Signs of the Holy Spirit
Many use or give only seven signs of the Holy Spirit, but here I give the ten signs of the Holy Spirit as Jonathan Edwards wrote so many years ago.
If anyone, Jonathan Edwards beheld the strange and unusual works of Almighty God. He saw firsthand such manifestations that were outside of what the established church called the norm. Because of the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit, many denounced this move of the Holy Spirit as coming from Satan. Edwards refuted this, and began developing tests to determine what the true signs of a manifestation of the Holy Spirit are. These tests are as follows:
- When an activity is such as to raise the very esteem of Jesus Christ who was born of the Virgin and was crucified (1 John 4:1-3; 4:15; Matthew 10:32; Romans 15:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 Corinthians 12:3).
- When such operation is used to shine a light upon the Gospel of Christ.
- When such operation seems more to confirm and establish in the minds of people the truth of what the Gospel declares to all of Christ being the Son of God and the Savior of men than anything else.
- When a spirit operates against the interests of Satan’s kingdom (1 John 4:4-5; 3:8).
- When a spirit operates in such a manner as to cause in men a greater reward to the Holy Scriptures, and establishes these men more in their truth and divinity (1 John 4:6; Ephesians 2:20).
- When a spirit operates in such a manner as to lead people into the full truth of the fundamentals (1 John 4:1-6).
- When a spirit operates in such a manner as to promote a spirit of love to God and man (1 John 4:6-7).
- When a spirit operates in such a manner as to promote agreement with the Holy Scriptures (1 John 5:5-10).
- When a spirit operates in such a manner as to promote the holiness, greatness, and majesty of God (1 John 5:5-10; 4:1-7; Ephesians 4:24; Luke 1:75; Romans 6:19; 6:22; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:15; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 14:16; Hebrews 12:10; Galatians 5:14; 6:2; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Romans 8:4; 12:2; 13:8-10; Philippians 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:3-7; 5:23; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 7:34; 2 Corinthians 7:1).
- When a spirit causes unusual and extraordinary events and effects upon the lives, minds, and bodies of persons that emphasize the holiness of God, His greatness, and His majesty (1 John 5:5-10; 4:1-7; Ephesians 4:24; Luke 1:75; Romans 6:19; 6:22; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:7; 1 Timothy 2:15; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 14:16; Hebrews 12:10; Galatians 5:14; 6:2; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Romans 8:4; 12:2; 13:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:3-7; 5:23; 1 Corinthians 1:8; 7:34). In such cases as these manifestations, persons will have an extraordinary conviction of the dreadful nature of sin, a very uncommon sense of the Christian life, extraordinary views of the certainty and glory of divine things, will be proportionally moved with very extraordinary affections of fear and sorrow, desire, love, or joy, and will be changed very suddenly with no infringing upon Scripture. This further includes tears, trembling, groans, loud outcries, agonies of body, the failing of bodily strength, and what has been known as being “slain in the Spirit.” All of this will always be in the realm of God’s holiness, His greatness and His majesty.3
John, speaking of the ministry of Jesus, wrote, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25). Here, the point is that many manifestations of the Spirit may have been wrought through Christ that were never to be written down. Some of the manifestations of the Spirit that have taken place presently may have taken place in Christ’s ministry, but never made it to print.