Presence of God

The Presence of God, part 12

This is the last of 12 articles in this series on the Presence of God. In the previous article, it was shown from Galatians 3 that the Holy Spirit was received by "the hearing of faith" (by incorporation into Christ through his death and resurrection, Galatians 3:26-29 ; Romans 6:3-6), not by "the works of the law" (3:1-5). The supernatural…

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The Presence of God, part 11

Before leaving Acts 2 and looking at other texts that give "the promise of the Holy Spirit" a broader meaning than receiving the Spirit, we want to make some further observations concerning the context of Acts 2:38,39, particularly from the standpoint of verse 33. As one follows Peter’s train of thought in verses 22-40 it is apparent that what is…

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The Presence of God, part 10

We have seen from scripture the eschatological orientation of the Holy Spirit’s work and mission in the time between the absence and the parousia of Christ. He was imparted to the believing community in "the last days" to show Christ’s disciples "things to come" (Jn.16:13; 1 Cor.2:9-12). These things had been promised to the fathers of Israel, (Rom.15:8) and afterwards…

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The Presence of God, part 9

In the last article, we began a study of the Holy Spirit and his work during the absence of Christ from the viewpoint of the gospel’s program of eschatology. When both sides of eschatology are seen – the passing away of the old aeon and the coming in of the new – it is apparent that the work of the…

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The Presence of God, part 8

Our purpose here and in following articles is to scan the period of time between Christ’s departure and his second appearing from the viewpoint of the work of the Holy Spirit. Understanding the meaning and time frame of the Spirit’s mission is the key for understanding the meaning and duration of Christ’s absence. We have seen that the departure of…

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The Presence of God, part 7

It generally is recognized that the goal of redemptive history (man’s restoration to God’s perfect reign of peace and righteousness) is consummated in the "second coming" of Christ. From this standpoint there is an urgent need to refocus with intensified concentration on the volume of information in scripture bearing directly or indirectly on Christ’s second appearing. In this connection there…

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The Presence of God, part 6

It is important to see in scripture the correlation of Christ’s absence and the Spirit’s presence from the standpoint of Christ’s second appearing (John 14:1-3). Christ’s departure from the world of Old Testament Israel was with the view of becoming present a second time. His second appearing, however, would not occur in the world from which he departed, but in…

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The Presence of God, part 5

Christ came into the world of Old Testament Israel to "put away sin" (Heb.9:26-28) and to "bring in everlasting righteousness" (Dan.9:24-27; 2 Pet.3:13), thereby effecting the restoration of man to the presence of the Living God (John 14:1-6). Christ did not come, however, to accomplish this within the boundaries of the Old Covenant economy. In the words of Paul, "For…

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The Presence of God, part 4

The book of Revelation sometimes is referred to as the capstone of Bible prophecy. It is apparent in chapters 21-22 that the goal of God’s redemptive purpose in Christ is reached in the restoration of man to the fellowship and presence of God (22:1-5). But the question is when? The purpose of this series of articles is to identify the…

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The Presence of God, part 3

Most students of the Bible would agree that man’s restoration to the reign, the fellowship, and the presence of God is the goal of redemptive history. There is, however, considerable disagreement as to when and how this goal is reached. Some see it realized at physical death. Others place it at the end of history, meaning the end of time,…

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