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 you can prepare yourself to hear me preach for 30 minutes! Why not?

Link to The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and Its Connections to the New Testament by Dr. Richard E. Averbeck via Bible.org.

On that note, there are tons of great articles on Bible.org that would serve to enrich one's understanding of Scripture. For those of you who are teachers and preacher Bible.org is an indispensable resource.

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