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The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and Its Connections to the New Testament

On Sunday (11/23/08) I will be preaching the first of three messages from Romans 8. This passage is a theological crescendo that is rooted in salvation history and prophecy. Because of justification by faith man awakens to the dawn of a new age in which he is dominated by the Holy Spirit of God. This is the first fruit of salvation, men and women who are awakened by the Spirit in the midst of a sin cursed world. It is evidence that the full redemption of God’s created order draws nigh and that it will indeed come to pass (Romans 8:18-25). In light of this message I would recommend an excellent article that surveys the development of the idea and teaching of the Holy Spirit throughout Scripture. It is rather lengthy, but when you pastor the cream of the crop it is only natural to expect that we can all memorize Romans 8, read broadly from three or four different books, accomplish the mundane tasks of life, and still find time to read massive online articles intelligently just so

Is Sin Biological?

The Bible is not about biology, or history, or archaeology, or mathematics. It is not exempt from mentioning any of these subjects, but the Bible is about God. It is a theological interpretation of all things. The key word here being “interpretation.” The red flag word here being “theological.” When it comes to the interpretations of life and our world it seems like the Bible is not invited to the dance because after all, it’s the Bible. Yet it seems that biologists, historians, archaeologists, and mathematicians of the strictly secular variety have no issue interpreting the truth of scripture according to the lenses of their own disciplines. For the most part this means that because the Bible is theological, secularists believe biology can prove that it is idiotic; as can history, archaeology, or mathematics. The predominant belief is that these are scientific disciplines and as such have the ability to stand alone. The scientific disciplines are a truth unto themselves. The