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The Spirit in the Life and Thought of Jesus Christ

The Spirit in the Life and Thought of Jesus Christ

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 ASIA PACIFIC THEOLOGICAL SEMINARYTHE SPIRIT IN THE LIFE AND THOUGHT OF JESUS CHRIST
 
A PAPER SUBMITTED TODR. GALEN F. HERTWECKIN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OFTHE REQUIREMENTS OFBNT 690 LIFE OF CHRISTBYARLANO R. AQUINOBAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINESAUGUST 2010
 
 CONTENTSINTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………………...1THE SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST………………………………………………...2THE SPIRIT IN THE THOUGHT OF JESUS CHRIST…………………………………………6The Spirit is personal……………………………………………………………………...6The Spirit anoints and empowers servants for ministry…………………………………...8The Spirit is the giver of life……………………………………………………………..10The Spirit is the truth-revealer and community-maker…………………………………..11The Spirit fights darkness and forms the Jesus community……………………………...12CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………….14BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………….16
 
 INTRODUCTIONThe person and role of the Spirit in the life of Christ is very significant for both theimpartial historian and theologian in studying the historical, biblical Jesus. The fact cannot bedenied. For Jesus and his first century AD disciples, an account of his person and activity thatdoes not take seriously the Spirit’s person and activity is incomplete and distorted. Essential tothe biblical Jesus’ consciousness is the Spirit’s active presence. We cannot have this Jesuswithout accepting his teaching on the Spirit.In this paper, we shall first briefly survey the work of the Spirit in the life of Christ. Wewill discover that the person and ministry of Jesus Christ, in the deepest and most comprehensivemanner, is the Spirit’s “creation.” What does this mean for the search for the historical Jesus?We can only suggest possible lines of thought.Secondly, we shall examine what our Lord teaches concerning the person and work of theSpirit. The Lord’s teaching explains and illumines features we gleaned from the first survey. Italso emphasizes the community-forming role of the Spirit.A by-product of this paper is the observation that Jesus’ humanness is the Spirit’s work.This has significant implications in how we live and relate in community. Much spade work needs to be done in this area.

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