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The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit

This is the opening blog of a series on the Person and Work of the Spirit. It’s the overflow of an eight-week class I’m teaching on Sunday mornings April–May, 2019.

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Joy in the Holy Ghost

I have just started an eight-week series on the Holy Spirit’s person and work. Tomorrow’s lesson is on the works of the flesh versus the…

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Chiliasm (Part 9): Aftermath of Early Chiliasm

Sibylline Oracles Hellenistic Judaism’s Usage The Sibylline Oracles had a long lineage going back even to the Greek oracles of Delphi. Hellenistic Judaism had adapted…

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Chiliasm (Part 8): Christian Opposition

The third century saw the first concerted moves to discredit chiliasm. Origin, with his Greek imagination, was more taken with the prospects of progress in…

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Chiliasm (Part 7): Tertullian, Lactantius, and Others

Tertullian Tertullian, who followed the Montanists, after establishing the reality of Christ’s heavenly kingdom, went on to caution that this does not exclude the earthly…

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Chiliasm (Part 6): Irenaeus and Hippolytus

Irenaeus Heresy Fighter As Bishop of Lyon and a distinguished theologian, Irenaeus probably did more than anyone else to establish chiliasm in the west. He…

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Chiliasm (Part 5): Justin Martyr

Defense of Chiliasm Whereas Papias had assumed a chiliastic doctrine, with no concern to defend it, Justin formulated a biblical defense of chiliasm, which he…

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Chiliasm (Part 4): Papias

Papias’s chiliasm and his tie with the apostles’ teaching.

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Chiliasm (Part 3): New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Relevant New Testament Texts Outside the book of Revelation, there are few New Testament references to a possible messianic interregnum. First Corinthians 15:23–28 (cf. Col…

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Chiliasm (Part 2): Background

Jewish background to Christian chiliasm

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