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The Work of Grace and the Holy Spirit

On-Line Correspondence Course #6: The Nature and Work of God, Man, and Salvation. Be sure to visit our series of articles on Calvinism, irresistible grace, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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The Deity of the Holy Spirit

  1. Is the Holy Spirit a separate being from the Father and the Son? (Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:21-22)
    YES  NO 
  2. Who are the Holy Spirit's peers? (Matthew 28:19)
  3. Give one reason why Jesus was called "the Son of God"? (Luke 1:35)
  4. Therefore, is the Holy Spirit divine?
    YES  NO 

The Promise of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles

  1. Who was Jesus to commission upon His return to the Father in heaven? (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:5-7)
  2. What would this sent One do? (John 14:26; 16:7-13)
  3. Does the context have any personal references that identify the recipients of Jesus' promise? (John 15:26-16:6; Acts 1:21-25)
    YES  NO 
  4. Who was to be the direct recipients of this promise? (John 15:26-16:6; Acts 1:21-25)


  1. Who guided the apostles and prophets in their preaching and writing? (II Peter 1:21; Mark 13:3, 9-11)
  2. Was error possible while speaking or writing under the influence inspiration? (John 10:35; Titus 1:2)
    YES  NO 
  3. What was the extent of their understanding? (I Corinthians 2:6-16)
  4. What can we receive when we read their inspired writings? (Ephesians 3:3-5; Psalm 119:49-50, 59-60, 97-105)


  1. Who was responsible for the disbursement of miraculous gifts and powers? (I Corinthians 12:4-12)
  2. What was the purpose of these gifts and miracles? (Hebrews 2:3-4; I Corinthians 14:12)
  3. How were the gifts of the Holy Spirit transferred? (Acts 8:14-20)
  4. Why is this no longer possible today? (Acts 1:20-26)
  5. Since the Word has long been completed and confirmed, is there any need for miracles today? (I Corinthians 13:8-12)
    YES  NO 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

  1. What special baptism did Jesus alone administer? (Luke 3:15-17)
  2. If Jesus administers it, how can men be commanded with it?
  3. To whom did Jesus promise this baptism? (Acts 1:1-8)
  4. Who else received this baptism? (Acts 10:24, 44-48)
  5. What was special about this second occasion that required this baptism? (Acts 11:1-4, 15-18)
  6. Did Cornelius' family still require water baptism in the name of Jesus after the baptism of the Holy Spirit? (Acts 10:44-48)
    YES  NO 
  7. By the writing of Ephesians, one of the last books of the New Testament, how many baptisms were authorized for practice? (Ephesians 4:4-5)
  8. If baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot be commanded, what baptism is the one commanded universally for today? (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 2:38)

The Holy Spirit and Man's Will

  1. Examine the Bible passages in the chart below, and complete the table's description of the effects upon men, commonly caused by the Holy Spirit and the gospel.
    Holy Spirit Work Gospel
    Nehemiah 9:20 II Timothy 3:16-17
    John 14:26 Psalm 119:97-102
    John 16:8 Titus 1:9;
    Romans 3:9-19
    John 6:63 Psalm 119:50
    John 16:13 Psalm 119:105
    John 3:5 I Peter 1:23
    I Peter 1:2 John 17:17;
    II Thessalonians 2:13
    Titus 3:5 James 1:21
    I Corinthians 6:11 Ephesians 5:26
    Acts 9:31 I Thessalonians 4:18
    Ephesians 1:13 Ephesians 1:13
    John 15:26 John 5:39
    Romans 8:16 Matthew 24:14
    Romans 5:5 I John 2:5
    Galatians 5:22 Jeremiah 15:16;
    I Thessalonians 1:6
  2. If the Holy Spirit accomplishes all these above activities indirectly through the Word of God, then what aspect of a man's conversion does the Spirit directly accomplish apart from the Word of God?
  3. If the Spirit works indirectly by the Word of God in conversion, then why does one person respond positively to the gospel and another negatively? (Luke 8:11-15)


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