Resurrection

Putting off the Flesh

Resurrection is normally understood as the putting off of the fleshly body and taking on the immortal body. Yet the only Bible passage that explicitly speaks of putting off the body, specifically the body of flesh, speaks of being raised from “sin-death” [1]. Sin-death is the death resulting from sin. This is spiritual death and not physical. God told Adam…

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1 Peter 4:17 – What Judgment?

When translated, 1 Peter 4:17 reads, "it is the time for the judgment to begin…" Unfortunately, most English versions do not translate the article (the) preceding "judgment." During a recent debate here in Indianapolis, one participant exclaimed that there is "no justification" for translating the article in 1 Peter 4:17. I was hoping that he would go on to examine…

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Red Heifer

The Ashes of the Red Heifer

Newspapers around the world have reported the excitement created in March of this year by the birth of a red heifer. Born on a farm near Haifa, Israel, this heifer, inspected and "approved" by 25 Rabbinic experts, is now the focus of intense interest and controversy. According to Jewish sources no flawless red heifer has been born in Israel since…

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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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