Category Archives: Spirit

IN THE LAST DAYS

The outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost signaled the arrival of the “last days,” just as prophesied by Joel – Acts 2:17-21.

Peter applied the prophecy from Joel to the outpouring of the Spirit that began on the Day of Pentecost. The receipt of the Holy Spirit by the fledgling church marked the onset of the age of fulfillment and the birth of the church. As he declared, the arrival of the Spirit was in accordance with Joel’s prophecy about what God would do in the “last days.”

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SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD

Greetings are sent to the seven churches of Asia from God, Jesus, and the seven spirits of God that are before the throne.

The opening salutation to the “seven churches” is from God, Jesus Christ, and the “seven spirits of God.” The latter phrase is unique to the Book of Revelation, and the idea of God having “seven spirits” creates difficulties since elsewhere Scripture stresses His oneness. Moreover, in Revelation, the “Spirit” always speaks in the singular.

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HAVING BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT

SYNOPSIS – The receipt of the Spirit while in an uncircumcised state is irrefutable proof that Gentile Christians are accepted by God – Galatians 3:1-4

In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul addressed a growing danger to his congregations. Certain Jewish believers from Jerusalem were claiming that Gentiles must keep at least some of the required deeds and rituals of the Mosaic Law in order to “complete” their faith. They were “compelling Gentiles to Judaize” – To conform to Jewish customs and otherwise “live as Jews.” This included circumcision, the observance of Jewish feast days, and possibly dietary restrictions based on the Levitical purity regulations – (Galatians 2:11-14, 4:10).

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FULFILLMENT OF THE FEAST

SYNOPSIS – The outpouring of the Spirit fulfilled what Pentecost symbolized and began the proclamation of the Gospel to all nations – Acts 2:1-4

In the book of Acts, the story of the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost stresses the theme of fulfillment – The things foreshadowed in the ancient feast began to receive their substance that very day. The bestowal of the gift of the Spirit by the risen Christ was an epochal event – It marked the start of the messianic age, the age of the Spirit, at least for the people of God. The gift of the Spirit fulfilled what the Levitical feast only symbolized.

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JOEL’S PROPHECY APPLIED

SYNOPSIS – The outpouring of the promised Spirit on the Day of Pentecost signaled the arrival of the “last days” – Joel 2:28

The application of the prophecy from Joel by the book of Acts links the gift of the Spirit inextricably to the onset of the “last days” – The period labeled by Scripture as the “last days” began after the ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the gift of the Spirit on a gathering of his fledgling church. In the second chapter of Acts, Peter declares that the arrival of the Spirit on that very day is in fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy about the coming “day of Yahweh” – (Joel 2:28-32).

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