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9. Philippians 1:5-10 "Christ who has begun a good work
in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ
Jesus. What work? sharing in God's grace (and imitating Paul,
3:17; 4:9--necessarily including the charismata (cf. Mt 28:20
"teaching them all that I have commanded you") in defending and
confirming--a word in this context speaking of charismata, signs
and wonders). And this is my prayer: that your love may abound
more and more in knowledge and perception (charismata of
revelation), so that y u may be able to discern what is best and
may be pure and blameless until (eis) the day of
10. Colossians 1:9-12 "We have not stopped praying for
you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will
through all Spiritual wisdom and understanding (revelatory
gifts)... being strengthened with all power...
(necessarily involving charismatic power) to build spiritual
maturity, looking toward (though already provisionally
experiencing) the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of
light. Indeed we have already been brought into that
11. 1 Thessalonians 1:5-8 In view of the rabbi-disciple
model in # 10, above (see "Jesus as Rabbi: A Mimesis
html) the normative transmission of the gospel in "word and
deed" in this passage. "our gospel came to you not simply with
words, but also with power (en dunamei), with the Holy
Spirit and with deep conviction.... You became imitators of us
and of the Lord . . . . And so (it follows) you yourselves
became models to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia."
The pattern of the gospel's normative pattern of transmission in
the miraculous power of the Spirit was carried over into a third
generation--two away from Paul, i.e., those upon whom apostolic
hands would not be laid! All with the goal of building Christian
maturity until the end of this age.
12. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-23 In a strong eschatological
context of the parousia Paul encourages believers to
continue edifying each other in love: "Do not put out the
Spirit's fire [paralleled with]; do not treat prophecies with
contempt. Test them and heed the good ones, in view of the goal
of being blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The
One who calls you will be faithful to preserve you (using these
charismata, cf. 1 Cor 1:4-81 etc.)."
13. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 "For which--in an ongoing
process toward the goal [that You win be counted worthy at the
coming of Christ] we constantly pray for you that our God will
count you worthy and may fulfill your every good purpose and
every work of faith in power (en dunamei), so that the name
of our Lord Jesus might be glorified in you and you in him."
14. 1 Peter 1:5 "Through faith you are being
shielded by God's power (en dunamei), until (eis) a
salvation ready to be revealed at the last time."
15. 1 Peter 4:7-12 "The end of all things [the goal and
context of this warning] is near.... Each one should use whatever
spiritual gift he has received to serve others, faithfully
administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone
speaks--as the oracles of God." Most commentators see this as a
reference to NT prophecy. The parenesis is given against the
approaching end, with the understanding that prophecy is to be
operative up until that point.
16. 1 John 2:26-28 As an antidote to false prophets,
John encourages the gift of prophecy: "Dear children, this is
the last hour ... But all of you have an anointing
from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth . As for you,
the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do
not need any one to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you
about all things and as that anointing is real, not
counterfeit-just as it has taught you, remain in him . . . .
continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and
unashamed before him at his coming." This passage is strikingly
parallel to the promise of the Paraclete to the apostles (John
14:26; 15:26; 16:13f). Here the promise is to the general
17. Jude 18-21 [As Jesus prophesied] "In the last
times... there will be those who follow their own human
desires, and who do not have the Spirit. By contrast, you,
beloved, during these same "last times," edify yourselves in your
most holy faith by praying in the Spirit." "Praying in the
Spirit" = praying in response to the direct leading of the
Spirit--a revelatory process, or, as in 1, Cor 14:4,14,15, in
glossolalic prayer ("one who "prays in the Spirit" edifies
Each of these passages, then, continues the pattern of Jesus'
commissions to his disciples to demonstrate articulate the
Kingdom in the power of the Spirit--to the 12, the 70 (72), the
120--as archetypes of "all of the Lord's people" (including the
readers of these verses) whom Moses wished would all be filled
with the Spirit of prophecy (Num 11:29; cf., Isa 59:21; Joel
2:28-30; 1 Cor 14:1,5,39).
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