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Bold Proclamation

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After healing a lame man, Peter and John were confronted by the priestly authorities. They were disturbed because the Apostles were “ proclaiming the resurrection ,” and the Sadducees among the priests rejected the resurrection of the dead. The Apostles claimed that the final resurrection began “ in Jesus ,” a teaching that made its doctrine distinct and placed the resurrection in the center of the Gospel.

Em Espírito e Fogo

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João proclamou um batismo em água " para remissão dos pecados ", e anunciou a chegada do " vindouro ."Ele foi enviado como o precursor do Messias, conforme prometido no Livro de Isaías - " Eis que envio o meu mensageiro diante da tua face... a voz do que clama no deserto: prepara o caminho do Senhor ." Além disso, ele era o prometido rei de Israel que batizaria seu povo " em espírito e fogo .”

O Espírito da vida

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O dom do Espírito é a evidência clara de que uma pessoa foi justificada por Deus e fez parte de seu povo da aliança. Na Galácia, “ falsos irmãos ” estavam pregando “ outro evangelho ”, um que afirmava que os gentios deveriam ser circuncidados para “ completar ” sua fé. Paulo não queria nada disso, e apelou para a presença do Espírito entre os gentios incircuncisos como prova positiva de sua justificação e aceitação por Deus.

Sign of the Covenant

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In the assemblies of Galatia, “ false brethren ” preached “ another gospel ,” one that pressured Gentile believers to adopt circumcision and conform to other regulations of the Mosaic Law. Paul repudiated the very idea and sent a series of arguments demonstrating why Gentiles need not be circumcised. This included the fact that believers in Galatia had received the Spirit while still uncircumcised.

Kingdom Slaves

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The man who decides to follow Jesus joins his “ Kingdom of Priests ,” and as one of his priestly representatives, the new disciple rules with him, both now and in the future. This understanding raises the question: How, exactly, does a believer participate in the sovereignty of his Lord and exercise his authority? Fortunately, Jesus and Paul have provided us with straightforward answers.

New Covenant in Jesus

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The history of Israel includes national sins that resulted in her expulsion from the Promised Land. However, God foresaw her failures and determined eons ago to institute a New Covenant that would be energized and characterized by His Spirit, and a people, singular , that would include the Gentile nations. This covenant would culminate in the resurrection of the righteous dead and the arrival of the “ New Heavens and the New Earth .”