Holy Spirit

Question: Is there any difference between “guided by the Holy Spirit” and…

Is there any difference between “guided by the Holy Spirit” and…

1. Guided by the Holy Spirit:

It means drawing people to God (Jn 6:44) and guiding them into all truth (Jn 16:13). Most of the time it offers circumstances and opportunities for all to be willing to obey God (Mt 4:1, 10; Acts 8:29).

2. Moved by the Holy Spirit:

It had been revealed by the Holy Spirit to Simon that he would not die before he had seen Christ. He went into the temple and saw Jesus (Lk 2:26-27). Jesus (was) full of joy through the Holy Spirit (Lk 10:21). John saw visions in the Spirit (Rev 1:10). Paul said, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:3) Jude says, “Pray in the Spirit.” Within a given period of time, men’s thoughts, words and deeds are directly moved and controlled by the Holy Spirit as is described in the above examples.

3. Filled with the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit may be poured out on us generously as it was on Pentecost (Acts 2:4; 9:17). Later, every individual of the group was filled with the Spirit (Acts 4:8, 31; 13:9, 52). All these are the work of one and the same Spirit and He gives them to each one for the holy work (1 Cor 12:11).

4. Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

This is not a temporary guidance by the Holy Spirit but a convincing fact of receiving the Holy Spirit.
It means that the heavenly Father gives the Holy Spirit to believers, whom the world cannot accept (Jn 14:16-17).


Only those who have been called by God to believe in Jesus can accept the Spirit (Eph 1:13). “…has given us the Spirit as a deposit.” (2 Cor 5:5) “Given” does not mean temporary guidance, inspiration, or filling, but it means indwelling forever.

In other words, once we have received baptism of the Holy Spirit, it becomes a spring in us that wells up to eternal life. Once He has poured out on us generously, we may become heirs having the hope of eternal life (Tit 3:6-7). This is the guarantee that comes from baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Through the four steps discussed above, our salvation and redemption are fulfilled in Christ. There is vast difference between the four discussed and the Baptism of the Spirit enables all believers to form one body regardless of rank or class (1 Cor 12:12-13). It is an indispensable element to the unity of the church (Eph 4:3).

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