Thomas Schreiner – The Holy Spirit as Eschatological Herald

1 Mar


The promised baptism of the Holy Spirit indicated the arrival of the new age (Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16), fulfilling the promise of the Spirit predicted in the prophets. During his ministry Jesus was the bearer of the Spirit, but after his exaltation he would become the dispenser of the Spirit. The work of the Spirit in Jesus’ ministry and beyond must be interpreted against the backdrop of the Old Testament, where the gift of the Spirit heralds God’s eschatological work. We see here the trinitarian character of God’s saving work, for God sent Jesus into the world so that Jesus would baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit, thereby inaugurating the fulfillment of the promise that all nations would be blessed through Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3).

~Thomas Schreiner~

New Testament Theology – Magnifying God in Christ (Grand Rapids, MI; Baker Academic; 2008) p. 26

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One Response to “Thomas Schreiner – The Holy Spirit as Eschatological Herald”

  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert March 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    This is just the beginning… Matt. 19: 28 “the new world (Gk. palingenesia, literally, “renewal” or “regeneration”). “But many that are first will be last, and the last first.” (Verse 30) This will be creational also, as well as personal…Titus 3: 5.

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