Adeyemo, Tokunboh, ed. Africa Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
The Holy Spirit is a major part of our faith, but at the same time it appears that the spirit is one of the least discussed topics amongst western evangelicals. However, through discussion with students and reading a wide range of commentaries I have had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit function in our life and the greatness of the gift the Lord has bestowed upon us. The seal that he Holy Spirit places on us is deeper than a mark, but it is a symbol of all that God provides us through the Holy Spirit.
To begin with, through the interpretation of ancient commentaries many question regarding the passage have been able to be answered and deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit and his purpose within the lives of Christians have been revealed. These commentaries touched upon deeper truths that are not commonly discussed regarding the Holy Spirit, especially in John 16:5-15. There are a few points missioned that was very helpful and understanding the r...
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- These supernatural acts of the Spirit are not relegated to Acts or the New Testament. The same acts of the Spirit is evident in the New Testament as well. Mark D. McLean instructs us to put out of our minds completely the impression that the Holy Spirit did not come into the world until the Day of Pentecost. Possibly the most direct empowerment connection in the Old Testament is Joel 2:28-32. The connection from Old Testament to New Testament is drawn by Peter in Acts 2:17-18. Here Peter sees the fulfillment of the promise of God that He will “pour out His Spirit upon all flesh.” This verse was the bridge that brought the history of Israel to Pentecost.... [tags: New Testament, Christianity, Holy Spirit, God]
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- Rituals are held as a very important part of any society, including ours. They go back to ancient times or can be as simple as maintaining one’s hygiene. Non-western societies have rituals that may seem very foreign to us, but they have been engrained in their communities and are essential to their social structure. This interpretation will focus on the Great Pilgrimage, a ritual performed by Quechuan communities. We will be looking specifically at a community in the area of Sonqo. The pilgrimage through the Qoyllur Rit’i range itself is an arduous trek performed by willing runakuna (synonymous with Quechuas).... [tags: Trinity, Holy Spirit, Reciprocal, Supernatural]
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- The statement by John, “Baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire,” has an undertone which is connected to a theme which intertestamental Jews held. This idea was not related directly to the Holy Spirit and the work He would have at Jesus’ baptism or in Jesus’ ministry. A question such as, why would an unrelated belief have a connection to the Holy Spirit who was to come in the baptism of Jesus. This belief was the idea that a time of affliction or anguish would take place before the coming of the messiah.... [tags: Holy Spirit Essays]
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