Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Title

The Spirit in the Present Age: Preliminary Fulfillment of the Predicted New Covenant According to Paul

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1998

Journal Title

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page

397

Last Page

431

Abstract

According to Paul, the OT predictions of the new covenant, rather than being fulfilled either in the future or in the present, are actually fulfilled in both. The present operation of the new covenant, as seen in 2 Corinthians 3, is demonstrated in the working of the Holy Spirit. But this operation is only partial and preliminary. At least one element--moral renewal--is operative in the interadvent era. Partial fulfillment of the new covenant, instead of arguing against future complete fulfillment, actually demands it.

Keywords

Epistles, Revelation, Paul, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians

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