The Holy Spirit Old, New and Now Part 2: The Function and Purpose of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

By Ray Skilton

Religion & spirituality, Personal growth

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In starting Part 2, let me first reiterate what I said at the beginning of Part 1 of this trilogy: “The function and purpose of the Holy Spirit differs greatly from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In the Old Testament, God sends his Holy Spirit for a specific purpose, for a specific time and through a specific person. In the New Testament and after the ascension of Jesus into heaven, God makes the Holy Spirit available to all believers at any time.” The fundamental difference being that the infilling of the Holy Spirit is now freely available to all believers.

Now let me just do a bit of historical scene setting here to bring into perspective what was happening in Israel at the time of the transition between the writings of the Old Testament and the start of the writings of the New Testament. This transition covered a period of about 400 years and this period has often been described as a period of dryness for the Jewish nation in that they had not heard God’s voice.

This is true in that God had finished sending his prophets to them and no king had been put on the throne. But a fact that is not commonly taught or mentioned by most Bible scholars and experts, is that God, through the Holy Spirit, was still working in this time to lead the course of history itself, into the fulfilment of much of the Old Testament prophesy. The things that took place during this 400 year period were not just random happenings; they were the work of the Holy Spirit bringing prophecy into place to set the scene for the coming Messiah.

For example Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 8) of the fall of the Persian-Mede empire at the hands of Alexander the Great and the subsequent death of Alexander and the dividing of the Grecian empire into four lesser kingdoms under four different rulers and then, of course, the emergence of the Roman empire in Palestine. All these prophecies came true during this period plus the many prophecies of the coming Messiah. All these happenings God orchestrated by the power of His Holy Spirit and to the glory of the Son, our Lord Jesus.

Follow what the function and purpose of the Holy Spirit is in the New Testament right from Matthew through to Revelation! An excellent bible study for all Christians! Follow the work of the Holy Spirit from the birth of Jesus through to his prophetic revelation to the Apostle John in the book of Revelation. Study what the scriptures say about the Holy Spirit’s involvement in the birth of Jesus and John the Baptist the conversion of Saul, Pentecost and the miracles and signs and wonders that followed the Apostles wherever they went!

Find out what the Holy Spirit was doing in the 400-year period between the Old and New Testaments. Who were the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians and the Scribes at the time of Jesus? What is the Talmudic Law? Where did the synagogues come from? What was the political and social climate in Israel at the time of Jesus?

Find out the answers to these questions and many more!



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