their Hearts John, Whether I Were the Christ, 16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water, but One mightier than I, who am not worthy to untie his Shall I baptize you shoes With The Holy Spirit and fire. 17 Whose fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. '
John 1:31-34 (See also Mark 1:8)
"31 And I knew him not: but I have That might be revealed to Israel, therefore I came Baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but He That sent me to baptize with water said unto me, Upon Whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes With The Holy Spirit. 34 I Have Seen and Have borne witness That this is the Son of God. "
From These texts we learn that:
There is a baptism in the Holy Spirit, not John the Baptist According To manage Because only with water unto repentance Baptized.The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a future action or event over Time That John the Baptist lived, During His Life Because He Was Taught or managed.The only one who has the authority and power to impart is Jesus Christ. Later See That No One Is Baptized With The Holy Spirit During the earthly life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

4. There is Also a baptism of fire, Applied by Jesus, associated or attached, apparently, with the baptism in the Holy Spirit, in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, but Not Necessarily simultaneous, as the Gospels of Mark and John, They only mention of With The Holy Spirit baptism (Mark 1:8), Which is what U.S. Interests In This Study.THEREFORE We believe the baptism of fire That is not part of baptism of the Spirit, but They are two different baptisms, and opposite, Therefore not compatible, if you receive one, you can not receive the other. Why do we think this? Because fire is a symbol of destruction Usually, not salvation. Furthermore, the context, the phrase of John the Baptist, "... He Shall Baptize You With the Holy Spirit and fire" (3:11 up.) Refers to the use That will fire. Consider this context:
John the Baptist is preaching a baptism of repentance to preparing the way for the Messiah, Jesus, and come to listen crowd of people, among Whom are many Pharisees and of the Sadducees (Matthew 3:7), and to them, Especially, as Leaders and Representatives of the Jewish people, but risk running them changed Prevents Their behavior, repenting and giving fruits of righteousness. History shows That the rejection of MOST of the Jewish leaders to Jesus as the Messiah, hardening Their Hearts, was the cause of the punishment That came in 70 AD, by the army of the Roman General Titus, who laid siege to Jerusalem, destroying it and Causing the dispersion of the few Jews who survived this terrifying destruction.
Matthew 3:10-12
"10 And now the ax is laid Also to the root of the trees: Therefore every tree That does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
"I indeed baptize you 11 with water unto repentance: but He That cometh after me, Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear is mightier than I, I will baptize You With the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 Whose fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. "
In general, the Jewish nation, not bear good fruit, was cut off and thrown into the fire, figuratively, with the punishment I Suffered in 70 Applies Which, of course, not only to Jews but to all Gentiles. Moreover, John the Baptist, in verse 12, Clearly distinguishes Between the destiny That Will Have the wheat With The chaff to be burned by fire by the fan.
That THEREFORE We believe the baptism in fire, symbolizing the punishment That the wicked will suffer, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit is only Given to Those who obey the call of God, and accept the gospel of salvation.
5. What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Whenever possible, let the Bible speak for itself, to interpret itself, to prevail not our preconceptions About What it Clearly states. Consider the following texts:
Acts 1:1-5

"1 The former treatise, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus Began to do and teach, 2 Until the day I was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles I HAD CHOSEN, 3 To whom also, having himself Suffered Alive with many convincing proofs, appearing to them During forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And being assembled together with them, Commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, Which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John Baptized with water, but you Shall Be Baptized With The Holy Ghost not many days. "
Let's focus on verses 4 and 5. In them, Luke reports Jesus Commanded That Expressly together his disciples in Jerusalem, wait for the promise of the Father Because They Would Be Baptized With The Holy Ghost not many days.
What do we learn in Addition to what we already knew, That there was a baptism in the Holy Spirit?
First, just read that there is a promise of the Father Which is Directly related to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the disciples Were not many days to receive. Although It Seems That abundantly clear the promise of the Father, has to Do with the sending of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, will bring some texts in Which Jesus Refers to it, Gives more details, and Explains the essential condition for This event took place.
In Luke 24:49, Jesus himself says: "Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until, with power ye be endued from on high." From here we find the promise That Father would be sent by Jesus on the disciples, And Also receive power from on high, That is, God. It's Something That was still in the future, as the apostles had not received the baptism in the Holy Spirit of the promise of the Father.
The Following text is Jesus' promise That I would send the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. When would this happen? Clearly Jesus Gives the answer: When I leaves, shortly after his ascension and be glorified.John 16: 7, 13
"7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth to your advantage 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. 8 And when he comes, I will convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. 13 But When He, the Spirit of truth comes, I will guide you into all truth: for I will not speak on his own, I will speak only hears what I have, and I will show you Things to Come.
John 7: 38, 39:
"38 He Who Believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly Shall flow rivers of living water. 39 This said the Spirit, Which They receive That Believed in him had not yet come for the Holy Spirit, Because Jesus was not yet glorified. "
John 15:26:
"26 But the Comforter is when to come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He Shall testify of me. 27 And Also you must testify, for You have been with me from The Beginning. "
From These texts we Conclude, first, That the fulfillment of the promise of the Father and decision to send in the future, the Holy Spirit, Jesus falls to carry it out. Secondly, I clarifies the Necessary condition for the Father's promise can be brilliant: "... for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send him." (John 16: 7). Until Jesus was not glorified in heaven (John 7:39) Does not Fulfill the promise of the Father.
However, John 20:19-23, the disciples Relates That Were Gathered together, "the doors being shut," Jesus stood among them, and after showing them his hands and his side "said to them again, Peace be unto you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. (22) "And having said this I breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. (23) If you forgive the sins, They are forgiven, and Who Shall retain, They are Retained. '
With a cursory reading, and taking These texts in isolation, without other verses Relating them to refer to The Two That That Were Treated cases Also by Jesus at different times, may seem or give the impression there is any contradiction That Between Regarding them at the time of receipt of the Holy Spirit through the apostles (verse 22). Or, on the other hand, to induce us to believe an erroneous doctrine, as it is clear from being 23, Which seems, at first glance, That Jesus Gave to his disciples, authority or power to forgive sins to other believers, to power That belongs only to God (See Acts 8:22, 1 Kings 8:39; 46-50, Psalms 32:5, 65:3, 79:9, 103:3, Isaiah 55:7, Matthew 6: 14, 15 , 9:2, 9:6, Mark 6:10, Luke 5:21, 7:49, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 2:13, 3:13, Jas. 5:15, 1 John 1: 9, 2 : 1, 2:12, etc. ..).
Although In This study we are not Dealing with the issue of forgiveness, We decided to temporarily divert the focus of this study to make a brief comment on the text of John 20:23, based on this text Because And Also in Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18: 18, the Roman Catholic Church claims the power to forgive sins. Come, then, to explain concisely That purpose priests of the Roman Catholic Church can not forgive sins, nor, of course, no human being. Jesus Never Gave this power to his disciples. As We have seen, in previous texts, This power belongs only to God who knows the true intentions of the human heart. The sacrament of confession That the said church practices and its faithful Teaches not biblical. The forgiveness of sins, That if Bible, Achieved Refers to what Christ dying on the cross for us (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 9:26-28, 10:12, 14, Romans 3:22-26, etc..) .
The atoning sacrifice of Jesus and his death on the cross, made possible the forgiveness of sins is, what is Also known as justification. To receive forgiveness of sins, ie be Justified before God by the Merits of Christ, human beings, are called by God, through the gospel of grace and salvation. When we hear that call, we believe by faith, repent, and confess with Our mouth That Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 8:37), and to obey the gospel Decided and Demonstrate our faith by being Baptized by immersion, received the forgiveness of sins and salvation are Sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
Now we can understand the role of Jesus That 'disciples, evangelists, pastors and teachers, forgive sins was not the way of the Roman church, but Their mission is to proclaim the good news of salvation, As stated in Matthew 28: 19, 20 "THEREFORE go and make 19 disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have Commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. "therefore, the way the forgiveness of sins Receives believer is not to Fulfill the sacrament of confession, but the gospel preached by Serle, repent, obey and be Baptized in the name of Jesus (Luke 24:47, "and be preached repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.") does this have anything to do With The confession of sins to a priest and subsequent Implementation of a penance? Not at all. We preach forgiveness of sins to the world Because Christ did it, and we get When We Accept That He died for our sins (Acts 10:43).
Done this brief interlude, we return to the issue at hand in John 20:22: "(22)" And having said this, I breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. . "Here, as we see from the context, Jesus had not yet gone to the Father (John 20:17), Which means That had not yet been glorified, and Malthus was pending That Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, as we check the Words That Jesus himself said, and That includes Luke 24:49: "Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until, with power ye be endued from on high. ". Maybe this time That Jesus Appeared to the eleven apostles was the same in Which I spoke the words of John 20:22. Explain this apparent contradiction To we only think of two possibilities. The first, in our view unlikely, That Jesus imparted to his disciples, then, a foretaste of the Holy Spirit was not Involved Because the partial empowerment by the Holy Spirit, Which would, in fulfillment of the promise the Father, When They Were Gathered in Jerusalem.
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