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NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS ROMANS MB637 GEORGE WIELAND ASSESSMENT 3 THEMATIC ESSAY - THE HOLY SPIRIT DUE DATE 141103 WORD COUNT 1851 JARROD ANGOVE javiandjessvaluenetnz Thematic Essay - The Holy Spirit Question The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian believer Paul more than any other New Testament writer links the concept of the Spirit indwelt believer with the day to day living and empowering of the Christian life As Paige muses Christians who were formerly alienated from God have not simply been entered into the heavenly register of the redeemed the Spirit indwells and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God Furthermore Pauls introduction and subsequent explanation of this theme is perhaps best articulated in his Letter to the Romans and most particularly in his rebuttal to the objections and difficulties raised by the imaginary interlocutor concerning the Problem of Flesh and Death in chapter 8 It is this indwelling and empowering which is at the very heart of all that will be discussed in this paper For the purpose of this discussion the following functions of the Spirit will be investigated as they pertain to the outworking of the Christian existence As the outpouring of Gods love 55 As the assurance and hope of future glory 823 As the giver of new life 76 811 As the believers aid in fulfilling the law 84 As the renewer of our minds 85 As the intercessor for the saints 826-27 Throughout Pauls writing of Romans it is inherently obvious that he is building a Theological Argument with each element fitting systematically between those which precede and follow With this in mind it is important that we initially consider Romans 55 as Pauls first fragment of discourse concerning the role of the Spirit in the life of the believer and
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