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A scientific theology for charismatic Christians. This quantity discusses the character and serve as of the Church, its quite a few ministries, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, the connection among the Church and civil executive, God's country, Christ's go back, the final Judgment, and the consummation of all issues. The 3rd and ultimate quantity of the sequence.

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31:31-34, where God undertakes to put his law within his people and write it on their hearts" (Ezekiel, IBC, 819). llPaul's words referring back to Ezekiel II are another example of what appears to relate only to Israel, for the background is again foreign captivity and the people's return to the' homeland (see vv. 16-18). This once more demonstrates how Paul-and the New Testament at large-sees such Old Testament words' as fulfilled in the new people of God. 34Q. R. Beasley-Murray writes, "This passage is Ezekiel's counterpart to the 'new covenant of Jeremiah' " (Ezekiel, NBC, rev.

A. " This statement is similar to words spoken by God through Jeremiah the prophet: "I will bring them [Israel] back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not uproot them" (Jer. e Thus the words of Old Testament prophecy about Israel are fulfilled in Christ. " The word church, ekklesia, to be sure, has an Old Testament background: Israel was the assembly of God (the "ekklesia in the wilderness" -Acts 7:38), and there is undoubtedly an important connection between the ekklesia in the Old Testament and the ekklesia in the New Testament.

J8Recali the brief discussion of Ephesians 2:22 in the previous section. J9'fhis is Stephen's samepoint as he spokeabout the temple before the Sanhedrin in Acts 7:48-50. 4O'fhe Greek word is eskenosen, literally "tabernacled" (see Thayer). The customary English translation is "dwelt" (RSV and others). ' ... But he spoke of the temple of his body" (John 2:19, 21). " 4JFrom the hymn "God Himself Is With Us," by Gerhardt Tersteegen, 1729. 58 II. THE BUILDING, BODY, AND BRIDE OF CHRIST All description of the church centers in Jesus Christ.

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