The Holy Spirit: The Power Of The Holy Spirit

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Luke shares that as Jesus began his ministry, he was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Lk 4:14). Although rejected by many, the Holy Spirit assisted Jesus in his teaching in the synagogues, healing of the sick, and deliverance of the possessed.
The foundation of the New Testament was created upon the preaching and teaching of the kingdom of God. Further, it was erected on the promise by Christ to build a church that could endure. Jesus states, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18). Although Peter and the disciples were regenerated by faith, their early Judaism perspective did not hinder the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.
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It became a part of the community setting ushering in a time of harvesting, community connection, and celebration. This did not change during the Pentecost of Acts 2. According to Dunn, “This first Pentecost resulted in an enthusiastic community, bound together by common loyalty to the risen and soon coming Jesus and by their common experience of the Spirit.” It was the transferring of Jesus’ earthly responsibility to the Holy Spirit, which made the experience of Pentecost so notable. Dunn further shares, “the resurrection of Jesus and the gift of the Spirt both constituted the beginning of the end-time harvest of final resurrection. Paul states, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom…show more content…
It was clearly not an indication of the end times, but a renewal of the covenant that God made with his chosen people. Peter regurgitate and reminded the believers of the God’s promise while connecting the experience of the Spirit with the Law already written in their hearts. Dunn shares, “The already established link between Pentecost, covenant renewal, and the giving of the Law probably prompted the first believers to interpret their experience of the Spirit as the fulfillment of the promise of a new covenant.” Luke, John, and Peter provides meaningful insight into Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. However, Paul underlines and fully expands the overall consideration of the exalted Christ and the
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