Pentecostal Detective Five-fold Gospel 1. Jesus the Savior 2. Jesus the Sanctifier 3. Jesus the Spirit-Baptizer 4. Jesus the Healer 5. Jesus the Soon-coming King What are substantially at stake with these claims?
Jesus, “Yes”; Church, “No”?
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sister also (1 John 4: 18-21).
Church as the “People of God” Represents the “gathering of a new Israel”: 1. Continuous with the “church in the wilderness” 2. Distinguished in terms of the Promise-Fulfillment trajectory Paul uses this imagery to appeal its “universal” character without losing a temporal and historical aspect. As the people of God, the members are: 1. Redeemed from the variegated backgrounds 2. Joined to God in Jesus Christ (Participation in divine life) 3. Made one with Christ (Union with Christ) 4. Joined with one another by the Spirit (Indwelling of the Spirit) Church as the “Body of Christ” Known as the “body” of Christ: “We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones” (Eph. 5:30) Denotes an “organic union” with Christ, i.e. the Head. The idea is that the life-giving “blood” flows into the body from the Head, the governing Center. As the “body” of Christ, members are also joined with one another and must be cultivated together as a single unit (I Cor. 12:13: “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…) Denotes the “ethical” and “social” dimensions, whereby the “self-giving” love of Jesus Christ provides the narrative direction 1. Life: Obedience as “Faithful Witness” to the Truth 2. Death: ”Self-divestment” instead of “self-fulfillment”
Church as the “Bride of Christ”
The idea emphasized here is the “eschatological vision” for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Land, the church as the “missionary fellowship”) The union of marriage envisaged underscores the hope that “purifies” (1 John 3:3: “every man that has this hope purifies himself, even as He is pure”) It is the Christ whose blood provides for the church “a garment without spot or wrinkle” (Rev. 7:14; 19)–To be fitted for the Kingdom life. Church as the “Temple of the Holy Ghost”
The “temple of Holy Spirit” in 1 Corinthians 3 (Individual Believer) and 1 Corinthians 6 (the church)
Imagery of a building, but here made up of “living stones”
The Word as the adhesive to bind one another (e.g. the image of tissue interwoven with tissue). In this, Jesus Christ as the chief Cornerstone provides the “master narrative” for communal life.
The Spirit as the Source of life…
1. Indwells (Church as the dwelling place of God through the Spirit)
2. Sanctifies (The Spirit sanctifies the believers as “one” in Christ)
3. Empowers (The Spirit generates life through empowering presence, e.g. spiritual gifts, baptism with the Holy Spirit)
John Kissinger [09/28/2015 11:16 AM]
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