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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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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SYNOPSIS – To return to the custodianship of the Law is to rebuild the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile – Galatians 3:26-29.
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul portrays the Law or Torah as a “custodian” or paidagōgos – (Strong’s – #G3807). The English term “pedagogue” is derived from it. Unlike English, the Greek term does not refer to an educator but to someone with supervisory responsibilities. In Greco-Roman society, a “pedagogue” was a servant with custodial and disciplinary authority over a child until it reached maturity.
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SYNOPSIS: When Christians react to hostility from State or Society with anger and rebellion, Satan triumphs.
According to some accounts, the persecution of Christians around the world is on the rise. This raises a fundamental question – How should Christians react to persecution, especially, when implemented by governing authorities? Ought we to respond with indignation, civil disobedience, and public protests? Do we not have the civil “right” to do so in Western-style democracies? Or should we follow the examples of Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church? Continue reading Christian Response to Persecution
John’s Gospel contrasts Jesus with the Mosaic legislation. Ture light, life and truth are found in Jesus, and he now interprets the Father – John 1:18.
The prologue to John introduces its key themes, including life, light, witness, truth, and grace. Jesus is the light of the world, the source of grace and truth, the true Tabernacle, and the only one who has seen the Unseen God who “tabernacles” in the “word made flesh.” The prologue ends by declaring that Jesus alone is fully qualified to interpret the Father.
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The church is called to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God in every inhabited corner of the earth before Jesus returns in glory.
After his resurrection, Jesus declared that “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.” During his ministry, the disciples were not to preach to the Gentiles, though he did so several times in anticipation of opening the gospel to the “nations.” But initially, they were to proclaim it only to the “lost sheep of Israel.”
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