Category Archives: Spirit

Fulfillment of the Feast of Pentecost

SYNOPSIS:  The long-anticipated time of fulfillment arrived in Jesus. The time of shadows and types ceased with his resurrection and enthronement – Acts 2:1-4

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The famous opening passage of the second chapter of the Book of Acts stresses the fulfillment of things foreshadowed in the Hebrew scriptures that occurred when the gift of the Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. The passage informs the reader that the bestowal of the Spirit fulfilled what the Levitical feast symbolized. Continue reading Fulfillment of the Feast of Pentecost

TRUE PLACE OF WORSHIP

SYNOPSIS – To a Samaritan woman, Jesus revealed that the presence of God is no longer limited to specific locations or manmade structures – John 4:20-24

In the gospel of John, Jesus revealed the proper form and LOCATION for the worship of the Father. With the advent of the Messiah, the concepts of holy space and holy time no longer apply – His arrival and this new reality rendered the historical debate between the Jews and Samaritans over the location of the Temple moot. Worship performed in truth and the spirit requires no Temple rituals or designated holy places.

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the Anointed King

SYNOPSIS – As the Messiah of Israel, Jesus is the quintessential Man of the Spirit anointed to rule on the Davidic Throne – Psalm 2:2.

The second Psalm is a messianic prophecy about the ideal king of Israel who was destined to sit on the throne of David. The Psalmist labeled him “Yahweh’s anointed,” “my king upon holy Zion,” and “my son.” His enthronement marked “the day Yahweh has begotten you.” This “anointed one” was designated by God as the king of Israel, the “ruler of the kings of the earth,” and the “son” of Yahweh.

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SPIRIT AND COVENANT

From the start, the promise of the Spirit has been integral to redemption and the Covenant of God with His people.

In Galatians, Paul linked the “promise of the Spirit” to the “blessing of Abraham,” the covenant promise that God would bless the Gentiles in the Patriarch. He was referring to the Spirit that the Galatians had received “through a hearing of faith.” Thus, the gift of the Spirit was part of the covenant made with Abraham, and with “his seed.”

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PROMISE OF THE FATHER – BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

SYNOPSIS – With the ascension of Jesus, the gift of the Spirit has arrived with blessings for all believers – The “promise of Abraham” – Galatians 3:27-29

The “promise of the Father” is identified as the gift of the Spirit. For example, it is linked by the Apostle Paul to the covenant promises given to Abraham by Yahweh, which are now fulfilled in the promised New Covenant. The gift of the Spirit demonstrates that the era of fulfillment has arrived. Moreover, it marks out the Gentile believers as co-heirs of Abraham with the Jewish followers of Jesus.

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