Jesus Christ now dwells invisibly in His church in the person of the Holy Spirit. Before leaving His disciples, Jesus assured them that the Father would send them “another Counselor … the Spirit of truth.”1 The Greek word that is translated “another” is a specific term meaning literally “another of the same kind.” For three and one-half years, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction that He would be called a “Counselor” Jesus guided, instructed, rebuked, encouraged, and taught His disciples.2 He was truly their Counselor. During His ministry, of course, Jesus counseled many other individuals as well.3
Posts on the Holy Spirit
Counseling Is the Work of the Spirit
Counseling is the work of the Holy Spirit. Effective counseling cannot be done apart from him. He is called the paraclete1 (“counselor”) who in Christ’s place came to be another counselor2 of the same sort that Christ had been to his disciples.3 Because unsaved counselors do not know the Holy Spirit, they ignore his counseling activity and fail to avail themselves of his direction and power.
A recent book titled I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional, by Wendy Kaminer, debunks much of the mystique of modern psychology.1 The author does not purport to be a Christian. In fact, she describes herself as “a skeptical, secular humanist, Jewish, feminist, intellectual lawyer.”2 Yet she writes as a bitter critic of the marriage of religion and psychology. She notes that religion and psychology have always more or less deemed one another incompatible. Now she sees “not just a truce but a remarkable accommodation.”3 Even from her perspective as an unbeliever, she can see that this accommodation has meant a change in the fundamental message Christians convey to the world. She writes:
The Bible has many different examples of Jesus performing miracles and signs. This paper will look at eight specific instances where Jesus performed a sign or miracle. The surrounding events and circumstances will be explored and how these signs and miracles show that Jesus is truly God, Immanuel with us.
The turning of water to wine
A brief description of the events of turning the water to wine:
Jesus is at a wedding in the city of Cana with his disciples and his mother, when the supply of wine for the wedding ran out. Weddings are a symbol of love and joy, and Jesus in demonstrating his love for the couple replenished their supply. It is interesting to note that Moses first sign was turning water into blood, while Jesus’ first sign was turning water into wine. (Keener, 1993) More
The discussion regarding whether the Charismatic “sign” gifts are still present today is a topic which reaches to the very core of our emotions, both for those who believe the gifts are evident today, and also for those who do not. While reading through this topic in our book it is noted that the authors place together those from the extremist side of this debate and those who are just trying to worship Jesus. As one who has been to many Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) churches, it is very rare to find being “slain in the spirit”, “laughing in the spirit”, etc. in their churches, yet one does find speaking in tongues but probably not at every one. However, that said I do believe some of what you see on TV or in certain churches is not of God, or comes very close to crossing a line-It is not beneficial to name, “names” God knows who they are, but we must pray for those acting in ways we question.