It's striking because in Galatians 3 the big blessing is being counted righteous by faith. God's curse turned aside and replaced with the blessing Abraham got. And yet Paul translates that so that the blessing is 'counted righteous' and having the Spirit. The two go together. I have Christ's righteousness. I have the Holy Spirit saying I'm a son (4v6-7)!
I'm preaching on sunday from Luke 11v1-13 and am convinced that when Jesus says how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him he has in mind that getting our names written in heaven, having eternal life is having the Holy Spirit - in this creation and the new unshakeable creation. It's also striking that Luke makes four references to the Holy Spirit in close proximity. Luke the master of careful organisation of material has something to say. But what? Luke 10v21, 11v13, 12v10 and 12v12.... ponder!
As I think on this here's some posts from last year on the subject...
- 1 Corinthians 12v1-3
- 1 Corinthians 12v4-11
- 1 Corinthians 12v12-31
- 1 Corinthians 13
- 1 Corinthians 14v1-12
- 1 Corinthinas 14v13-25
- 1 Corinthians 14v26-40
- Issues: Disgraceful for a woman to speak
- Issues: Prophecy in CU?
- Issues: Unity in CU?
Notes on ch1-4 by Dave Hooper, ch12-14 by Dave Bish
Terry Virgo - Apostles Today?
Jesse Phillips - Subsequence: a biblical-theological defense of Pentecostal pneumatology (pdf)