Category Archives: Spirit

TRUE SPIRITUALITY

The spiritually-minded man understands that Christ Crucified is God’s true power and wisdom1 Corinthians 2:14.

Overused today, the English term ‘spiritual’ is virtually meaningless. To some, it is synonymous with religion. To be religious is to be spiritual. To others, it refers to things that are not of this physical universe, to things and beings that are supernatural, otherworldly, immaterial, invisible, and timeless.

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MAN OF THE SPIRIT

Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed Son of God. From the start, his life was characterized by the empowering presence of the Spirit – Matthew 1:20.

In Matthew, an angel informed Joseph that the child carried by Mary was “conceived of the Holy Spirit.” This indicated more than just the miraculous birth of the child or the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. From start to finish, the activity of the life-giving Spirit characterized the life and ministry of Jesus.  He was “Jesus, who is called Christ,” the long-awaited Messiah.

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PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT – GALATIA

OVERVIEW – The “promise of the Spirit” is part of the “blessing of Abraham” promised to the nations, and those who receive it become the “children of Abraham.” 

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul referred to the “promise of the Spirit,” which he identified with the “blessing of Abraham.” Jesus came under the “curse” of the Law to redeem believers from it, so that, the “blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

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SPIRIT AND COVENANT

SYNOPSIS – A people filled with the Spirit has been foundational to the redemptive plan of God from the very beginning

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul linked the “promise of the Spirit” to the “blessing of Abraham.” The Law pronounced a curse on anyone who did “not continue in all things written” in it, therefore Jesus came under its curse. But he did this to redeem men and women from the curse – that “the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” – (Genesis 12:2-3, Galatians 3:10-14).

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SPIRIT OF LIFE

SYNOPSIS – It is the Spirit of God that imparts all life, especially the everlasting life in Jesus of which the gift of the Spirit is a foretaste and guarantee.

In the churches of Galatia, certain “false brethren” were preaching “another gospel” that required Gentile believers to get circumcised and conform to some, at least, of the regulations required by the Torah. Paul responded with a series of arguments, beginning with an appeal to the gift of the Spirit. Since the Gentile converts had received the Spirit in a state of uncircumcision, then circumcision cannot be a requirement for right standing before God.

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BLESSING TO THE NATIONS

SYNOPSIS – The promise of the Father, the gift of the Spirit was sent by Jesus to bless all the nations – Acts 3:25.

After the dramatic events on the Day of Pentecost, Peter and John prayed for a man who was “lame from his mother’s womb” and begging for alms near the entrance to the Temple. Rather than money, they commanded him to walk “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” Immediately, he stood up, began to walk, and was seen “leaping, and praising God.” This incident was observed by other Jews, filling them with “wonder and amazement.” This provided Peter with another opportunity to preach the gospel – (Acts 3:1-11).

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