Did the Old Covenant Saints have the Holy Spirit? (Part 2) “It is the Spirit who gives Life and Creates the Church”
by Tom Nettles
This is a follow-up to my recent post on the indwelling of the Spirit. Some operations of the Spirit are common to believers under both the Old and New Covenants for they are essential, morally necessary, for the presence of eternal life. Then there are some operations of the Spirit that clearly mark out the New Covenant people and era from the Old. These functions are not morally necessary for the presence of eternal life but are ontologically necessary for the creation and sustaining of the church, the people of God that are created to be such under the distinct operations of the Spirit in the New Covenant.
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Clement of Rome (circa A.D. 96): Clement wrote 1 Clement in about A.D. 100. He wrote it to the troubled church in Corinth. Dockery says that 1 Clement contains various hermeneutical approaches. His use of the Old Testament is primarily for moral use. Even when he utilizes it to find Christ, he uses it to apply to moral situations. Dockery says:
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Written by Dr. Mohler’s former research assistant, Owen Strachan, who currently serves as an assistant professor of theology at Boyce College and as Executive Director of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, this book confronts “mystical, fearful Christianity” head-on and explains that real, risky Christianity means having a heart and mind transformed by Scripture and a life of strategic deployment for the Kingdom of Christ. Dr. Mohler agrees with Strachan that gospel risk releases you “from the tyranny of small expectations” and “from the endless cycle of brand management.”
Click here to read Dr. Mohler’s post to know why he commends Risky Gospel as a great Christmas gift for young Christians and as well-timed for the challenges all Christians now face in our risky world.
Let us take Genesis 17:1 as a simple illustration. “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect” or “sincere.” How is the Christian to apply such a verse unto himsef? First of all, let him note to whom this signal favour and honour was shown: namely to him who is the “father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:11,12,16)—and he was the first person in the world to whom the Lord is said to have appeared! Second, observe when it was that Jehovah appeared unto him: namely in his old age, when nature’s force was spent and death was written on the flesh. Third, mark attentively the particular character in which the Lord was now revealed to him: “the Almighty God,” or more literally “El Shaddai”—”the all-sufficient God.” Fourth, consider the exhortation which accompanied the same: “walk before Me, and be thou sincere.” Fifth, ponder those details in the light of the immediate sequel; God’s making promise that he should beget a son by Sarah, who was long past the age of child-bearing (verses 15-19). Everything that is for God must be effected by His mighty power: He can and must do everything—the flesh profits nothing, no movement of mere nature is of any avail.
Now as the believer ponders that memorable incident, hope should be inspired within him. El Shaddai is as truly his God as He was Abraham’s! That is clear from 2 Corinthians 7:1, for one of those promises is,
“I will be a Father unto you….saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18),
and from Revelation 1:8, where the Lord Jesus says unto the churches, “I am Alpha and Omega….the Almighty.” It is a declaration of His omnipotence, to whom all things are possible. “The all-sufficient God” tells of what He is in Himself—independent, self-existent; and what He is unto His people—the Supplier of their every need. When Christ said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee,” it was all one with what Jehovah said unto Abraham. Doubtless the Lord appeared unto the patriarch in visible (and human) form: He does so to us before the eyes of faith. Often He is pleased to meet with us in the ordinances of His grace, and send us on our way rejoicing. Sometimes He “manifests” Himself (John 14:21) to us in the retirements of privacy. Frequently He appears for us in His providences, showing Himself strong on our behalf. Now, says He, “Walk before Me sincerely” in the believing realization that I am all-sufficient for thee, conscious of My almightiness, and all will be well with thee.
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In A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture, Dr. Mathison briefly introduces us to a topic that has long been a subject of debate, aiming to equip Christians with a clear foundation so that they may approach questions and discussions pertaining to science and Scripture with grace, humility, and patience.
Table of Contents
Foreword by R.C. Sproul
1. All Truth Is God’s Truth
2. General and Special Revelation
3. Interpreting General and Special Revelation
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5. Earthly Things and Heavenly Things
6. When Science and Scripture Conflict
7. The Age Of The Universe and Genesis 1
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What does the Bible mean when it says that Christians have died to sin? How is it possible for a just God to justify the ungodly without becoming unjust Himself? What is regeneration? What is justification? Why do all men desperately need to be justified? If I have died to sin, why am I still affected by it? As a Christian, am I the new man or he old man or both? What does the Bible mean when it says that Christians have died to the Law? Are Christians still slaves to sin?
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