Friday’s with Fee – We live between the times

1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. – TNIV

God’s Empowering Presence, Gordon Fee,  1994 Hendrickson Publishers

One the one hand, the Spirit’s presence means power.  In this case effective and evidentially expressed and experienced power.  On the other hand, the joy of the Spirit takes place in the context of present weaknesses and suffering.  Paul never resolves such tension, precisly because for him it was not tension.  Rather, this broad understanding of the Spirit and his activity in the life of the believer is predicated on his “already-but-not-yet” eschatological perspective; power and weakness co-exist precisely because  we live “between the times”.  For Paul, therefore, the Spirit’s power and the Spirit’s joy in suffering are not “either/or” but “both/and”.  Again, this is athoroughgoing perspective throught the corpus.  – page 48

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3 thoughts on “Friday’s with Fee – We live between the times

  1. Robert, these days I’m all about the Spirit’s activity in the life of the church. We need to be receptive and submissve, at the same time.

    We need to let him lead. And I’m loving the emphasis of the Spirit in the TNIV, evidence of Fee’s touch. 🙂

  2. TC,

    Me too! The more I read from the TNIV the more I like. Hopefully I will get my new TNIV Ref. Bible for Christmas, as I will be fully committing to using the TNIV next year in my devotions and studies.

    I will also be comparing it with the HCSB and make notes so that I can blog about it at some point.

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