15.10.09

Spirit as first instalment of kingdom of God

New covenant 2 cor 3
First-fruits Rom 8
Down-payment 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 1:14
Seal 2 Cor 1:22 Eph 1:13

The key thing for Paul is that the Spirit is the hallmark of the Christian life.

So encouraging to hear today about this embracing in the life of the Spirit.

Baptism is the initiation. Baptism of the Spirit begins the experience. The Spirit and eschatology, the Spirit and behaviour, the Spirit and relation with God as Father, the Spirit and relations with one another. All these things were explored. it was acknowledged that the language of 'baptism in the Holy Spirit' is controversial and we left that for another day....ow that's a shame.

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