New PDF release: Acts

By Jaroslav Pelikan

ISBN-10: 1587430940

ISBN-13: 9781587430947

The SCM Theological observation sequence at the Bible is a groundbreaking sequence that recovers classical theological observation for the twenty first century church. The commentaries presuppose the doctrinal culture of the Christian church as a residing and trustworthy foundation for exegesis and are born out of the conviction that dogma clarifies instead of obscures.

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Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, Vouchsafe within our souls to rest. Come with thy power and heavenly aid, And fill the hearts which thou hast made. 9 It is sung not only at Pentecost, but for ordinations and for the opening of synods and church councilslO-and any church council that sings it at its opening must be prepared to deal with the possible consequences! It is also the text for the nrst movement of Gustav Mahler's Eighth Symphony. The sneer "they are filled with new wine" (2: 13) and Peter's dismissive and even humorous (~12:13-16) response to this canard, "These men are not drunk, as you suppose, it being only the third hour of the day' (2: 15 TPR), do call to mind the contrast drawn by Paul between the right and the wrong way of being filled: "Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart" (Eph.

These languages cannot fail to be heard especially by the first Slav Pope in the history of the Church. Perhaps that is why Christ has chosen him, perhaps that is why the Holy Spirit has led him-in order that he might introduce into the communion of the Church the understanding of the words and of the languages that still sound strange to the ear accustomed to the Romance, Germanic, English and Celtic tongues. , Luke 8:1); butitwas reduced to "eleven" in these early chapters of Acts, or even to "ten" here in the TPR of this verse, either to take account of the apostasy of Judas (1 :26) or-though this is considerably less likely, except perhaps in a passage like this one-to single out the primacy of Peter (~5:29a).

Had not yet fallen on any of them" (8:15-16). The words of Peter, "just as on us at the beginning," suggest that the freedom of the Holy Spirit to "blow where it wills" Oohn 3:8) is often implied even in places where the verb rrLrrTElV ("to fall") is not being employed, as particularly here in the account of Pentecost. 15 The range of that freedom of the Spirit is also the theological presupposition for the varieties of how Christians have experienced conversion, whether they were instantaneously "born anew" Oohn 3:3) or "were persuaded" (ErrElo6T]ouv) 13.

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