Re: How Many “Holy Spirits” Are There?
This is a fair question that I've intentionally avoided answering for awhile for several reasons. There have been some good answers given so far. This question is, at once, both easy and difficult to answer. Obviously, were the Holy Spirit leading and teaching all who make the claim, then there wouldn't be such an overwhelming number of denominations, all claiming to teach the truth, and all having disagreements with the other denominations. Likewise, this unity of doctrine would extend to individual saints, were the Spirit truly leading all. It is readily apparent that He is not leading everyone who claims His leading.
Originally Posted by Jemand
There are only three voices we can hear: the voice of God, the voice of the enemy, and the voice of man (including our own.) Jesus said His sheep hear His voice. Learning to hear, and to distinguish, His voice requires a seeking, humble, penitent, teachable heart, help from those who have already learned it, prayer, study of the scriptures, quietness of soul (including a lack of preconceived notions), patience, love, and faith. Ultimately, knowing that something comes from the Holy Spirit is reliant upon faith in God springing from love for Him. If any love God, they are known by Him. Knowing Him and being known by Him require an intimate relationship. Knowing something is from Him stems from knowing Him, knowing His heart, knowing His voice, and unfettered trust.
Even in light of such a relationship, we may not always hear Him correctly for many reasons. That is why we must continue to bear each other’s burdens lovingly as He perfects us.
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