In my area we had a major storm go thru last night causing some glitching in the video.
I truly liked participating in this one. I'm familiar with the belief that the Holy Spirit could only come when Jesus ascended. However, it wasn't what I was taught. I had a different understanding of the promise of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:32-33. What did Jesus receive? I was taught He received the restoration of the kingdom and the restoration of the covenant and then He poured out blessings. Did Jesus receive the kingdom when He ascended? I was taught that these three terms all are synonymous: the gift of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I'm still trying to sort it out.
The problem with the restoration concept IMO is that we have to ask a different question ... when did the Kingdom of God stop being the Kingdom of God? That is different from the kingdom of Israel and recognizing it will be restored. Just as Jesus is Lord, has always been, is now and will always be, the Kingdom of God has been, is and will always be His. The parable of the landowner who rented out the land is a great example of this. There is a time that sin and evil have a certain reign, but even that is still under the sovereignty of God and has extremely limited power. Jesus will come back and establish the Millennial Kingdom, but even that is temporal, for after the 1000 years that will be destroyed and there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
Also, did He restore the covenant or usher in the New Covenant?
The most that Jesus could receive is all that He willfully laid down and has taken back up. To sound a little redundant, It has always been, is now and will always be His ... He created it all.
I would say that those three terms are not synonymous. When we break it down in Scripture I believe we see a difference.
I enjoyed last night too. A bit longer than usual, but worth it ... I trust :-)
Something to read on this that is pretty good and rather short is "Vines NT" on kingdoms. It makes some good points regarding Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God.
It would appear that I was asleep when I posted that or I showed my true grammatical prowess, or lack there of :-)
Thanks a bunch,
I fell it is the fruits of the spirit /You change in side out haveing a new godly mind a life becomes nothing but jesus. You do not any longer do the worldly things, one begin to keep the commandments of god.
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