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The Johannine Anointing: Focusing on Truth


These spiritual concepts are not in competition, neither are they mutually exclusive. Our prayer should be for both: may the fire fall, expanding the kingdom, and may our minds be illumined, securing truth within us.4





1 “The Holy Spirit in Preaching,” Paraclete (Fall) 1977: 26.

2 “Ye Need Not That Any Man Teach You,” Paraclete (Fall) 1981: 17.

3 Bundrick, 15.

4 I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Paul Elbert (Church of God Theological Seminary) for his insightful comments on an early draft of this article.


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Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 2005

About the Author: Robert W. Graves, M. A. (Literary Studies, Georgia State University), is the co-founder and president of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting Pentecostal scholarship through research grants. He is a Christian educator and a former faculty member of Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas, and Kennesaw State University (adjunct). He edited and contributed to Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture and is the author of Increasing Your Theological Vocabulary, Praying in the Spirit (1987 and Second Edition, 2017) and The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998).

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