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ithin the past few decades,  aim to know as much about Him as pos-
                 any discussion about the Holy  sible. And how we get to know Him needs
        WSpirit can quickly turn into a  to be based upon what Scripture says, not
        debate about the permanence of particular  claims about personal experiences.
        spiritual gifts or the validity of so-called   In this special issue, our contributors
        spiritual experiences. Disputes about   have helpfully tackled questions such as:
        genuine manifestations of the Spirit tend   1) What is the difference between the Holy
        to dominate conversation while so much   Spirit’s indwelling and the exhortation
        truth is being overlooked. There stands   to “be filled with the Spirit”? 2) What is
        a need within our generation for a clear   baptism in the Holy Spirit? 3) What is the
        description of pneumatology, the biblical   Holy Spirit’s role in conversion? 4) How do
        doctrine of the person and ministry of the   we interpret the various receptions of the
        Holy Spirit.                         Holy Spirit in the book of the Acts? 5) What
          While a 32-page issue of a magazine is   are the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how are
        hardly sufficient to cover such a vast study,   they both distributed and exercised? 6)
        it is our hope and prayer that these articles   What function will the Holy Spirit serve
        will help us better understand the One who   in future events? These and many other
        was instrumental in giving us the sacred   questions will find valuable answers in the
        Scriptures, the One intimately active in the
        life and ministry of the Lord Jesus, and the   pages to follow.
        One who presently indwells every believer   But the one thing we must not overlook is
        in the Church.                       that the Holy Spirit is obviously holy. And
          Speaking of the Church, this present   as we let Him have His way in our lives,
        Church Age is often called the Age of the   we will be holy too. Behavior and speech
        Holy Spirit. His arrival was promised by   that are holy may not grab the headlines in
        the Lord Jesus and was chronicled by Luke   the realm of the sensational, nor are they
        in Acts chapter 2, the “birthday” of the   ever likely to be the subject of fascinating
        Church. One cannot help but notice that   debate. But of all the manifestations of the
        there are many more references to the Holy  Holy Spirit in our day, the one that matters
        Spirit in the New Testament as compared  most is holiness revealed in God’s people.
        to  the  Old  Testament.   Given  this  fact,  God demands nothing less from us – “You
        coupled with the reality that the Holy Spirit  shall be holy, because I am holy” (1Pe 1:16
        permanently indwells us, it should be our  NET). Not only does a holy life please the
        ¹ Over 250 NT passages include a clear reference   Lord, but He still uses holiness in the lives of
        to the Holy Spirit.                  His people to draw lost souls to His Son.

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