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May 27th, 2023

The Spirit — Our Down-Payment on Eternity

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The apostle Paul readily admitted that it was not his motivational speaking that had brought so many Gentiles into a knowledge of the hope of the gospel. Rather these new converts were being convicted by the spirit of God. The Spirit of God had worked in their minds so they could renounce their past, put away their sinful lifestyles, and embrace a totally new way of living
These changes were not without their challenges and often left new believers in difficult situations in a society that was wholly absorbed in pagan thought. But God’s spirit in them would be the power they needed to resist outside influences, while being transformed spiritually on the ‘inside.’ Paul’s audience was familiar with temple worship, so Paul used this idea but totally reframed it to help the Gentiles understand God’s plan. No longer would they ‘go to the temple’ for they themselves were temples of the Holy Spirit and had been purchased by God with Christ’s sacrifice. Now they were to live new lives empowered by the Spirit to take care of the ‘temple’ of their mind and body. And why? God had work for them to accomplish through his spirit. Take a walk with us through the scriptures to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of every child of God.

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