SYNOPSIS – The Church and the gift of the Spirit have been integral to the redemptive plan of God from the very beginning.
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul links 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 to redeem men and women from it, 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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There is no life without the Spirit of God, for it is His Spirit that creates, animates, sustains, and restores life, both natural and spiritual.
To his disciples, Jesus declared that “the spirit makes alive [‘quickens’]… The words which I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.” Here, his words echo the scriptural principle that life and the “spirit” are inextricably linked. The “flesh” is not inherently evil, but it has no life without the spirit. And the words of Christ are added into the mix, for there is no “life” found apart from them.
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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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