December 5th, 2014

an eschatological community whose members live in the present as those stamped with eternity

It is 10:16 AM Friday morning in the flow. It is a cold gray day here by Lake Michigan.

I got up this morning around 6 o'clock AM. My wife was already up since she went to bed early last night. When I got up my wife was in the living room reading her Bible/having morning devotions. I got myself a cup of coffee and messed with our main computer.

After messing with our main computer I made Carol and I a pot of oatmeal. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and then started reading an essay titled, 'The Sealing and Witnessing Work of the Holy Spirit' by William Shishko in a book titled, "The Beauty And Glory Of The Holy Spirit" Edited By Joel R. Beeke & Joseph A. Pipa Jr..

So the morning goes by. I did not sleep soundly last night due to visiting Africa. I might take a nap this afternoon down in the lower level. Carol works tonight so she will sleep this afternoon. Before she lies down she plans to meet a friend for lunch.

There is nothing pressing on my mind this morning. Well I suppose I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. Existence keeps speeding by. No way of escape.

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" Ephesians 4:30
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the eschatological messianic community of the new covenant

The day goes by quietly thus far. We never know what the next moment will bring into our lives. I am right now down in the lower reading a New Testament commentary on Second Corinthians titled, "The Second Epistle To The Corinthians" [The New International Commentary on the New Testament] by Paul Barnett. I am reading Barnett's comments on 2 Corinthians 1:21,22 "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee"."

"This endowment of the Spirit is the source of God's three closely connected actions within. The first-"God. . .christed us Christward"-must be regarded as deliberate play on words, signifying that God has "made us Christ's people," "a messianic community." Here Paul may be implicitly rebutting the alternative ministry of the Judaizers, as if to say that only through the Christ proclaimed by Paul (as opposed to the Jesus proclaimed by them) and the related experience of the Spirit have the Corinthians become Christ's people, the eschatological messianic community of the new covenant (3:3,6,8,18; cf. 11:2,4).

The second, "he set his seal of ownership on us," returns to and reinforces the commercial imagery associated with "he guarantees." The "seal"-often in wax-is a mark of ownership, but also a guarantee of authenticity. The "seal" is nothing less than the Spirit himself, by whom God has marked believers as his own ultimate possession. As in Eph. 1:13 and 4:30, the "seal" is here also eschatological. On the "day of redemption" God will take possession of those who are already sealed as his own." pg. 112 Paul Barnett
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