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The Holy Spirit and the Church

"The body apart from the spirit is dead" (James ). Likewise, a congregation without the Spirit of God has no spiritual life. The church of the living God must have the Holy Spirit. In other words, believers in the true church are given the promised Holy Spirit, with the speaking of tongues as the evidence*. Together, these believers become the dwelling place of the Spirit (Ephesians ).

Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ gives the church the authority to forgive sins (John -23). Therefore, it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that makes baptism effective for the forgiveness of sins (1 John 5:6­8).

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth who reveals the truth of salvation (John ). Thus in the true church where God's spirit is present, people can hear of the full gospel and walk in the way of salvation.

The Holy Spirit also distributes his gifts to the members of the church, such as the gift of understanding, the gift of healing, and the gift of encouragement. As members of Christ's body, we may benefit from these various spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:4,12,13).

* For a more detailed explanation, please read the booklet in the series titled Holy Spirit.

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